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Friday, December 29, 2006

My Annual Xmas Letter

This Xmas letter was sent to all my dearest and bestest
friends. I try to send one every year since Xmas letters
are a great way to stay in touch - especially if you have
friends who live all over. Ideally, the letter should be
hand-delivered (when I come over and they hand me their
gifts!)or at least mailed with a lovely Xmas card - it
just seems a bit more personal that way. This year, though,
most of my friends will find it in their e-mailboxes instead.
BUT only because I wanted people to get it while it was
still the Holiday Season. Sorry. I'll try to do better next
year, I promise!

Thought I'd post it on my blog in case I missed anyone
and they just happen to be reading my blog ...


Dear Friends,

This letter is long overdue … emphasis on the words "long" and
"overdue". As a result, it begins with an
apology. I am so sorry
for not being better at
keeping in touch. No excuses –
just an apology.


Before I go any further, wishes for a Belated Merry Christmas
and a Wonderful New Year to everyone. I
hope, that as you
find yourselves in the midst of the
holiday season, you can
find it in your hearts to
forgive a friend who has been so
bad at keeping in
touch.

The past year has gone by in one big whoosh! Lots of things
have happened. For starters, I joined a new
company in July.
After working as an external
consultant for a consulting firm
for almost 3 years, I
decided to make the switch and move to
being an
internal consultant / trainer for an Asian financial
company.
At first, I asked myself – “What was I thinking”
– I know nothing about finance! My math skills are sadly
lacking. And despite being born
Chinese – my 13 years at
ICA has not taught me to
speak Chinese even if my life
depended on it! It’s
been a tough 5 months – but these days
I am slowly
able to catch my breath and am learning to "wing it".

Jojo started a new job as an IT Specialist last October. He no
longer works for an anime company (no
more free comics for
him – which is the only downer).
His new company manu-
factures and sells printers and
ink cartridges (yay! free ink!).
He does have a much shorter commute
though. I guess we are
THE lucky LA couple since we
both live 15 minutes away from
where we work. Unheard
of in LA. It’s sweet! What we save on
gas money we’ve
been able to pour into other more exciting
activities
… I’ll let you know when we have the time to come
up
with them!

The past year we have had many out of town visitors. Always a
good thing. The highlight was having my
entire family over last
May. All 7 Js. It was
awesome. Lots of people and only 3
bathrooms –
but awesome nonetheless! We also had lots of
friends
come visit. It's been great. There were times when we
had several groups overlap – which prompted my dad to
suggest
we hang up a whiteboard with a calendar to
make sure we didn’t
overbook our hotel/home. But,
Jojo and I don’t mind, it’s
always great to have
friends over :)

We didn’t get to do much traveling this year, since with new jobs,
we were trying to get adjusted before
taking any time off. But we
did have lots of time to
work on our home and grow a garden.
Okay, okay, so Jojo
did most of the garden work – but I “helped”
too!
Next year we are hopefully planning on taking a few much
needed and well deserved vacations!


More of our 2006 highs and lows: I’ve started a local bookclub
which is all about a group of great women and
getting to read
great books. I’ve had several dental
dilemmas (a crown, root
canal and lost filling all in
one year!). Jojo got a new car (since
we have no kids
or pets – we have started naming our cars!
Is that
sad?). We went to Las Vegas twice in 3 months (not to
gamble but to hang out in our hotel rooms – my kind of
vacation).
Had grand, grand reunions – with high
school friends and
friends from Jewelmer. Jojo’s
sister got married two weeks ago
– and it was just
beautiful. We’ve enjoyed our nieces and nephews
and are still the reigning
"cool aunt and uncle". We celebrated
my 31st
this year, and Jojo’s 38th, as well as our 2nd wedding
anniversary. Time flies! My brother, Jules graduated
from his
MBA and the twins are done with college. It
was great to celebrate
that with them too. I went
back to school earlier this year to get
certified in HR and my hubby is going thru self-schooling hoping
to get CISSP certified too.


More news: I went thru about 3 months of job searching which
was
a true test of patience and one’s self-confidence until finally
landing the job I now have. Then it was
tough saying good-bye to
my old job and leaving
familiar faces and friends. On the other
hand, my hubby found his new
job without even trying – after
one interview! And
had no trouble saying good-bye to his old job.
How
fair is that! My blog turned 1-year old this year. Our
backyard
orange tree turned two (sadly still no fruit!).

It’s
been a tiring, exciting, happy, wonderful, stressful, hectic,
super, great year.


And as for the question that I know is on everyone’s minds, the
answer is “NOPE, we are not pregnant yet”.
But we are hoping
that 2007 will be THE year.
Hopefully my next Xmas letter will
have some baby news
included. Wouldn’t that be great?

On that note, I hope you are all having the happiest of holidays.
God bless you and your families. Have a wonderful 2007. AND,
I am really looking forward to hearing
about what’s up with each
one of you!


Love,
Joanne and Jojo

5 comments:

leslie Ty said...

Happy New Year Jo and Jojo :)

i've been checking your blog for weeks and I was REALLY happy to read your updates!

Belated Happy Anniversary (2 years...time flies!)....Can't wait to hear stories about Tracy's wedding...(were you able to get the shawls?)

Please please email me soon!

love,
leslie

leslie Ty said...

Happy New Year Jo and Jojo :)

i've been checking your blog for weeks and I was REALLY happy to read your updates!

Belated Happy Anniversary (2 years...time flies!)....Can't wait to hear stories about Tracy's wedding...(were you able to get the shawls?)

Please please email me soon!

love,
leslie

jol said...

2006 has been a most challenging year for you! And I'm glad you came out a winner. Am very sure 2007 will bring even better blessings to Jojo and you. Try not to be too hard on yourself and enjoy even the simplest things in life.

joyeee said...

Happy New Year to dets and jojo!!!
I know I am not part of the "friends" category but I still wanted to comment anyhow!:) Hope you dont mind:) I enjoyed reading that letter of yours... it was brief, complete, yet fun as well!:)
I agree that both of you need a vecation this year... you guys do deserve one with all the hardwork. And ofcourse, it wouldn't hurt if I'd have a niece or nephew soon...haha Kidding aside, Goodluck to both of you and Happy New year again!

Joanne said...

Les, I sent you an email (at your work address) - did you get it?