2016: A Year In Review

WELL…the year has come to an end and I’m pretty sure most of us are ready for this new year to begin!  I’m sure most of you will be hitting the gym at the first or near the first of the new year, but can you be the ones to continue past the two week mark?  Challenge yourself and you might be surprised.

This year for my wife and I have been up and down, and brought rewards and sadness as the months went by.  From my memory this is what I have ended up with for our 2016 in review…

(1) HUBBY: My 2003 Nissan Pathfinder was totaled by some dumbass while it was parked in front of my mother-in-laws house in Albany, NY.  Of course, he saw my wife come out the house and the bastard sped off.  Although I have no idea if the person was ever caught, I was blessed with a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder, great condition and black, and I LOVE IT!!!

(2) WIFEY: Our lease for the 2009 Jeep ended in November and we were able to replace her truck with another newer one, a 2012 Nissan Murano.  We officially became a Nissan family!

(3) HUBBY: I enrolled in college at Empire State College, a SUNY school member, and finished my first semester studying Emergency Communications/Management!  So proud of myself and, of course, looking to do many more!

(4) WIFEY & HUBBY: Well, even though we didn’t count on it we ended up with two cats, when we only planned for one.  Now as the year winds down, our one and only dog son, Romeo, has finally gotten better with them here, but now he enjoys terrorizing them on occasion.

(5) WIFEY & HUBBY: Witnessed history in the making of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in over a century!!

(6) WIFEY & HUBBY: Witnessed the presidential election steer towards a candidate that some did not see coming…Donald Trump!

(7) HUBBY: Have now been compared to the Love Boat character, “Isaac” by another co-workers/friends wife, which is now a running joke! Got to love it!!

(8) WIFEY: Found the movie “Blacula” and if you are not aware of this joke, which began late last year then you are not in the loop! Lol! Yes! It is somewhat related to the previous message about “Isaac”.

(9) HUBBY: Survived two accidents and discovered I have an old compression fracture in my T12! Beautiful!

(10) WIFEY & HUBBY: Celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary and our tenth year of knowing and being with each other! Go us!!

(11) HUBBY & WIFEY: Celebrated one more birthday!

(12) WIFEY: Getting dental work done that was long overdue! Yay! Me next for the following year!

(13) HUBBY: I was forwarded a YouTube video of me dancing during a traffic detail! YouTube famous maybe?

(14) WIFEY & HUBBY: One of our favorite videos this year!

(15) HUBBY: Had bronchitis for the first time in my life and it really sucked!!

(16) HUBBY: Lost driver side tire on my 2003 Nissan Pathfinder in the middle of I-87 just outside of Albany! Scary shit when your rim and tire come completely off at 55mph during morning commute.

(17) HUBBY: Enjoyed my time in NYC for the first time in a long time, especially when we were in Harlem.

(18) WIFEY & HUBBY: Started using a Brita filter and it has made a difference! We need to stick with this practice!

(19) WIFEY & HUBBY: Enjoyed a summer afternoon/evening at the Harriman Reservoir just the three of us (Romeo).

(20) That’s the end of it for now…See you in 2017!




For many years, since our second marriage ceremony back in December 2008 in front of our friends and family, people have been wondering when we are going to welcome a child into this world. The truth is that we are not sure that might even happen, with my wife dealing with her lupus, which by itself makes it harder to conceive.  So while my wife deal with the never ending wishes of others to press her to have a child, our conversation was more towards having a fur child in the home for the time being.  My wife was more of a cat person, which I am not too fond of, and I was more of a dog person since I grew up with them all my life.  For about two years, on and off, we had this conversation about which four legged companion we would have to become part of the family.

When it was agreed that we would add a dog to the family, our search was on to see which breed and the limit on how old we wanted the dog to be. I don’t remember how long our search was, but I knew it wasn’t long before we found the one dog that we wanted.  Once we found the one we were interested in getting, we saw that we would need to go somewhere outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to an Amish community.  Then the next thing was to decide when to go get him and if we would bring anyone with us.  Well, we ended up bringing my wife’s mother and step-father with us for a road trip, which was Thanksgiving Day weekend since they came down to visit anyway.  It was that Saturday after Thanksgiving, in November 2012, that we all piled in my car and drove at least two hours to the farm.

When we first saw our new family pet online, he was named ‘Augustus’, which we did not fall in love with at all. During our trip up to Pennsylvania, we were so excited that we were taking the next step to expand our family and have one more thing to be responsible for.  I felt like we were ready, but of course, my wife was a little nervous since she didn’t grow up with dogs and that she is also allergic to them as well.  But, she took a leap of faith and went with me on this endeavor and years later she loves it!  Once we got to the farm, we met with the breeder who immediately went and brought out Augustus and his two brothers for us to look at.  After they were placed in a small circular area where they were surrounded by a thin wired fence, I stepped closer to see which one would be the lucky one.  I looked down and noticed that Augustus was trying to climb over fence to get to us.

I pointed him out and told the breeder Augustus was the one I wanted! So right then and there I purchased Augustus from the farm and we made the trip back home to Laurel, Maryland.  Augustus, who was renamed Romeo days later, sat in the backseat obviously scared and nervous.  However, we wouldn’t make it home just that easy.  I believed it happened as we were coming back through Baltimore County, but didn’t realize until we were just a few miles away from our apartment.  On the final stretch of our trip home, I noticed the car was driving funny and quickly realized that I had gotten a flat tire!!  Oh boy!  Of course, not the way you want end your road trip and not the way you want to start out with your family addition.

We eventually got the tire changed and got back home safely. The first night Romeo stayed in the corner, underneath our computer desk, and starred at me all night long.  It took him about a couple of days before he finally broke out of his shell and began to being the playful Lab that he is today.  I was lying on the floor, on my back with my arms out to the side, when I felt a snip at my fingers and saw Romeo jump behind the wall.  Of course, once he saw me respond to him in an acceptable way, he just lapped it up!!  Nearly four years later he is the smartest dog that I have ever owned and can determine when I am coming home and loves routine.  Romeo has turned four years old, back in July, and is already showing some grey hairs, which makes us kind of sad because we know he is getting old on us, but he hasn’t lost a step yet.

So for now, Romeo is our son and pretty much acts like a child without being able to speak English. We have had him with us for such a long time that I can barely remember sometimes about our life before we brought him along for the ride.  Lots of memories have been spurred since we got ‘the bud’ and I’m sure many more will come as the days, months and years past.  Love you boy!!

Henry Scott