Hey, Happy New Year! A month late, I know. Hope everyone has had a great start to 2015.
Mine has been mixed. Mostly good, but I won’t sugar coat it, I lost a few important people that impacted my years growing up just in the last few weeks.
My dearest Uncle Emil passed away. He got pneumonia and couldn’t recover. He was 84. He lived a good life. I really felt for my father, this was his first sibling to pass. He has two sisters and a brother. It’s always hard to see someone go. My Dad and his brother are about 5 years apart, and they were so fun to watch together. They dressed similar, they used the same body language, they even stood up the same. Just adorable.
I posted a picture of me with my Dad, Aunts, and Uncle below. Gee, can you tell we are Italian??! This was from my Aunt Terry’s 80th birthday (in the pink) just a couple years ago.
Also, growing up in Rochester, New York, we had some neighbors we were close with. Chris and Melissa were my brother and I’s age and my Mom and their Mom, Linda, were friends. So, we would all do things, while the Dads worked. My Mom and Linda had a lot of adventures together. Linda was a great woman. Funny, and always told it like it was! She had a red Trans-Am with an 8 track in it and she would play Betty Davis Eyes – over and over and over again. They were Greek and had several family owned restaurants. We had so much fun hanging around the restaurants, in fact, we had my Dad’s 50th surprise birthday at one of them. Lots of memories. They moved to Florida years ago, and Linda kept in touch on Facebook. She lost her battle with cancer a couple weeks ago. I will miss her. She always called me Dayna-Bo-Bayna, and I loved it! We would always laugh.
On to more positive things… I have really embraced traveling lately. Just in the last six months I visited Washington, DC… Los Angeles… Rochester… New York City… and most recently Cabo, Mexico. Instead of overthinking anything, I just go. Many of my friends live in different cities or have events in different cities, so I pack up and join them or we go together. We’ve had so much fun. Really great trips.
I’m totally in that, boy did I dodge a bullet mode. I’ll keep that part to myself, but I think most of you have probably had that moment in life. That moment when you think you were sad about something because it was all you knew for a period of time, but then realize… “ohhhhh, that was for the best, someone above sure was looking out for me!” Well, that.
I continue to co-host the “Carlos and Dayna” morning show on KXNT 100.5 FM. I enjoy connecting with everyone. Even though the news out there has been pretty scary as of late. It’s almost a relief to have Deflate-Gate happening, mostly because, it’s just football and nobody gets hurt! We shall see how this Superbowl pans out!
I’ll be guest hosting on Valley View LIVE on Channel 13 KTNV on Monday, February 2nd. That should be fun. Thanks to the folks at 13 for asking me to join in for a day. In fact, I was just filling out a sheet with my information and when talking about my hobbies, I mentioned how you all love my skyline pictures from my balcony. I took some pretty cool ones over the last few months. I’ll post them below. I have also included one from New York City. I celebrated the New Year at the top of the Hugo Hotel, it looks out toward New Jersey and you can even see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. If you click on the picture, it makes it bigger. Feel free to grab for a screen saver or wall paper.
Happy New Year everyone!