The Kannadys are saying ‘so long’ to 2022, but not before we share some notable moments.
I hesitated to begin our yearly recap with bad news, but thought it best to get it out of way so we can finish up with happy things.
Jack Howard Kannady
This year, we lost a wonderful man – a loving husband, a cherished father, and beloved friend. Dan’s dad passed away on May 28th. It was sudden and unexpected, which makes the grieving process much more difficult. Dan has taken over care for his mom, Twila, and I’ve tried to help out wherever possible. Twila and I enjoy hair washing days and catching up while Dan takes care of business. We are so proud of Twila – she has been a pillar of strength in the midst of her loss, and is learning everyday how to advocate for herself and move forward as best she can. She’s a warrior, and has surprised us daily. You can find Jack’s obituary here. We miss him every day, and try constantly to learn how to live with the unique and painful hurt his death has caused. God bless you, Jack. You are loved.
This year was year of loss. Not only did we lose Dan’s dad, we also lost the most important part of our household, our beloved Emma Bean. This dog broke the mold and made each day something special. As she began to deteriorate, we took her in for some blood tests and learned that her kidneys were failing. It too was a sudden loss, and losing a pet has proven to be a special kind of pain. Some days, my heart hurts so much I don’t know what to do with myself. Dan and I were smitten with her – she left a huge hole in our hearts. I’m so thankful to my coworkers and friends for their support, especially my friend Michelle who painted special portrait of Emma to help with the grieving. In times of loss, it’s beautiful how love flows in.
Dan and I both continue to work at Cook Medical. I celebrated my 13 year anniversary this year, and Dan celebrated his 4 year anniversary. We are so thankful to have employment in these changing times. As Dan continues to be an essential part of the Finance department, my creative responsibilities have expanded as my department re-structured into an Agency that aligns all creative team members together to provide amazing services to the rest of the company. I’m delighted to be a involved with our new studio team (a studio that rivals the CNN news studio). I’ve produced graphics for a few productions now, and the team I get to work with is second to none. I’ve been growing my leadership skills and ensuring I try to bring positivity to every meeting I attend. I love my job, and I’m grateful to be able to do what I love every day. We’ve also moved to a hybrid status, which allows for remote and in-office work which I’ve really taken to. I appreciate the modern changes Cook has made to support it’s employees.
Thankful to be in the black this year when many have struggled, we were able to trade both of our vehicles in for upgrades. After traveling to several states, and driving hundreds of miles, we finally found my new Ford Explorer right in our own backyard. Her name is ‘Disco’ and is already a billboard for my love of unicorns (to Dan’s protest). She red, and has upgrades I never knew I missed. Let me tell you, butt warmers are something you shouldn’t live without. Dan went from his Cummins to a Ford F150 with all the bells and whistles. He is excited to get into a vehicle that has more than standard features. It’s dark silver and he can’t stop finding things he loves about it. We both can’t believe we get to drive these vehicles everyday.
A piece of history
Another vehicle that deserves its own section, is Dan’s new Harley Davidson, the Dude. The opportunity arose when our Uncle Dude mentioned he was selling it. We both realized what an important part of history this bike was and jumped on the chance immediately. It’s sitting safely in our garage, with lots of upgrades, while Dan compiles all the utensils he needs to care for it this winter. We bought our first official Harley Davidson apparel the other weekend and can’t wait for the spring when Dan can go get his license and take some long bike rides.
We also inherited Dan’s Pa’s old single cab Chevy Silverado. It’s an heirloom and we’re so happy to have that safe in our garage too. We get to walk out everyday surrounded by things our loved ones touched and worked on. We’re trying to honor those loved ones by making sure we care for these relics.
Something positive did come from the passing of our two loves – it brought old friends together again. Adam, TJ, Dave, Kadie, and Nick attended Jack’s funeral and afterwards came over to the Kannadys afterwards. We ate, we drank, we bonfired. It was like old times and boy did it feel good. We remenisced, talked about the good times when life was simpler and we were younger. It was a great reminder that there is a silver lining to find in even the darkest of times. Thank you to our friends who turned our frowns upside down and helped us to laugh when all we wanted to do was cry. You are angels, you are blessings.
Austin Visits Bloomington
We had the pleasure of hosting my brother this year. It was an amazing visit, and we stuffed every possible thing we could in during his four days here.
Help at Twila’s
My brother has a heart of gold and took time out of his visit to come over to Twila’s house to help us check some things off our list. Unfortunately, there was some sweat involved, but my brother isn’t afraid of hard work. He was a huge help to us and the list of things a mile long we need to finish at Twila’s. It was so fun seeing Austin and Dan work together – they are two peas in a pod, and I love seeing them continue to build their friendship.
The Black Keys
We had a blast at the Black Keys concert in Nobelsville, IN. Our good friend TJ came along too, which made my heart so happy. All my boys together for some great tunes and comraderie. I knew every song they played and couldn’t stop singing the entire concert. You know it’s a great band when they sound even better live. We drank, we danced, we sang, we bought a ton of tshirts, and then we lounged in the grass parking lot and laughed at everyone causing a traffic jam.
French Lick/West Baden
At the casino, we didn’t make much money, but we had a great time showing Austin around one of our company’s properties. It was really neat to see a newbie experience the property for the first time.
Man it was hard to let him go home, and even harder to say goodbye. We love you Austin – you are a treasure.
A Sloth Named Luna
Dan and I celebrated our 7th anniversary this year in September. We kind of outdid each other with gifts this year. We booked a stay at West Baden and were welcomed with a beautiful rose and note from the staff. Our room was lovely. While in French Lick we of course went to the casino (and lost money, but had a blast), but first I booked us seats on the scenic French Lick train. It travels out into the Southern Indiana forest while the important landmarks were discussed by the engineer. It was a beautiful day for a train ride.
The highlight though, was the 1-hour session Dan booked for us at the Wilstem Safari Park. We weren’t sure what to expect, it being a safari park in the middle of Indiana – but we were overwhelmed with their professionalism, how well the animals were taken care of, and the knowledge of their animals. We ventured over to the building with the sloth in it. It was full of interesting creatures – a banana python, kangaroos, a newborn antelope, reptiles, monkeys, and Dan’s favorite, the bilatong (bear cat). As we began our session, we entered the room Luna lives in, and slowly introduced ourselves. We learned the sloths grow moss on their hair for added nutrients and insulation, the only difference between a two-toed and three-toed is really only one toe, the hair on their stomachs is extra coarse for offspring to grasp, and their favorite treat is hibiscus blooms.
I swear, I made a spiritual connection with this creature. Looking into her eyes was like looking into the deepest jungle, and when she looked at me, she saw my soul. I was lucky enough to be able to feed her by hand, pet her, feed her hibiscus, and at the end of our session – I sat on the floor of her sanctuary where she laid her body on my leg and held my hand. It was magical. And an anniversary gift Dan and I will never forget.
Sugar and spice
I’m sure this isn’t a big deal to anyone, but it was to us, so I’m sharing it. After years and years of trying to get Dan to like Starbucks, we finally discovered his drink. He’s now a chai tea latte lover, and I don’t feel so bad spending way too much on a specialty coffee. I knew we could find his drink – just takes time and patience.