Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 in review the rear view mirror

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New Year's Eve has never been a big deal to me. For several years I opted to say good-bye to one year and hello to the next while spending a quiet evening in my apartment with my VCR (dates me, huh?), The Godfather, a bottle of wine and a few good cannoli.

Tonight will be only slightly different...I've got cannoli and wine but this year Donnie and I will watch football (gotta keep up with my bowl picks!).

Not a review but a look in the rear view mirror at 2009 in no particular order:

Another year and Donnie has put up good numbers proving he still has the gold medal in patience when it comes to dealing with me. Thank you, buddy!

I've so enjoyed being with Bug. Hearing his first, "I love you, Mommy" was terrific and experiencing the world through his bright eyes has been a joy. What a wonderful reminder to take it all in--big and small--at a snail's pace or in double time! Just the other day he drew a picture that actually had two eyes and a mouth (on purpose!). It's a small thing but I've always been one to celebrate the little things because it's more fun than waiting for the big things.

On the flipside, he's also perfected the tantrum and sadly, I don't think those are going away when I change the calendar.

There was downsizing at my office and my full-time job went to three days a week but I know I'm lucky to still have a job and am now working four days a week. In many ways it's been a good thing because I get extra time with Bug and my boss is fairly relaxed about my schedule.

While my mom's health has been an issue all year, she's doing pretty well now. We've been told she'll likely be on some form of chemo for the rest of her life but lymphoma is barely on the radar these days. She's had ups and downs and certainly there were scary times but she seems to be settling in at the nursing home and it's been great to get back to visit her during the year.

Blogging has been more fun than I ever imagined and meeting new friends online (why does that sound a little dirty?) has been terrific. I was so apprehensive about blogging but then decided to jump in. In some ways I felt like the new kid at school hoping someone would be my friend or at least let me sit at the same lunch table. So a big thank you to all of you who were/are so welcoming to this new kid in the school world.

There were about two months during 2009 when I was faithfully working out again. It felt great but then I went on vacation and, let's face it, for me cantaloupe ice cream will always trump a run or sit-up or just about anything.

I've yet to come up with any resolutions for 2010 that would last past noon on New Year's Day so I don't expect I'll have any big announcements. Oh sure, I should start exercising, eat better, volunteer more, find my patience, blabbity, blabbity (© Mama-Face). In a nutshell 2009 seems to be ending on a happy and healthy note so that's good news. Having said that I'm ready to say farewell to this year and greet 2010. I'll toast all of you tonight while at home in my jammies and likely much earlier than 12am and look forward to catching up with you in the new year.


  1. I love how sweetly you look back and see the good in it all. A lesson for everyone. Blogging has been a surprise blessing for me, too. Happy New Year, Mag! Enjoy your celebration tonight with your guys!

  2. Such a great post! Really, making two eyes and a mouth on purpose at such a young age really is good!! They ask that crap at well baby checks!
    Blabbity blabbity...Mamaface...haha! :)

  3. i love this post too and all the friends ive made through blogging.

    happy new year!

  4. Sounds like a good year! Happy New Year.

  5. Hope you had a relaxing evening. Happy 2010 to you! Blogging has been an amazing experience so far for me, and I agree about the supportive and wonderful people out there in bloggy-land. :)

  6. Happy New Year! I hope the tantrums diminish in the early part of the year for you. I wish you nothing but happiness for your year!

  7. Happy New Year and may 2010 be full of wonder and joy for you and yours.

    I think the way we bring in the year sets the mood and your way sounds perfect.

  8. Sounds like a lovely year to me!

    Those first "I love you"s really are priceless.

    Hope 2010 treats you well too.

  9. Sadly I think 2010 will be full of tantrums at my house too...oh yeah probably from the kids too