A friend of mine eschewed Christmas cards, last year, opting instead for the more highly prized New Year Email. The tag line she and her family used was the title above.
In short, it wasn’t.
2009 was a good news/bad news joke that lasted 365 days.
I became an aunt to a niece and a nephew.
Fully half of my family (including those 2 babies) has moved to the United States.
The Boy started Grade One in the fall, and thrived.
I started a bout of depression in the fall, and didn’t.
I was offered a job that was practically perfect in every way.
The Girl’s world was shook by my taking that job, in ways I couldn’t have predicted.
But I made it through the wilderness. Somehow I made it through.
Not to get maudlin at the last minute, but this blog was so good and restorative and necessary for me this year.
I worked out stuff on its electronic pages that I couldn’t anywhere else. I kept up with people I knew, met others for the first time, was supported and distracted, in the right balance.
While real life was busy happening, I sat down and hammered out blog posts 180 times (assuming I post again tomorrow.) Some of them, a lot of them, were wholly forgettable.
A few of them, though, I still like.
I thought I’d compile my own top ten for the year. Stuff I’m happy I wrote, stuff that some of you seemed to like, stuff that maybe doesn’t make me curl up into a ball of cringe.
So, in absolutely no particular order, here is what I consider to be the top of my own particular dung heap, this year:
And let me finish by saying thank you. Thank You. Thank you for your comments, which I have given up trying to pretend don’t matter, because they are EXTREMELY gratifying. Thank you for reading, for passing my stuff on to other sites, for sending links around facebook and twitter and what have you. Thank you to the people I know in real life, who read me and still make eye contact with me, anyway. Thank you to my family, who give me the fodder for a whole lot of this site, and let me share it with all y’all.
And I leave you with my own personal tag line for the year to come,
“Gonna try to be a little more zen, in 2010.”