Well, hello, there! I said I’d be back in the new year, and here I am. I missed you! But I also spent the last couple of weeks masquerading as a slightly insane petsitter. Slightly insane only because I think sane petsitters occasionally say no to jobs so that they can occasionally care for their own pets; I, on the other hand, had up to 13 jobs in one day. Thank you a billion times over to my beautiful wife for taking care of our own beasts!
I both love and hate year-in-reviews; sometimes I find it really boring to read about other people’s years, but really, if you find this boring? Skip it. Because when it’s not boring it’s really interesting, so I’m banking on everyone loving my version of a year in review. It’s a bit more of a reflection than review, but that’s what you get. Ready? Let’s go.
Our 2010 year started off with us screwing up a dinner party. Seriously. We thought we were being invited to just a “let’s all hang out, it’ll be fun!” party and we showed up 2 hours after it started. Um, fashionably late for a regular old party, right? Yeah, well, as I mentioned – it was a dinner party. Being 2 hours late is very, very bad.
I tell you this because, in retrospect, it seems like an appropriate beginning to the year that 2010 was.
In 2010, we had in our lives or in the lives of people we’re very close to a birth, a death, jobs lost, new jobs started, a separation, a wedding, we moved, we got a kitten, we lost our kitten, and we each turned another year older. That last part is just how things work. Other notable things: I started blogging, I started classes, I dropped classes, I got rejected by roller derby (twice!), our dog bit someone, I changed my life plan, we changed our last name, we merged our finances, and – yes, I already mentioned the wedding, but it feels worth mentioning again – we’re married now.
What I mean to say is that 2010 was a really big year, and I am really grateful that it’s over. When the clock struck midnight and our little group of friends yelled “Happy New Year!” I felt this sudden and huge wave of relief. Really, that’s sort of silly: who knows what 2011 brings? Maybe more stressors, different stressors. But I find a lot of hope in this: we made it through this last year, and we did a really good job. The chances of all of these things happening in the same year again are probably not very high, but, regardless, I know we can handle it.
Being engaged and then married has been an enormous blessing throughout all of this. When things get hard, I know that there’s someone by my side, someone on my team; even when we’re having a rough time in our relationship, we’re in it for the long haul.
So here’s to 2011, with hope that it is full of love and new beginnings and is only somewhat eventful. Happy New Year, you guys.