As 2010 zooms ever closer, I’m baffled at how quickly this year has passed. Hours turned to days, days to weeks, weeks to months, and months to one blurry mess of a year. Granted, 2009 hasn’t been all bad, but I’ve certainly shed my share of tears. All in all, when the clock strikes 12:01 am on January 1, 2010, I will happily wave goodbye to 2009 and gaze hopefully into 2010.
Until then, let’s look back at the year that was:
- I rang in the last year of this decade with a quiet New Year’s at my sweet parents’ house. If I recall correctly, we were all in bed by 10:30. For the first time in a long time, I was reminded what it feels like to wake up feeling good on January 1. Mama’s black eyed peas & hog jowl and cabbage kicked off the New Year with promises of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
- I turned 30 on Valentine’s Day, and, surprisingly, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. It was actually pretty wonderful. Friends were extra supportive and all too eager to help me celebrate this milestone. And celebrate we did…all month long!
- I hosted my mama, sisters, and several of my nieces and nephews who spent their spring break visiting Fun Aunt Amanda in Houston. My 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1102 sq. ft. house held 7 people + me for 5 days. Now that’s family togetherness.
- I purchased and single-handedly assembled a beautiful daybed in preparation for the aforementioned family visit. I felt handier than Tim the Toolman Taylor as I put this gigantic piece of furniture together. Go, me!
- I spent a lot of time in Mississippi doing family stuff. Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. We came together as we supported the deployment of my oldest nephew’s National Guard Unit to Iraq. It was so hard seeing him go, but he’s a strong, smart, loving young man, and thanks to modern technology in the form of Facebook, we hear from him fairly often. God bless our troops.
- I vacationed in Cancun and Cozumel for a week with friends, my first trip to the lovely beaches of Mexico.
- I made my annual Buffett & Baseball Pilgrimage with my Best Buffett friend. This year, we picked Chicago. Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon, Brewers-Astros game in Milwaukee Friday night, and Buffett concert Saturday night. We mixed in some of Chicago’s famous sights, nightlife and food, too.
- I had my sweet parents visit me several times this year. The circumstances were unfortunate (they were here to visit and help out my aunt with my uncle who was very ill for a long time), but we were able to enjoy solid, quality time in “my world”. Sight-seeing, dining out, taking mini-road trips to the Hill Country and just sitting on my porch talking are some of the most precious times I’ll forever treasure.
- I reigned in my previously out of control Astros-affections by realizing I could watch them lose at home and save myself a whole lotta money. I still took in quite a few games, of course, but limiting the number I saw in person enabled me to make the most of each outing, rather than just make it another Monday night at the yard.
- I said goodbye to two people I loved very much within 9 days of each other. My Uncle Arthur lost his long, courageous battle with heart disease on September 10th, and God decided to take my sweet Mama on September 19th without notice. Losing a parent hurts more than I ever imagined it would, but I take comfort in knowing that I’ll see her again one day in Heaven. And, until then, I’m doing my best to live the happy, loving, exciting life that my mama wants for me.
- I struggled everyday to adjust to this “new normal” since losing my mama. My sweet daddy and my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews have grown to love and depend on each other more than ever. Phone calls just because and morning text messages are welcome reminders that we’re not alone in this sadness and change.
- I gathered the courage to have LASIK eye surgery, and I went through with it! After 18 years of wearing glasses and 15 of wearing contact lenses, I finally set the wheels into motion to correct my terrible vision. I could barely see my hand in front of my face with my naked eyes before. Now, I’m seeing 3 lines better than 20/20. What’s that mean in layman’s terms? That means I’m a dang good shot. Really. Ask my nephew.
- I re-connected with 2 former beaus (not at the same time, of course), then disconnected with each beau after realizing why we weren’t together in the first place. And I had one (count ’em, ONE) date with a new potential suitor, and it was a bad one date. Perhaps 2010 will bring a fresh crop of beaus for the picking.
- I learned to knit, and I’m growing to really love this new hobby of mine. I’ve yet to complete a project, but I’m sure it will be beautiful whatever it is!
- I revisited the possibility of laying down real, actual roots in Houston in the form of buying a house, and I think I’m about ready to plant myself. The idea of a 30 year commitment (or thereabouts) is quite daunting, so I’m taking it all in stride. I’m quite particular when it comes to houses, locations, and looks, so I don’t expect a quick or easy solution. Hopefully this won’t be as big of a headache as I fear.
- I am nearly certain that more happened to me/by me in 2009, but as I sit here now, this is my list.
Here’s to health, wealth, happiness, and improvement in 2010!