2010? I am so ready for you. Come on in, have a glass of champagne, will you not?
2009 was not a good year. But I am fine with that because at the end, I am still precisely, exactly, absolutely where I would like to be.
To be fair, the Aughties were very, very kind to me. It is certainly not the entire decade's fault that 2009 turned out to be a little bitch (and yes, 2009 IS female because 9's are female. And yes, that was for you, Monkey Dearest)
Anyway, to recap the Aughties:
- I met a boy. A really, really nice boy (more on that later.)
- I turned 30 and celebrated by dancing with my sister to Abba's Dancing Queen.
- I was working for a Dot.Bomb (Viva la Empriva!) when everything blew up and I had a fish-eye lens view of history in the making. Which I do appreciate now, perhaps not so much at the time.
- I got a new job as a Blockhead as business systems analyst at a Big Corporate Tax Preparation Company that paid me much, MUCH more than the Dot.Bomb and was able to pay off some major debt AND buy myself a house - one accomplish I had always wanted to do as a Single Girl. In addition, I made some incredible friends at this new job. Friends who are still with me today.
- I went to Rome with a friend. We had an amazing, incredible walking adventure of Rome and the Vatican - only taking the train once and no cabs whatsoever. Everywhere else, we walked. It was a trip of a lifetime for me. Also, the plane ticket was a grand total of $329!
- I married that nice boy in a very pretty ceremony in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and we spent our honeymoon exploring the entire state. (Sidenote: It thrills me to no end that now anyone simply wishes to build a life with the person they love can get married there - gay, straight, lesbian, whatever. I am so fucking proud of New Hampshire. Live free or die!)
- I went to work for the Federal Reserve Bank - it was a hellish job, actually, but I did have some amazing experiences there and got to work neck deep in the Check 21 project. I was able to travel to 16 banks and branches, coast-to-coast in a very short amount of time. I did NOT appreciate the experience at the time, but I do believe it allowed to really settle down and.......
- give birth to my first baby and become a homemaker with no hesitation whatsoever. And then?
- 20 months later, I gave birth to his sister.
- And in the midst of all of this, I began this blog. Writing here is purely narcissistic and I am my Audience of One. I cannot pretend otherwise. Still, I thank you for reading all this endless blather.
Actually, I tend to make my big life changes in the summer - I did not do this on purpose, but there is a lightness to summer that probably lends itself better for change. After all, I quit smoking in June 2000 and this past June, I began a steady, consistent exercise program that has changed my life. When I am plodding around on the track or doing my hamster moves on the elliptical machines, I am still amazed at what exercise has done for me.
I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year. We are spending ours snuggled up in our house with movies, a nice champagne and a yummy dinner prepared by yours truly. And I am not the least bit ashamed to say that I am pushing for a viewing of Grumpy Old Men - what better way to start the new year?