I do this every year, and it's always my most favorite post. I love to look back on what I've done, what I've accomplished and how much I've progressed and the changes in my kids. (I, uh, whine a lot. I now see what my New Year's Resolution should be.) I'd love to hear if any of these posts were favorites of yours, or if I left one out that should have been included.
So, without further ado - 2010, in review.
In January, I wondered at the lack of empathy in one of my kids. (I still see it.) I resolved to say No. (Ahem. I still need to do this. Drat.) We lost a dishwasher in the Great Kitchen Flood. I created a category for migraines. I had an endometrial ablation. I discussed Why I cook. And I wrote a Not So Anonymous Note to my family. My husband turned 55.
March meant answering the phone for Smitty. I began my review of books read. We had a brief warm day.I plotted my revenge.We had some massive police excitement. My son Gabriel made a horrible day much better. We tried desperately to get rid of a woodpecker. I wrote a post that ended up winning me an award. I was a millionaire for about 5 minutes.
In April, I wrote Riley's spectrum story. I took some really funny Easter pictures. I discovered Hipstamatic on my iPhone and took the pictures that I have in my bathroom. (KG, did you see them??) I realized that I should never make plans.I took five of my kids and a friend to Busch Gardens by myself. I forgot the MOST IMPORTANT ESSENTIAL whenI packed for my trip with my husband. We went to the Cayman Islands, dealt with a tropical storm, and my husband was stung by a stingray.
May was crazy. I took pictures of my son at his senior prom. My son turned 18. I interviewed my mom. Mother's Day was great. I did my kinda, sorta books update. Friendship is an effort for me. My freezer kicked the bucket. The bad behavior of this week was all mine. I struggled with the census. We discovered that Mackenzie has VCD. I discovered how to make Grilled Pizza.
I hoped that we'd have a less stressful June. My son graduated from High School - and apparently, I forgot to blog it. I had no Internet for almost a week and caused a hullabaloo when I talked about how much I hated Cox Cable. (PS - we are getting Fios in January.) I lamented the difficulties that I still have with my daughter's spectrum diagnosis. We were forced to buy a new oven. I was sent a new washer and dryer. A reader asked me a very difficult question. My son discovered a new author. My oldest son and mother went on the trip of a lifetime and were robbed. Another sort of weekly reader update.We spent TONS of time at the beach.
July. Independence Day. Emma turned 8.I sent Mackenzie to Texas wth a non working cell phone.I posted a video of myself doing pad rounds with a trainer. I had headshots done. And I was apparently very boring in July.
August meant BLOGHER - and many of you helped me and I am still grateful that you took the time to donate to sending me there. My husband woke me up rudely. Mackenzie turned 13. I had the most beautiful Henna Tattoo done at Blogher. Allegra came down with mono. I was honored for my award winning post. My little girls went to Fairy Tale Dance Camp. I posted more book titles that I've read. I listed lunches to pack if you are peanut free.
In September we had a close call with a hurricane. We had a relaxing Labor Day. I had a pleasurable shopping trip with Riley. I realized that I never really processed my miscarriage. I defeated my inability to create pie crust. I began a run with hives that lasted for more than 2 months.
October sent me to the blogging basement and I did a reader asks a question. I was profiled in Redbook. I wrote a profile of dinner in our house. Gabriel turned 11. I wore fairy wings at a wedding. My husband received a Senior Citizen discount at the grocery. Halloween.
November saw me on a blog trip and Riley did a great job while I was away. I wrote on the Mockingbird in my life. Nik bought the wrong coffee. We took a Saturday Afternoon Field Trip. Riley wrote her first book. I turned 41.I got some much anticipated very good news. I took Emma running. I made Ricotta Cheese.I wore a very fancy ball gown and took my picture in the bathroom. I gave my kids rules for their church behavior.I learned how to make Vietnamese Coffee. I took pictures for the Christmas Card. I went running with Riley.
In December, my mind went a little absent. I made candy flavored vodka. We got our first - but not last - December snow fall. We had heating trouble and I horrified a reader by admitting I keep my heat on 70. We had our 21st wedding anniversary. We talked frustration. Allegra turned 16 and Riley turned 7.I mastered making my Dad's Fudge. We had a Christmas shoot out. And more snow.
So. That was 2010. Happy New Year to all of you, my faithful and loyal readers, many of whom I count as actual physical friends. I wish for all of us a stress free, money filled, HAPPY 2011!