Dear 2009, Good Riddance...

This year has blasted by. And thank goodness. I don't know how much more yucky stuff could have happened this year. Okay, I know it COULD have been worse. I don't even want to THINK about that.

2009 - A Crappy Year in Review.

I was laid off (but actually this is kind of a positive too)
  • M.I.L. diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • High school friend passed away after fighting breast cancer for five years.
  • Drama.
  • Brother in law laid off.
  • Did I mention drama?
But, in retrospect, many great things happened this year.

So, as this year (DECADE?!) draws to a close, I'd like to focus on the happy things. Because I anticipate many more happy things in 2010.

My Top Ten Good Things of 2009.

1) My husband. He teases me mercilessly. He stays thin even when he eats, seriously, like the worst, crappiest food in the universe. He makes me watch the Science Channel and MMA. He is physically incapable of putting the laundry in the laundry basket. And I'm still crazy about him. He is an amazing man, and after this year, I am truly amazed that he turned out like he did. He is a testament to the apple falling VERY FAR from the tree.

2) Babies! So many of my girlfriends welcomed little ones this year. A few surprises, many meticulously planned out, all delicious and wonderful!

3) B got a great promotion. He is finally getting recognized for the GENIUS he is - not even sarcastic - he is truly one of the most intelligent people I know.

4) The Sisterhood. What can I say. I love those hookers (and Brian, our, um, pimp). I can't begin to tell you what a huge difference these peeps have made in my life. I can't wait for our new challenge to begin (go check it out!) and for all our crazy adventures this year - including a 1/2 marathon. I AM RUNNING A HALF MARY IN 2010!

5) Kauai. Never has a vacation been more needed. That is all.

6) Reconnecting with B's Dad, Stepmom and Half Sister. The more I get to know them, the more I know what my life was missing. I'm so thankful for them!

7) The Whole Fam Damily. Even though some of them did hurtful things, I must step back and realize that they are human and not as perfect as I. Oh, I kid. Overall, I love my family and my husband's family very much. Some of them don't make the best decisions, but at least they are entertaining.

8) Old friends (you know who you are). I've had a lot of the same girlfriends since junior high (some even earlier - and I've picked up some more along the way). There's a reason they're still in my life. No, not because you have some horrible photographic blackmail material (hello, grunge years), but because you are all amazing women. I have a fabulous collection of girlfriends. Love.

9) Running. I love it, I hate it. But nothing peels off the pounds and keeps me out of therapy/off meds like good old pounding the pavement. Who knew?

10) My G-Rex. Is it sad that my 2 year old is my best bud in the world? I don't think so! He is just amazing. I can't remember (and don't want to) what life was like before him. How can you be in a sour mood when a toddler runs up, grabs your cheeks and kisses you. Impossible!

So, when I think about 2009, there was a lot of heartbreak, a lot of um, yes, DRAMA, and a lot of anger.

But, in so many ways, the bitter makes the sweet SO much sweeter.


*Lissa* said...

I hear ya!! 2009 did completely suck ass for the most part.


I am so glad 2009 brought YOU into my life! xoxo

Crooked Eyebrow said...

2010 is gonna be the year, i just know it. i'm so glad i'm back to the sisterhood and in such great company like you!

megant599 said...

I love your year in review. I'm sad we didn't get to connect when I was up in your neck of the woods but that's what I love about 2009...your blogging lets us connect so much more! Can't wait to see you twice in "oh-10" and applaud your aswesomeness in the Rock-n-roll half mary! Happy New Year and I'm so glad to have you in my life!

Shan said...

Yay for a new year and a fresh start! Thanks for popping by my blog. I'm glad to hear Jillian Michaels and Couch to 5k were huge for you. I'm hoping they'll be huge for me! Happy new year!!

Andrea said...

Very nice. And grunge years? You were so cute wearing flannel :) Now, it was the years BEFORE that where I'd consider the pictures blackmail... How about the year of the haircut? I'm pretty sure we went insane that year.

But the half marathon is so cool. You are amazing. I certainly couldn't carve out that kind of commitment at this point in my life!

~Mendie~ said...

I heart the fact that you are so awesome in spite of all the crap you had this year.

Hope 2010 brings you all the happiness in the world! Glad I met you thru the Sisterhood...you make me laugh and smile!