Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Wonder What We'll Remember Most?

Happy Inauguration Day!

I wonder which part of President Obama's speech will be the most heavily sound-bit?

I can't wait to watch it all over again tonight ... what an historic morning for our country. I'm glowing!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Would you believe she's only 18? It's true!

Happy birthday to you, super jane! :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wondering about the Not-Quite-So-New-Anymore Year

Yes, I still work here. Hi again after months of radio silence!

2009, you are an enigma to me. There you sit, all new and shiny, a mysterious, wrapped package that may turn out to be Pandora’s box or that may turn out to be the loveliest gift I’ve ever gotten. What will I find if I just slit some of the tape and take a quick peek?

Ooh, I see some change! Change of addresses for some of those very near and dear to me, change in the national mood as we embrace hope and the hard work we should all be prepared to do to get to those new places BHO wants to take us, and even change for my piggy bank! Oh wait. Never mind. That change is earmarked for credit-card companies and the US Dept. of Edu. But over there in the corner, do I see a haircut? Hmm. Maybe I’d better retape that corner.

I’m just going to give you a little shake, 2009, and then hold my ear up to you. Ah, lovely. I hear new music from U2 and lots and lots of laughter. I hear my cell phone ringing about a million times (and that’s just for January) and final boarding calls and at least one Wedding March and my nephew’s newest bon mot as repeated by his super-proud FarFar. I hear the clickety-clack of my keyboard as I renew my commitment to Wondering. (This last noise also sounds like my only New Year’s Resolution. Let me listen again. Yup. That’s what it is.)

Do you smell good? Mmm, 2009, you smell great—like M&Ms and new culinary adventures and the gym and organic lavender lotion.

Well, there you have it. I think, after having sized you up, that you’re going to be a pretty surprising surprise, 2009.

Here’s hopin’.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wondering About 2009

There are two scenarios for 2009, I suppose. On the whole, 2009 could either be a colossal success or a giant failure. Obviously, I am hoping for success.

My dream for 2009 is that it will be bringing me wealth, health, and happiness in infinite measure. A lottery win, my seventeen year old body back, and constant belly laughs would fit the bill quite nicely. However, I am not delusional. So, I have a feeling that 2009 will bring that ever-popular mix of good and bad. ("You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have, THE FACTS OF LIFE! THE FACTS OF LIFE!") Sorry, I could not resist.

So, reality time. I hope that 2009 brings me clarity about some very large looming decisions in my life. Should I have a kid (ever)? If yes, when? Should Superman and I stay on the east coast, should we move back to the midwest or should we explore living in an entirely new location? Should I set out on a new career path? What kind of car should we buy when our lease runs out this Spring? Just how many pairs of shoes can I fit in our closet?

I also hope that 2009 brings me a lot of fun travel, a lot more time with my husband, and a chance to spend more quality time with far-flung friends. I am hoping 2009 continues to bring me as much happiness as 2008 did. I sincerely hope that 2009 teaches me to enjoy every day, that it continues to show me the beauty in the little things, and that it further teaches me to appreciate everything (and everyone) that I have in my life.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I Wonder What 2009 Will Bring?

Next week our next Wonder Woman will start her rotation, but I failed to notify her in time and so I am doing one last week, to kick off the new year.

First, a look back. 2008 brought many things to Chez G Love. A child - my first. My first birthday with a 3 in front of it. My second anniversary. An academic success, a bout of financial whining. A niece. 3 months without my husband, which was by turns a precious time and a lonely, difficult time. I went to childbirth classes, baby care classes, a horse race, three baby showers, the hospital. I had a month and a half off of work, and stitches aside I ate this time up, loved every minute. I saw Yellowstone National Park. I raised money for cancer. I went to 2 weddings, 1 camping trip, and countless band performances. I spent less of this year sleeping than I ever have in my life. I whined about not sleeping frequently.

What could 2009 bring me? Chances are that we will remain a family of 3, or 5 - no more children or animals will be gracing our door post this year, at least not planned (we all know how this can go, though.) Darlin and I could switch roles. By 2009's end I may be in law school, or I may be in theatre management, or I may be in graduate school, or I may be teaching, or in a very unlikely and not-hoped-for scenario, I could still be doing what I'm now doing. We may be moving to a new place. It could be somewhere we've never been before, or somewhere we know. Somewhere close, or far from here - close, or far from either or both of or parents. We may be living in our children's hometown by next year, or we may be living in the place where the next few will be born and move from before they are even aware of what is going on. Darlin may have a wonderful job or a job that is a stepping stone to a wonderful job, or if the economy continues to mess around, he may have a job that is totally unrelated to his career and education. We cross our fingers for one of the first two.

2009 is a swirl of unknown factors and worries and exhilaration and gut wrenching uncertainty. It will be fine. But it will also be interesting.