The last post of 2006

So, this is it.  The last post of 2006.

This time of year always makes everyone get all reflective on what’s past and contemplative on what’s to come.  And really, I’m OK with that.  I mean, it’s a good thing to stop and kind of “take stock” every once in a while.  Right?

I’ve been searching for some creative way to wrap up 2006 – and I’m kind of at a loss, so I guess I’m just going to wing it and ramble… as usual.

I started a new job in 2006, and financially it was one of our best years ever because we have started to get our shit together.  We don’t have mountains of debt, we’ve got savings, and while we’ve still got a ways to go… we’ve made a lot of progress.

Of course, we still have to pay taxes in April, which will undoubtedly suck some major ass.

Speaking of which, I purchased my new laptop in 2006.  I won’t get it until sometime in 2007 – but do you hear that Mr. Tax Man?  It was purchased in 2006.  So that counts.  Oh, and I came into the iPod generation in 2006 too (and I now own an iPod, an iPod shuffle, an iTrip, and some kick ass iDock thingie) – but I don’t think I can swing that as a write-off.

My husband’s grandmother died in January of 2006 – January 26th to be exact.  And while it was horrible and sad and tragic, it also marked a turning point in my relationship with my mother-in-law.  I don’t know if she is aware of it or not – but since the day I walked into the hospice house, only moments after her mother had died, and she collapsed in my arms… things have definitely been different between the two of us.  Better.  More like what I had always imagined and hoped for.

I’ve met some amazing people this year – which is significant because when you live in the same town you grew up in, meeting new people isn’t exactly a daily thing.  Some of these people have become incredible friends.  One in particular, my “ex” work husband, I became unexpectedly close to and he helped me through some very rough times.  In fact, if it wasn’t for his support, my husband could very well be single right now.  Or dead.  Which would also be bad for me, as I would be facing huge legal fees for that insanity defense.

I started blogging – really blogging, in 2006.  And while most of the people I know in my real life don’t “get it” – it has been wonderful for me.  It has been therapeutic, and healing, and a means for me to grow and stretch.  It has also been the first time I have written consistently for a long period of time, and I am proud of that.  My Nana would have been proud as well.

And now, 2007 is quickly bearing down on me, begging for resolutions and promises to do better next year.

I’ve thought about what exactly I should “resolve” to do better next year.  I should quit smoking and start using the gym membership I’ve already paid for.  I need to stick better to my low-carb diet or prepare to kiss these size 6 jeans good bye.  I want to be a better mother, wife and friend.

But I’m having trouble picking something I can get really passionate about.  Something I can really put my foot down and say “hear yee, hear yee, I resolve to do THIS!  dammit!”

All I keep thinking is that I want to do everything better.  I want to half ass it less and whole heart it more.  I want to follow through.  I want to focus on the job at hand and do it to the absolute best of my ability.

So, I guess that makes my official 2007 New Year’s Resolution to just “do better”.  Yeah, that’s going to be a big hit at all the New Year’s parties.

Perhaps I should also resolve to write shorter blog posts.

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