Friday, January 1, 2010

Another year already?

In 2008, I told you how it was going to be the Year of Clean Living. After 2007, which involved the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol, yo-yo weight gain, a distinct lack of exercise and all kinds of personal numbskullery, I thought that 2008 should herald a time in which I took better care of myself and those around me.

That last about 3 days, 6 hours and 14 minutes.

In 2009, I didn't resolve anything that I can remember, but that doesn't seem to have mattered. In a year that included a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a foreclosure, moving the household, The Summer of Marital Strife, the ongoing joys and heartaches of raising three kids, the acquisition of yet another cat and recent unemployment, it's clear that any resolution for healthier living I'd have dared to make would have gone straight into the proverbial toilet anyway. For those of you who don't know, I am not now nor have I ever been one who doesn't eat when she's upset. If only!

Reading back on that last paragraph, I realize that we've been living the Real American Dream circa 2009. How quaint of us.

But I digress.

So there we were, ringing in 2010 with lots of chocolate bought half price at Target, sipping MathMan's signature KamaSutra Olive Juiced Martinis, and watching Rear Window. It seemed quite fitting somehow. We stayed up just past midnight, drank enough, but not too much, and I didn't eat so much chocolate that I ended up wishing for instant death. There were no fights, no large emotional upheavals and the only fireworks were those being set off by our neighbors behind us. It was just kind of calm, with the coolness of Grace Kelly in the background.

So where does that leave 2010? Well, I'm not laying out any big plans for radical change. No, instead I'm going with moderation in all things. Balance will be my motto. Or more accurately, as I mentioned this morning to MathMan "I'm going to eat salad so I can drink alcohol."

As long as the salad is made of chocolate ice cream and pie, I should be fine.

Happy 2010! Thank you for being a part of this.


  1. Yes, doesn't tedium sometimes sound like a welcome change?

    May the invention of cal;orie free chocolate make this your best year yet!

  2. We had marital strife? I hardly noticed but I do notice that we have been together half our lives since you mentioned it. And I have draw full of greens and a shelf full of booze for later. Happy New Year.

  3. Mmmmmmmmmm, pie. Happy new year friend.

  4. 2010 ... I'm thinking, maybe it's time to put on a dirty white floor length rope, make a crudely lettered sign which proclaims, "The End of the World is Near" and spending weekends down at the city park.

    Nah, it's already been done and I hate being derivative.

  5. I hope this year your family and you will achieve balance and that the pie is good...

    Peace and Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Step away from the keyboard this instant young lady and go make the nasty with your husband until you can't walk straight.
    Start the new year right fer chrissakes!

    My best to you and good luck, thanks for stopping by my joint too.


  7. I have a random list of confessions for you, in honor of this blessed new year:

    1. I really wish you were my neighbors. Sadly, that would mean one of us would have to move. [Pick me! Pick ME!] Be warned: If we end up in GA, Nooze may wander into your yard from time to time. Just turn her around and send her back.

    2. I adore your honesty, even when the subject is foreign to me.

    3. I kind of adore your spouse. This is mainly because he reminds me of MINE. [Mine's just the 6'+, Native American Hybrid version. And mine's a semi-Republican.]

    4. Your taste in music, movies and books intrigues me. It makes me seek out the 'less me' kind of stuff, which is kind of fun.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  8. I think this will be a better year for both of us. I prefer the drama free life myself.

    Happiest of Days to come Lisa.

  9. I could not wait to get rid of the old 2009 calendar & be done with it. Damn that was a rough year.
    So here I am trying to get my head into a positive mindset- only to find out Grandma went to the hospital in an ambulance @1am w atrial fib & pneumonia. Worse, she is cross country in Ohio & we can't go help.
    The good (??) news is grandpa is in a rehab facility from his fall w a broken hip & is covered w 24/7 care. He's making good progress... but dammit... I'm trying to find the silver lining here. Help!

    I mean Happy New Year!

  10. Hear, hear to balance!

    And chocolate!

    Happy New Year, Lisa.

  11. Or is that "here, here?" What-ever.

    Happy New Year all the same.


  12. I've heard of this "balance" thing that you speak of, but much like the Loch Ness monster, I have yet to actually see it or believe in its existence.
    Keep me posted, will you?

  13. Wishing you a better 2010, honestly, 2009 sucked for many of my friends. Time to move on!

  14. im not a salad guy but that salad I would eat!
    all the best to you and Mathman and the spawn in 2010 and as always thank you

  15. I'm pretty sure you stole that motto from Oprah. Isn't that her diet du jour?

  16. I second rennratt. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

  17. You have great taste in movies - we love Rear Window. And how does one make a martini like Mathman? does Mathman make martinis???? :-) Happy New Year to you all down there in drawlin' Georgia!

  18. I'm anti-resolution. If you can start out the new year on a positive note, knowing that there will be peaks and valleys along the way, well … that's life, isn't it? We all just do our best. EXCEPT -- I want you to resolve to make it to Madison this year. I PROMISE I will take you to the naughty bakery & truck stop ("Home of the Beer Lube") and introduce you to Jane Hamilton. How's that for dangling a carrot in front of you? <3 Suzy

  19. yeah, pie....i don't drink but pie i do, do ;)

    glad you are just another average american family...bless us all, everyone...

  20. Didn't you quit smoking? That's no small feat, dear.

    Happy newish year a little bit better than the last, Lisa and Mathman.

    (Maybe this'll be the year I start living in your shed. There's that to look forward to. ;)

  21. "I'm going to eat salad so I can drink alcohol." That's pretty much how I live my life. *hee hee* Seriously, I think that type of balance is the only way to live.

    Also, Iwanski and I have "Rear Window" on Tivo and are contemplating watching it it was pretty funny to read that you guys just watched that movie. :)

  22. I feel so frustrated! Everyone I know is making New Year's Resolutions and I can't. I have absolutely no bad habits. No faults. How can I improve on perfection? But I will suppress my bitterness long enough to wish you and your great husband and cool kids a very happy, healthy 2010!

  23. I loved Doug's comment, because every time I make reference to "fighting" with my husband, he's like "fight? what fight? we never fight!" As long as one of us is happy at any one time, I guess everything is fine.

  24. My guess is 2010 will be, on balance, a better year than 2009. My hope for you is you get that all-important publishing deal for your book so I can get a review copy and write all sort of stuff about how "I knew you when". Especially if there are sex scenes.

    Love you, Lisa. Many blessings.

  25. 2010 is going to be better for you. I feel it.

    Big hugs, girl!


  26. I second all the others. Let's face it 2000-2009 sucked to high heaven. I think we will finally get some change this year. Not the faux change that passed the market study groups, but real change. Might be scary at first, but I think too many people are too pissed for the lid to remain on the pot much longer. And that's a good thing. Here's hoping to a good start in 2010.


    Why does this shit keep happening to me?!?!

    Anyway, Happy New Year to You, MM and those three beautiful pains!



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