First, I have no pictures. If you're here looking for adorable kids in their jammies, opening gifts on Christmas morning, you'll have to wait. I'll get them up soon. Actually, we didn't even take many pictures this year- so there may or may not be pictures coming soon.
Second, I have nothing of interest to say. I suppose, since I'm publishing this post, I should say something... But I'll be danged if I know what it's going to be.
I guess I could say a loud and hearty "SEE YA!" to 2010. Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out. As far as years go? Not a big 2010 fan.
2010 has been a year of "Downhills." The biggest thing was seeing our business go downhill. More like it did one of those extreme skiing jumps off the side of a cliff. As much as I hate to admit this out loud, our family pretty much went broke this year. Owning a one-horse construction operation in a sucky economy is not a fun thing. I can think of many things, in fact, that I'd rather do. Multiple root canals. Colonoscopies. Mammograms on both jumblies simultaneously. Sitting in a vat of maggots. All of those at the same time. Worrying over whether or not my children will have a home six months from now, or stressing over stupid little things, like- oh... feeding my kids- these are not the ways I had hoped to spend my 2010. We've had to make huge adjustments (many were actually good for us, but still...), and learn to live with a constant knot in our guts, waiting for work to "pick back up." It hasn't. The financial headaches have taken a toll in every area of our life. Every. Area. If you've been through it, I don't need to say anymore. You know what I mean. We aren't completely destitute (yet) and God has really proven His faithfulness to us over and over again in the past year, so I can't really complain. In fact, I'm truly thankful. But you know it's my complaining that keeps this blog in business, so...
My career as a homeschool mom has definitely gone downhill. But that's really nothing new. I guess I can't blame that on 2010, although this year has seemed especially hard. I've thought of giving up many times. I'm so hard on myself, that I can never know for sure if I really am doing a terrible job homeschooling my children, or if I just feel like I am.
My beautiful figure has gone downhill. And you know how hot I was before, so that's been a difficult adjustment. I was so slim and sexy. Remember how I was constantly being compared to Demi Moore? Yes, you do. Think back. I betcha I'm fatter now than I've ever been. Either that, or the weight is shifting to other places. As we speak. My neck, or chin, or whatever this huge goiter-like lump of fat below my face is called, now has a separate zip code from the rest of my body. My stomach fat literally hangs down over my C-section scars, thereby hiding them- so... you know... there's something positive. Except I have to pick up the fat roll to clean underneath. You think I'm kidding? Then why am I crying as I type this?
My hairdo went downhill. For some stupid reason, I cut it all off. My hair was the one thing about my appearance that I could sometimes make look attractive. Not anymore. It blows. And sucks. I'm now in the process of growing it out. This, too, is not fun.
...Oh. My. Gosh. You guys. You know what I just realized? You know who I look like? With the fat, and the hair? CHAZ BONO.
My health has not only gone downhill, it's gone straight to Hades in the past year. But that's a whole separate post. One that I'll get to soon, in fact. I have things to tell. Secrets to reveal.
All in all, I'm thrilled to leave 2010 behind me. I hope and pray for a happier, healthier, more prosperous year ahead... with less neck/chin. And I'm wishing that for all of you, too. All two of you, my precious readers. Happy 2011!