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Jumbled Jubilee

Jumbled Jubilee

In looking back at 2011, the one thing that was constant in my life was change.  My whole life, environment  and body have changed.  At times I feel as if I have been in a wind tunnel struggling to hang on as events blew past me at breakneck speed.  Hence the image of the young woman whose car turned into a wind tunnel.  Of course as usual I was responsible for creating some of the tumult, and some was created around me.  I guess if I am still standing at the end of this crazy year, that says something.  Not sure what exactly, perhaps I am just a glutton for tackling too much at one time.  Let’s see if I can sum up 2011 by using the predictable list method:

  • renovated our house  (It went from shabby to chic.)
  • fired the cleaning service after they left my dog outside all afternoon  (Luckily he was not hurt, killed or lost.)
  • hired a new cleaning service  (Magda, Carmen and Luz are like family.)
  • gave time and money to charitable causes and helped several local families in need
  • planned my wedding and reception
  • married
  • went on our honeymoon – AWESOME!  (I knew I married him for a good reason.)
  • inherited husband’s children  (the old “for better or for worse” part of the vows)
  • inherited husband’s previous spouse and her provocations (see above)
  • planned and hosted a cider making party for husband’s daughter (see above)
  • said goodbye to my beloved canine companion of 14 years, Pumpkin
  • had surgery twice
  • had a concussion  (Gardening as a hobby really can be dangerous.)
  • visited eccentric family members on both sides  (I think his vows came into play here.)
  • adopted a new puppy – see above (It must be love.)
  • made some new friends and was dumped by one – She was supposed to be my maid of honor. (Luckily my gay brother could fill in with short notice. He still likes me thank G-d.)
  • had pheresis (Wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun of that.)
  • traveled overseas and domestically
  • read several great books, poems and short stories
  • attempted to improve my boss’s day by reducing her workload (I remember what it is like to have a stressful job such as her’s)
  • attempted to make my colleague at work smile  (I owe her so much.)
  • attempted to ease the burden of our patients, families and staff at the hospital (They face incredible hurdles and devastation with courage and conviction.)
  • lost my temper (Okay, is it any wonder after reading my list?)
As my late brother-in-law who lost his battle to lung cancer in 2010 said, “Life is all about love, baby.”  So keeping that always in mind, I am tired, but very pleased and grateful to G-d for my list.

So in 2012, I just hope to slow myself down.  I think after the year I just experienced that I do not need to have any goals or direction.  I think I should be able to watch Netflix, read and order in without feeling the slightest guilt.  But wait…

I hope to show my new puppy in obedience, travel to three destinations with my hubby, write my first book, spend more time with my mother and hubby’s parents, read multiple books, coordinate a Toys for Tots campaign, improve the relationship with the previous spouse for the youngest daughter’s sake and keep up my fitness and gardening schedule.  Hey, maybe this will be the year I actually get to become a real housewife?  A girl can dream, can’t she?

Any highlights of 2011 that you wan to share?  What are your dreams for 2012?