I am grateful you are over. It's not you, it's me. I'm just tired.
No, but seriously, the past two years or so have been a bit of a rollercoaster. I have had wonderful, fantastic, stupendous things happen to me. But, on the other hand, I have had horribly disheartening, terribly upsetting things happen to me the past year or two, as well. So maybe I will make a list. Two lists. Because it's more easily encapsulated than me sitting around and talking about them forever.
The List of Wonderful, Fantastic, Stupendous Things:
1. I GOT MARRIED. BOOOOOOOOOOM.
2. I got a real job.
3. I moved out of Phoenix.
4. I moved to Flagstaff.
5. I learned how to drive stick shift.
6. I discovered the joy of Gordon Ramsay television shows and the subsequent need to cook food using good, honest, locally-grown produce. Yum.
7. I ate a lot of delicious food.
8. I discovered the joys of destroying your core with exercise. Awesome.
9. I learned that I love 5th grade.
10. I get 120 little minds to mold and have fun with on a daily basis.
11. I got a whole new set of friends through my colleagues and co-workers.
12. I got my first grown-up apartment, and a bunch of things that go with that, such as:
a. A couch
b. A fancy coffee machine
c. Outdoor chairs.
d. The Indiana Jones Trilogy on Blu-Ray
13. My husband had a lot of personal success.
14. My husband and I figured out our personal recipe for our finances.
15. I got a fancy new phone.
16. I completed my goal of reading 50 or more books this year.
17. I was responsible with my health (i.e., I saw doctors and got vaccines and had cavities filled).
18. My husband and I discovered a bunch of new games.
19. A lot of my friends had a lot of personal success this year, as well.
20. I got to spend a lot of lovely time with my friends and family.
Now, the doozy. . .
The List of Horribly Disheartening, Terribly Upsetting Things:
1. I got fired. Not only was that upsetting, but it very much destroyed my self-confidence and made me depressed for a while.
2. I have had some really upsetting moments in school. Kids being jerks, parents being jerks, me being a jerk, et cetera. I've only had a few crying episodes, and none of them really in front of my kids. Woot.
3. I have eaten way too much of things that are bad for me.
4. I have not exercised enough.
5. I have had some interesting community interactions.
6. I spent the first half of the year wildly stressed out because of my wedding, moving, and finding a job.
7. I spent the second half of the year wildly stressed out because of my job.
8. I didn't read as many books as I would've liked.
9. My husband was very stressed out a lot of this year.
10. I would've liked to spend more time with friends and family.
So, it turns out that the bad list is half of the good list. Score!
Now I have three or four pithy, vaguely required resolutions:
1. Eat better.
2. Exercise more.
3. Read at least 50 books.
4. Write down one good thing in my diary a day.
And now for the most exciting thing -- THE CHALLENGE FOR 2013.
You may think that I will merely read 50 books. YOU WOULD BE WRONG. My husband challenged my to read Bleak House (by Charles Dickens) and a collection of Jules Verne novels (including A Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in 80 Days) by the end of summer. So, by the end of summer, I will have my requisite Charles Dickens book for the year read, and I will have become a mild expert on Jules Verne novels. I will rule all books mwahahaha.
Erm. Anyhow, HAPPY 2013, PEEPS!