Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Looking Back...

I'm smiling as I type this, because it is just so typical...
It's taken me 9 whole days of the New Year to get it together and write the first post.

The holiday was spent largely out of town, and almost wholly off-line. And once we returned, I thought that it would be nice to focus time/energies/etc. on the boy before he returned to school.
(and I was right, it was nice.)

But now he's back, and instead of diving back in the way I thought I would, I realized that I'd let a whole lot of stuff pile up here at The House That Crazy Built that needed dealing with.

But stuff has been, by and large, dealt with.
So here it is - the first of two posts: one looking back, the other forward.

(And might I just add my belated wishes for a very Happy New Year for us all???)

2007 - the year in review...

First Lines of the Month:
January: I woke this morning to a brilliant blue sky, decorated with the wispiest, laciest, and whitest of clouds.

February: It doesn't seem like there has been a whole lot of "Work In Progress" this week.

March: My heart is breaking for the families of the Ohio college baseball team whose bus plunged off an I-75 overpass this morning.

April: Happy Easter!

May: It all started on Saturday, over a week ago.

June: Since I seem to be a big fan of both being a tourist in your own town and the pursuit of the free thing lately - this weekend I managed to combine the two with a trip to the High Museum.

July: Let's begin with the possum...

August: Too. Damn. Hot.

September: At one point, when I was still in my 20’s, I briefly considered continuing pursuing my Psychology degree further, perhaps going into the realm of counseling.

November: At Least *SOMEONE* Around Here Is Being Creative...

December: I swear, sometimes I feel like my kid is Calvin...

There was craftiness in 2007. Not as much as I would have liked, perhaps - but more than I thought I had done!

2007's Craftiness

There was also cooking and eating in 2007!
(Lots and lots of eating... that might be a topic best discussed in the part II of this post, in a few days...)
There Was Much Eating in 2007, too...

And, of course, there was Schecky...
Wow... look at the difference between the pics at the beginning of the year,
and at the end. It's amazing how much kids grow!

It wasn't all gumdrops, and lollipops here at the House That Crazy Built, though. There were some rough times too. Things like:
  • Bubba spending the first four months of the year in Albany
    (New York, not Georgia)

  • lots and lots and lots of broken crap
    (dryers, and toilets, and footstools, oh my!)

  • not one but at least two very obvious depressive periods
    (Funny that I wasn't wholly aware of them at the time, but in going back and reading? Man, oh man...)

  • chemical burns

  • SF killer viruses that wiped out my inner ear
    (and most of my summer.)

  • Home invasions of the mammalian and avian kind
I originally started off linking the above bullet points to the appropriate posts in this blog, but you know what? I'm not going to do that.*
I'm really glad to have this blog - to have a source to go back and review upon the year as a whole: both the good and the bad stuff.

But I'm not going to dwell on the bad, not even to revisit it.
I got through it, and I'm moving onward now.

Onward and hopefully upward...

Which is a nice segue for the eventual Part II of this post, to be titled "Looking Forward."
(and it hopefully won't take me 9 days to write!)

*OK, actually I am going to link to the possum story.
'Cause that was even funny at the time...


Christy said...

Glad to see you back in blogland LLA. Now that you've dealt with your stuff, wanna come deal with mine? (I'm hoping *someone* will wave a magic wand and make it disappear.)

Autum said...

Here's to a year with many, many more ups than downs, for us both my friend! xoxo A

Misty said...

it all sounds (and looks) like a successful year.
I, for one, am glad you've returned and here's to hoping it's a truly magnificent year to come!

(can I ask you a technical question? how do you get all of the pictures into the blocks?)

capello said...

am i the only one that looks back on a year and then panics at the new year thinking, "oh fuck, what's this one gonna bring?"

um, is that healthy?

Thimbleanna said...

Well, at last! Glad you had a good break. I enjoyed your look back at 2007 -- looking forward to your looking forward. ;-)

Gotta Knit! said...

Yippee your back.