I've never been much of a new year's resolution person, I find the whole thing ambiguous. It's hard not to buy in though, when there is so much advertising and what have you directed towards "a new you in 2008!" I think if I was going to claim that I'm new, I'd do it in, say August, when no one else is doing anything of note regarding renewing themselves. Otherwise you kind of get lost in the shuffle. So people would go "wow, e-L is a new her - in August - cool!" or whatever.
One thing that I've always been a sucker for though, are the "year in review" articles and lists of "best of" the year, and other crap like that. Sure, there's some serious ambiguity there too - it's one person's opinion of what went down that was notable throughout the year, after all. And there are always differing opinions of what rocked out and what sucked, but part of what I like about these year end lists is that I can read them and get all superior like "pah! as IF that was the best movie this year - ha!" Not that I actually saw a movie this year. That was just an example. But still, I can denounce the list, should I choose to.
So tonight, I thought I'd do my own take on what rocked in 07 - e-L style. I'm not going to go into what sucked, because why bother? It's all about the rocking. You can go ahead and denounce if you want - but it's my list:
The job is officially one year old today, and kids, I have never been happier in a workplace than I am now. And I'm sorry for those of you who aren't happy at work - I've been there and it's awful - but I'm here to tell you the ideal job can be found. I'm living the dream. Okay, maybe not "the" dream, but as of right now, and for every goddamn day last year, I was excited to get out of bed, and head off to work. The work is interesting, I'm treated with respect, people genuinely think I'm smart (which I totally am, of course) and every day I feel like I'm making a difference in someone's life, and there is seriously nothing like it.
Shortly after the job started, I turned 40. When the big day actually happened, when I changed decades after loving my 30s, I would probably not have said that it would be a "look back on 07 highlight". In fact I think I actually had a little fit. But, after almost completing that 40th year, I have to say I'm starting to get the hang of it. It also helps that people tell me"oh my god, you SO do not look 40!" So that part rocks. The other part of it is that I'm 40 and I'm still here. I saw way too many people this year who didn't make it to 40, and that is just so, so unfair. So I'm 40 and healthy, and so very lucky.
This actually carries over from the birthday, but I want to point out that I didn't miss a single day of work in 07 due to illness. For reals. This is, absolutely a first for me. Not that I'm a absentee poster girl or anything, but I've always had something at some point throughout the year - especially when the boys were little and they attended that pitri dish/pit of plague known as daycare. Somehow this year though, I managed to work every day I was scheduled to work so this is a true, true highlight for me.
Again, a slight carry over from above. So with the great new job comes great new vacation. I've never had paid vacation before, so this glorious addition to my world was nothing short of a miracle. And when I booked my week off in August so that we could go and live it up at the cottage, swim, relax, read 4 dozen books, have fires in the evenings, go for long walks, it was almost too good to be true. And it was. Because alllll the sickness I didn't have during work time? Yeah, that showed up for vacation. So I rocked the sore throat/fever/cough/aches and general crappiness for 9. whole. days. Somehow I managed to do everything on the "what I did on my summer vacation" list, but I did them all in an Advil and throat lozenge fog. Finally on about day 7 I went to the doctor and got a prescription for - you guessed it - more Advil and throat lozenges. Eventually it turned out I had pneumonia, but whatever. I didn't have to use up sick days. So that totally counts.
Our kids started grades 5 and 2 in September, and it's hard to believe how fast they are growing up. And also how awesome they are. You get used to the "milestones" when you're a new or fairly new parent - first smiles, first words, first steps - then later it's toilet training, riding a tricycle, taking music lessons, learning to read. The funny thing is the milestones just don't stop. Now they're a little more subtle, you have to hear about them or ask about stuff that's going on because you're not with them 24/7 anymore. So we hear about how Max got an award at school for being considerate. Or how Charles is teaching himself to play the bass. I'm astounded with their knowledge - they just know stuff. And when I ask them "how do you know that?" They tell me "oh, I just read about it from a book I got from the library" or "we're studying it in school, it's SO cool". So while they know all the basics - walking, talking, reading - they continue to blow me away with everything else. We can have whole conversations about penguin habitats, or they can read me an article from Owl magazine and we can discuss eco-friendly houses or what happened to the electric car. I love it. I've loved all their stages (except maybe for toilet training) but I have to say I am so enjoying who they are right now so much. The only pangs I get are the teeny ones that tell me it's only a matter of a few years and maybe they won't have a lot of time for me. Those feelings I can push down though, because for now, it's all so good.
Happy 2008, blogfriends. It's gonna rock.