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Merry Christmachanukwanstice!

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I know, I know, I’ve been remiss – I’m way behind in my biweekly posts (and have been for a while). Trust me, I feel really guilty (hey, I’m 1/2 Jewish – guilt is my specialty!) I’ve been crazy busy (or, at the very least, crazy). This week’s excuses are all holiday related – I’ve been tangled up in holiday lights, last minute shopping ,  holiday parties/plays/parades (not all at once). Wow. that was a lot of asides. Next year I’m finding a different way to express the voices in my head (I promise).

I’ve also been busy writing and mailing my generic Christmas letters. I know, you hate them. Most people do, but I just can’t stop myself (is there a 12 step program out there?). I started writing generic Christmas card letters when I was in college (too little free time, too many people who wanted to know that college hadn’t killed me). That was a few several more years ago than I am willing to admit to. It’s been so long ago that I’m pretty sure I started the trend (please don’t hate me). Here, for those of you who are interested, is my latest version (for those of you who aren’t interested, try learning how to adult instead).

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Happy Holidays! – To borrow from adequateman (you really need to read his hater’s guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog) – “2016 has sucked – all the good guys died”. I beg to differ – we’re still here, and that’s what’s important. It has been, with few exceptions, a less than pleasant year – but it’s almost over, and we’re not dead yet, so here’s to not getting on the cart!

It’s been a busy year for our family – my husband continues to heal from his near death experience(s). He is 97% of normal, which is closer to normal than I am, by at least 62% (you do the math). At this point, we are just waiting for the lawyers, and then he’ll be ready to get out and GET TO WORK. It’s been nice having him home (dinner on the table when I walk through the door? Yes please!), but we’ve spent more time together these past two years than we have in the previous 29 😉

Our daughter is enjoying her junior year of high school (with the exception of all the acronyms – PSAT, ACT, SAT AAAGHHH). This year (thanks to summer school) she was able to load her schedule with electives – ASB, choir, dance and Drama2 (as if she needs help Being Dramatic). She’s also finishing her 2nd semester of ASL. She and her fellow thespians are looking forward to getting fluent enough in sign language to produce a “deaf-west” style performance (with performers both speaking and signing). She wanted to raise a steer this year for the fair, but she’s decided to wait until her senior year (if it is anything like raising a pig, I’ll be eating a lot of chicken next year).

As for me, well, I’ve been staying out of trouble (mostly). It’s taken a year, but (one year post-op, as promised) my knee is finally feeling good enough that I can run (Let me be clear. I can run. I choose not to). This year I fulfilled my dream of performing at the Hollywood Fringe festival. I played Gertrude/seamstress in a 30 minute production of A Little Hamlet. I had so much fun that I’ve actually started reading audition notices again. I’ve also returned to writing/blogging –  I actually submitted pieces to two writing contests this year (I’ll get my winning notification in January) and I’m hoping to complete my WIP before I retire die. I’m also looking forward to returning to stand up next year. In short (too late) now that my daughter is 16 and no longer needs me is getting a life of her own, I’m free to return to my BM* life.

WE spent another Halloween volunteering at the best “haunted maze” in Ventura county. If you haven’t been to Deadzone805, you’ve been missing out. But you don’t need to, because NOW THEY’RE OPEN ALL YEAR! (They are running escape mazes for private parties/celebrations). We’ve also been volunteering at the ventura county animal shelter – she walks the dogs, and I schmooze the people. I keep trying to pimp out the pitbulls, but most people refuse to believe that their reputation is just bad press.

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vicious pitbull

 

2016 has been…challenging**…for most of us. I’m hoping that in 2017 we can get off the rollercoaster and board the cruise ship – it’s time for some smooth sailing (just remember – don’t get on the boat marked “3 hour tour”).

Thank you all for you love, support and prayers – and for helping me to find my sanity when I lost it. I made a huge dent in my New Year’s resolution to spend more time with family and friends, but I want to spend more time with YOU (you know who you are). Let’s set a date!

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May your holiday season be filled with L’s and F’s***

(Love, Laughter & Light and Friends, Food & Family)

***Or chocolate and adult beverages – whichever works best for you

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Happy Holly Daze

th99omay8cSo here it is, the first day of the last month of the year. I would have posted earlier, but I just woke up from my Thanksgiving food coma.

 I don’t know about you, but the year flew by. Not that I’m complaining – it’s easier to deal with all the sh…stuff when it hits you quickly and runs away. Or maybe that’s what you’re supposed to do when you fight – hit quickly and run away. I get confused.

In any case, 2016 has not been my favorite year for a whole slew of reasons. Like the last or least favorite child, I’m not sad to see it leave. Not that I have a least favorite child. I only have one, so I suppose she’s my favorite. Then again, she IS a teen, so some days she’s my favorite, and some days not so much.

Where was I? (told you I’m easily confused). Ah. First day of the last month. I don’t have much to say, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for following me, and to wish you a safe and sane holiday season. Do me a favor – don’t let the holiday season make you crazy. Yes, there are a ton of things that Need Doing – cards to address and mail, presents to buy, wrap and mail, decorations that need to be put up (Here’s a tip – leave them up and tell your friends/family that you like to celebrate the spirit of the season all year long). OMG there’s so much that needs to get done, why am I wasting time writing? Trust me, it’s just not worth playing demolition derby with your car just because someone took your spot.

 

Be nice to each other, and have a happy holiday season

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Merry New Year!

imagesCA5RG2LUI know, I know, it’s been a long time since you read a post from me, and you were hoping that they’d stopped have been missing them.  Well, just like the spirits in Poltergeist, I’m baaaaaaaack. Hopefully (unlike the sequel) I am entertaining.

 

I meant to welcome you to 2016 yesterday, but it didn’t happen. After being derailed by the events of 2015, I planned on starting 2016 with an early morning hike, some cleaning, and a brand new post. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions – and if that’s true, then hell is a warm bed, the entire Hobbit/Lord of the Rings series on the DVD player, and a set of supersoft Christmas PJs. The first day of the year was spent snuggling with my family and feeding my imagination with elves, dwarves, dragons and hobbits. Hell is a pleasant place to be.

The past year has been challenging. TBH (look at me, learning to use acronyms – yep! I have a teen!) the past four years have been less than pleasant, and not only because I have a teen. You know that phrase “That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” Well, I am an Amazon queen! We’ve had challenges (work and health) and scares (our year started with my husband almost-dying in a car accident and ended with him almost-dying in a hospital stay). We’ve had frustration (why do all appliances break down at the same time? How do they know?) and heartbreak (even my cell phone misses Jackie and keeps dialing hers at random moments). Mostly, we’ve had moments of hope and joy, glimmers of goodness and tons of support from friends, family, coworkers and strangers. I’ve learned that life is a rollercoaster – with ups and downs, twists and turns. All you can do is sit down, strap in, and try not to throw up on the person next to you.

Work has lived up to its reputation as a four letter word, but I have kept myself from running with scissors or stabbing people with pencils, mostly because I took 3 months off to recover from ACL surgery. 12+ years ago I finished tearing my ACL. The ortho told me “Don’t have surgery until you absolutely have to” (actually, he said “We don’t normally perform surgery on people your age”, but he was kind of an a**). I gave up refereeing this past year, because my knee hated it (or because I hate soccer parents. I forget which). When my knee began sliding at random moments, I thought it might be time for surgery. The good news is that there’s no arthritis and that my bones no longer slide in different directions. The bad news is that I am no longer twenty something and the healing process is slower than I would like. I am trying to be patient (but mostly I am just Trying). I had planned on using my time at home to clean, paint, and finish my WIP. I managed to do a little cleaning, a little reading and a LOT of napping. Not sure if that was because I was recovering from surgery, or because old people nap.

I know we are not the only family that has had a rollercoaster year – I am hoping that this post finds you healthy and happy, and that 2016 treats us a little more gently – people our age aren’t supposed to ride rollercoasters.