Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a fun New Year's Eve.  Mitch and the kids and I went to Kira's hockey game, then went out to dinner at the Duluth Grill which was featured on that show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and I had a sandwich that was featured on the show - the wild rice patty melt.  It was okay if you are in love with Italian sausage.  I'm not really in love with Italian sausage.  But it was fun to be out with the fam.  We talked about how we used to fool the kids and tell them it was midnight at about 9:00 every NYE, and they never figured it out.  Even if they were in a room made of clocks they would still believe it was midnight.  "Wow!  It's so late and I'm not even tired!"

Then we got home around 9:30 and watched a bit of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve.  We all shuddered at the thought of being in Time's Square on NYE.  We're not crowd people.  Then Mitch fell asleep in his chair and I fell asleep on the couch and the kids watched TV and played on their iPods.  WILD!
We went to bed at about 12:03.

So how was your 2011?  Mine had its highlights and its lowlights.  I got to go to Washington DC two times.  Once with my kids and once with my sisters.  That, of course, meant two trips to Mount Vernon which was awesome.  I said something to Mitch about feeling like a time traveler when I go there and under his breath he said, "More like a time stalker."  Jealous much?  I also got to see New York City.  That was pretty cool.  Unfortunately 2011 was also the year I lost my last grandparent and had a pretty serious bout of depression.  Neither one of those things was very fun at all.

Revisiting last year's Resolutions almost brought on a new bout of depression, but mostly just made me laugh at myself (not with myself).  Did I lose 26 pounds?  No, but I did lose and keep off about 10 pounds (until December.)  Did I work out 350 times?  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!  No.  I stopped keeping track around April and was not anywhere on track for the 350 workout goal.  Did I stop picking my split ends?  No.  Did I save 10% of our income into an IRA?  No.  Did I travel somewhere cool?  YES!  Mount Vernon!  New York City!  Washington D.C!  So 1 out of 5.  Not too impressive.

This year I'm not making resolutions that can be quantified.  I'm going to be more positive.  I'm going to be more thankful.  That's it.  How about you?  How was your year?  What are your resolutions?


  1. "I'd rather watch two people taking a shit." -Champ DeBlasio upon viewing 8 minutes of 'New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin'

  2. I feel bad for Anderson Cooper being paired with that foul mouthed Kathy. I'm not a prude, but I just think she's crude! I didn't even attempt to watch them this year. Hubby and I watched the Big Bang Theory Marathon. I went to bed at 11:30 and was asleep before midnight. 2011 wasn't great...Hubby got cancer and one of my sons got divorced. 2012 has to be better!

  3. Dana McKibbage WaldbilligJanuary 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    2011 was ok: trip to Chicago, new wood flooring in the house, new book club, daughter made it to 18 without getting pregnant...pretty good I'd say! NYE found Andy and I in a scuzzy West Duluth bar listening to a heavy metal cover band...home by 11:30. We missed the whole Big Event because we didn't have the TV on. Our daughter (the 18 y/o un-pregnant one) texted us from Black Bear Casino "HAPPY NEW YEARS, KIDS!". It was 12:12.
    2012 is going to be my diet year. I've never dieted. I've always just floated along, never getting too depressed about it. Now I'm depressed about it. I joined and am counting calories. I hate it, but I've lost 7 lbs. already (I started early because that's just how I roll.).

    PS I love Kathy Griffin. I know I'm in the minority. We saw her live in Las Vegas. I took my then-16 yr old daughter (wasn't pregnant then either), and her first line was "Wanna hear some dick jokes?!", and I knew I was in big trouble. The little darling fell asleep on my shoulder. Well, cripes, it was 1:00 a.m. What kind of mother takes her un-pregnant 16 yr old daughter to a midnight Kathy Griffin show in Las Vegas?? Me, that's who.

  4. I LOVE that picture of Kira.


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