As I sit here attempting to sum up this year, 2009, I'm overcome by a few strong sensations.
First is happiness. I have two really good jobs that I really like (I never really understood that idea of working at a job that made you unhappy), a devoted husband (again never understood staying with someone who didn't make you happy), a stepson of which I'm immensely proud and a daughter who blows my socks off in oh-so-many ways.
This also extends to the fact that my mom is now living with us. But that happiness is clouded, of course, by the stupid cancer that has tried — without success, I might add — to take her down.
Honestly, my mom's illness, coming on the heels of my dad's death two years ago, was initially devastating. I remember crying on the phone to my brother and asking, "Why is this happening to us?"
I now realize that sometimes sucky things just happen. You can either sit back and let the sucky things make your life suck or pick yourself up and get busy living.
And that's just what we did.
I wanted to include a few pictures from 2009 showing the places we visited and that stuff we did, but it turns out we had a really kick-booty year. I had a hard time narrowing it down. So without further ado, here's a kajillionty photos I'd like to title:
The stuff we done did in 2009
We climbed Mt. Garfield.
Skied at Powderhorn.
We celebrated Easter with my co-workers here at The Daily Sentinel.
My band, Riveter, opened for Bret Michaels.
I saw my beloved stepson, Sean, graduate from Palisade High School.
We hiked to Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs.
Saw my daughter turn 9 years old.
We stood on the Four Corners Monument.
Visited the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco.
Climbed the ancient steps to the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.
Bill and I got to see our president speak on health care reform.
Took a motorcycle ride through scenic Gateway Canyon.
Visited the museums of our nation's capitol.
And I started the long and painful journey of getting a giant tattoo on my back.
Phew! Just thinking about it makes me exhausted ... and excited to see what 2010 has in store.
Happy New Year to all!