Suburbia: The Year In Review

I’ve blatantly stolen this idea from Slouching Mom.  It seemed like a good way to sum up the year that was 2008 here in Suburbia.  The challenge?  Post the first line of the first post of each month for the last year.

January:  At about 11:45 p.m. last night the six adults at our New Year’s Eve party threw in the towel and admitted we were officially old and could not stay awake any longer.  Wow, we were more exciting last year than this year.  We get together annually on New Year’s Eve with two other couples.  We started first at our house because we had small children, but now it’s shifted to another home.  Yes, because now they have small children.  The grown ups didn’t make it much past the kids’ bedtime this year, though.  Home by 10:00 p.m.!

February: Alto 2 over at Tales from the Testosterone Zone tagged me for this meme, just in time to save me from having to come up with something pithy to post after a late evening at Gym Girl’s meet and an early morning today.  Ah, where would I be without the occasional meme for inspiration?  I wouldn’t rank 2008 as my best-ever blogging year, especially in the last few months.  I seem to lack inspiration these days.

March: Dawn over at Alex Year One has issues another Showin Off On Saturday challenge.  She wants to know what everyone is doing to prepare for spring.  Oh, yes, I had things to show off.  I love my spring decorations.  But what I’d love even more right now would be for my Christmas decorations to magically put themselves away.

April: Last June, I dutifully went in for my first mammogram so that the doctors would have a baseline to compare my annual scans to after I turned 40.  It’s hard to believe that the seemingly never-ending breast cancer scare lasted from June of 2007 until April of 2008.  Fortunately, I had another follow-up with the specialist in October and everything looks fine.  So much so that I don’t have to see her again until next October.  The necessity of keeping a close watch on this was brought home again this week when a friend of mine was diagnosed with DCIS, the same thing the doctors were worried about with me.

May: So, Adventure Guy ran the Boston Marathon on the 21st.  He loved it and enjoyed the nice weather for this year’s race much more than the nor’easter that was last year’s race.  Adventure Guy continues his quest to run a marathon in all 50 states by the time he’s 50.  He’s 42 right now and has 13 states completed.  He’ll also run the Boston Marathon again this year to raise funds for Homes For Our Troops.  Any donations are appreciated.  Email me if you’d like a link to his fund-raising site!

June: The bus above followed another bus out of a local parking lot this morning.  Dancer Girl was aboard bus number two, while Gym Girl and Soccer Boy rode bus number one. June 1st always brings the departure of the kids from Suburbia.  Following in their father’s footsteps, they attend Kanakuk Kamps for the month of June.  And every June, I think I’m going to get so much done while they are gone but spend most of my time working and taking advantage of no carpooling duties to have a few more date nights with Adventure Guy.

July: Tonight as I complained about my lack of a real summer vacation so far this year, Adventure Guy reminded me that I haven’t let my otherwise busy schedule keep me from getting in quite a bit of summer reading. I’ve vowed not to let what happened this year happen again.  I took on a huge, voluntary project last year that kept me particularly busy through the summer months when my work schedule typically becomes more relaxed.  I’m proud of myself for not volunteering again this year.  I often have trouble turning down those “opportunities.”

August: I should have known life would be different when DD2 made her entrance into the world at almost exactly this time twelve years ago. August 1st is DD2’s birthday, so I often find the first post of the month centered on her.  This year brought lots of gnashing of teeth on my part when DD2 decided to “retire” from competitive gymnastics.  One thing I have learned, though, is that DD2 has a self-awareness that belies her age.  She made the right decision for herself and hasn’t missed the gym at all.  For the most part, I don’t miss it either. 🙂

September: So, this morning as I got up and actually made plans to go to the gym on a holiday, the concept of “brownie points” crossed my mind.  Yes, 2008 proved to be a good year for working out.  I have a personal trainer I really like and who motivates me to actually get to the gym at 6:00 a.m. twice a week to do strength training.  How does she do that?  Well, she charges me whether I show up or not, so it makes sense to actually get something out of it!  So, I’m stronger and more toned at the end of 2008 than I was at the beginning.  Now, I just need to master that whole “eat less” portion of the eat less/exercise more equation.  Because those “brownie points” I referred to?  I meant that I worked out enough to eat the brownies!

October: Ah, Wordless Wednesday.  So, no quote.  But my title was One Month Old! which referred to our latest family addition, Rosie the chocolate labrador retriever.  Take a look, she’s absolutely adorable.  Fortunately, she remains adorable at four months old and has become a part of the family.

November: Yes, Friday night, it happened.  Wow, good first line!  This could be anything, but in this case I was referring to the unsettling “blue screen of death” I had on my laptop.  Fortunately, tech support took care of it; I backed up my files; and, I’m still typing away on the same laptop.

December:  It’s official.  And by that, I meant the holiday season was upon us, having received the first Christmas card of the year.  Time flies when you’re having fun, and we did have fun this year.  I’m writing now at the end of my holiday vacation, gearing up to head back to work on Monday.

It’s interesting what did and did not make the first of the month posts.  Our trip to Belize for my 40th birthday and the home improvements we tackled this summer surprisingly didn’t pop up.  Overall, 2008 was better to us than for many, and for that, I’m very thankful.  I’m hoping, like many, though, that 2009 is even better.

One of the things I enjoy about blogging involves the sense of recording our day-to-day lives, not just the highlights, the things that make it into a scrapbook or the long-term memory.  It amazes me now, what I’ve already forgotten about the kids’ baby and toddlerhoods.  And, maybe, eventually they’ll enjoy reading about themselves and their mother as well.  Maybe.  I’m not sure I’m ready to come out yet as a blogger, so to speak.  But one thing I do know is that I’ll keep typing away here in Suburbia, and I hope everyone will continue stopping by to visit!

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2 responses to “Suburbia: The Year In Review

  1. My boys know that I have a blog. Youngest even will mention that I should blog about something 😉 But yeah, who knows if they will ever actually read through it in the future.

  2. You are so right that blogging can be a record of our day-to-day lives. It’s like officially sanctioned eavesdropping with really cool photos. I love peeking into other women’s families and seeing that, after all, we are more alike than different. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

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