Monday, December 31, 2012

Sayonara 2012

Generally, this is the time for wistful reflection and a renewed commitment to changes for the new year.  But one thing at a time.  I'm pretty pragmatic and have become pretty skilled at putting the past to bed and moving forward.  What's done is done.  So instead, of wistful reflection, I'm thinking about what I've learned this year.

In a lot ways, 2012 has been a really difficult year.  My family dealt with some pretty crappy news to start the year, and it was tough road forward for my mom, my dad, my sisters, my aunt, and on.   But through it all, I've watched Scout grow and thrive and learn, and she still cracks me up.  I miss her when she goes to bed at night.

So what have I learned:
  • There's pretty much nothing you can't get through if you maintain your sense of humor.  Because even when the shit is piling up, there is something funny in there.
  • Work hard, but not too much.  
  • We are all stronger than we think we are.
  • But Norovirus will make us all crumble, and tear violently through a house faster than you can consult Dr. Google for a diagnosis.
  • A child can survive (and thrive), despite all attempts, on a diet comprised almost entirely of cheese, yogurt, bananas, and milk.
  • Choose your words carefully, because there is a toddler listening.  Even when you think she isn't. 
  • Pick your battles.  There is no point in waging war with a toddler tantrum over food, footwear, coat selection, or attempts to fix shaggy hair.
  • With practice, you can easily tune out the sound of Elmo's voice.   But that theme song is the earworm that never ends.
Reviving this from last year...


Nothing going on here tonight.  Ordering pizza and putting on pjs.  I'm holding out hope that there is a Law & Order marathon on.

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

~RaenWa~ said...

Happy New Years to you & yours. I hope your 2013 is full of health, wealth & happiness.

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