I’ve seen similar posts around teh interweebz — Doug and Dean, for example, and Donna (lookit all the “Ds”!) — and thought that perhaps it might be a good exercise to finish off this decade with an accounting of the 00’s for Yours Truly. (Truthfully, it didn’t even click with me that this was more than just the end of a year…must be baby brain!)
In ‘99, I was living in Southern Canuckland, having just married the ex-husband. Working, enjoying big-city life. Watching (more in retrospect than at the time) the slowly-increasing downward spiral of that relationship.
‘00 brought more ups and downs, the biggest “up” revolving around the conception of the Offspring. And more downward spiraling.
‘01 gave me one of the best things in my life — the Offspring. Becoming a parent was probably the most life-altering thing that ever happened to me. The spiraling worsened.
‘02 delivered to me the secondmost life-altering event — separating from the husband.
‘03-’05 was a difficult chunk of life. Exhausted, trying to be the best single parent I could be, working full-time… There were some highs, definitely, some good times, but it was a time filled with lows, as well. At the beginning of 2005 I made a critical, difficult decision — I quit my job. Moving up here to Northern Canuckland to be with family was a huge decision, not one to be taken lightly. But it was done.
The rest of ‘05 had me settling into a completely different environment, working as a freelancer, trying to get used to small-town life again, not to mention 24/7 contact with the Mater and Pater. The dabbling with the writing had started, culminating with my first sale to Ellora’s Cave at the end of the year.
‘06 brought a couple of things — it sent me to the gym (following Rella’s example) and began my “babe-ifying” time period, and it brought the release of said novella. I think that was probably one of the most edifying years. So much change, not only internally but externally. Not only that, but I sold my second novella to EC. So overall, 2006 was a pretty damned good year.
‘07 saw the release of the second book and The Dare, which resulted in some photos of Yours Truly in three pink triangles of the Weasel variety. And most importantly, a return to the (sometimes horrifying) World Of Dating, via the Internet. On the Very Big Plus side, 2007 also brought B.E. into my life. Who knew how things would change?
‘08 brought me the beautiful, sparkling solitaire currently residing on my left hand. Yay! And on top of that, I got to see George Michael in concert. (I know, I know — he had to make the highlight reel!) The print version of the Shrink Wrap trilogy made its way into the world, as well.
‘09 turned B.E. and I into homeowners, with the purchase of our new house, followed by the Wedding of The Year. (Mine, you goobers!) And a mini-honeymoon to our Nation’s Capitol. Which led, as you are all aware, to Your Hostess With The Mostess getting knocked up. Wow. (Oh, and I sold another book. W00T!)
Honestly, this decade has been one of such dramatic change — and truthfully? That change has revolved around me. I am not the same me that started this decade. I am stronger, tougher and more confident. I like me again, and I am happy with my place in the world. The next decade can only be an improvement. Who knows where we’ll be when we turn from 2019 to 2020? I can only imagine. Hopefully many more books sold. Hopefully B.E.’s experiments will come to successful fruition.
Wow. The step-Offspring will be 23 by that point!? Incredible! The Offspring will be 18. (OMG, I am SO not ready for that!) And the new babe will be 9. Unbelievable! Hard to believe all of the changes that will take place…but in some ways, it’s hard to believe all of the major changes that took place in this past decade. I think it was pretty dramatic. I don’t think I need that level of drama in the next ten years, thanks.
So let’s just hope for prosperity and good health, and much happiness and laughter. I think we all deserve it!