Archive:  Year 4 - Thursday, December 31, 2009 "Farewell 2009!"


Well, 2009, it has been a hell of a ride.  As I write this it is about noon on New Year’s Eve.  It’s cold outside - only about 10 degrees - and my plumbing has both thawed and frozen again in the past week.  I have plans tonight to celebrate the incoming year, but it seemed appropriate before I officially say goodbye to this one – that I give 2009 a more thorough review.  


Last year at this time, I borrowed a list of questions from another friend’s blog – questions that seemed to both reflect and look forward with some depth.  So, if you can call a second occurrence of an event a tradition… here we go:


What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I operated about a dozen power tools during the boat renovation that I had never even seen before, let alone used.  Air compressors are especially scary – like a jack in the box that can blow your eye out.  


I also saw the Grand Canyon for the first time – inspiring and exhilarating.  


What would you have done differently? 

In hindsight, I think I could have really benefited from sitting down and structuring with more vigor how I spend my time and money.  I will rally to the end for the cause of spontaneity and abandon… but drawing up a chart every once in awhile never hurt anyone. 


What were the most fun things you did? 

The Mississippi River Challenge this July was a blast!  44-miles of River, good friends, camping – loved it!


I went to the Minnesota State Fair a record THREE times and I had loads of fun every time!


Performing with the guys at The Mystery Café is a party every night!


The drive the Grand Canyon, however, is going to be hard to top for years.


What were your biggest challenges, roadblocks or difficulties?

It seems that my biggest challenges went hand-in-hand with my greatest opportunities.  The boat renovations, for example, were certainly the biggest challenges:  a constant litany of how to find the time, the money and know-how to do these alien tasks.  


In general, it seems that the challenges are generally related to money and time… if only they both were endless I’d have no anxiety… Right?


Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.  But, both of my sisters are currently knocked-up.  Jeesh.


Did anyone close to you die?

Yes.  Grant and Bo – you are dearly missed.


How are you different this year than last?

If I am significantly different, I can’t tell from here, I guess.  I hope I am a little wiser and that the experiences I’ve had have impacted me for the better.  In the last couple years I have noticed that I’m becoming etched with laugh-lines…  And I welcome them.


For what are you particularly grateful?

Hands-down I am most grateful for the people in my life.  Melby, and his whole clan have helped me and bolstered me in innumerable ways.  My friends have laughed and cried with me whenever needed; my neighbors have made a profession of saving my ass…  I also feel gratitude to everyone who hired me, and to those who applauded my work.  I love my job and couldn’t do it without them.


I would also be remiss if I didn’t express a deep and heartfelt gratitude to Gracie.  She is my best friend and I love her.  


What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Really, really, really excited?  Like the kind that has you bouncing around the room and clapping your hands like an idiot?  The boat renovation, for sure.  Obama’s inauguration.  The success of Into Temptation.  My sisters’ baby bumps. Rhiannon and Aaron’s new puppy – which they keep threatening to get!


Where did most of your money go?

Hell of a question…  


How did you spend Christmas?

With the Melby clan alternating between drinking wine, crocheting, and herding Grace off the furniture.  Merry, indeed.


What was the best book you read?

The Letters of George Washington.  Don’t judge me…


What was your favorite film of this year?

Where the Wild Things Are was incredible.  Food Inc. was enlightening.    


What political issue stirred you the most?

In general, I am easily stirred by politics so this question may be unfair.  Currently, I feel very strongly about Health Care Reform. As the great and benevolent nation we are, I believe it should be possible for all of our citizens to have equal access to healthcare.  That they currently do not appears to me, to be a symptom of greed and imbalance of power.  


Who did you miss?

Paul Newman.  I know he died in ‘08, and no, we never hung out – but I miss the thought that Cool Hand Luke is out there somewhere kicking it and being sexy…  


I also really miss my sisters.  Anne and Lisa both live in different states and what we don’t know about each other’s day-to-day lives leaves a noticeable hole.


Who was the best new person you met?

There is a tie.  I met Colin Covert at a film screening this summer and we quickly became friends.  In addition to seeing more movies than I have in ages, he made me laugh so hard beer came out my nose.  Colin introduced me to Azin Adjoudani whose kindness and generosity are mind-blowing.


Whose behavior merited celebration?

I am still impressed with Capt. Sully Sullenberger – the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson.  My jaw dropped when I saw the footage on television, but when I heard how cool he was on the tapes, in the moment it happened – I fell in love.  Whatta guy.  I want him in charge of me.  


What do you want for the coming year?

More of the good.  Less of the bad.  And the sense to know the difference.


What are you resisting doing?

I have sat and stared at this question for 15 minutes… It doesn’t appear I’m resisting anything, that I’m aware of, other than resisting itself.  


What are you most looking forward to in 2010?

TWINS OUTDOORS!!!  TWINS OUTDOORS!!!  TWINS OUTDOORS!!!


What do you want less of in 2010?

Time off.


What did you learn about yourself last year?

It appears that I do, generally, learn from my mistakes.  Which is a good thing because I make a lot of them…  


How would you complete the following sentence: “2010 will be the year of ___”

Animal Farm on the River.


Pictured:  Melby playing Mini Golf… badly.





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