Oh, there are so many things to share! I would really, really love to show you all of the wonderful gifts that we received this Christmas... some seriously amazing gifts. We are so, so grateful and extremely giddy ripping everything out of their boxes and playing with them. But we have to remember what Christmas is really about. And since we spent our time with our family and celebrating the birth of Jesus, that is what I want to share. (Don't worry... I'm sure our lovely presents will be popping up sporadically too).
We are extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people in our life to celebrate the holidays with. This is so amazing.. and also extremely exhausting. We had a total of 5 Christmas celebrations, 3 house guests, 3 late nights, 1 Christmas mass, a lot of cups of coffee and countless gifts unwrapped. And a lot of love shared.
With no time to sort everything out or put our house back together, I started my new job this week. As flustered as I was leaving my house in complete disarray and feeling completely unprepared, it has been going good. Good. That's about all I know right now. People keep asking, but I'm really just too overwhelmed at this point to know anything else. It really does seem like a great place to work, but it's so hard to know anything at all when you know nothing about what is going on around you. So, being the perfectionist that I am, this drives me crazy. But things are going well and there has been a lot of training, so I feel pretty good. I have a very short week this week... very nice to just ease myself into this whole working full-time business (wow, not working for a year really messes with your head) and then next week things will really start to pick up. So I hope to know my feelings better about the situation very soon! And again, I must thank each and every one of you for your outpouring of support and prayers through this hard time. I appreciate it so much.
And finally, I am ecstatic for this weekend. New Years Eve. Such a wonderful holiday with a wonderful spirit about it. Everything is new and fresh and exciting and unknowing. Anything seems possible. It is a new year for us. It is a new chapter. I am grateful for our entire 2010. Everything about it.... while it wasn't appreciated in it's time, it is now. To close this chapter and begin writing the next, I will be participating in Reverb10. I am very excited about this. Learn all about it here. I am technically still okay to be starting this only now, even though it is suppose to end in December. For many reasons I wanted to start this in January for myself. So I have been patiently biding my time, and thinking about my year and what I want for myself within the next one, and admiring the honesty and integrity of the other participants. It is exactly how I want to begin this new year and I encourage you to do the same if you are interested. It has already resulted in a very positive outlook for me (and I haven't even really started yet).
And now... I'm going to tuck our Christmas gifts neatly away, finish folding this load of laundry (because holy cow I can't do it on leisurely Wednesday afternoons anymore), dust off my gold sequined jacket and get ready to celebrate a new year.
.I realize that I refer to my life in chapters a lot. I always think of it that way. I guess it's a good thing I got a job in publishing.
..I also have not yet completed my list project of 2010. Instead of rushing this and creating lists that don't mean as much to me, I'm going to carry this project over into the new year. Perhaps my favorite memories of ringing in the new year?