|My hand giving you a close |
up look at my tear. Yikes.
I stole that 'shipped my pants' line from an ad shown during the Superbowl a few years ago. My fam LOVED that ad. (ad: for shipping things easy, but the catchy phrase had us all dying. Try to say it 10 times fast). The verbiage is not a perfect fit here, but I enjoy tossing it around. I did not SHIP my pants, (I also did not soil myself) but I DID split my pants.
|Piece of paper shoved in the pants to show just |
where the unfortunate-ness happened.
A couple weeks ago, I was racing to go to one of Mini's b-ball games. I pulled on my favorite black Eileen Fisher jeans. They are skinny jeans (that I got on sale for those of you who know how pricey Eileen's dang clothes are) so I have to wiggle them on usually. I crouched down to rush the process but they were not quite up high enough and they ripped in the butt. Ouch. In every imaginable way.
First, favorite jeans. Second, I FEEL like I have put on a few pounds since I hurt my knee . . . evidence, perhaps? Third, my poor ego. Fourth, FAVORITE! (did I mention that?)
Admittedly, I have owned these jeans for probably at least 5 years, so they were probably ready to be replaced. (softly weeping). Lest you freak out on my behalf, I am a shopper and I have been on a mission to update the wardrobe so new items are already being added to my closet.
Speaking of freaking out, while I have been thoroughly enjoying my blogger friends' year end recaps and even decade-in-review posts . . . I just do not think I am all that organized to delve into the past decade or even the last 12 months. Hats off to you (or in this case, ripped pants off to you) . . . I will share a few highlights from the last year - although since my last post was of epic length, I am gonna try to keep this brief:
BIGGEST CHANGE: 2019 marked Ed's college search and then his departure for college. He landed somewhere awesome, but it was a HUGE focus of the year. And it is still so weird for him to be gone.
Biggest anticipated change of 2020: What Lad will do and where he will land once he graduates in May. I do not think having him live with us will be a great fit, but not sure what other options he might have.
There is another potential big family change that I have eluded to a few times that has caused some stress this past year, and we are hoping that 2020 is the year that we sort it out and THEN I will share all the details. It's all good (not divorce or death or moving out of state or anything) - nothing you would be able to predict, so don't even bother. Hold tight, friends.
|This is tough to see, but Coach is scraping my|
knee with a PT instrument. This is after a
workout when I was wearing black leggings
with a white stripe down the side.
BIGGEST PAIN: My knee injury (but there were some other health issues that ranked pretty damn close- some of which that I still need to share, some of which will actually make you chuckle . . . stay tuned). I am hoping that the knee continues to improve. I have gone back to most of my high intensity classes, but there are some exercises I am still unable to do. Sometimes by the end of the night I am hobbling around like a horse that needs to be taken out and shot. Glad I am not a horse. Oh, and I am now completely dependent on reading glasses. Boo hoo.
In 2020 I hope that no other part of me comes unglued so drastically, but 'hello, aging' guessing that is a pipe dream.
|Mini drew this pic of me in |
the b-day card she
made for me. I am sitting
on my workout ball in
front of my computer.
Side note: my hair
never looks this good.
BIGGEST PROGRESS: I made some bold new changes in my approach to writing. I would like to thank that one crazy family who cancelled my babysitting services last minute and cost me some serious dinaro. Their clueless actions catapulted me into wanting to force myself to stop TALKING about writing a book AND DO SOMETHING. I mean I can write stories all day long, but now I have joined two different writing groups. I am getting great feedback and feel like it is a step in the write (unintentional typo - that made me laugh, so I am leaving it. . . . should be 'right'!) direction. I struggle with being overly wordy. That might come as a shock to you.
BIGGEST TRAVEL: Vancouver was definitely a great, adventurous trip - totally amazing. I blogged about it a little, member? I might, however, rank our spring break road trip to Florida as more enjoyable because it was just so dog-gone RELAXING.
|Coach and the 6|
We are also driving to Yellowstone from Chicago mid June. This is our favorite National Park - and the first that we visited 10 years ago.
Minutes after we return from Yellowstone, Curly and I will head to Nashville. Curly will dance in Nationals July 4th week there (that's the competition we went to Vancouver for last year). I am thrilled that I do not feel compelled to drag the entire family to Nashville, because that place is accessible to all of our offspring. Not to mention when they were really little we all went for another Nationals competition, but only the boys competed that year. Proof that it was a long, long time ago.
|The kids ACTUALLY |
cleaned up the kitchen
and family room Sunday
night while Coach and
I were out to dinner.
So, they ARE capable!
Also, I am thinking about possibly, maybe trying to cook fish. I do NOT like fish, but I am thinking of trying to find a way to like it. If you have a suggestion here, or you were a fish hater who transitioned to a fish tolerater/lover, please share. Recipes would be appreciated (reminder: I have celiac disease).
Thanks to all of you for visiting here in 2019 and before. I value your input, your support, and your willingness to share in what I hope are usually funny looks at life. I really enjoy living in the moment, but know that the opportunity to share all of life's little adventures with those of you who I mostly would not otherwise know is very fun for me.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the best in 2020!!
(and just like that this post is longer than I intended)