I just read my last New Year's Eve post, and boy, was I in a state. It was bad. I said I would make 2010 a better year, and it was. Going back to work, despite my deep insecurity and total lack of self-confidence in my abilities, was the best thing I could have done for myself. One of my friends commented the other day that I am a totally different person than I was a year ago. I think that's true.
Things have not been sugar-coated wonderfulness, though. There has been some (lots? well, less than in previous years) marital melodrama this year, too. I think the difference was knowing that I was not trapped. If I chose to put up with it, it was my choice, not because I was financially unable to leave. Boy that looks screwed up when I write it out. Why would someone choose to put up with bullshit? Ten years is a long time to be with someone. Three kids. (Listening to talk radio discussing books called, "Your Mediocre Marriage Is Good Enough For The Kids.") Accepting that today -- and tomorrow, and many other tomorrows -- is not the day the sun is going to shine on your dog's ass.
Today, my sister took my Princess back home to BC for a week (sad. missing my girl already. hope she's doing okay. she totally is. she's very independent.), so when the boys and I got home, the baby went for a nap and the Hurricane and I settled in to watch The Sword and The Stone and eat Cheezies (this is a BIG treat!). Later on, we ran into town to grab stuff for dinner, and I decided to stop at the movie store and grab a movie for myself. (This is the degree of lame to which I have fallen.. watching a movie at home by myself on New Years Eve. Sad. Even more lame: I didn't find a movie at the movie store. I'll be watching TV instead.) The Hurricane is in the back seat, ordering me to get him a movie and a treat. It makes me crazy.
I kind of let go of a friend this year. I felt like the friendship was very unbalanced (I was doing all the giving, and the friend was doing all the taking), and that I was allowing myself to be sucked into constant drama. I thought I would feel guilty for stepping back, but mostly I just felt relieved. We still talk, occasionally, but even those conversations inevitably turn one-sided...
I don't know what's going to happen in 2011. I have spent the last month just trying to get through Christmas. Just trying to get through. Shouldn't Christmas be fun and magical, and not something you just try to get through? I'm not making New Years Resolutions either, as it's almost 8pm and I've only now just remembered this is what one does for the New Year. Oh, fine! Even though I have an impossibly busy evening of watching TV and playing on the internet, I could probably muster something up, the usual I'll lose some weight, I'll try to be nicer and less of a catty bitch, I'll work on being patient, etc. Sure, let's go with that.
Happy Freaking New Year.