So, as promised:
Christmas was good. Correction- it was very very good. I could bore you with a litany of gifts, but instead I will just say my friends and family know me well. Mom and I did a good job with the boys' gifts- they are still being played with a couple of weeks later.
I survived the boys' week home. Konal had a sleepover the Thursday night before he left. We also went to Zoolights, which was successful only after staff forced him into the car and locked him in. Pictures for that adventure are on my web site.
And then- the boys went to their father's house. The 30th Chris and I spent at O'Connors, where we met his old childhood friend, Dan. A good time was had, although we left before 3rd set. Dan was fun to talk to, although he seemed to be a little concerned that I was bored. It was a non-issue... I am too much of a geek girl, plus I do not bore easily :)
New Years Eve was spent at Jen and Brian's. It was awesome. I was drunk. Too much wine- 'nuff said. I worked some things out with Jeff, and thus the "Jeff saga" comes to a blissful close. We witnessed a bit of drama between people which is still going on now. I am not involved, so it is easy to sit outside and give advice. I can understand, though, because I have been involved in drama.
The best part of the evening was sitting with a sweet baby on my chest. Made my hormones rage.... sigh. Kiara (I hope I spelled that right) is absolutely precious, and is geek spawn through and through.
We went back to Chris' that night (he stayed fairly sober) and returned the next day to watch Muppets, get more baby time, and collect stuff. Meanwhile, I was dealing with my first hangover ever (Wah!). That night we went to my house to feed the puppy and snuggle.
This week has been hectic. I mainly worked all week, went out a couple times with Chris, and puttered around the house. It has been a catch up week.
I am in the process of taking Konal off his medication, which is one New Year's Resolution, and am looking into homeschooling him next year. I am not sure it is logistically possible, but it is worth researching.
That was the quick update.
When reviewing the year, it was a rollercoaster. On the whole, though, I am much better off this year than I was last at this time. I have learned more about myself, increased my ability to cope, and have a brighter outlook on my future. Last year had a lot of tears and pain, and a lot of bright spots to0.
As for this year, no resolutions, only goals.
Graduate with my AATP in May.
Have a big-ass party to celebrate said degree
Get accepted into ASU's Social Work program.
Exercise at least twice a week.
Successfully Transition Konal to Middle School.
Strengthen the relationships around me: Friends, Family and Loved ones.
Now it is time to get something done, since I have another busy week ahead! :)
"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.