January 9, 2015

I'M REFLECTING HERE! 2014: a retrospective

I'm just going to put it out there...my blogging mojo is in hibernation. It might never wake up, but who knows? I meant to post this before I went on vacation but jeeez...Christmas and getting a whole family ready to go away for a week...suffice it to say blogging wasn't the only casualty. So here at long last is my YEAR END RECAP!!!!! THE RECAP YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR WITH BATED BREATH... because it's so hard to go through my archives and read the ONE post per month. Let's get to it...

We'll go backwards because something really cool but also sort of sad (they call that bittersweet) happened on the last day of 2014. My baby lost her first tooth. She may be five AND THREE-QUARTERS, but she's still my baby. This tooth fell out at a younger age than any of my other kids. I wasn't really prepared for the flood of maternal, final-baby-growing-up emotions, but luckily we were at Target and all the kids were running around like maniacs so I wasn't allowed to indulgently wallow.

Also in December...

Best Christmas present ever.

From one of my all-time favorite movies.

Biggest fucking tree ever.

Eighteen feet tall.

Those are 12-foot ladders.

I thought it might be easier if we just left it outside.
Luckily, my husband is a professional
when it comes to home repairs.

The sign that sold my crazy husband on the tree.

Best news ever.

First run in something like 2 years...
and first run post-hip replacement.

Back in November...

Favoritest sport ever.

That's me :)
I started rowing again after a 15-year break.

In the lamest blogger move ever... I botched my first free shit deal.

And I hosted Thanksgiving with gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, potato-free everything except the mashed potatoes. Those I couldn't eat anyway so I made them traditional-style...cream, butter, and potatoes. The pumpkin pies were AMAZING. And I could eat them. So I ate 3/4 of one. In two days.

Flashing to October...

What prompted my return to rowing...funnest race ever.

This is the easiest year to recap! I only posted once a month so I don't need to make decisions about what to reflect on!

In September...

I Ragnar-ed for the first time.

Betcha can't tell which van is mine ;-)

I killed my legs. All 19 of them.
And was in on some #bloggymeetupmadness with RoseRunner, Jen, the FasterBunny, and Sesa. We had Slurpees but no #froyo.

August was super fun!

I not humbly-bragged my appearance in People magazine...and seriously, who gives a shit if you're in a magazine? Less than 0.0012% of the global population...and that's being generous.

I WK'ed for StuftMama. Probably an internet first.

I signed up for a spring marathon, joined my friend for an 3-week break from sugar, and spent some time in the California redwoods.

Early in the summer...

I did some camping and a lot of hiking as I rehabbed from hip replacement surgery. I also did a ton of driving.

May and April were consumed with my surgery and recovery...and my birthday :)

March was spent in a lot of pain.

And I was hard-pressed to calm my nerves. Some major blog babbling took place. Getting a part of one's leg sawed out is a little unsettling.

I kicked the year off with a HUGE decision...

And as I look back on the year I am so unbelievably glad I made that decision.

Having a new, artificial hip has transformed my life.

None of the awesome stuff I've done would have happened if not for the surgery.

Thank you, 2014, for a new and improved life.


  1. you kicked ass and took names in 2015.

  2. What an awesome year you had! I hope 2015 is as full of life as 2014 was.

  3. I'm sorry, I missed everything else after seeing that YOU HAVE A UNIKITTY KEYCHAIN OMGGGG I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE NOW.

    Princess Unikitty is EVERYTHING to me.

  4. I am just getting to this post now, sorry I am such a crappy blog follower. I have to make a comment on the photo of your first run, which I failed to do when you first posted it. I just have to say that this life is really not fair, because you have a skinny ass and basically a lion's mane for hair. How did you get so lucky?


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