What a Year it’s Been

On December 23rd in the year of our Lord 2010 I posted my first ever blog post. It was the first step to the wildest ride of my life. I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon! It started out as a chronicle of my road to involuntary retirement. But that was only the beginning. I learned a lot this first year about blogging and writing. The WordPress community is full of friendly and supportive people. I was honored with a Freshly Pressed in January 2011, and received a several nominations for Versatile Blogger. One of the many things I want to do in 2012 is get of my behind and give back via nominations to bloggers and commentors who inspire and encourage me.

January through April of 2011 was the last four months of my job. Marking time, waiting for it to be over. There wasn’t much to do those last 4 months. Many of my posts during those months were written at work. All I had to do all day was sat at my computer and bang away. Nobody asked what I was doing because it didn’t matter a whole lot. On my last day at work I threw my stuff in the car and left. That was that. I don’t miss it. Really, I don’t.

Immediately I took off on a train trip to Seattle with my Mom and sister. That was a hoot and a half and fodder for many posts. Then came the long summer of my discontent. What to do with myself. What to do… 40 years of the 9 to 5 fried my mischief bone and I had no clue how to go on. Still wrestling with that one.

The Cosmos handed me a project in the form of a 23-year-old grandson who came to live with us. He was in trouble with substance abuse. He stayed here for 3 months.  Mr. Husband and I put 30 pounds on the kid. He was an interesting and expensive pass time. While he was here I took him to every doctor in the Dallas Fort Worth area. At least that’s what it seemed like. The diagnosis was he was as healthy as a horse.

September found me on a road trip with my mother. We went to Yellowstone National Park, and Mt. Rushmore. We had a blast. And Mom and I hadn’t spent time alone like that since….well never. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I took temporary leave of my sanity November and decided to join the NaNoWriMo challenge for National Novel Writing Month. My novel turned out to be too much like a memoir and I practically had nervous breakdown in the process. I don’t recommend a 30 day forced march through one’s psyche and past. It’s no wonder they stress that a novel is supposed to be FICTION. I’m still working on my book but, it will be nothing like it started out to be.

And now here we are on the last day of December. I made it through the holiday season with nothing worse that a head cold. I hope everyone out there in Blogolopolis had a wonderful season. I also wish us all a wonderful 2012 full of new horizons and exciting adventures.

Happy New Year and big hugs and kisses to one and all.

Just for the fun of it, below is a list of most viewed posts of 2011:

DVD Hoarders Anonymous
A Squirrel Ate My Car
I-Like-Big-Steaks and I Can Not Lie
Just Smack Me With a Hammer
News Flash -Texas Declares Independence From Mexico
Never Cutteth Thine Own Hair
Ejected From the New Age Movement

13 responses

  1. Great “year in review” post!

  2. I never realised you were newer than me!!!! It has been an adventurous year for you! And me, for that matter.

    I am not even going to try to catch up from the holiday madness. I’ve dropped back on my publishing to concentrate on my book, so hopefully that allows more time for READING!!!!

    1. Oh reading is a good thing. I love love love it.

  3. I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon, too! Your posts never fail to make me laugh. Happy New Year!

  4. Trinity,
    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog in 2011. I appreciate this particular entry…Hats off to you and your hubby for showing your garndson some love…(Not an easy journey)…You are so open and honest with your writing….Finish that book and let me know when it is out…I will definitely buyit and read it….btw, you might want to check out Pastor Hedden’s blog…Happy New Year!!!

  5. What a year – I have really enjoyed sharing your journey and getting to know you. A toast to 2012!

    Veronica

    1. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you too Madame. Looking forward to many more interesting adventures.

  6. Hope you have a great new year. You had a lot to hang in there for during 2011.

    1. 2011 was a challenge in ways I never suspected. This year I feel a little more prepared. Full steam ahead 🙂

  7. Happy New Year to you. I hope it is all good.

    1. Same to you. I’m looking forward to this new year very much.

  8. Congratulations on your first full year of blogging. Hugs to you, and happy New Year, my friend!
    Kathy

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