Review of 2010

I can’t believe that 2010 is already over.  A complete decade, gone in a flash. I can remember people saying that the the end of the world was going to happen in 2000.  Eleven years later, we’re still here.  Technology has definitely improved, so maybe that’s what they meant.

Anyways, I wanted to do a good vs bad with 2010.  I’m sure there were a lot of daily good things that happened in 2010, but I wanted to at least write down the highlights that are in my head.

Good:

May: I officially finished my 4th year with coaching boy’s volleyball at Wilcox. We had an okay season. I had very high expectations especially with the talent that I had, but trying to keep them focused was a challenge especially when it came to their grades.  On the 18th, Gary and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary at Alcatraz Island. I’ve always wanted to go there, so this was the perfect opportunity.

June: Malina graduated from high school and turned 18. Two major accomplishments. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by with her. I can remember meeting her for the first time. And now, I have a great memory of watching her walk across the stage to graduate. She started St. Mary’s in August. I’m guessing the next major event is watching her graduate from there in 4 years.  Before I know it, that’s going to happen as well. Time has flown by watching her turn into the woman she is now.

July: On the 31st, I celebrated with my friends from high school. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. This was a positive because I reconnected with some friends I never thought I would see again. It’s great to talk and visit with them. I’m just hoping we can stay connected moving forward.

August: Our new baby, Thumbs adopted us. He was one of the eight cats that we were feeding outside.  But for some reason, he decided he never wanted to leave. He eventually moved in with us.  And now, he’s officially ours. For all of the cats we feed, we have nicknames.  Thumbs got his name because he actually has 6 toes on each of his front paws. Its very different to see on a cat.  We’re thinking maybe that’s why his previous owner decided they didn’t want him anymore because he was different.  After a recent visit to the vets to get a check up, we realized that maybe it wasn’t because of his paws, but his teeth.  The cost involved with his bad teeth probably assisted with the decision to get rid of him.  We were wondering why his breath smelled so bad.  His teeth were so bad that we had to have 3 teeth pulled.  Now, he doesn’t smell, which is a good thing considering he sleeps on Gary’s side of the bed.

October: My high school girls team beat our rivals, Santa Clara, both times we saw them this season. This was the first time in years that this has happened. So, was definitely a huge positive.

November: After growing my hair out for 2 years, I finally decided to cut 10″ off and donate it to Locks of Love.  It was an awesome feeling knowing that I hope my efforts will help someone else less fortunate. I’m hoping for my 40th birthday I can do that again.  Along with getting my first tattoo.  I’m still thinking about the tattoo, but we’ll see what happens.

I’m sure there are more positives that happened through out the year, but these are just the highlights.  As for the bad, luckily, there are only a few.  Then again, there could be more, but I’m choosing to not remember them.

Bad:

February: Mom and Roy end up moving from Stubbins to a smaller house in Santa Clara. This is actually a bad, but good, for me at least. The house is located literally down the street from Wilcox. Another positive that came from this move, we threw out a lot of crap. I can’t even remember how many truck loads to donate plus the pile of stuff we left in the backyard that was to go to the dumps.

April: We lost Missy Girl. I still miss her so much.

December: 3 days before Christmas, Roy got laid off from his job. Merry frickin Christmas, plus Happy Birthday. The timing totally sucks.  On Christmas Eve, Gary ended up getting very sick with the stomach flu.

So, that’s 2010 in a nutshell.  I’m hoping 2011 will bring even more positives than negatives.  Or I at least hope I continue to find positives in negative situations to get myself through it.