My Best of 2010

Remember a week or two ago, I asked you to start thinking about your best list for 2010. A couple of our overachievers already posted some of theirs, but for the rest of the slugs, like me, today’s the day I’m expecting — even pleading for — your lists. Give me inspiration, some new things to read/see/listen to. Broaden my horizons.

My own list — not comprehensive by any means because, let’s face it, my memory is as faulty as the electrical cord my pupper, Jack, once chewed through. Still, here are some of the highlights for me:

— Watching “Shrek” 57 times. (When our grandson comes to spend the day with us, he walks into the house, grins and says, “I need frozen Snickers, Diet Dr. Pepper in MY glass and Shrek.”)

— A late-winter retreat with Slut Meg to a cabin in the southeastern Oklahoma woods and an early spring getaway to Casa del Sol B&B over by Turner Falls, OK. Wonderful, productive times that recharged me exactly the way I needed.

— Total knee replacement. I’ve had osteoarthritis in both knees since I was a teenager, and the right one was so broke-down that we tossed it out and put in a new one. Rehab’s tougher — and more ongoing (four months down, about eight to go!) — than I expected, but hey, I’ve got a new knee, and this pain WILL go away!!

— Kindle. I bought it thinking it would come in handy during all the hours of physical therapy. I’ve read A TON since then!! Some of my favorites: Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, Silent on the Moor and Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn; Invisible, In Plain Sight, On the Run and Stranded, the Ivy Malone books, by Lorena McCourtney; Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas; and The Native Star by M. K. Hobson. Now I’m loving The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

— Cozumel!! I hadn’t been out of the country except to Calgary and Tijuana. Loved loved LOVED it, even if I did have cane in hand and ice packs at the ready. The sun, the ocean, the people, the laziness, the rest, the companions . . . I wanna go back!

The worst of 2010: my pupper, Jack, died in June. We got him as a puppy when he’d been hit by a car and needed hourly care. He attached himself to me right away, sitting nearby, sleeping against my legs, going to the office with me every day. He was a German shepherd/Jack Russell terrier and a little guy, no more than 50 pounds, but he (and everyone else) thought he was a 900-pound gorilla. We had 12 wonderful years with him,, and it broke our hearts to lose him, but he’ll always be with us in memory and in love.

So tell me — especially you guys who read but never comment (please, please, pretty please) — what was good in your 2010?

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14 thoughts on “My Best of 2010

  1. Good in 2010:
    Travel with Marilyn to Beavers Bend, Vista Del Sol B&B, GGW to bottle wine, Lake Tenkiller, Cozumel with TS husbands.
    Diving, diving & getting my DM in October.
    Celebrating one of the best birthdays EVER!
    No more competitive racing.
    Self confidence gained in personal & professional life.
    Worst: Watching our kids deal with difficult things and knowing we can’t fix them or stop the heartache.

    • Yes, yes, yes! It was a fun birthday, wasn’t it? “Everybody wants yer birthday booty, but it’s YOUR booty.” 🙂

      Great list — great year, mostly!!

  2. Aw, Marilyn! I’m so sorry about Jack! I’m tearing up as I read this. Furry companions are so important!
    Don’t have a list . . . sorry. Sometime just getting up and breathing every day is a ‘best’.

    • Thanks, Margaret. The best I can say is it was quick Cancer in the heart, spleen and lungs. He was a crochety, ferocious little guy, but I loved him dearly. I know after losing Katie, you really relate.

      Isn’t that the truth about just getting up?? I start my therapy while still in bed, and sometimes I can’t hardly bring myself to admit that I’m awake so I can start!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss, Marilyn. Those furry companions can be some of the best friends.

    Yeah for a new knee and fun trips, though! I’m sure with that new piece of equipment you’ll be able to better enjoy even more fun trips in the future. 🙂

    Good in 2010? Hubby and business partner bought the store hubby has been running for a couple years and it’s doing awesome. The little one is talking ALL THE TIME now and, while my year closed out with a tow and car repair, there was a new washer and dryer delivered just prior that I am, even now, enjoying. Laundry done with running through the washer and dryer only one time?! OMG it’s heaven. They sing to me, too. 😀

    • Thank you, Kimberly. We’ve lost four of our puppers over the last ten years, but it never gets any easier. We call them our four-legged kids, and they’re just about that important. (They even act a lot like our son did when he was their age!!)

      True about the knee! I told my husband last week that when I get the other replaced and completely rehabbed, we’re going to Hawaii to climb some mountains and dive. He’s totally up for it. 🙂

      Wonderful on your husband’s business success and the little one talking. My 3-year-old grandkiddo can talk two hours without taking a breath, I swear. And a new washer and dryer . . . sigh. I keep waiting for my dryer to die on me (it’s 25 years old this year) so I can get a new one, but it’s stubbornly holding on. The best $400 I ever spent on an appliance. 😉

    • You’re very welcome! They’re great books — Ivy’s sense of humor made me laugh out loud. I particularly liked her thought that she felt a financial obligation to eat all she could eat at a buffet. I thought, “Oh, I KNOW this woman!”

      Thanks for giving me hours of entertainment.

    • Oh, Barbara, how cool! I was lucky enough to be able to take my mom on a half dozen trips, but we never managed the last couple. She’d wanted to go back to New England and back to Glacier National Park, but we never made it.

      How wonderful that you’re able to do this for your mother! Make tons of precious memories!

  4. I only had a few best of 2010. My cataract surgery which gave me better sight than I’ve had in years. My new car, even if I had to get another car wrecked to get it. And best of all, was getting to go part-time because that’s giving me more writing time.

    • All your fans out here are really cheering for the more-time-to-write. We’re awaiting more award-winning Jackie Kramer fiction!!

  5. Marilyn,

    It’s so hard to figure out just what makes the list! My 2010 has been incredible. The first half was hard with DH rotating to Algeria, but the second half has been a journey with the move to Tunisia.

    My best for the year:
    1) iPad birthday gift and ebook reading — Love, LOVE LOVE IT! Able to carry my favorites around for a re-read any time the mood strikes me. Loaded up all the classics I meant to read and never got around to. One device for both reading and listening to audiobooks.
    2) Thanksgiving at the beach with (almost) my whole family. Lovely time, great weather, tremendous memories and the photos… awww. It would have been perfect if the whole family could have made it.
    3) Learning I’m gonna be a grandma AGAIN. #5 will be as precious as #1-#4. Already planning a trip to MN in April/May to great little Charles.
    4) Discovering new favorite authors – Seanan McGuire and her October Daye character. Holly Lisle and her tremendous online writing classes. Jim Butcher and his Harry Dresden books. I’m loving every moment.
    5) Rediscovering how much I like spending time with my husband, my real best friend.
    I could count my blessings all day long. 2010 was a great year for the Wagners. spw

    • You have had quite a year, haven’t you, Sandee? Congrats on #5 grandbaby!

      I think it’s wonderful that you’re open to new experiences. A lot of people couldn’t/wouldn’t pack up and move halfway across the world and enjoy it as much as you have. And it’s great that you and Bert have this time to focus on each other.

      Hope 2011 is even better for us all!

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