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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Year in Review

It's that time of year. Everywhere you look or listen, people are looking back over the events of the past year. The most interesting people, the most compelling news stories, the top 100 songs . . . I always enjoy those retrospective things, so I decided to get in on the act by reviewing the goings on of 2005 here at What Was I Thinking? (Plus, our extended family Christmas celebration was postponed until Monday, AND we're hosting the church New Year's Eve party, AND I'm not feeling well, so I have no time or brain cells to come up with something new!)

All in the Family

*This is one of my first, and still one of my favorite, stories I've written here, about LG's birthday party.

*And this one reveals how we got our last name.

*Now the truth can be told: Jif's Mom is a porn peddler!

*The responses to LG's guest post were very enjoyable to us . . .

*And so was the Sunday Post that featured baby LG.

It's fun to laugh at yourself, it's a tonic, tried and true . . .

Do you recognize that? It's the theme song from the old Candid Camera show. If you only knew, how many times in my "I Love Lucy (on Crack)" life I have looked around for that camera, because, really, these things just don't happen . . .

*Who gets their ass kicked in a department store fitting room?

*Who writes a post all about her own ass? (oh, oh, you MUST read the comments to this one; actually, PLEASE read the comments to all of these posts here; comments are most often the best part of this blog :)

*Who tries to sell photos of her in-laws at a yard sale?

*Who raises a kid in a crack house, and has the kid commenting on the size of old ladies' bottoms? (Hmmm, is there a pattern of subject matter here?)

On the Job

I don't write much about my work, but here are a couple . . .

*I can't always say what I am thinking, except in a blog post . . .

*And this one isn't so much about me, but about what can happen when a therapist takes some wrong turns.

I Smell a Rant

I do try to keep it positive here, but every now and then I gripe a bit . . .

*like when people behave badly with cell phones

*or when people in restaurants make false promises to me.

Partial Nudity

*First, I wrote about why I don't blog naked . . .

*then, darned if I didn't go a little bit naked here, in probably the best "meme" I have seen in blogworld; I would highly recommend doing it if you haven't already

*and I wrote very nakedly here about my experience of September 11, 2001

*and this was something completely different for me, a writing style unlike anything else here, when I apologized to a neighbor from my childhood

*and finally, here, my heart was surely naked as I said a final Shalom to my new, but beloved, friend, Sarah.

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

*I couldn't do the year without including this one, by far the most visitors I've had, and actually, the post that still attracts the most new readers -- NOT because they're looking for funny, but because they're looking for booty!

The Most Fun I Had Here this Year

*First, read this one to see where all the wackiness originated (again, you GOTTA read the comments!)

*Then read this one, because, mostly you wrote it! This one sealed my addiction to blogging, it was so freakin' much fun!

*And if the previous one hadn't done it, this one would have. I laughed so hard, the day all the famous people came calling (and by "calling," I mean "commenting" :)

*And most recently, I had a lot of fun pretending to be the Butterball hotline this past Thanksgiving.

Oh, my gosh, what a great hobby this is! I have had so much fun, and met so many dear, lovely, (and only a little bit scary) people. Thank you for being part of my life these past 10 months. And thanks especially for celebrating the holidays with me, and inviting me to celebrate with you. As I told a blogfriend in an email this week, "I found Christmas in blogworld to be quite lovely,'visiting' with people, wishing them wishes, reading about their celebrations, like going from house to house in a close-knit neighborhood, the kind in which I haven't actually lived in years, if ever." Thanks for being such a welcoming neighborhood.

May 2006 bring you good health, a clear conscience, and enough of every good thing, to share. God bless you, friends.

29 heads are better than one . . .

Anonymous Sharkey said...

And God bless YOU, Susie, for sharing your life, your insights, and your humor with us.

Happy New Year!

Blogger eclectic said...

It's even more fun in a collection like this! Thanks for the rear, I mean year, end review. Hugs and the best to you in '06!

Anonymous lawbrat said...

Very nice post Susie. I even recognize them by how you worded them, but I'm going to go re-read all of the. Although, I didnt recognize the butterball turkey one...

For anyone coming here for the first time, this is a great introduction to your blog!

May God bless you and your family this coming year, and I'm glad to be your blog friend!

Blogger Nic said...

My dear Susie sunshine, I have loved all the posts of yours that I have read. I read many of them to my mom while looking up your blog at her house b/c she just had to hear the post I had busted a gut over earlier in the day. You are a treasure and a joy and bring smiles and delight to all of us! May your 2006 be overflowed with blessings. :)

Blogger Vajana said...

Oh I loved the year in review, fabulous! The celebrities were so much fun, let's do that again next year.

Lots of hugs and best to you in 2006 Susie! Glad to have met you in blogworld!

Blogger RitaPita said...


I reread a handful of those links and decided to save the rest to spread out over the next couple of days. This is a must becasue Jay is sleeping and for some reason crazy laughter drifting across the house bothers him. Who knew?

I agree, the I Am From meme is sooo good. Its in a class by itself.

I loved the porn peddler story, its one of my favorites.

Blogger momo said...

Susie, what a clever recap with this "Year in Review" post. I truly loved it. I read or re-read each and everyone. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us, for allowing us a glimpse into your life.

I'm so glad to have gotten to know you a little bit, and happy to call you a friend.

Happy New Year!!!

Love and God Bless to you and your family!

Blogger Andrea said...

The Best of Susie...what a great idea! :)

Booty Flies will always be my favorite, and not just because of your brush with fame (and Rosie!).

Blogger mrtl said...

I'm sure many people enjoyed your posts are you did writing them, Susie. Including Rosie! ;)

I forgot to tell you. A recent "Family Guy" included a megaphone that Aaron Nevilled the voice. I don't know if I could reproduce the sound in writing, but it was a repetitious, "ah ah ah ah."

Blogger Circus Kelli said...

Thank you for sharing yourself with us out here in the blogosphere, Susie. The internet is a better place because of you. :)

Happy New Year to you!

Blogger Effie said...

Oh Susie--I LOVED this post--and, I only had to look up I think 3 of the links you made--I felt proud of myself for remembering the others...What a good way to go through the year! It has been eventful, hasn't it?!

I have to agree with Circus Kelli on this one--you definitely make blogworld a better place!
Hugs and all the best for 2006!

Blogger LadyBug said...

And God bless you, too, Susie Fairchild.

Blogger abcd said...

Words fail me at the moment. I have laughed, and I have cried over your "Year in Review".
Your blog was one of Sarah's favorites, and now is one of ours.
None of us will ever forget the kindess you showed to us.
We all wish you and your family the best of the best in 2006.

You are the epitome of Sarah's mantra. "Make a difference each day".

Nikki and "the sisters".

Blogger Nina said...

What a fun post to come to this morning. It was fun reading the ones that I missed.
I loved the fact that Johnny Depp came to visit your blog. He is my second cousin, and even though I haven't seen him in person since he was 14 . . . it was fun to see him here. Umm Johnny I don't think your grandma knows about the gay thing. If she did she would have told her sister, (my grandma) and the family would know this. Coming out for the first time on Susie's blog just isn't right you know. :)
Susie may you and your family continue to be blessed in 2006, and may you continue to bless us here in blog world.

Blogger Susie said...

sharkey, thank you, my friend, and a very happy, healthy year to you:)

eclectic, I am so glad you started blogging. Yes, I often give the rear view. Hugs back to you :)

lawbrat, you know, that "introduction" to my blog comment gives me an idea -- if anyone ever takes pity on me and upgrades this sucker for me, maybe these are some categories I can use :) I am very happy to have gotten to know you these past 10 months. I know next year will bring wonderful things your way.

nic, overflow right back to you, sweetie. I'm always delighted to see your pretty face here.

jana, someone once suggested we do the celeb thing on April Fools' Day. I think we should, it really was a hoot. When else can I be Michael Jackson, Larry Flynt, etc.? heeheeee I'm very happy to have met you, too. All blessings to you and your family in the new year :)

ritapita, since I'm low on time and energy, I hoped this one would "stand" for a few days. I know no one has time or inclination to read them all in a sitting, but maybe someone will see something they missed or enjoyed enough to read again. Thank you for your kindness, always :)

momo, all the same, back to you. I know good things are coming your way :)

andrea, heh, I didn't think of it exactly that way, I was thinking of it more like, "cheez, this was fun!" but, OK! :)

mrtl, I'm sure I would have loved that, I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I loved when Horatio Sanz did AN on SNL, hammering and singing, after Katrina.

CK, thank you, and both blogworld and realworld are better for your being here (and there) :)

effie, aw, you must have been here a lot, thank you for that! All the best to you in 2006, too :)

thank you, Miss LadyBug! I hope your next year is just a LITTLE less "exciting" than this one was ;)

Nikki and "sisters,", wow, what a lovely compliment. Thank you. "Knowing" you all, and Sarah, has added to my life in ways that will last. And last. Truly.

nina, well, if you weren't already the COOLEST, you're JD's cousin, TOO? Why does that not surprise me? Gorgeous, talented, etc., Ohmylord, well, the next time you see him at a family reunion or something, give him an uncousinly smooch from me ;)
I hope for you and yours, all manner of blessings in the New Year, and all the courage, grace and wisdom you need to get through tough times on the horizon. XOXOXOX

Blogger Nina said...

Since it has been 30 years since I have talked to or seen him other than in the movies, I won't be making any promises on that umm smooch. ;) Thank you dear one for the wishes for the New Year, it means a lot.

Blogger Jen said...

I've checked in every now and then, but I don't think I've ever left a comment. I really enjoyed the year in review. Very funny stuff! Happy New Year to you too!

Blogger SierraBella said...

I love your "Year in Review!"
And I remember all those posts too.

I'm looking forward to 2006-
Happy New Year!

Blogger Squirl said...

I am re-reading every single one of these. I just haven't had enough time for all of them yet. I will, though, because they're good.

Thanks for sharing your life with us. And thanks for the present. ;-) I must post pictures.

Happy New Year, sis!

Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Haha, I was recently looking through my archives from the beginning of the year, back when you used to comment as anonymous because you didn't have a blog yet. I'm so glad you decided to take the plunge and share so much with this dubious bunch. Not to mention becoming our honorary third sister. It was good, I needed someone to buffer Squirl's brutality...

Here's to lots more laughs, love, and lunacy 'round Blogsylvania in 2006. And crab legs, if you've got 'em.

Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Happy New Year to you lady, and to your VBD.

Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

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Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I actually want to forget most of 2005.

May the saddest day of 2006 be no worse than the happiest day of all your past years.

Blogger Greenthumb said...

ha! the Ass post is still one of my favorites.

By the way, it's cold and dark up here, are you standing up again??? SIT DOWN WOMAN!!!

Happy New Year to Jif, Sis, LG and Mister VBD Biscuit!!!

word Verification:
Oy when you what.....OY! What?

Blogger August95 said...

Hi Susie, that was great.

I have enjoyed your stories and faith and kindness very much this year. Thank you for sharing with us and Happy New Year.

Blogger Snickrsnack Katie said...

The story about LG living in a crack house NEVER gets old! Thanks so much for sharing your stories again with us!


Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Thanks for all your fabulous posts this year which always made me smile. Even when things were rough.

Happy and Healthy 2006 to you, Jif, LG, and VBD!

Blogger WILLIAM said...

God bless you Susie. You were one of the first blog's I started to comment on. Thank you for welcoming me.

I wish wonderful things for you and your family in 2006 and beyond.

Blogger No_Newz said...

I'm glad you are hopelessly addicted to blogging. You are wonderful at making people laugh. You have had some doozies over this year and I look forward to a brand spanking new year of What You were Thinking.
Lois Lane


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