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.
*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.