Well, it's time for the last blog post of 2009, so I'd thought I do a little recap of what made me happy this year and what didn't.
What me likey about 2009 (in not particular order):
*Having a president who's intelligent, knows the English language, and is respected throughout the world.
*Having Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. I think she's doing an amazing job. She makes me smile.
*Launching the Handmade Highway. It's 6 months old and has over 350 members, and it was featured in the year-end double-issue of Gift Beat!
*Spending quality time with my adorable nieces and getting closer to my sister.
*Finally watching an episode of Project Runway and realizing that it's not Project Runaway as I'd previously thought. I was expecting a documentary about homeless kids. (We finally got Bravo here.)
*Adding some real cool pieces to my Risky Beads shop, like Taco Salad, Autumn Orchard, Linguistic Courage and Winter Sugar.
*Mad Men, Hoarders, Modern Family, So You Think You Can Dance, Glee, Men of a Certain Age, CSI anywhere, Criminal Minds, and any other show that I'm addicted to.
*Getting amazing feedback from the readers of my book Make It Small When You're Trying to Make it Big.
*Loving that my youngest cat who is by far the biggest cat can finally accept affection. She seemed clueless before. I wonder if the fact that I work from home now has been the difference.
*Making some true friends from the handmade galaxy.
*My best friend moving back to NC. We have so much fun together.
*New furniture and computer arriving any day. Good-bye Ethan Allen albatross. It's been real...uncomfortable.
*Being in charge of my own destiny and working for myself.
*Discovering some amazing Etsy shops: Funktional Spa, Crocheted Little Things, Blue Pie Designs, Lavender Lore, Tattie Tats, Lynsey and Harper Confections ...and so many others.
*Throwing away a bunch of crap.
*Lopez Tonight on TBS. Watch it; he's hilarious!
*Panera Bread. You own me.
*Reading Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Julie Gregory.
*Improvements in Twitter.
*Improvement in my overall health.
*We got a good amount of rain.
*Former President George W. Bush because at least he knows when to shut up.
What me NO likey about 2009 (in no particular order):
*Still need to lose weight.
*Losing access to health insurance.
*Tea bagging haters who don't even know what tea-bagging really means, lol.
*The mysterious disappearance of Obama's backbone.
*Glenn Beck--the only right-winger who can cry on TV and not be branded a liberal.
*Sarah Palin and her Facebook psuedo-prophecies.
*Cat litter. It's too heavy and a pain in the ass.
*The inability of lawmakers to grasp the concept that we already have a Public Option for health insurance in this country. It's called Go To the ER and Don't Pay the Bill You Can't Afford. I'm willing to pay for my insurance; you just have to let me.
*Afghanistan, and our approach to fighting terrorism. It's misguided. We need fewer troops on the ground and more spies in the hot spots.
*Throwing my knee out.
*Not keeping up with this blog!
*Airport security that isn't.
*Severe writer's block. I wish they made a pill for that.
*Discovering, yet again, that the minute I find the perfect perfume, moisturizer, shampoo, etc., it gets discontinued!!!
*Dick Cheney...although watching his very public slide into lunacy by way of De Nial is kind of entertaining.
*And as always, grocery shopping. The bane of my existence.
I'm sure I'm forgetting things in both categories, but that's enough for now! Happy New Year everyone! Bring on 2010!
First image is Train/print by Tosya on Etsy. Second image is Angry Mob Print by dpsullivan on Etsy.