Posted by: chlost | December 31, 2010

Finally, it is almost done

It is officially the last day of December, 2010.  It is only 1:30 am as I write this, but it is the last day of the year, nonetheless.  It has been a bad year. A horrible year.  This year was bad not just for me, but for many thousands of others in the world….the miners, the oil workers, the Democrats, the residents of the Ivory Coast.  Just for starters. 

But I have been valiantly attempting to lift my head above the bad. To find positives in my life where positives may not exist.

My challenge to myself has been to find three (3!!) positive things for each day of the month of December.

It hasn’t been easy.

During the holidays, we have had guests staying with us.  I haven’t been on the computer for four days. Again.

Usually, I am on the computer for the majority of the day, between work, blogs, and email. 

It has been four days since I last made a list of positives.  Now I’m trying desperately to remember each day and to come up with the three positive things for each.

December 27, 2010:

1. My brother-in-law and nephew arrived from Virginia.

2. My mom and I were close to getting to her doctor appointments on time. She was very vocal about how mad she was with the doctor she’d seen previously.  It is a positive thing that she is aware enough to be mad.

3. My daughter and I were able to do some shopping together.

December 28, 2010:

1. We had our family Christmas celebration with my children, grandchildren, my mom, my brother-in-law and nephew, our dog and my son and d-i-l’s dog.  Great meal, great fun.

2. My granddaughter was nearly buried in gifts. She was very good about gift opening. Very patient, very thankful, very polite. There were many gifts, but they were primarily books and clothes. Only a few toys. She loved everything.

3. My mom was able to be with us for the day. She did well with all of the chaos.

December 29, 2010:

1. A third Christmas celebration with my sister and her significant other and her 2 grown children.  We each drove about 3-4 hours to meet at a restaurant half-way between our homes.

2. My uncle and aunt were able to join us for the lunch.  They live in the town where we met for the Christmas celebration.

3. My mom enjoyed the lunch.  I was worried that the drive might be too much for her, but she did well.

December 30, 2010:

1. My brother-in-law cooked a fantastic breakfast for all of us. 

2. My daughter and her boyfriend set up my computer system for me.  I got a new monitor as a gift. I love it. I had been given a “new to me” hard drive from my employer, so they worked to transfer all of the information from the old computer to the new one, and set up some new software for me.  It’s great. 

3. My nephew loved the book I gave him so much that he went out to use a gift card to buy another in the series.  Score one for the aunt.  Actually, he really liked the clothes I got him as well (and they fit him), so score two for me!

As I still have most of the last day of December yet to go, I will finish out the positives for this month tomorrow.  I have some hope for a good day tomorrow, but will be sad to see my daughter and her boyfriend leave for home in Oregon.  If the weather doesn’t delay them, they have a whole day of travel ahead of them.  We’ve really liked having them here.

And 2010 is finally ready to be escorted very rudely out the door.



  1. Well done. I am glad that the family celebrations over the holiday period have proved such a success and so supportive. You are clearly on your nephew’s wavelength and I am sure you mean a very great deal to him. Wishing you a much, much, happier 2011.

  2. Here’s hoping for a great 2011 for all of us.

  3. I will happily help you sweep it out the door and will use my immense girth to hold the door shut to keep it from getting back in! See ya 2010!! 🙂

  4. Wow!!!! I knew you would do it!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. It occurred to me as I read this that there is probably never a year that isn’t very bad for some and very good for others (and mixed or medicore for most!). But I’m with you on 2010 – personally, I’m happy to see it go. Here’s to a better 2011!

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