Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Tale of Two Januaries

2010: It was the worst of times; 2011: It was the definite better of times....

Oh dear, neglected blog readers (yoohoo! Anyone still there?):

How insanely ecstatic I am that 2010 has finally bit the big one.  That year couldn't have ended soon enough for me and yet it seemed to drag on...and on...and on.  I know I'm not the only one who was only too happy to lay Old Father Time in his final resting place while joyously dumping the dirt over the coffin and dancing a jig over his grave (a bit macabre, but it makes me happy).  It seems like 2010 was a pretty sucky year for many folks, so I know I'm not alone when I say, "Sayonara! Auf wiedersehen! Adios! Good bye, sucker!" to 2010.

Ok, so maybe I'm not being entirely fair to the first year of this decade.  There were some definite ups for me amongst the many downs: I won two Ravelry Bobby awards, I won a Best Actress Award at a Film Festival, I got to visit our awesome neighbors to the north, and I got to go on a great Disney Cruise vacation with my Mister, to name some highlights.  However, 2010 was unfortunately doomed for me from the very beginning, starting at this time (almost to the day) last year.

I know, I know.  I've mentioned that 2009 ended very badly and 2010 began horribly and that it affected me in ways that I wasn't ready to face for many months afterward.  However, I never shared what exactly happened because I just wasn't able to put it out there for so many people to see.  However, as I know I'm not alone in my rejoicing in 2010's demise, I also know I'm also not alone in what I went through last year.

You see, in mid 2009, after many years of being very happily married, my Mister and I finally decided it was time to add to our little family.  In November 2009, we very happily found out we were expecting and I couldn't wait for Christmas to make the announcement on this here blog.  However, December 2009 brought our first sonogram which, unfortunately is the reason 2010 sucked so much.  By January 2010, one year ago this past Saturday, we were no longer expecting an addition to our family.

It took many months for me to be able to process everything we went through and many months for me to even be willing to start trying again.  My erratic blog posting and long disappearances are a testament to that. I hope you'll forgive my most recent blog disappearance these last few months since it's not been the easiest time of year for me.

However, now that 2011 is here, and this Saturday has past, I must admit I am so very excited for 2011.  I've got many plans for this year, including a new venture with one of my BFF's.  She is also an avid crocheter AND she's a Registered Dietitian, as well.  Her name is Ronda and we've been wanting to collaborate with each other on a Nutrition based project ever since we were cramming for finals while eating fried mozzarella sticks at JBs.  (Hypocritical much?) She'll be a guest blogger for me every once in a while giving you all some great Nutrition tips, which is quite timely since I know some of you are still trying to keep up with your New Year's Resolutions.  Put down that mozzarella!

There is more to be revealed soon, but her first blog post will be sometime this week- I know you'll love her as much as I do!

As for me, I've not been idle during my blog-break.  I've been exhaustively working on a new creation these past 3 1/2 months- it's easily going to be my best yet- which is going to be the definite highlight of this year.  Even though I don't like revealing too much about my work before it's done, I'm going to have to this time since it has a big part to play in my endeavor with Ronda.  I'll be keeping you updated (with regular blog posts- cross my heart and hope to die!) but for now, I'll leave you with this teaser.

To be completed July 2011

I'll give you a hint: it's not a spaceship, like my dad thought.

I wish you all a very Happy 2011!  May it be filled with much happiness and love!

Love and blessings,


  1. AWWW, fingers crossed everything goes VERY VERY well for you! I have had years (4 to be exact with 2 losses) similar to what you went through. Here's hoping everything works out like it finally did for me, Alexander just turned 20 months old! ;)

  2. Thank you so much! It's women like you who have made this past year bearable for me. Listening to others who have also had loses let me know I wasn't alone as well as gave me hope that things will be all right in the end. :) Now I have a whole new demographic to design for!

  3. There you are! I check every few days waiting for your return! Glad to see you back!

    Not glad to hear what you went thru.....

    Here's to a fantastic year for ALL of us!


  4. I've been wondering what was going on with you and where you'd lurked off to, girlie. Of all the blogs I've been reading over the years, it amazes me of how familiar your life story is. I know nothing will ever replace your first loss, but I'm so glad to hear your good news now. No, not a spaceship Dad, but it does look like an intricate poncho! :-D

  5. WOO-HOO Gege and your Mister!
    I am so happy for you! That baby looks like it's about 12 weeks along. How wonderful!

    Glad to see you're back. Praying for all the best for you and your babe.

  6. Thank you kuddles! I agree- here's to a fantastic year for everyone!

    Awww- thanks, Libby. Yeah...I usually take the hermit approach during tough times- hide and cut off communication. My Mister is just glad I finally shaved my unibomber beard, though. HA! (and, you're right- it does look like a poncho!)

    Thanks Tracy!! Prayers are most definitely welcome! Actually, at that picture, our little peanut was 7wks- that was 8wks ago. :) Hopefully will get another scan towards the end of February to see if I have to crochet blue or pink.... :)

  7. so proud of you Gege! I know it was huge for you to write all this down for your bloggers to see and know about you. love you so much!!!

  8. Thanks, lyteyz. It did take a lot of typing/deleting/praying/wondering to get this post out, but now I can focus on the happy of 2001. :) Love you too, girl!