Thursday, December 28, 2006

Into the Blue Again, After the Money's Gone

Oh, what the hell. We only have a few days left, so I thought I'd take a little look back at the year 2006 through photos. I'm also going to attempt a miraculous feat here - I'm going to try to find something good in everything that happened. Wish me luck.
The year started out very mixed. In February, one of our kinda/sorta neighbors died. He was also a beloved history professor and father. It was sudden and awful and Coadster took it very hard. I'm not sure if I can find much good in that; but we also got our digital camera around the same time and could start documenting all the wonders of Iowa City. Okay, I realize I'm fudging on this very first one, but you try to find something positive in a really wonderful man dying.

T. S. Eliot wasn't kidding, April was by far the cruelest month. Our neighborhood was rocked by a tornado and to this day, it looks so stark without any trees. I've thought a lot about the good in this one and it's easy. No one in our town died or was injured. Seriously, nothing else- not even the money, the terror it created or incoveniences matter.

My summer was spent catching-up in every way imaginable. I had to juggle money and time and sanity. (and I had very little of that to mess with, as you well know) In the end, I feel that I did a lot of things half-assed, (sorry about how little time I spent in the garden, K.) but it was still all good enough and we actually had a lot of fun too.

In July, after too much wine, I decided it would be a great idea to ride the last day (50 miles) of RAGBRAI. I've been very careful about what I've agreed to ever since. It was hot, sweaty, my ass was sore for several weeks after, and though earlier in the week my friends rode with Lance Armstrong's entourage, I didn't see any sign of John Kerry on the road to Muscatine.
It was also crazy and fun and I am oh, so glad I did it. Would I do it again? Um, only if I had the proper bike and gear and enough water.

In August, the girls and I took a trip to Minneapolis to see one of my many friends named S. and get away from the tornado reconstruction that was still going on. After we got back, we found out that our toilet had been running the whole time we were gone and my water bill was almost $400 dollars. Apparently, I was supposed to learn some karmic lesson about finances this year, but I'm not sure what it was. Please don't rat me out to the universe, I don't want to have to keep losing money until I say "uncle" or "now, I finally get it."

The Fall came just as quickly as the Summer and I found myself caught-up in teenage hell. Stinky had her thirteenth birthday party that went all kinds of out of control and my treat bag from it contained many new gray hairs, a need for blood pressure meds, and a pronounced nervous tic. I also learned one of those difficult life lessons - no more teenage parties ever!

Finally, the year ended much better than it started. A couple of my family members let me borrow their copies of old family photos to scan. It has been so great. I'm still not quite through with that project, but I don't think it will go much further into 2007.
Now, I'm looking forward to the new year and hoping it's much safer, happier, less expensive and freer from natural disasters than 2006.

10 comments:

Bice said...

2005 and 2006 were two of the shittiest years of my life. They can both die and go straight to hell! 2007 better be a damn sight better or I'm taking it to the beach and clubbing it like a baby seal!

BTW, Tag you're it!

Remiman said...

Churlita,
Finding something positive in everything that happens to you is such an awesome undertaking, but so good!
rel

booda baby said...

Every crappy thing, every shock, every insult, every unexpected debt is a story though.

Wait. That's not true. The story is almost always in how you face it and triumph without resorting to extreme violence and Sooper bitchiness. I LOVE those stories, I love how you write them because not many can write with your literate but earthy touch, so naturally, I think you hade a great year.

Margaret said...

churlita, bice sounds serious! I'm glad you got the digital camera, the photos of Iowa City have been pretty amazing and poinient, you have a gift... for some reason, if an activity hurts my ass, I consider it worthwhile.

cheers to 2007!

akelly said...

Your brave review of the year- its not even new years now what will you do with all that time on Sunday and Monday - just drink champagne? - 2005 - 2006 not the shittiest years of my life - that would be hard to be - but I'm glad they are over
2007 -- oooo ooo child things are going to get easier

Churlita said...

Bice,

I would love to club a bad year like a baby seal. If you figure out how to do that, you let me know. And I'm gonna take your challenge and post it tonight.

Rel,

Finding the good in things can sometimes take all your powers, but it's better than only seeing the bad.

Booda Baby,

Thanks. If nothing else, it keeps things from being boring. I just wish I knew what all I was supposed to be learning, so I could quit getting crap thrown at me.

Margaret,

Thanks. There are many things that hurt my ass that I find worthwhile. Unfortunately, I haven't experienced any of those in the last year. Maybe next year, though. Sigh.

Churlita said...

Sunday we have a few girls spending the night, so we'll be eating pizza, playing Monopoly and watching John Tucker Must Die over and over again.

I think the kid stuff will get harder before it gets easier. It's a good thing I've built up all this damn character to deal with it.

Long_Division said...

Awesome year in review. Happy New Year to you and the girls!

les said...

you have a great vege patch there.

Churlita said...

Hey LD,

Thanks. Long time no hear from. happy New year to you and Ronnie too.

Les,

Our garden got really out of control toward the end of the summer, but unfortunately I didn't get any good photos of it then.