January 2011

My friend, Gena, has a lovely blog over at Blogspot, called The House on Lavender Hill. Check it out! 🙂


It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed, and that 2010 is now just a memory. It all went by so fast…with Izzlets coming and going, me back in school, Izzlets also in school…it’s been crazy. Which means I have quite a bit of excuse type fodder for why I haven’t posted, but I think everyone who has ever read my blog knows it’s because I’m totally disorganized. Because I never got around to chronicling the goings on in my life over the past year, I figured I’d sum it all up in one post…..with my ever famous “Pictorial Essay”. So, onward and…….yeah, let’s get started.

First off, as New Year 2010 rolled around, I was thinking about this:
Back to school

For the first time in 20 years, I was going back to college. By the New Year, I was exceptionally excited, but that excitement turned into panic quickly, because I wasn’t sure if it was something I could handle. But as the semester progressed, I found that I am indeed ready for college, and that it is something I absolutely can handle. In fact, I love it, and I’ve shown that love of learning by excelling. At the end of the semester, I had one of these:


Yeah, I’m pretty darn proud of me 🙂 I proved an awful lot to myself that semester, and I can’t even begin to say how amazing it feels to come away from it with 4.0s in my courses. The thing was, I only went part time, so I was still a bit anxious about the Fall semester…..but that’s a bit later in my post.

Another notable moment came in March, when we had a cake similar to this:

Turning 40

Yes, I turned 40 in 2010, although the younger Izzlets are still convinced I’m 29. I guess it doesn’t occur to them that their eldest sister is only 9 years younger than I am. But turning 40 has been kind of fun. I discovered that I can still love this:

bubble wrap

AND still do this on a regular basis:

dancing in the kitchen

In other words, forty is fun 🙂

Another notable event was with my sister. We went here:

New York City

I met her there and spent the entire weekend in NYC. Despite living in the state of NY almost all of my life, I had never been to NYC, ever. So, I took one of these:


(although not THIS one, since that’s European, lol), from Syracuse to:

Penn Station, NYC

to spend the weekend looking for my sister’s wedding dress. It was a blast!!! My sister, step-mom and I walked all over Manhattan, looking for dresses in some great shops, like this:


and then some not so great shops, that had literally thousands of dresses to look through, with no rhyme or reason behind the organization. Despite that, and despite being exhausted, it really was fun. Plus, spending time with my sister was totally cool 🙂

After I got home from NYC, I had to get ready for the Fall semester. As I stated above, I did really well in the Spring, but I was still feeling a lot like this going into the Fall:


It was, of course, ridiculous. It was a difficult semester in many ways, and I had so much to do in the course of it which took me away from much of my duties as Mom, but in the end, I found that even as a full time student, I do well. My GPA for the semester is a 3.83, which isn’t too shabby, especially since that’s enough to make this:

President's list

So, there are the highlights of my 2010. Not too much, but still, it was a lot of fun and I did things I’d never done before 🙂

At this point, the one thing I’m looking forward to is getting onto one of these:


and flying to here:


to spend 4 days here:


which sounds like a past Pictorial Essay….but with a twist, because, first, this time it’s not just what I want to do, I am doing it. Second, Dublin is not the last port of call, for I am also flying here:


to spend a few days there, as well. Izzlet #1 and I are going…and it’s going to be a total blast! I also have this to look forward to, soon after I return from Europe:

Wedding cake

No, not cake. My sister is getting married! And since I’m her Matron of Honour, I get to be a big part of it! And then I’m finishing up my Sophomore year at college.

So, while 2010 was exciting, 2011 is going to be just as exciting. If not more so. Happy New Year to all who do read my blog, and may your 2011 be wonderful, exciting, and full of joy!