Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One more random before the calendar rolls

Here's the final random dozen of 2009...they've been fun-thanks for hosting every Wednesday Linda!

If you're reading this then you are invited to play along... answer the questions on your blog and link your answers here.

1. Do you find it gross to share drinks with family? Friends?

Well, I never used to but in these days of swine flu and other nastiness I definitely think twice and mostly avoid it.

2. What have you learned this year? (You didn't see a question of that weight coming, did you? At least not for #2.)

A lot. This has been a year of enormous change for me…transitioning back to life in the US has been a little bit bumpy and I’m really just now starting to feel like myself again. It’s also the first move I’ve made without children living at home so I’ve had to figure out other ways to make connections with people. I guess the biggest lesson I've been reminded of this year is this..God is always with me. Wherever I am there He is. And He is in control. Thankfully.

3. When do you dismantle the Christmas decorations?

Not before New Years Day weekend…I may even wait until the week after New Years this year.

4. Something you wish to accomplish before the end of 2009 is:

Well it is December 30th so if there is something I better get busy! I can’t really think of anything that can’t wait til January 1.

5. How do you feel about winter (after Christmas)?

I love it in the beginning but I tire of it and always feel so ready for spring. And spring is a big tease…we’ll get a few beautiful mild days in early March and think yay! Spring! and then it turns arctic again. I hate those late snows that we are bound to get here, say like in April…ugh.

6. Have you participated in after-Christmas sales?

Not for myself but I’m looking for nice boots for my girls

7. Do you have plans for New Year's Eve?

Yes we do…New York City baby…we have friends with an apt. in Rockefeller Plaza and we’re joining them…we will not be getting into the madness right on the street but we’ll have a great view of it all from the warmth and safety of the apartment…we’re going to do some fun stuff in the city too…maybe some museums plus my girls want to go skating in Central Park so it will be fun.

8. Is there anything special awaiting you in January?

Um, a new year? I think that's pretty special. I like the feeling of a fresh start.

9. If your life this year was a movie, what category or genre would it be? (Romance, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Suspense, Farcical, etc.)

Well, we moved back to the US after living in England for the past six years and I think it is safe to say it’s been a little bit of all of the above.

10. How much time per day do you spend blogging? Please do not lie. I will know.

About an hour…some days none and some days it might be two hours. I wake up very early and that’s generally when I get online. I check my favorites and read updates and then maybe write a post for my own blog (I usually add 3-4 posts per week to my own blog). I typically look at my dashboard again late in the day or evening to see if there are comments or updates on my faves.

11. Who runs your household?

We’re a good team. My husband is a hard worker and is very neat…if he sees something that needs doing he just does it…I never have to ask him to help. I do pretty much all the cooking/shopping/bill pay/laundry and the basic daily ‘pick up’ although he is happy to go to the store with me, throw in laundry if needed, and he manages the big picture money -retirement accounts, college tuition, 401 K stuff-I do the living expense side of the money … I also manage the calendar/appts/stuff for the kids. My husband has a pretty intense job that requires travel but he still cleans the shower, bbqs, and likes to vacuum…it works for us.

12. Share one hope/dream for 2010.

Other than contentment and good health for my family…my oldest daughter is graduating from university this spring and I’d love to see her land a job that she enjoys that would allow her to support herself.

And I’d like to see a big chunk of our elected officials booted out of office. Seriously…I’m tired of pretty much the whole lot.

That’s two things. Sorry.

Happy New Year Everyone!


  1. I could skip winter every single year. I think it's the southern in me, but I cannot abide being cold.

    NYC on New Year's sounds like a lot of fun. We'll be at a friend's house having breakfast for supper and playing games. I'm not a very good game player, so I may just pretend that a pot needs stirring and never come out of the kitchen.

  2. I'm very jealous of your New Year's Eve plans; they sound fantastic! And I totally agree with your second hope/dream for 2010.

  3. Great meme! NYC on New Years wow sounds so fun!! I love a new year for a fresh start too! Hope your new year is everything and more. Congrats on your daughter graduating this coming year what a wonderful accomplishment.

  4. Same boat -- kind of -- big move and first time without the kids. But for us it was overseas. Still adjusting. Not sure I'll ever feel totally "at home" here but it is getting easier. I'm with you on booting out the elected officials (here and there! lol). Have fun in NYC!!!

  5. We get snow in April sometimes, too . . . it is soooo annoying. Our winter drags on and on.

  6. Your New Year's Eve will be worth staying awake for! Have fun!

    I so agree with your last dream for next year - boot 'em out!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Great randomness, Joyce. I always love your answers. Did you say an apartment in Rockefeller Plaza? How sweeeeet! I would love to be there. We'll be here in Merry Old England with my two aunts and that's pretty special in and of itself.

    And I like your last one... ALOT!

    Hugs, Carol

  8. I'm jealous of your New Year's Eve plans...never been to NYC, but would love to go.
    I so agree with your 2nd dream for next year. Wouldn't it be nice if someone actually was made to listen to "we the people."

  9. Thanks for stopping by for the Random Dozen. I sense a kindred spirit so I'll be back. Happy New Year!

  10. Wow, in NYC for New Years! How fun is that! I hope you post pictures?!!

    Happy New Year!

  11. I have always wanted to live in England after a missions trip there 7 years ago. It's one of my favorite places...not that I can pin point why?!?! :o)

    What a fun New Year's eve you are going to have....ENJOY!

    Happy New Year!


  12. I hope you will share pics of your New Year's event!

  13. Joyce,

    I know what you mean by some of our elected officials should find themselves out of work and perhaps then that would help stimulate the economy. Nothing inspires action more than being out of a job!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  14. Your New Years Eve sounds exciting. That's the best way to stay in yet have "going out" fun.


  15. Amen to #2

    I'm so jealous of your New Year's plans!

  16. For some reason I just knew you'd be in NYC on New Year's Eve. :)
    How fun that will be.
    And ice skating in Central Park. (sigh!!!!)

    I'll be praying for your daughter and her upcoming graduation from college and future plans for her life.
    Jeremiah 29:11

  17. Hey Joyce, what fun to be in NYC on New Year's Eve!! You are so lucky to live that close. I know you are loving having your girls at home. I love a fresh change as the new year rolls in and I always look forward to cleaning out, getting organized, etc. in the new year. What an exciting year with graduation coming for your sweet daughter! I always love reading your Random Dozen. Take care and enjoy your time in the Big Apple! Love & blessings from NC!

  18. Great answers and I hope you have a wonderful time in New York!
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy New Years.