Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One Year Ago Today...How very (un) X-pected!

Can you imagine? I've actually stuck with something for more than a week or two! Very (un) X-pected, if you know me!

I started this blog thing one year ago today! I started it by making the mistake of creating a New Year's Resolution list. Bad idea. Below we'll revisit said list and see how I did. Please leave now and get some kleenex. You will either be laughing so hard you'll cry, or simply crying...well, read and you'll see why. I'll let you in on the state of each of my resolutions after one year - that'll be in red! (By the way? I am embarrassed to share this, to say the least!)  

Behold the very first blog:


Here I am, once again at the end of another year.... Could it have possibly gone any faster? NO - it seems like just yesterday! I think not! So many changes this past year, most good, some not so good, and all happening in record time it seems. As I've done every damn year since my teens (that was loooong ago), I've spent this last day of 2007 thinking about and making a list of all the deeds I most definitely will accomplish in 2008. (This, of course, includes most of the deeds I most definitely was going to accomplish in 2007.)

1. I will finally exercise religiously and regularly (stop laughing!!)  didn't happen, dammit!

2. I will finally find a damn diet that actually works. Hmmm....I'm beginning to suspect that diets might actually work better if you follow them for longer than three days. I promise I will follow this new diet for every day of 2008.........I have never made that promise before......well, maybe I have......oh well......I'll be honest about my progress or lack thereof........I promise!! didn't happen, dammit!

3. I will pick up my clothes in my bedroom and put them where they belong EVERY NIGHT. My husband had the nerve to tell me today that the floor was not considered another closet...didn't happen, dammit, unless you count a few days here and there and not consecutive days at that!

4. I will find a pair of blue jeans that actually fit me and don't fall down. When you have no waist (because of age and weight, not preggers stuff, thank God!) it is very difficult to keep pants up. Of course if I fully embrace #'s 1 and 2, I could actually re-find my waist and then keeping up my pants won't be a problem...didn't happen, dammit!

5. I will pass my damn real estate test. And isn't it a brilliant time to do that?? The worst house market we've had in years and I want to get my damn real estate license. I have never claimed to be practical, didn't happen, dammit! POOH!

6. I will clean out my basement. Actually my husband and I have to do this as we're close to having our house declared a booby-trap hazard. How did it get so out of control??? Didn't happen,dammit!

7. I will start auctioning off all of our stuff from the booby-trap basement on eBay to get rid of it. Didn't happen, dammit!

8. I will learn to record every episode of Brothers & Sisters, Men in Trees, The Biggest Loser and Private Practice. I will also learn what word has replaced the old fashioned "record". That happened and it's a good thing???

9. I will teach my idiot dog not to spend a way too big part of every day barking her damn head off. We're working on this - some success here and there, but not on consecutive days...

10. I will keep this blog up and running and current.....I promise...well, I've tried hard.......and can honestly say I've succeeded! Can you imagine? I've actually stuck with something for one whole year!  Yippee!


12/31/08:  What an Xceptional blogging year it's been! I've met lovely new blogging friends, discovered much, whether it's been through words or photos/pictures, and have had just a whole bunch of fun. Thank you, blogiverse for a most Xcellent year! Let's try for two! As for the other resolutions I made...X them out already!

No resolutions this year - just heart-felt thoughts and prayers for a new year that is full of promises realized, new beginnings, happiness and security for all. That's not asking too much, is it?
expect anything!


  1. So glad you started blogging and even more glad that I got to meet you.

    Hope to see you soon.

  2. So glad you started blogging and even more glad that I got to meet you.

    Hope to see you soon.

  3. Yes, blogging a "Good Thing"

    I am with you on your last sentiments 100%.

    Happy New Year.

  4. Congrats on your blogaversary, Annie. Thanks for sticking with it (the blog) even if some things don't happen to match your wishful thinking.

    I'm glad I found you, and look forward to another year.

    Happy New Year!

    (no real resolutions here, either.)

  5. OHHHHHHHH I am sooooooo happy you decided to make that list! and stuck with blogging for a WHOLE YEAR!!!!!! I can not wait to see what the new year brings... and yes I laughed and coughed (damnit) and then had to just laugh inside for fear of breaking something like a lung (coughing)
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!
    hugs Laura

  6. Well, congratulations, Annie. As I recall, you were one of my first visitors! And I've long ago come to the conclusion that it's never a good thing (for me, anyway) to make resolutions. On that note, maybe this year will be different for you!
    I'm impressed that you stuck with it and also glad you did.
    Here's to the promise of a good year to come, my friend.

  7. Happy Blogiversary!'s wonderful isn't it. It seems like we've all known each other forever!

  8. I cannot very well tease you about your lack of success with New Year's resolutions since I gave up making resolutions years ago. As fiction, they just didn't have much of a plot or interesting characters.

    I'm glad you followed through with your blogging resolution and look forward to visiting in 2009.

    Have a great New Year!

  9. We are extreemly grateful that the one thing you stuck too, was blogging and that we have had your wonderful sense of humor to look forward to for an entire year! Yeah, Annie! Who cares about the other stuff?....well maybe the real estate license if you really wanted to sell. Diets come and go just like our weight. I can't find a successful one either, but am walking more thanks to a camera and a good cortisone shot in the knee. Blogging is a makes you get out and take photos :-) Love,ya, Annie...keep blogging for many more years and have a healthy and Happy New Year!

  10. Keep it up! I love your blog - it always brings a smile. Happy New Year.

  11. Congrats on your first year! You done good!

  12. Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary. Seems like a lot of the great blogs I read all started about that same time. Glad I found you!!!
    And pooh to resolutions..right? cept I want to excerise and lose weight, too!

  13. X-traordinary;) That is what you are. xoxo, L.

  14. Happy New Year! I'm with 'ya. I wish I could find a pair of jeans THAT FIT and don't make me look like a grandma!

  15. he-hehe-hehe--I think you could have written for me. I didn't actually verbalize a list, but there were several things I really wanted to get done..didn't happen. One of them I have planned to do for at least 3 years. And it isn't even a diet or how bad is that.

  16. Thank goodness you blog! I always feel better after a visit with you.

    And who cares about the rest of the stuff on the list. Especially the real estate license! (and the clothes on the floor)

  17. See .. recycling is a good thing .. recycle this resolution list and see how it turns out NEXT year

  18. Blogging was definitely the best thing to happen to me in '08. I'm not big on lots of resolutions. I have a couple and that is it but blogging through the entire year was one of them and I too completed the task and it feels great. Congrats.

    Happy New Year to you.

  19. GREAT post!!! Lots of smiles and laughs coming from here!! And although I don't believe in New Year's resolutions,I almost think you should make some because they make a terrific post!


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