Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Hope Diamond

I'm Baaaaaack..... if anyone is still here.... *wink wink*

The Hiatus is officially over. Says me.
Please, contain yourselves. I KNOW how deeply everyone missed the profound musings of my blog.

So, here's what's gone down in the weeks since I've abandoned you.

Finish building new home: CHECK.

Packed up family of 6 for SECOND time in a 4 month period and moved into said new home: CHECK.

Unpacked, decorated, shopped, entertained for the Holidays in the 18 days between moving day and Christmas: CHECK.

Whole family get sick: CHECK.

Get 20 inches of snow weekend of all family Christmas parties and couldn't leave the house for over 48 hours: CHECK.

Blow out tire while starting a 90 mile journey home with mini van full of kids at 9:00 pm: Yeah. That would be another CHECK.

Executed said Christmas without my husband and I killing each other: SORTA CHECK.

Rella get a black eye right in time for Family Christmas Party: CLUNK.

Gained 9 pounds: DOUBLE CHECK.

Well, the good news is that we closed on our house and moved, changed school districts and addresses, and had a nice holiday. We're IN. Life is quasi-returning to normal and blogging shall resume (looooong sigh.....)

The most important thing is that I got my picture of all four girls in front of the tree. This is always a failure every stinking year, but somehow we pulled it off.
Oh, I'm SOOOO happy about this, you have no idea!

New Years Eve this year found us breaking tradition with the usual modus operandi (tucked into bed in pjs watching the a*holes in time square freeze their fannies off on T.V. and falling asleep before the ball drops). A good friend got married New Years Eve and so we partied like rock stars at the wedding reception until 12:30 am! I know. Unbelievable.

It was pretty cool to see our old friends up in Northern Jersey. I even splurged on a cute new cocktail dress and red pointy toed stilettos and felt like a totally hussy. Which is only a good thing when you spend your life covered in barf and pooh, clad in jeans and sweatshirts. For some reason my boobs look big in this picture but trust me, they're not (not that you were lookin'... but of course now you are).

Unfortunately, The New Year wasn't looking like it would be off to a good start. When I awoke the next morning I gasped at the realization that I lost my 1-carat diamond earring at some point the night prior - a gift I received from my in-laws after I completed my doctorate degree several years ago. I was worried this was a bad omen to lose such a priceless, special thing at the start of a New Year. Especially after such a stressful end to 2009 and a series of mishaps and nonsense that has followed us for months like a black cloud of spirit-leaching locusts.

But then, under the most unlikely of circumstances, when all was bleak and we'd given up...

the earring was found. Tiny, bent up, but brilliant amongst the loose gravel of a driveway. Where it should have never been seen, but it was.

And that, I thought, might just be the theme for 2010. Finding the thing which I thought was lost. Finding hope.

22 comments:

michelle said...

Life's little miracles-CHECK

Single Dad / Disabled Daughter said...

Welcome back, congrats on all the checks, happy new year, and I swear, I was not checking out your boobs.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. That is just AWESOME. I have nothing else to comment because that was one hell of a comeback! I'm glad you're back, and Happy New Year!

Alicia (aka Dr. Mom) said...

Single Dad - You always make me laugh OUT LOUD!! :)

tiffrutherf said...

Its a festivus miracle (lol you may not get that..long story but look it up if your have the time). Good to see your back..I have posted in a while eather...glad to have company in the boat!

Corrie Howe said...

Welcome back, looking forward to you posting regularly again. Sounds like you packed the last few weeks. And I didn't look at the boobs until you mentioned them.

And I'm hoping that you find hope this year too.

Maggie May said...

you look fantastic

Single Dad / Disabled Daughter said...

I finally am able to change my gaze and look at the rest of the picture. You say you are wearing "red pointy toed stilettos" (not that I have a clue what they are) and I am just wondering if the woman behind you feels that her sense of footwear-fashion is of equal stature ... ;)

Alicia (aka Dr. Mom) said...

Single Dad - "pointy toed red stilletos" are basically the footwear of those who walk the street ;). No, they were classy... i think. Or maybe not. Had to wear Red for luck on the New Year and all that. And the woman behind me was the rabbi who married the happy couple and who obviously brought a change in footwear given the ice and snow that night. Smart chick! But her boobs don't look nearly as big as mine (lol). C'est la vie...

Nancy C said...

You look gorgeous. I'm so happy to hear about that earring. Michelle said it perfectly, so I'll copy her in a weak attempt:

Finding Joy in fresh starts--CHECK.

Tina said...

I am so glad your back...I've been BORED without your humor! (Single Dad IS funny too) I have a lost and found jewelry story too...Whew, so glad you were able to find the earring! Keep the posts coming. PS..you've hardly gained 9 pounds....puleeez.

Cristie Ritz King said...

I didn't want to stress you out further by saying it before, but man I MISSED YOU!! So glad you're back and here's to finding what seemed lost in 2010. So excited for your "new" life.;)

Cristie Ritz King said...

PS-you (and your boobs) look fantastic! OhyesIdidlook.

Mama Deb said...

Welcome back...sounds like you were kinda sorta busy :)
Just wanted to cheer with you for the amazing feat of getting all of your girls in the same picture...and actually facing the camera at the same time. Oh, yes, I so understand!
Here's to no more car-related incidents in 2010, okay?!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Missed you! All four kids in the Christmas photo!!! Fantastic! I always have trouble with just my two, so my hat is off to you, my friend! And you look absolutely gah-geous - I'll have to remember that dress style to give my own chest a boost! So glad you found the earring, too. Amazing. Happy New Year!

erika said...

I'm so glad you are back! I missed your musings and your insights and your humor and all those things that make your posts so good.

I love the picture of the girls. They are so gorgeous! And so you are in your breast enhancing cocktail dress (where can I get one of those?) And if that's what you look like after having gained 9 pounds, then you have nothing to worry about.

Claire said...

2010...the year of the boobs.

kys said...

Welcome back! You clean up good. I hope you have an awesome 2010!

Cristin said...

You did better than me... I couldn't manage to get a shot of my TWO kids in front of the tree!

Nice to see someone get dressed up in a booby enhancing dress. I rang in the new year in sweats and a t shirt.

Leah said...

well, if you really don't have boobs, can you tell me the brand of your push up bra???

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Alicia (aka Dr. Mom) said...

Im SERIOUS! Normal strapless bra. It was all the dress. I have no idea how that worked. I think it was the high waist or something. I think I need to wear that dress everyday...

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