1. without fail, whenever I fly__
2. I used to be___
3. When I ___ I ___
4. My greatest fear is ______.
My greatest fear is ending up old and alone.
This has not turned out to be the best of "vacations." Tim and I both have 11 days off from work, but the first 4 days went to Christmas preparations and the big day itself. Since then Tim's come down with whatever cootie bug I've been fighting with for the last week and a half. He's in the first stages when the fever takes hold and the body aches. And of course, being a man....he has it much worse than I did. He can't possibly do anything for himself. If he had a bell like in the old sitcoms I'm pretty sure I'd have to kill him. *Just kidding. Sort of.*
I'm hearing about the One Word movement everywhere I turn in blog-land these days. The idea is to choose one word (or let one word be revealed or given to you) that sums up how you want to live or who you want to be in the coming year. There's a website that explains it and you can be part of the community that's participating. It's interesting to read how choosing a word impacted some women over the past year. I'm trying to find (or trying to let it find me) my one word. At the moment, I have two in mind that seem to fit, but I guess I am waiting for confirmation on one of them or another word completely. I want to know without doubt that this is my word.
My Princess is handling the break-up with her boyfriend better than I imagined she would. Maybe that's due more to the complete strangeness of said break-up than any new emotional maturity. He (the boyfriend) announced the Sunday before Christmas that he was breaking up with her.....but that things would continue as normal until after Christmas so it wouldn't make the holidays "weird" or "uncomfortable." They had already bought gifts for each other (his to her was a diamond ring....not an engagement ring, but still....a ring!!) and gifts for each other's families. They continued to shop together, hang out together and he still did things like hold her hand and tell her he loved her. All the while he maintained they were broke up, that he needed time and space and wanted to get his life in order and that they'd "most likely get back together someday." Can you see why she (and all the rest of us) might be a little confused?
Anyway, she hasn't seen him since Christmas Day. I don't even know if she's heard from him. I'm waiting for him to come and get the (expensive) gift we got him that has to be transported carefully. I'm not going to be thrilled if he doesn't come for it. She says she's looking forward to the break and is going to give him space and time to miss her, that she won't call and bug him. However, she is out shopping with his mother and grandmother as I type. Nobody has a clue where this stands. I don't even think he does. But, shopping with his family aside, my girl is reconnecting with friends she let go when she got involved with him, going tanning, putting in job applications, and starting back up at the gym. I'm hoping she gets a job soon. That would build her self-confidence and maybe she'll see she deserves better from a guy. Or better yet, that she doesn't need a guy to complete her.
*Soooooo glad I am not a young adult trying to find my way through the relationship maze these days. It seems like so much has changed since I was in those shoes and not for the better.*
We are really getting the use out of our present from Santa, what with being sick and stuck in the house. Our old TV had lines through the picture. It was annoying, but they went away after half an hour or so. Not being male, it didn't bother me that much. What did bother me was that it meant the picture would be going one of these days and according to absolutely everything I read and everyone I talked to...these wonderful flat-screen TVs are not meant to last more than 5 years or so and fixing them costs more than buying a new one. What a disposable society we've become!
Well, the hubs, being a man and all, was bothered by the lines so we decided that rather than buying smaller gifts we'd buy ourselves a new TV with some of his Christmas bonus. We are now the owners of a 60" 3-D HDTV. Until we get a 3-D Blue-ray DVD player or the cable company starts airing 3-D programming that part is useless. However, you should watch a Blue-ray action movie on that thing! Holy moley! It may as well be 3-D and the motion is so clear and fast it makes your head spin. Hubby loves it. Me....I'm waiting to see Toby Keith, Sam Elliot, Ryan Reynolds, and others, in glorious, ginormous high definition. Swooon!
If we are well enough, we have some friends coming over for New Year's Eve. They were supposed to come tonight, but.....well, yeah. That didn't work out so well. I don't know about you, but I for one will be glad to say Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen, Arrivederci, Sayonara, Shalom, and Ciao to 2012. It has not been a year that I will exactly look back on with fondness. There has been joy to be sure, but also too many moments of heartache. Here's to a happier 2013 for all of us!