Archive for January, 2010


Friday, January 1st, 2010

Life sorta has a way of floating by without being noticed.

At first, looking back on the year, I didn’t think much had happened. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that a *lot* had happened in 2009.

  • Thanks in part to the kindness of family/friends, I was given an opportunity to end my 9-month bout of unemployment. I guess you could say I got the job on my own, but if it were not for the initial door-opening, there would have been no job to get.
  • My boyfriend of 3 years finally asked me to move in with him. After 2.5 years of long distance and half a year of dancing around the issue once I was back in NY, we made it official and got an apartment together. Correction… We made made it official and built a home together. Because it’s not just an apartment, it’s a home.
  • I retaught myself a lot of the web skills I’d lost over the last 7 or so years. IMHO, I now have some mad skillz.
  • The coolest new station in the number 1 radio market in the country called me and offered me a job! I don’t think I give this one enough appreciation. This one deserves a weekly “HOLY SHIT!”. I can’t believe I got so lucky!
  • Somehow, over the last 6 months, I turned into a real, bone-fide stepmother! I pack lunches, I read bedtime stories, I give baths and I bake pies for 1st-grade holiday parties. FROM SCRATCH. I don’t know how it happened, but I am a mom!
  • I worked nearly every day of every weekend through most of the spring, summer and fall and paid down my $7,000 credit card debt to $0. Of course, then my clutch died (among other things) and $3000 was promptly charged back on. But hey, I still did it.
  • I made took some really solid steps forward towards advancing my voice-over career. I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped (mostly due to laziness and exhaustion), but hey, that’s what resolutions are for, right?
  • I got a little of my knitting mojo back and started up a Riverdale Knitting Group! I should say I resurrected it, because Sylvia and I originally brought it to life shortly after I moved here, but it had laid dormant for nearly half a year! I’m so grateful for our Monday evenings! I look forward to them every week!
  • I was able to spend a lot of time this year with Adam’s family. I’ve always really liked them, but now I {{heart}} them to pieces. I can’t tell you how much this Thanksgiving meant to us, bringing both of our families together for the first time and seeing how well everyone got along. There really are no words…
  • LATE ADDITION!! A brand-new nephew joined us! BABY HAYES! I can’t believe I left him off this list initially! I was just reading Carrie’s blog and saw his smiley face and ran back here to add this! He’s the kinda of baby that makes women want babies! I’m so glad I have the privilege of knowing him…

Now, had I written this post when I meant to write it, that’s where this list would have ended. Except, at approximately 11:12pm on New Year’s Eve, when I was waiting on the couch for Adam to bring us some snacks from the kitchen, he showed up with this*:

It was just a quiet night at home. The boys were asleep and Adam and I were in our sweats, watching Lost on DVD, waiting for midnight. He had pulled a few Jim Halpert fake-outs in the past (bending down on one knee, looking like he was going to ask me something important and then just saying something like, “Will you… wait for me to tie my shoe?” They always make me laugh because hey, who doesn’t like an Office reference, right?), and due to some not-so-subtle moves on his part, I knew he’d been up to some stuff – but there we were, 11:08pm. We’d just finished watching one episode and it was time for a snack break.

“Honey,” he said, “You wait here, and I’ll go get the snacks.”

So I waited.

When he came back, he didn’t have any snacks. He started to do a fake-out, getting down on one knee and saying, “Oh, and just one more thing…” Except it wasn’t a fake-out. Instead of hummus and cheese, in his hand he held a little black box with a sparkly little ring.

“I love you very much. Will you marry me?”

In case you’re wondering, I said yes :)

Not a bad way to ring in a new decade.

Happy New Year, my loves. May many more blessings find us all in 2010.

* Due to the scrappy nature of our appearance on the night in question, Adam refuses to let me post our actual post-engagement pictures. Therefore, I give you this picture, which was taken the day before at an Italian restaurant with my momma. They went together to pick out my ring and in the process formed a sweet little friendship…

** For the girlie-girls in us all, I give you a close-up of the sparkly:

The diamond was from my Grandmother’s engagement ring, generously given to us by my momma. The setting was picked out by my fiancé(!!), who I think has impeccable taste :)