“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hallelujah, It's a New Year!

Yes, I survived the holidays! We finished a most trying and difficult 2008 in the best way possible -- my husband took me to San Diego's Gaslamp District for a three day get away to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. For three glorious days, we enjoyed aimless wanderings and laziness and uninterrupted idleness. We did a little walking, a little shopping, a little sight seeing, and a little dining. We lounged in our room for hours, reading and watching football games and Project Runway marathons and past Dog Whisperer episodes (there were two TVs in the room!). I took steamy hot baths each night. We went to bed at a reasonable hour and woke up whenever we wanted. I was spoiled beyond reason and it was heavenly!

We came back to town just in time for a big New Year's party with friends and all their crazy little ones. We talked and ate and played Rockband and American Idol on the Wii. We set the clocks ahead two hours when the kids weren't looking and yelled "Happy New Year" at 10 pm with little ones none the wiser. The neighbors thought we were nuts! We got home, put kids to bed, got to bed at a normal hour, and snuggled in to bring in the New Year ourselves.

There is something so wonderful about a New Year! It is fresh and full of possibilities. You come into it with all the lessons of the last year in your back pocket. You forgive yourself and let go of past failings while resolving this year will be so much better!

This is the time for me to make changes. OK, I have CFS, now it's time to learn how to live with CFS. I think it's time to stop waiting for it to just go away. It's time to put into practice the things that will make me feel better, help me get more out of my life, and make me as healthy as possible.

Thank you to all of you who have listened and given me a boost when I've needed it! It feels so good to know you're not alone, that there are others out there going through wha you are. It is nice to not have to learn all the lessons yourself. I wish you all a fantastic 2009!


Laura (aka Mom) said...

It sounds like you had a nice get-away and a nice New Years. And what a great perspective of looking ahead at the new year with new possibilities and hope. I wish you the best in 2009!


Valerie said...

Sounds like a great trip. I'd like to do something like that right now, especially if I could get away from this snow!

That is so funny what you guys did with the clocks!

(A stranger who wandered in from cyberspace)

Renee said...

How wonderful that you could get away like that and enjoy those days without collapsing! And a party too!
Always enjoy reading your posts. Hope that 2009 is filled with peace and joy.

Sue Jackson said...

So glad to hear you've had a chance to rest and recover from your difficult holiday season. Your 3-day get-away sounds absolutely wonderful! What did you do with your kids? I can't even remember the last time my husband and I got away alone together.

We also ring in the new year early! Since both our boys have CFS, it's just not worth all of us crashing the next day. They don't seem to mind they've never stayed up till midnight. Typically, we celebrate at 8 or 9 pm while we're staying with my in-laws in Oklahoma. This year, we actually yelled Happy New Year and filled the air with confetti and poppers at 6:30 pm!! My mother-in-law has advanced Parkinson's and is now in a nursing home, and that was as late as she could last before going back to the home for bed. We still had fun. And, my husband and I watched the ball drop in Times Square at 11 pm - I love being in Central Time! That's the latest I've made it in many years. so I was pleased.

Happy New Year!