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Bye-Bye, 2009

And never have I been so glad to see a year go. While I’ve had some ups — especially KidlitCon09 — this year has been mostly downs. Including a downsizing at my library that is seeming more permanent than I ever expected. Which has left me in limbo for What to Do Next, y’know, with my life and everything.

Much more manageable was What To Do For Christmas, which many of you shaped with your wonderful suggestions. You even helped other people who came to that post with that exact question. So, thanks. I ran the ideas past my family, and the verdict came back that we were all too exhausted to do anything that involved leaving the house. We stayed in pajamas (some of us), watched movies, played board games, tested the new video games, and made a nice dinner. The next days were filled with extended family and visiting, so it was good that we created a quiet day before the chaos.

I got lots of books for the holidays, some of which I bought myself when my Amazon Associates gift card came in two days after Christmas. I now have The White Queen, King’s Fool, SuperFreakonomics, Earth from Above: 365 Days, Nanny Returns, The Audacity to Win, and Such a Pretty Fat.

Back to the end of the year. I had hoped today to write a poignant post reflecting on the past year or decade and adding some insights for the new ones. Instead, I spent the day entertaining my niece as the train had a two-hour-late departure, and now I need to turn to the family New Year’s Eve celebration, which involves rotini noodles and Lost. But I couldn’t leave this year behind without at least writing my one thousandth post on MotherReader — which is kind of cool — and without wishing you and yours a Happy New Year. Here’s to 2010!

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13 comments:

carolyn said...

2009 was a bumpy year, but it has been a pleasure for me to read your posts. I try to leave a note here and there, to let you know that your efforts and observations are appreciated... because they are. Very. I hope 2010 brings much-deserved great things for you and yours.

eclectic reader said...

I agree that 2009 was not a very uplifting (or prosperous) year. You can read my post if you get the chance; I've made many of the same observations. Here's a to a new 365! Happy New Year.
www.ecclecticreader.blogspot.com

Peaceful Reader said...

Congratulations on your 1000 post!!

Michelle said...

Sounds like you and your family had the perfect Christmas holiday (family chaos aside). I hope 2010 treats you well. I'm so glad to have met you and participated in KidlitCon in 2009. We need to get together soon!

EM said...

Happy New Year, Pam. Here's to a brighter 2010.

jeanreagan said...

Wow! A thousand posts! Thanks from us--all your readers.

Here's to the brand new decade.

Jean Reagan

Terry Doherty said...

1,000 ... that's a nice way to head into a new decade! Things are already lookin' up. Happy New Year MR.

Abby said...

1,000!!! What a milestone!
2009 was actually awesome for me and I have high hopes for 2010. :)
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Your insightful blog is one of my must reads! Keep up the good work. You mentioned cuts to library budgets - people do not realize that public libraries are the only way some people have of getting books for their children. Fairfax County Virginia has a petition to restore library funding at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-fairfax-county-public-libraries.

liz-scanlon said...

Happy 1000th and may TwentyTen be full of goodness for you, M.R. You do deserve it...

Lynette said...

All the best for the New Year - here's hoping that it is a better one for you. Congrats on your 1000th post. That is quite an accomplishment.

Lee Wind said...

Okay, 2009 had its moments (up and down), but 2010 is gonna ROCK!
And we're starting with The Comment Challenge, this Friday!
whoo-hoo!
Namaste and a Hug,
Lee

Bibliovore said...

Here's hoping 2010 is MUCH better for you, MR!