Short post simply to say that I am happy that 2009 has passed into the dust bin of history. It was a very challenging year from the very beginning.
When we received notice last January that our renters were moving out and breaking their lease…it was clear that the year was going to be headed on a downward slope.
By April we had renovated the rental with the help of family and contractors. It was ready to sell. Except in the wonderful economy of 2009 it didn’t for a long time. It finally sold in October and we’re thankful for that. Let’s just say that I have no love for Tulsa and will be content to not ever go there again. (Excepting the yearly Vietnam weekend.)
In writing this, it’s also now clear to me that in the end, the house/Tulsa situation was really the primary reason for my distaste for 2009. Family and friends were generally healthy and happy. There were some divorces but they were (in the end) somewhat expected and actually better for the people involved. Work went well and Jess returned to the real estate game. Our little monkey is steadily improving. He so wants to be more independent than he’s ready to be.
So…while 2009 wasn’t as bad to us as it was to so many people, I’d rather not experience its like again in 2010. The rough first half of the year was enough to cloud the entire year for me.
So…I wish unto you: happiness, employment, friends, and family in the coming year. Do what you can to control your own destiny and shake off the things you have no control over. It’s something I struggle with myself. I’m all about order and control.
Happy New Year!