I can't remember ever being so glad to see the back-end of a year. I really hoped the Apocalypse would come, but even that was a bust for 2012 (unless the die-hards are right, and it did start small and intends to build, but, hey, that sounds like normal life to me, so how would we know?).
A backyard destroyed first by arborists, then drought, then Bermuda grass (the only thing to survive the drought)
Mom's highly traumatic and nearly fatal neck surgery
My highly traumatic and nearly fatal publication of my first novel (I sure thought it was going to kill me, anyway)
The 25th anniversary of my father's death
Two close friends experiencing on-going, major life traumas that almost completely destroyed my emotional support system (didn't do them much good, either)
The first anniversary of Grandma Turtle's death
Complete and utter writer's block encompassing even my blogs
Lavender Squeak and the accompanying vehicular homicidal urges (I more than once considered wrapping that POC around a light pole. The only thing that stopped me was the fear I'd hurt myself worse than I hurt the van)
2012 election results (hardly surprising, though, were they?)
Diagnosis of clinical depression
Switching from a job I love and do well to a job where that remains to be seen
Sounds fun, don't it?
On the up side:
We've already gotten more snow this winter than last winter, which should help with the drought and the backyard.
Mom came through the surgery, and the neck works. Everything else is falling apart, but the neck works.
Star of Justice is out and well-received by the 10 strangers who've read it.
My friends are getting their lives together.
I met my publisher in person, and, more importantly, liked her in person.
Lavender Squeak has been replaced with Dodge Caravan, who can't help but be a better van 'cause the bar's pretty low.
The 2012 election results just mean Jesus is coming sooner.
I got a clean bill of health from my doctor.
God and I finally had it out, and we both won.
I'm treating the clinical depression.
My new job includes a new salary, which should come in handy when the results of the 2012 election start hitting my bank account next paycheck.
My writer's block is slowly dissolving.
I met my goal of reading the entire Bible chronologically in a year.
Of course, all the "bright side" events have happened in the last two months or so, which means the majority of 2012 sucked. Like a novel. All garbage and hardship until the end. I guess that's an optimistic way to think about it.
So, good-bye, 2012. You will not be missed any more than Lavender Squeak.
Happy end-of-the-year, dear readers. Best good-bye ever.