The only problem is that now that I've turned 47, I can't remember ANYTHING! Which is a problem. Truly. For example, 10 minutes ago, as Bill and I sat on the couch watching Monday Night Football (see, I can be a Good Wife some of the time ....), apparently he had told me not to move, because his plate of cheesecake with raspberry sauce was resting on my leg. Either I wasn't paying attention, or, more likely, I did acknowledge his caution and then promptly forgot it, because ... yes, I moved my leg, whereupon the cheesecake -- and Very Red Raspberry Sauce -- went flying, and, well, I was reminded of how I can't remember anything and of how I largely disregard much of what is said to me.
Oh well. Back to remembering 2010.
It was actually a Very Memorable Year. On a very sad note, my Aunt Catherine died. Still hard to believe, frankly. My best friend's father also died from cancer, which I know she also still finds hard to believe. And, it shouldn't have surprised us that our small practice is Not completely recession proof, causing us to struggled economically, like so many other small businesses did this past year.
On a happier note, though, Ethan had a great senior year. His swim team won the State Championships, and he graduated from SJP and moved onto Boston College where he is excelling. Will settled into Boston and Suffolk, found an apartment and roommates he loves, worked a variety of jobs, cut his finger in the Keon's kitchen, and got a mullet haircut to close out the year (don't worry, it's already cut; told him he had 24 hours to fix it or no Xmas gifts for him ... and he knew I wasn't kidding!). Kristen went back and forth with jobs, settled further into life in Bellingham, and closed out her year by spending Christmas in Massachusetts with us! Julia spent a last year at St. Michael's School, had the Best Camp Experience a child could ever have, and switched almost seemlessly into a new middle school. Most importantly, Melissa had a Fabulous year, and Got Engaged! (She told me I could tell people, and she knows the blog is always a possibility for news announcements!) The Extremely Lucky Guy is Justin Symington, originally from Connecticut and most recently employed at the Island School in Eleuthra. No details yet on date, location, and color of the bridesmaids dresses (though Julia did confirm almost immediately that she would be a bridesmaid).
As for me .... 2010 was a Big Year. Big because it was big for my kids, and Big because of that little 25th Reunion thing at PU. We raised over $20K for two fantastic charities, and set up a charitable event (PURR) that will become an annual part of Reunions at PU -- no easy feat, and no pun intended.
Chinese class was also an interesting part of 2010. I still don't know exactly how Julia did in class, but I'm thinking she did a bit better than me, which is Absolutely no surprise. To fill you in on the details of how I did, let me share the email I received from Bonnie Cao, the instructor:
Hi Catherine, I know that you take the Chinese class for Julie and don't
care about the grade. You did very well in the final and got 58 out of 70.
You should be proud of yourself. You're so occupied with your job as
professional attorney + wife + busy mom with many kids + an owner
of 3 golden retrievers but you still managed to come to attend most of
the classes. I’m impressed with your strength and enjoyed your presence
and your humor in class. I’m doing the grading now. After I added all
your points, it comes out a total of 72.4% (5% attendance + 9.4% quiz1
+ 58% final), which is C in grading. I don’t think it’s fair to grade you a C
since you missed the Quiz 2 (15%). I’d like to give you an “I” which mean
“Incomplete”, for I’m sure you can definitely get an A or B if you could
take the Quiz2, because you are a smart woman. Please let me know if that’s
OK. I have to finish and submit students’ grading by tomorrow.
So funny on So many levels it's hard to know where to begin. When was the last time any instructor ever asked the student if the grade given was OK? This email was followed up by two more telling me that "Incomplete" actually meant I would have to take the course over for a grade, and a final one indicating to me that she had to follow college protocol and, sadly, give me a C. Goodness Gracious. I'm just happy I learned the Chinese words and characters to say hello, thank you, could you please tell me the time, are you busy, and grandmother on the father's side. Now if I only learned how to say "Oh My God!" and "Hys-f-ing-sterical!" then it would all have been More than memorable.
As I close out 2010, let me share with you one additional tidbit I learned during the cultural portion of Chinese class. It's that both Julia and I share the same Chinese Zodiac sign -- The Rabbit. As luck (or misfortune, actually) would have it, the next Year of the Rabbit is ... 2011! And, contrary to my long-held misconception, it's actually extremely Bad Luck for you to have the corresponding zodiac of the pending year. In other words, if Julia and I aren't extremely careful -- or, if we don't wear some sort of jade talisman to ward of evil spirits -- 2011 could be a very unfortunate year for us. Oh well, I'm not all that worried. I have my jade talisman necklace on its way from Etsy.com, and I'm actually already looking forward to 2011. It's gonna be Youxiu -- Excellent!