I get by with a little help from my friends.....

So far 2011 has not been my favorite year...I was going to say 2011 has sucked big time, but was afraid I'd alienate/offend someone (ah, screw it, 2011 has sucked big time, and if you find that sentence offensive, you should stop reading now). I can't say that it's the worst year of my life, but it ranks in the 5 least favorite years to date. No, I'm not providing details - they're too numerous and too depressing and not really the point of this blog (if you know me, you already know why it's been a horrible year. If you know me and you DON'T know why, don't take it personally - I meant to tell you, but it fell out of my head.). Let's just say that the best part of the year (and, in a weird coincidence,  the starting point for all the bad and sad) was when someone broke into my car (please note - it's really hard to get that weird black fingerprint powder off a white car).

It's not just that it's been a bad year for me - it has been a bad year for my friends and family too (so much so that some friends have jokingly said "I need to stop being your friend"...at least I THINK they were joking). People have lost jobs, lost possessions,  lost four legged children (aka pets. I don't what you to think that my friends have children with additional limbs, although the health hazards from the Rocketdyne plant could cause just that). They've  had numerous health issues and I have been to too many funerals this year.

Which is not to say that everything about 2011 has been bad. New babies have joined our ranks,  better jobs have been found, miraculous surgeries have been performed, and my daughter continues to make me laugh, (not always intentionally). I suppose I can sum it up by saying it's been a rollercoaster of a year. I don't know about you, but as I get older I find that I don't enjoy rollercoasters the way that I did as a teenager.

In reflecting on the year so far, I realized that I am surrounded by amazing people (Well, not right now. Having a group of people follow me around like the mobile phone dude would be weird..and creepy. How would you pee with a bunch of people following you everywhere?). My friends, family and coworkers have offered love and support and prayers and understanding. They've listened when I've bitched and moaned. They've held me when I cried, and then told me to suck it up/end the pity party. They've made me laugh when I didn't think it was possible, and I just don't know where I'd be without them. Well, yes, I do know where I'd be. I'd be medicated to a point where all I coud is giggle and drool on myself.... HEY WAIT A SECOND!! Without my friends I'd be taking happy pills! ....Now I need to rethink whether or not I'm grateful for my friends......

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