Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Year! Now, with no vomiting!

So. 2010. Look at that.

Before I go any further, I want to confess to you all that I am going to have a major mathematical and typographical problem the whole year long, due to Washington. That's right, when you don't have anyone else to blame, blame Washington (or does that only happen in movies?). The thing about Washington is that I used to live there, and for five of those years, I lived in Columbia Heights (before the Target, Tivoli refurbishment, Washington Sports Club, etc.) And when I lived in Columbia Heights, in addition to all the other entertainment like the ongoing fight with our across-the-street neighbor who ran his dogs at the crack of something in the empty lot beside our house (and one time brought out a dead, limp cat and buried him/her there as well), and who used to rip the windshield wipers off my ex's car (a beat up tank of a Volvo) just out of spite, so much so that we would keep the windshield wiper arms (wipers attached) in the trunk and attach them when it rained, in addition to that, well, our zip code was 20010. And we said it two-thousand ten. And my fingers are trained like seals to finish any numerical sequence that starts with 20 with 010. You may think I'm exaggerating. I'm not. I also cannot easily type the word child, Chile tending to overshadow. I used to work for a publishing company writing about a law that is also called SARA Title III. It took me years to be able to write the name Sara without writing all caps.

So I apologize in advance to everyone who I confuse by speeding us several millenia into the future with that extra 0.

And moving on...

It seems the thing to do to do a quick wrap up of 2009 and then talk about how much better 2010 (hey! I did it!) will be. And who I am I to buck a trend?

2009 began very inauspiciously, which I report here. Short story: Bolivia, Isla de Sol, Lake Titicaca, sun, altitude, dehydration. Vomiting, lots of vomiting. It's a good read though, especially because you don't have to feel what I felt or smell what I smelt (look, now with British past tenses, or at least tiny fish!) at the time. Plus snarky, as you'd imagine.

The year also did not have anyone dying or being hospitalized, which is just fabulous, and somewhat rare these days. I had a relationship experience that defies description, so unequivocably negative that it's a wonder that I have not sworn off talking to humans entirely. Don't look for it in the archives, as it's not there. But I power on.

2009 also saw me getting a lot more serious about writing in general, advancing on a secret project, travel writing, publishing articles, writing guest blogs, and using my blog as a launching pad, meeting spot and navel gazing, all of which I attribute to nothing more than hey, this feels really great.

I don't feel a tremendous amount of pressure to love the hell out of 2010 (had to retype it that time!), but would be pleased if together we could write more, focus more, love more, get out of our cave more, take more pictures, take more risks and be ready with bells on to welcome 2011. I don't think it's too much to ask.

Thanks to all for joining me on this crazy journey. I smile when I look at my referral blogs and see Chester (New Hampshire) and Diadema (SP, Brazil) and Sydney (Australia) and all the rest. The comments rock my world, except for the stuff in Japanese, which I can't read (and don't publish). And I think it's time to take down that Lonely Planet badge about the expat blog. I will likely not be participating in any blogging contests in 2010, and about that I feel just fine.

Hey 2010 and all its hangers-on. See you at the gym!


julie said...

Happy 2010, Eileen! If there were no other reasons to read your blog (and don't worry; there are many), I'd keep following solely for this one: " I will likely not be participating in any blogging contests in 2010, and about that I feel just fine."

Amen, sister.

Annje said...

Happy New Year Eileen! Meeting the blogging Eileen this past year has been so fun, I can't wait to meet the "real" (salsa-dancin', coffee-drinkin' key-losin' snarky) Eileen in 2010.

I am so glad this year began sans vomiting, things are already looking better than 2009. I hope you celebrated como corresponde.

Bystander said...

Happy New Year, Eileen! You seem to have survived your friend's wedding and sailed painlessly straight into 2010.
The world is already dividing into the people who say twenty ten, two thousand ten or two thousand and ten. I chose the latter. "2010 A Space Odyssey". I rest my case!

Lola said...

Haha :)

Happy New Year Eileen! and wishing you the very vest in 2010

Margaret said...

Happy 2010 Eileen! Sounds like it's off to a great start... just one question, though. How can you possible "get out of your cave" more than you do now? You are one of the most one-the-go people I know! Get out anymore and you'll be sleeping in the streets! (I know you like new experiences, but please don't try that one!)

Candice said...

any year that begins vomit-free is a good year to me!

Still Life in South America said...

Happy New Year! I'm sorry that I disappeared in December--was with the fam all month. We just arrived in Thailand. (Perhaps will be posting soon?!?)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Eileen. I hope all goes well for you in 2010. "So unequivocally negative"?

Look forwarding to continued good reading.

Nimble said...

Yes, blogging is less like a contest, more like soaking in a hot tub.

Thanks for the all the words last year. May you never run out.

Mal said...

I've never had such a difficult time writing a zip code as I do in DC (20005). An extra zero always ends up in there, or I write it as a year. Good thing I didn't live here in 2005.

Love your blog - stumbled across it from MrTinDC's blog (I think).