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Another Precarious Year in a World Adrift

How happy am I that this miserable excuse of a year is nearly over? Sure, it can be argued that moving from one calendar year to another is arbitrary, that it’s just a date. But somehow it feels significant.

2006 Highlights:

  • The little man was issued his first library card, and his first passport. J and I took him to Iceland (using the latter, I don’t think the former would have worked).
  • The kraken! This tattoo makes me smile.
  • A few of my favorite photos were shown in an art exhibit in Minneapolis.
  • After languishing on the To Do list for years I finally joined the YWCA and have been going regularly. Especially pleased about setting the little man up with one-on-one swimming lessons.
  • This year I’ve made it out to more live music shows than I did in the last several years combined.
  • I upgraded to a shiny new camera and now have my own car (function over form, I swear).
  • The living room is now a gorgeous shade of green. And I painted it all by myself.
  • I met some lovely people this year, including other local photo nerds via the Twin Cities flickr photo group. I especially enjoyed our photo walks and look forward to many more of those next year.

2006 Lowlights:

  • The baby died.
  • My cat who had been with me for 14 years became seriously ill and had to be put to sleep.
  • The little man’s diagnosis was changed from PDD-NOS to PDD, which, on the autism spectrum, is more severe. And he had to undergo an MRI.
  • My marriage imploded. It was inevitable.
  • J is moving out in a week (on the anniversary of the baby’s death no less). It’ll be good in the long run, but very sad, just the same.
  • With just my income, the little man and I won’t be able to move to Minneapolis any time soon. So our future will be filled with even more commutes, shuttling back and forth from St. Paul.
  • I’ve felt even less focused and more pessimistic than usual. I’m disappointed in myself, and really don’t want to disappoint others.

No idea what 2007 holds in store for us, but it has got to be an improvement over this one. And hopefully I’ll finally get over this lingering cold. Grrrr.

on top of the world


  1. Joe wrote:

    Happy New Year Sharyn! Remember that this is supposed to be the year of Sharyn, right? Good things in 2007 from your friends out west.

    Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  2. mopsa wrote:

    Happy New Year, dear. Here’s hoping your new year is rich with love and everything you’ve wished for!

    Monday, January 1, 2007 at 12:08 am | Permalink
  3. jennie wrote:

    what a life-changing year. best wishes in 2007.

    Monday, January 1, 2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  4. Thanks yawl. My only wish for this new year is that it will be more…subdued than the last. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?

    Monday, January 1, 2007 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  5. Iseult wrote:

    Happy New Year! I will be there in less than three weeks and we can re-hash the old year and make grand plans which our budgets won’t allow for 2007 - like that extended European vacation - but, hey, at least we can dream, right? And who knows what will happen . . .

    Monday, January 1, 2007 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  6. chuck wrote:

    holy shit, what a year you’ve had.

    your green is beautiful.

    Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 3:47 am | Permalink
  7. chuck wrote:

    mnartists.orgps - did you see Barrett mentioned you here?
    you inspiration, you.

    Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 3:48 am | Permalink
  8. Wow, I hadn’t seen that. Or known that. And I find him just as compelling. Especially his fictional character-style name.

    Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 6:53 am | Permalink

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