My last post for 2010.
What a year.
Saying I'm glad it's over would be the biggest understatement EVER!
Mixed in amongst the horrible there were some lovely things....and it is nice ( & in my nature) to reflect on the positive.
So here goes.......here is some of what made this year a little better for me......
STARTING MY BLOG:
It has turned out to be so much more than I ever imagined. For years I have had friends asking me (begging me) to do something with my cooking. The name GourmetGirlfriend came from one of those friends. She used to email me with questions & advice about cooking. I don't pretend to be any kind of guru- I just love food & cooking and this blog is intended to be a look at that journey as I try to manage the wrangling of five young boys. It has helped me to stop and spend more time reflecting. For giving myself that in my very busy life I am very thankful. It has been the biggest bonus of all that my audience seem to really enjoy it too! So thankyou a million times over to all of you who have taken the time to read & to those of you who have commented. I REALLY appreciate it!
To those of you who know me this paragraph kind of goes without saying! I used to make cd compilations for friends as a means of sharing my musical loves & new finds. That was before the wonders of iTunes & youtube! Now I put a youtube link at the end of EVERY post to let you peek into the window of my listening pleasures. As usual music has been my saviour- to help me with my sorrow felt at losing a very precious loved one in horrific circumstances to helping me celebrate the good times with my beautiful friends & family. Music helps me feel, it helps me breathe, it helps me through each & EVERY day.
THE PEOPLE I LOVE:
My extended family & our friends have experienced a significant & tragic loss this year. It has been the most difficult of times for us all. But through this we have strengthened our love of each other, and made & developed new friendships & reconnected with some old friends too. I look forward very much to the continuation of those friendships I have made. And thankyou to all those very special people who have supported me so wholeheartedly when I needed you most. You know who you are!
Always...... always I come back to my divine, fabtastical, magnificent, cherished, fun, crazy, wondrous, mental, awesome lunatic family! You are what make me whole. You are also what drive me crazy with frustration & rage and what make me fly into fits of panic at the uncontrollable nature of a family of SEVEN!!!!! But essentially you all make my heart hurt with LOVE & I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY. Thankyou for being you- all of you..... & thankyou for loving me- all of me! xxxx
I look forward to next year like I have NEVER looked forward to a new year before & I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you.
I am not normally a resolution type but when I saw this the other day I had to share........it will remain on my blog as a reminder to us all.......
and to finish I must post a song........a new track from one of my fave artists ...I too am looking for some magic in 2011!
BRING IT ON!
Not missing you already.........