Did you guys know it’s 2012 now? I know a lot of people haven’t really been talking about it lately but yeah, new year. There was a holiday for it and everything!

The Boyfriend and I spend New Years Eve eating Chinese takeout and watching IU beat Ohio State (woohoo!). After the game there was a lot of aimless channel flipping (the BF) and a few games of solitaire (me) before we watched the ball drop.

If we aren’t the wildest and craziest party people you know… well, if we are you might need to reevaluate your definition of the word party.

It was nice to wake up New Years Day with no hangover… I tried to talk The Boyfriend into going out for breakfast to look down on all of the sinners but he wanted to stay home in his pajamas a little longer. We eventually did go to the grocery store to pick up stuff for dinner, and we ended up with brats and sauerkraut. The BF had this theory that if regular cooked cabbage was supposed to be lucky, sauerkraut would be super lucky because he cooked it twice. Once in a saucepan with some green peppers and onions and then again in the crockpot with the brats.

I don’t know about super lucky, but it was super good.

To round our our lucky (and gassy!) meal we had baked beans and raw broccoli with dip. Toot!

We spent the day being incredibly lazy…watching football here and there along with a couple of movies. At one point I dropped a quarter down the back of The BF’s pants while he was bent over trying to get the antenna to work and he decided I was mean. At least, I think that’s what he said…I was on the floor in a fit of giggles and couldn’t quite hear him.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and a fantastic start to 2012.

A lot of people on Twitter and Facebook were saying things like “good riddance to 2011!” and part of me wants to side with them. 2011 was a rough year for me and my family and I was happy to see it go away.

Then again…

Some really wonderful things happened in 2011. My Dad’s surgeries, for one thing. Sure, they could easily fall into the ‘not fun’ column because I definitely don’t enjoy seeing my Dad in pain but… I have to put them into the ‘blessing’ column just for the simple fact that my Dad is still here. The way it all played out was honestly better than I could have asked for considering that the blockages in his heart were discovered  through tests and not after a heart attack. The surgeries were a bit of a setback in the short term but in the long term…well, who knows? There might not have been a long term had they not happened.

In 2011 I found myself unemployed and struggling to keep my head above water. There were times when I just wanted to give up and I struggled with a bout of depression that made me less than fun to be around. Getting out of bed became a challenge and even close to impossible some days… And I can’t lie, I’m still working through it. Something happened around Christmas that sucked a lot, but it also gave me the swift kick in the ass that I needed to make me want to fight through the feelings of hopelessness that had been consuming me for months. I’m still unemployed, and it still sucks, but I’m trying to have a more positive outlook about things.

In February of 2011 The BF came wandering into my life and turned everything upside down. I can’t believe it will soon be a year that we’ve been together. Will we eventually get married and churn out a litter of rugrats? I don’t know… But I know that I am thankful for every day that he’s in my life.

I hope you all had a safe and happy New Years…And I hope that while you look back on 2011 you choose to focus on the positive things that happened rather than the negative. I know it’s not easy sometimes but it might make you feel a little better about life as a whole.

Here’s to a fresh start and an upcoming year of blessings and happiness for us all.

Happy (belated) New Year, readers!