You know what you learn when you do a review of the back half of a year in which you did a massive, 50-day-long fundraising thing-a-majiggy? That it takes WAY MORE than the actual 50 days to do it. Seriously. There’s a full six months of my life (and counting) that’s all 50-for-50! 50-for-50! 50-for-50!
So here’s a one-time-only, half-of-100-things list devoted (almost) exclusively to my biggest teacher ever.
In other non-news, good lord—no wonder I need a nap.
- “Possible” lives next door to “impossible.”
- Neither one can be routed on Google Maps.
- Goddamn right it takes a goddamn village.
- The “O” word isn’t as magical as the “S” word.
- Or the “P,” “A,” “G,” “M” and “B” words.
- Not to mention the “DLP” and “WCWW” words.
- But some of the biggest movers live quietly behind the scenes.
- Appliances don’t give a crap about deadlines.
- That goes double for #@$% hackers.
- A $25 haircut isn’t as bad as you’d think.
- But it can’t touch a $50,000 one.
- Swears look better neatly stitched.
- Or covering your naughty bits.
- The breaks you think you can’t take are the most necessary.
- Flip-flops and street lamps don’t mix.
- Neither do shaved heads and anything loose and flowing.
- Unless you’re aiming for “Buddhist nun.”
- You really do lose 80% of your heat through your head.
- Banjo makes everything better.
- Self-deprecating humor doesn’t hurt, either.
- But I’m pretty sure puppies trump everything.
- Make time to shred.
- Before you shave, moisturize.
- After you shave, moisturize.
- Everyone loves a good cry.
- And a photobooth.
- And flan.
- Even the ones who don’t think they do.
- Recovery takes longer than you think.
- Definitely longer than the two weeks you’ve allotted on your calendar.
- Getting back to work doesn’t always involve work.
- Unless you count “play” as work.
- WHICH IT TOTALLY #!$&@ IS.
- So are massages.
- (I know, I know.)
- The first thing that goes is reading.
- The next thing is blogging.
- And finally, when you think it’s all over, newsletter-ing.
- Dating feels different on the other side of 50.
- And when the only hair color you can check is “None.”
- And you’re in no hurry to check any other box.
- We won (one category)! We won (one category)!
- It feels good to be in GOOD.
- I finally know what the Facebook timeline is good for.
- Which means they’re bound to screw it up before December of 2012.
- People love a good story.
- With a happy ending.
- But watch out for those impromptu pig-whistling lessons.
- You can’t repay kindness.
- Pass it on.
See you next year!
Awesome hat a handmade gift of the awesome Sarah Clinton, community manager for the awesome Richmond Animal League. If you enjoyed this post, go make an end-of-year contribution to them! Or to WriteGirl! And buy yourself something from Amazon while you’re at it—that’ll help keep the lights on here. And hey, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!