People, I am glad it's 2010. I am happy to leave 2009 behind. This year will be a fresh start for so many things, family, work, life ... and we have much to look forward to. To wit, new updates on this blog!
But really, I'm also looking forward to some real events. Like those happening in:
JANUARY: Patricia Polacco, renowned children's author, visits Hausner! Also, Martin Luther King Day holiday!
FEBRUARY: F1 testing starts. Also, President's Day holiday!
MARCH: My 6th grade class' huge enormous Museum of Ancient Near East innovations, which I believe will be epic in scope and content. I plan to make them dress up for the opening, and cut the red ribbon, and drink kosher fake champagne. I hope it will be excellent. Plus, we are going to expand our garden and start planting. Also, Passover break begins!
APRIL: Ainsley turns five years old! WHAT? FIVE! Plus, more Passover break!
MAY: May is just the best. I look forward to reading some of the many good books that 2010 will be sure to bring me. I look forward to harvesting some garden veggies and some seriously hot days. Also, Shavuot and Memorial Day!
JUNE: I think we all know why I'm looking forward to June.
JULY: The decade(!) anniversary of my first date with Eric, from which so many wonderful journeys blossomed. Plus, a whole long month back East in NJ, Long Island and Boston/Cambridge.
AUGUST: A new school year with new challenges and opportunities ... for me AND for Ainsley, who starts KINDERGARTEN in the fall. WHAT? KINDERGARTEN! Plus, Labor Day and the High Holy Days! Which I guess are actually in:
SEPTEMBER:... Okay, really I can't see past next summer right now. But no doubt more fabulous adventures will be awaiting us then, not to mention the great reads that are sure to accompany the rebounding economy! All those bonus-taxed bankers will have some Stories to Tell, right?
2009 was even a lousy year for books. For my best of 2009 list, I can come up with two that I genuinely enjoyed enough to recommend to others and I don't know how much literary merit I can really assign to either one.
The Magicians was like Harry Potter Goes To College, or more like Harry Potter Aims For Princeton And Gets Magic University Instead. A nice combination of Hogwarts and Prep, but unlikely to stand the test of time, in my opinion. But read it now if you miss Harry Potter installments!