I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she mentioned something interesting. She said her mother has a saying: “Odd numbered years tend to have lots of problems, even numbered years are better.”
It gave us both pause. I mean, in order to establish whether or not you agree with that statement you have to think over the events of an entire year. Obviously no year is going to be entirely devoid of problems, but can you really say even years have fewer of them?
For us, 2011 was a pretty banner year. Wes started working as lead developer doing work he loves, lost 20 pounds, made it into the diamond league at Starcraft, and developed a new coding technique that his company’s clients are going crazy for. I wrote a book, got published, went to my first writer’s conference, lost 40 pounds, and got pregnant. Aidan learned to walk, started talking, discovered a deep and abiding love for Thomas the Train, and got even cuter (we didn’t think that was going to be possible, but somehow he managed anyway).
We celebrated Aidan’s first birthday, went to the Opera, took a couple little vacations, and made tons of memories with friends, families, and strangers. Yeah, there were problems along the way, but very few of them were big enough for me to remember their specifics.
As for us, I’m not sure the odd years = bad, even years = good rule applies. I mean, unless 2012 is going to be even more exciting than 2011 was. Hard to believe, but an enticing prospect nonetheless.
Here are my hopes for 2012:
- A healthy, happy little baby in July.
- Finishing my zombie apocalypse novel.
- Signing an agent to represent my accountant novel.
- Losing at least half my baby weight by the end of the year.
- Getting good enough at playing Resident Evil on the Wii that I can reliably outrank my husband.
- Getting a good haircut, and then mastering styling said haircut.
- Teaching my son to swim.
- Making more time to blog.
- Writing another short story.
How about you? What are your hopes for 2012? Do you fall under the odd years = bad, even years = good rule?