LaLa at the end of 2006:
LaLa at the end of 2007:
What a difference a year makes, huh? I guess I'm supposed to say how much I miss that chubby, silky-haired 8-month-old version of LaLa, but I don't actually. The infant months were lovely while they lasted, but this lanky, mop-headed, giggly, chatty, bookish LaLa? She's even more delightful. Watching her grow into toddlerhood was the best part of my 2007.
Another great thing happened on the very last day of the year--we sold Husband's condo!!!! This was the bachelor pad he was living in when we met. It was a great place just outside of downtown--all airy and loftlike with two ginormous closets and a view of the skyline. When he bought it several years ago, there weren't many condos in this housey city.
But by the time we moved into our house three years ago, there were condos, condos everywhere. Condos in complexes with party rooms and cappuccino machines and pools and barbecues. Condos with more than one bedroom. Condos that were CHEAP.
Selling seemed hopeless, so we rented the condo out (to my brother, who was an excellent tenant) and began to fret about whether we could ever, in a million years, sell the thing. Finally, as condos continued to be built all around ours and the value started to go down, we put it on the market. And immediately, the sub-prime mortgage crisis hit.
It sat on the market for 7 months, while my brother patiently let strangers tromp through, peeking into his cabinets and peering into his fridge. But finally, somehow, it sold! We closed on New Year's Eve.
So Husband and I are going into 2008 with a great weight lifted off our shoulders. To celebrate, we've decided to do a lot of house projects that we'd been putting off . I'm very excited but also very scared. The one project we already began--refinishing our clawfoot tub--has been an ongoing disaster.
Yet, with the year all fresh, rosey and new, I'm optimistic. Anything seems possible, even home improvement. But perhaps that's because I've made basically no other new year's resolutions, except for a pretty doable to-do list of organizational chores. And, of course, the constant thing on top of my to do list: write a book. But since that's my job it doesn't really count as a resolution.
Which means I'm starting off 2008 REALLY lighthearted, aren't I. Let's see if it lasts! Hope you had a lovely New Years, and remembered (as we did) to eat black-eyed peas for luck, and collard greens for money. Yummo.