I know there's no such thing as a "normal" year but 2010 did some things to make it stand out from the pack for me.
The year started with me overdosing on Hoarders and deciding to purge my life of junk; books, DVDs, VHS tapes, and more. I had a huge garage sale in early May and still need to organize the few remaining items in the basement.
The year also started in a bit of a panic for me as my team at work and I cranked through a series of homepages and microsites for Chrysler's four brands (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram). We had to do a good job, we thought, or else the company might lose the entire Chrysler account. Just ignore those vultures circling overhead...
Our biggest client would soon be out with the next big client still a few months away. This lead to a lot of firings. And, when that wasn't enough, a few layoffs; including me. That was the middle of May.
Rather than panic, I tried to enjoy life a little bit. The first day I was off, Andrea and I went over to the local health club and got a membership. I began working out twice a day -- once in the morning and once in the evening. You'd never know it, looking at me, but I feel a lot better for it. In between trips to the gym, I spent a lot of time sitting on my patio, playing with the dogs, grilling, swimming, reading, and writing.
I did yet another pass at the manuscript for Impossibly Funky before it went to the printers in August and had a fiesta with a red pencil and the manuscript for the sequel book, Is This the Movie?. I wrote an article for Paracinema and even penned a couple of fiction pieces.
I had a great time seeing friends over the summer as well. I did lunch weekly with a couple pals and that kept me sane. I spent a lot of time with my Mom and Pete, which I'm really glad about after Pete's recent passing.
I went back to work in early August and started sending out copies of Impossibly Funky for review shortly after that.
Work kept me hopping but on my down time I worked on setting up the November book tour and a few other dates to support the release of Impossibly Funky. Read all about that in the blog archives.
The year had its ups and downs; to be expected. The biggest take-away had to be how much support I got from folks. I found out that I've got a lot of people in my life that I can rely on through thick and thin and, if anything, I think I made a lot more friends in 2010. Thanks to everyone who made 2010 a very interesting year.