2010 In Review: Posing With Harry, Stalking Kiefer, And Locking Up The Q-Tips

Happy New Year!

Welcome to my 2010 Year In Review post where I take a few minutes to look back and appreciate all that has happened during the last 12 months as well as high five the fact that some events, such as my younger daughter blowing out her own eardrum, are in the rear view mirror, praise the Lord and pass the pinot noir.

I’ve already written about how last year was often stressful, especially for my husband. In retrospect, though, 2010 was a year filled with some pretty amazing moments.

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2010:


We ventured downtown to meet the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, the girls partied to Lawrence Welk, I made the mistake of grocery shopping while under the influence of PMS, and Nashville had a beautiful snowfall.


I attended the 2010 Blissdom Conference at Opryland Hotel and had my picture made with Harry Connick Jr. (squeeee!) I wrote about married love in honor of Valentine’s Day and how it means never having to say your sorry for buying your panties at Costco. I announced to the Internet that we have crabs and Jillian Michaels made me realize I have blogger’s butt.


Our princess gamer Miss A turned 5 and started playing soccer. We partied with a giant rat at a pizza joint and I rewrote one of our favorite Eric Carle stories to give it a real motherhood sort of twist.


Miss A asked for guitar lessons and my sweet mama bought her a silver acoustic guitar. Big sister Miss C became a real book worm and we all enjoyed a family picnic wherein I marveled at the dreams my girls dream. Humor blogger Georgia Getz held a Bossy Tour blogger meet up in Nashville and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona, for a Bosch blogger retreat.


In May the hubby and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and went to see Jimmy Buffett in concert downtown, all the while the worse flood in Nashville’s history was unfolding quite literally in our neighborhood. I wrote about the surreal new normal in our city. I wrote a letter to my formerly flat stomach (and you get to see ME in a BIKINI a million years ago), Miss A graduated from preschool, and Miss C officially became a 3rd grader.


We spent a fun afternoon at the lake with old friends and I marveled at how there’s no app for that, my beautiful Miss C turned 8, my boobs got two thumbs up at my annual mammogram, and I wrote a tribute to the Gulf Coast during the oil spill crisis. I traveled to Detroit courtesy of Ford to tour their safety innovation lab along with several other bloggers. I also wrote about the resilience of Nashville as a city during the post-flood aftermath.


I took one of my favorite pictures of my super hero girls in the back yard. I wrote about a mortifying airline experience involving me, a very large dozing man, and aforementioned very large dozing man’s arm. Miss C discovered primping and Miss A and I traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to attend a Kleenex-sponsored event for bloggers and their kids about to start kindergarten.


I traveled to New York City to hang with one of my best blog friends and I was invited to attend a Martha Stewart open house for bloggers wherein I realized there is a whole cult of hard core crafters and I am not one of them. I wrote about parenting and that elusive balance thing and how I do not have it all together in a post called It Takes A Village, And Lots of Vino. The girls celebrated the first day of 3rd grade and kindergarten and we had a horrifying Sunday when Miss A ruptured her own eardrum with a cotton swab.


I admit that most of my parenting skills can be attributed to bribery via Cheetos and I wondered if Miss A might be destined for a career in Vegas or a lovechild of Jack Bauer on 24.


My husband was down for the count with walking pneumonia and I wondered how the heck single moms do it, I celebrated my 5-year blogiversary, and the girls celebrated Halloween. I traveled to Beverly Hills to attend the Variety Magazine Power of Women Luncheon and I stalked the back of Kiefer Sutherland’s head and posed with a giant minivan key like a real rock star, or blogging dork, you be the judge.


I started writing for TravelingMom.com as the Nashville TravelMom, I revealed the visual horror and public humiliation that is your car on kids, I wrote a tribute to our sweet dog Jack in honor of his 10th year with us, and I blew out my SI joint in my lower back and then decided to ease the pain by eating tons of leftover Halloween candy, a decision I would come to regret thanks to Wii Fit.


I gave a play-by-play of insomnia hell, complete with old lady dog grooming and man snoring, I nearly killed myself and definitely humiliated myself trying on jeggings, and I made a video while sledding and managed to not end up in a ditch.

What were some of your highs and lows of 2010?


  1. Susan says:

    Highs – moving into a new house in an amazing neighborhood with tons of kids, finding new mom friends to do girly things with, watching my 4 year old read to us at night for a change. Lows – not getting into grad school, not getting a new job that I really wanted. The highs outweigh the lows, but I’m not giving up on the lows either. The job search continues and the application to grad school for the fall has already been submitted. Hoping 2011 is the year! Thanks for your amazing blog!

  2. Jamie says:

    Susan, sounds like you had a great year (with some ups and downs, too.) Good luck with the job search and grad school! Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

    YES…Harry Connick Jr. is a total cutie in person. Swoon!

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