I've played this game before but it seems right to play again because of the year. In this instance, top 10 does not mean the best, just the most significant events of the year. So in no particular order, the Top 10 in 2010:
Reunited with an old friend. I have a photo of us when I was three and she was four, which I framed and gave to her upon her visit. The visit was much more than I could have asked for and our conversation flowed as we filled in the blanks of over 20 years. My turn to go visit her in 2011. Okay with you, Lisa?
My Czech Angels with whom I spent many days, many hours. Can you tell what I gave them as a going away gift? Lovely girls.
The look of surprise and delight at the end of his show when I handed Anders Osborne his gift, then the enormous smile and a hug and kiss.
Snow, snow and more snow. Ugh.
A visit to Oakland MD, to my friend Randee, food for the soul.
My Handsome Prince and I celebrated 25 years together by taking the ferry across to Cape May to ride bikes, shop, eat out and do nothing. Perfect.
The absence of my daughters in my daily life. While EG has been gone for several years, Audrey left this year to pursue another college option. I miss their giggles and bad tv.
Drinking micro brews and knitting took over my social life. Thursday nights and monthly beer dinners at Dogfish gave us an unexpected community of people. There was also the occasional visit to Evo or Pickled Pig for something other than DFH. A different group to knit with every week and portable knitting allowed me to eat, drink, think, and dream knitting.
My Handsome Prince's brother died leaving a void in many lives. We were able to surround his hospital bed, cramped into an ICU cubicle to tell him stories and sing him songs, caress him and tell him goodbye. His memorial service a month later was packed with people, good stories with laughter and tears. For Christmas, wondering how to deal with his absence, we gathered in his room, hooked up Beatles Rockband, and sang our hearts out to Billy.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the near mental breakdown I had over the summer dealing with a most difficult person. That's all I'm going to say on that.
And of course, my job, which all but consumed me 4 months of the year, it made me laugh and it made me cry, tried my patience, and fulfilled me.
Okay, so it's the top 12 in 2010. I can't count. It was a year of challenges, adjustments, laughter, joy, music, dancing, creativity, tears, loss, just life. And so it continues.