Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Not Letting the Terrorists Win

If you're on The Facebook you've no doubt seen the "year in review" montages floating around. The canned post to go along with them starts with "It's been a great year..." Well, fuck that. It's been a shitty year. There have been some good moments, but overall I'm ready to kick 2014 out the fucking door.

But Aaron and I have kept business as usual when it comes to the holidays. We still hosted Thanksgiving for 20, we'll see my family on Christmas, and we're hosting Aaron's family for Christmas this weekend. We've also had a Christmas party every year since 2008, which has grown to epic proportions. We discussed whether or not to do it this year, but decided to keep up the tradition. I can't remember exactly what was said, but it translated to "if we don't have the party, the terrorists win." So my mantra for getting through the season has been "don't let the terrorists (of life) win." I didn't take pictures at the party; I just wanted to be part of it. But here are a few festive pics:

Cocktail napkins

Mom's ceramic tree; the angel that I painted when I was 9

The morning after. (Mom made the poinsettia afghan.)

I'm not always successful at beating away the terrorists. Crying jags come out of nowhere, and sometimes I just want to be alone. And that's OK, too.

The second half of that Facebook post says "...Thanks for being a part of it." Now that I can get on board with. Through all the peaks and valleys of this year, I've had some incredible people holding me close and supporting me, whether in person or from afar. Thank you all so very much.


  1. 2015 has to be better, right?!?

  2. Here's my mantra for the holidays. "Have the Christmas that you'll have." No expectations or pressure.

    And, Gwen's 2014? Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! Here's a vodka shot to a better 2015 for you!

  3. Sometimes the "terrorists of life" win the day and it's OKAY to crawl into a ball and cry... ;) you're rocking this thing called life and having fun along the way. I'm glad you guys had the party- and that poinsettia blanket? So pretty!

  4. Oooooh, flavored vodka shots. Let this year go, good riddance. You've handled it beautifully, and bouts of crying are alright. Normal, even. Welcome 2015 with wide open arms. Love you <3

  5. Happy almost new year. I am happy that we got to be a part of each other's year this year though. I hope your holiday was fun and happy and filled with lots of good memories. 2015 is going to be amazing. Lots of love!


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