We spent the last day of the year at the local roller rink where Julia learned to skate and I pretended to be Olivia Newton-John.

Here we are.

Julia and me skating

I’m singing Xanadu to Julia. My camera battery was going dead, too, so everything’s a bit fuzzy.


See how she’s trying to get away from me? Probably because of the singing. Or because when she fell down moments ealier and reached out to me for help, I ran over her pinky.

Here she is skating with Dave. He may be her preferred roller buddy, but I’d kick his ass at roller derby.

That video is a perfect metaphor for 2009. Let’s all hope that 2010 finds us a bit steadier and a little less screwed up.

we start the New Year
with our little tradition:
a midnight breakfast*

*Dave has had to work every New Year – including this one – since we’ve been together, with the exception of last year. And every year he works, I send along a delicious breakfast casserole so he can enjoy our tradition with his co-workers. It’s pretty yummy. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it.


1 pound sausage
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese


In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion until brown; drain. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in sausage mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

ornaments are packed
the lights go out for the year
bye bye Christmas tree

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