Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear 2010

My my my...what a year this has been. Full of ups and downs, happies and sads....an all round good but tough year:) I've decided to end my year saying: 'I'm tracing the outlines of 2010 and liking the picture I see'.

I've decided to dedicate this post to everything that happened this year and all the lessons I learned, both good and bad...as all these things played a roll in who I am today:)

2010 will be etched into my memory for the following reasons:
  • I started my year off with a bang by visiting the gorgeous  Victoria falls...such an amazing experience.
  • I got my iPhone!
  • two other gorgeous friends had their babies.....we welcomed babyice and Faith into the world
  • A really good friend that lived on the same property as me committed suicide at our home.  He hanged himself, i saw him....it was a traumatic and really sad experience, that i pray i never have to relive EVER again.  I was fortunate to have special people in my life who really stood by me and supported me.  Some people would simply stay awake with me through the night because i couldn't sleep.  Thank you.

  • I met the American boy (he was the brother of the friend who committed suicide...odd that we would meet under such strange circumstances and click immediately).  Paul always said we'd hit it off:)

  • I learned that I'm easily disappointed in myself for doing/thinking/saying things or for not doing/thinking/saying them when i should have.  I give myself a really hard time afterwards.  But then I work really hard to fix where i messed up.  I'm not entirely sure if i should tell myself to cut myself some slack or to just stay the same I'm now.  Both have pros and cons

  • I moved into my new home!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! The area is fantastic, the apartment is perfect for me and it's only a 15min drive from work on the worst possible traffic days:)

  • I met my heart.........

  • I learned that just because someone promised you forever does not mean they will keep that promise

  • My good friend Superolz introduced me to Vida Coffee....I'm addicted:/

  • I found that it is possible to instantly connect with someone

  • Friends are found in the most amazing places....sometimes at a random braai at a house of a person you don't even know while gate crashing parties

  • Falling in love is both an amazing and a really scary experience.  It is however mostly good and definitely advisable:)

  • During the move i discovered a whole bunch of shoes i had completely forgotten about.  Can somebody say HappyRuby?

  • The female slave finally resigned and moved away.  I can not begin to tell you how happy this made me.  She made my life a misery for years.  

  • We attended #AnGlugWedding:) My two gorgeous friends finally got married....it was definitely a wonderful wedding:)

  • I gave myself a pretty impressive blue eye....don't ask:/

  • I spent my birthday sick as a dog in bed...but did end the week with an awesome birthday party at least

  • A dear friend who has been a mentor and a great source of wisdom through a large part of my life was told he had an exceptionally large tumor on his brain.  I was shattered, however I'm happy to report now that after extensive surgery and a long recuperation period he is doing quite well.  

  • My trust issues were fuelled by a certain someone.

  • Soccer World Cup was held in SA....amazing amazing time....I'd like to bring 'Phillip' back if i can:P

  • GirlGuides was launched and i was one of the lucky girls who was asked to write gadget reviews for them:)

  • I was the victim of quite a serious roadrage incident

  • I had a fair amount of disagreements with the little bossman at work.  For the first time in the 6 years i have worked with the company i wasn't 100% happy...i didn't like this feeling.  But I'm happy to report that the situation has greatly improved.

  • I won an iPad from Afrihost!!!!!! *super big grin*

  • Having vicious rumors spread about you is not a pleasant experience

  • Some people ALWAYS have to be right.  They will NEVER admit that they are wrong, and will rather write off a friendship than admit that they made a mistake.

  • I discovered that there are more than a fair share of well known auditing firms in the country who don't even remotely adhere to the various standards they are supposed to be complying with...this really really really gets my blood boiling

  • I had a VERY memorable trip to Cape town as a mini break:)

  • Some people have a set of rather impressive double standards....i can't stand this practice. 

  • I started teaching myself to speak German...this is still very much an ongoing project that will keep me busy now that i don't have a masters degree keeping me occupied:)

  • I went through a period of suspecting that my landlord was sneaking into my apartment while i wasn't at home.  It was silly and stupid and started because he has a set of keys for the house and because i couldn't find clothes that i was looking for:)

  • We attended the Girls Only media launch...a business started by a lovely friend of mine:) 

  • #TheKernel was born:) And even though i have never met TheCaz in person there is no one I can think of that is more deserving of this incredible bundle of joy.  After everything she's been through i'm defnitely celebrating the birth of this little miracle in my 2010 memories blog:)

  • I launched my own little Ruby's secret project:) It kicked off with a bang and i want to encourage everyone to keep sending me their secrets:)

  • I was attacked by an evil squirrel


  • I got to watch Mama Mia

  • My gran became incredibly sick and was hospitalised for 2 weeks.  All of us, including all the various doctors were convinced she only had days left to live.  She on the other hand had a completely different opinion about the whole thing.  She was discharged and went back home accompanied by an oxygen machine which she has to use for a couple of hours each day.  We saw her now over Christmas and she is still as naughty and mischievous as ever.  She's gotten old though, and this makes me really sad.  She's not just my gran, she's my friend and the very thought of losing her makes me feel broken inside.  I'm grateful for each extra day i get to spend with her.

  • We went to see Grease

  • I won a gorgeous clutch bag and brooch from Miss Molly's Fashion on Being Brazen's blog *another super big grin*

  • Claude and Minnette got married...was an absolutely stunning wedding.

  • I had a pretty impressive fall at Metro Lounge while attending a friends birthday.  I had a huge bruise for weeks and my knee was swollen twice it's normal size for quite a while.

  • An old housemate and friend got engaged:)

  • We had our 10 year matric reunion *eeeek* which i had to organize....it was quite a lot of fun:)

  • I got my MASTERS DEGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *does happy dance* after 2 years of blood, sweat, tears, no sleep and about a million sacrifices i finally made it.  My happiness knows no bounds:)

  • I had an operation on my hand to remove a growth that's been causing me all kinds of hassles.  As it turns out the operation was way more invasive than originally planned and the recuperation and healing is taking a lot longer than anticipated.  It is almost 4 weeks ago and i still can't do a large amount of things with my right hand.  But the specialist assures me that the operation was a success and in time i will regain full use of my hand.

  • I had an 'in chair operation' done on my mouth.  While grinding on my teeth in my sleep i managed to get a shard of tooth stuck in my jaw bone.  They had to dislocate the jaw and cut out quite a large piece of my jawbone in order to get rid of the shard.  This resulted in bone grafts and a titanium implant.  All in all an extremely painful experience.

  • I got to spend Christmas with my gran:)

  • Wall-E got engaged!

  • My brother and sister in law came to visit from the states:) They are in fact still here and will be here for another 10 days:)

  • My sister in law gave me a handmade quilt as a Christmas gift this year.  What an awesome and touching gift:)

  • My house was hit by lightening...twice.

  • Cobus and Lizette got married...she was one of the most beautiful brides I have EVER seen.

  • Spiritually this was definitely a year of grace.  It was a year of many searches.  I questioned many many things about what i believe and why. And even after all of that there was just no way that I could deny the existence of my powerful, all loving, all knowing and merciful God.  His grace is truly enough, and He had grace to allow me to question and search without letting me go. My beliefs are based on what I have experienced and does not come from what I have been taught or told.  He is real and He loves me.  I realise that not all of you reading this will agree or understand this.  But He is real to me and therefore makes out a very important part of my memorable moments of 2010.

  • I'm sitting here on the last day of 2010. Happy and content.  My heart is full.  I get to spend it with my family.  There are only 3 people missing to make this little picture a 100% perfect...but at the moment it's damn near perfect:)

I was saying this morning that even thought this year has rushed past at a ridiculous speed, January feels a million years ago.  Such a ridiculous contrast and yet so true.  It's been a really tough year.  I've had to cope with disappointment and hurt and about a million other challenges, but i survived and for that reason alone it was a good year.  Don't get me wrong, there were many good and even incredible things that happened this year, but i can honestly say that I experienced the past year as incredibly tough. I hope that 2011 will be a better one.  Filled with challenges and new things and blessing and lessons to learn.  If all goes well I'll do a little dear 2011 post, and while I don't plan on having new years' resolutions i hope to make make myself aware of what i expect of the new year. So my lovelies....Happy new year! I hope that 2010 has given you the chance to grow and that 2011 will be filled with many blessing, lots of love, friendship and happiness and that in a years' time we will all be saying "I survived 2011". Much love Ruby xxxxxx P.S  I've added a few pictures of various moments in 2010.  Enjoy!

8 comments:

Ruby said...

If i left any out...please feel free to add them here in the comments:)

Maniac Muerte said...

I still remember that trip to Cape Town like it was yesterday. What awesome fun!

Interesting, would like to know which 3 people would've completed the picture.

I must admit, I'm sad that you left out my suggestions on what happened this year :(

Mthoko said...

Good on you for visiting the Vic Falls. Are you sure all this happened in the past year not decade? Gosh some people live their lives to the fullest I must say

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acidicice said...

You certainly have a very full and exciting year!

Thanks for the Babyice's mention :)

<3

Anonymous said...

Wow what a good recap of the year, so eventful it's crazy!!! Why you teaching yourself german, lol just curious why you picked that language. So did you find the clothing items and realise your landlord wasn't sneaking in???

lexamantis said...

So much of muchness... 2010 certainly was a busy year! I hope 2011 is filled with many more great adventures!

Ruby said...

@maniac - T'was awesome indeed:)much much much fun was had:) oh that's an easy question to answer...my 2 best friends and my gran would have completed the picture:)

@mthoko - yup...all of them def happened in this year:) Living life to the fullest is the whole idea i think, you never know which day might be your last:)

@Acidicice - he he...you're welcome...sorry it wasn't there right at the beginning...my bad:/

@Anon - I found it...but i'm still kinda suspicious:P

@Lexamantis - yes and here's to hoping 2011 will be even fuller:)

Ruby said...

OK, so i've left 2 very important suggestions off the original post...I'll add them now:
- My heart kept beating...everyday
- I breathed:)