If you had told me on one of the last days of December 2009 that I would be living in Virginia in December 2010 and getting ready to head overseas to some unknown embassy with my family I would have laughed at the absurdity. Instead of my usual end-of-the-year blog post in which I talk about my resolutions (because let's face it, I'm probably never going to stop swearing or start exercising every day), I've decided to do a 2010 retrospective, by the numbers.
26--Number of chickens we started out with
0---Number of chickens we have now
0---Number of "store eggs" my kids are willing to eat
1---Number of times one of my children fainted from a State Dept. medical clearance blood draw
196-Approximate number of times my children barfed
11-- Number of states we drove through with said barfing children
8---National monuments and landmarks we visited on the way to Virginia
14--Times I was served iceberg lettuce salad in middle America
3---Number of times my children whined about not having any vegetables on never-ending trip
3---Times per day my husband ordered beef in middle America
4--Times I Googled "how to restart your husband's heart in Wyoming"
0---Bed bug encounters. Yes!
1---Flea infestation at an unnamed corporate apartment in Virginia
0---Pairs of shoes I bought to reward myself for all this upheaval (Haha! Just kidding.)
One Bazillion--Miles Mitch put on his car commuting from Whidbey Island to his unrewarding job in Seattle
Two Bazillion--Dollars we lost when we sold our house on Whidbey Island
5---Good sources to buy sourdough bread within short driving distance of our old house
0---Good sources to buy sourdough bread anywhere in Virginia
48--Approximate times I saw a Prius on the road per day in Seattle
3---Priuses I've seen the whole time we've lived in Virginia
100-Days we've lived in our current rental house
100-Times I've missed my old kitchen
Three Bazillion--Minutes I spent on hold with Verizon
42--Times I've looked up airfare prices back to the Pacific Northwest
9---Fabulous outings in DC with the kids
0---Trips to the wine shop (Haha! Kidding again!)
1--Great date night which included Full Frontal Nudity, not our own
12--Things trashed or broken by the movers
4--Number of places we've lived in the past seven months
0--Regrets about this adventure
36-Minutes I've spent writing this list when I should be exercising and practicing not swearing. Shit.