A couple of days ago, I posted about some key events in my life in 2009. (And yes, I neglected to mention some births and deaths that were significant last year, but I was aiming at keeping things focused selfishly on myself.) That takes care of looking back, but what’s in store for 2010?
Frankly, I’m not at all sure.
I’m 99% certain that I won’t be leaving Charlotte this year. Like I said in my look back, I’m locked down by real estate and can’t take on any major new obligations until I can shed some rental properties. Plus, I’m pretty much BROKE anyway, so even if I was willing to take the chance, I’d never be able to afford the move itself.
That’s okay though… Charlotte ain’t so bad. True, it’s not where I want to spend the rest of my life — but New York City (and other major cities of the world) will still be there after 2010. And in the meantime, Charlotte will do nicely.
2010 in Charlotte will likely be somewhat similar to 2009, though on a tighter budget. Unless I get one hell of an unexpected annual bonus in February, we’ll be traveling very little, eating a lot more meals at home, and going out on the town a lot less. (There’s a whole different post brewing in my head on that subject!) If I can stick to my guns and control myself better in 2010 than I did in 2009, I suspect we’ll be going out less and having friends over more.
And really, that’s what it’s all about, right? I hope that a year from now, Sal and I will be together still, sitting here in Charlotte and looking back on a 2010 filled with the family and friends that we love. And I hope that we’ll be looking ahead to 2011 and eagerly anticipating our move to New York City in the Summer or Fall.
So here’s to 2010: may it include many long evenings of Rock Band and Catchphrase with friends, trips to the Epicentre Theaters, play-dates with Puck at the park, grumblingly using the Wii Fit while cursing Sal for goading me into it (but being secretly grateful), “Dinner and a Movie” nights with friends, seeing plays in Charlotte (with perhaps the occasional trip to New York that we cannot afford, and while there seeing Broadway shows that we cannot resist), exhausting but exhilarating days at the Whitewater Center, and quiet nights at home snuggled up all cozy on the couch.
Here we go!