And if I had a buck for every blog post I've started and then deleted again since the springing of spring this year, I'd probably not have a whole hell of a lot of money but I'd probably be able to take myself to a decadent lunch and pick up a a Lotto ticket and an Inside Story while I'm at it...
There was my little sister's sweet 16th on September 16th, which we celebrated with dinner at my mom's, with my brother and his fiance driving up from Durban for the occasion.
There was my Jack's second birthday and Halloween, which we celebrated together.
There was the decision to go back to work part time for a couple of weeks, which turned into a few months and which, it appears, will change into going back to work full time from end Jan 2011.
And there's been life in between, with millions of thoughts and ideas and notes to self to remember to blog about this, that or the other.
There have been and still are a great many mixed feelings - especially with regard to work and the way forward but these are things I am not in a position to blog about at this time.
And now here we are, less than a week from Christmas. I was rather hoping that this year would be an improvement on last in terms of being able to spoil my family and enjoy the holidays without counting pennies. That said, I'm sure it could be a lot worse - we have enough to eat, a comfortable home and my very supportive, supremely generous mom and brother, who have carried us through the roughest parts of this past year.
It's not all doom and gloom, though, and there have been some pleasant surprises and good times, too.
There was the surprise delivery of my brand new Bosch dishwashwer (an early Christmas present from none other than my ultra cool mom).
There was the validation of my decision to homeschool this last year when, upon having M&M assessed for readmission to mainstream school next year, the teachers noted a marked improvement in Michael's overall development. And the fact that Megan is still on par with her peers and will be rejoining her old class next year as they all move on to grade 3.
There's the fact that, thanks to some incredibly timely good luck, I'm a lot less worried about how we're going to pull off paying the registration fees and buying the kids' books, stationery, school bags and shoes, etc. for next year.
There's the Christmas-New Year break coming up in just a few more sleeps and the fact that, although we're not splashing out on big, fancy gifts or going away on a luxurious holiday, we'll be spending it together.
What are your plans?