It’s been a good year…to start with, I dropped close to 25 pounds. And I’ve only gained two back since I quit biking for the season. (I could still stand to lose 10 more…but I’ll be happy if I can keep the 20-25 pounds off for good this time.)

I had two books come out in 2007 — F is for Fire Fighting and My Grandpa Had a Stroke (both picture books, even though I don’t consider myself a picture book writer). F is for Fire Fighting did well enough that it sold out of the first printing before Fire Safety Week this fall. I don’t hear much from the publisher that did My Grandpa Had a Stroke and I don’t get a royalty statement on that until May, so I don’t know how that one is doing. The reviews have been nice, though. And that’s a book I really wrote for myself (well…I originally wrote it for my kids…it was the book I needed for them eight years ago), so I’m just happy it’s out there.

I also did a Boxcar Children book this year (which, come to think of it, should be out by now…but I haven’t seen it yet) and I finished The Truth About Truman School, which I’m really excited about. I got a contract for the sequel to Do You Know the Monkey Man, which I’m still working on. I did school visits in Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota…it’s been a good year for my writing.

I made room for three new things in my life this year: 1) Toastmasters (though technically, I joined Toastmasters the end of 2006…but I really committed to it in 2007. In fact, I even became an officer of our club this summer); 2) yoga (which I’ve wanted to take up for years…it took my friend actually pointing out the class to me and saying, “hey, let’s do this” for me to actually do it) and 3) mandolin (again, something I’ve wanted to do for years…I don’t know why I waited this long).

Most important, my family is happy (most of the time) and healthy…my dad is still with us (I never thought he’d still be here eight years ago)…my husband and I celebrated 21 years of marriage this year…my children are doing well…though I grow increasingly aware of the fact that they’re both going to be on their own before too much longer. No matter what I accomplish in life, raising my children will always be the most important thing I’ve done.

Everybody’s home for New Year’s Eve. (I don’t know how many more years that will be the case.) Even College Student. (He had his wisdom teeth out the day after Christmas, so he’s been reluctant to make many plans this week.) So we’ll order Chinese food and probably spend the evening playing a bunch of board games. Not a bad way to ring in the new year…

Looking back on 2007

15 thoughts on “Looking back on 2007

  • January 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

    25 pounds – I need to do that in 2008!

    It sounds like you had a good year.

    • January 3, 2008 at 7:04 pm

      Really? With all the running you do? (You sure don’t LOOK like you need to drop anything in the pictures you post.)

      • January 3, 2008 at 7:13 pm

        When I watched Michael Clayton, I was struck by how Tilda Swanson looked good dressed and pudgy in her underwear.

        I’m like that.

  • January 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Wow. You had an awesome year.
    And raising kids is a big accomplishment. This was my first year without all my kids for Christmas…

    Have a great 2008!

    • January 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm

      How was it? (Christmas without all your kids, I mean.) It’s hard for me to imagine…but given I have 13 and 18-year-old boys, I know it’ll be a reality for me too soon.

      • January 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm

        I was a little sad. It changes the dynamics. This is dd’s 4th year in college, so it isn’t as much as a shock as if it was her first year away from home.
        My 20 year old daughter and I talked a lot on Skype. Hurray for free computer phone calls. šŸ™‚
        (She got married last summer, which is why she didn’t come. They are saving up so they can come visit us in our next country–China.)
        My 18 year old was here from college, so we enjoyed spending time with him.
        We have 6 kids, ages 7-20.

        • January 3, 2008 at 7:37 pm

          Yeah, I read about that in your blog. My neighbor’s parents spent a couple years in China (The neighbor is Norwegian/Swedish and his father was a Swedish diplomat), so they got to visit a couple times. This will give you even more to write about!

          Wow! 6 kids! Lucky you! But whether you have one or twelve, I’m sure each child who isn’t home for Christmas is still missed.

          • January 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

            She is always missed.
            She is an awesome person; I’m lucky to be her mom.
            We talk every week and e-mail back and forth. And she is a great reader for me. šŸ™‚
            Having 6 kids is fun!

          • January 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm

            The mandolin is so cool!
            Maybe someday I’ll hear you play it. šŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations, Dori! What a terrific ’07 you had…and it didn’t happen to you. You made it happen. Excellent!

    Hope your ’08 is great!


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