Buh Bye 2010: Hello 2011

For the sixth New Years in a row, the Core has congregated at our cabin in Lake Arrowhead to celebrate one more year gone by.  Another lovely weekend of lounging by the fireplace, hearty eating, and plenty of celebrating with the Core over carefully selected bottles of wine and Champagne (I’m busting out a 1998 Dom Perignon for this year’s countdown, oh yeah!).  I can’t tell you how little I miss the pressure of finding an uber hip place on the Westside to celebrate along with the masses.  No, I much prefer dancing on our deck at the stroke of midnight in my PJs, then curling up next to the fire along with our dearest friends. 

Griffin, the Core’s newest inductee, is sound asleep in his travel bed upstairs, as I sit here ruminating about how much my life has changed in this past year and what is in store for me in 2011.  In 2010 I finished up my seventh year as an attorney and felt like I made some decent strides in my career.  Then again, I was pregnant most of the year and spent the last few months on maternity leave, so the career is now temporarily on hold.  This gives me time to ponder what my next move will be.  Do I continue working 50+ hours a week once the munchkin leave is over, inching my way towards partnership, or perhaps I return to work on a part time basis (which for a lawyer basically still means full time)? Or do I take a different direction altogether and use this time as a new mother to try something new?  Decisions decisions.  I don’t have the answers yet but I know 2011 will be the year that I figure it all out and I hope you’ll stay along for the ride.  In the meantime, Arrowhead isn’t a bad place to start all this hard decisionmaking. 

I wish all of you dear readers a happy new year and a peaceful and prosperous 2011.  Gan Bei!*

 (*Traditional toast in Mandarin, meaning “empty glass”.)


  1. I am along for the ride with you friend! It’s going to be an awesome year for all of us. Thanks for everthing and what I mean by that is all your love and support. You Rowles’s mean alot to all us Reyes’s. xoxo Here’s to 2011! ;o)

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