Last year, I did a blog post about Christmas miracles. It stemmed from the classic Festivus episode of Seinfeld, in which Kramer exclaims, “It’s a Festivus miracle!” about the most mundane things. Well, my Christmas spirit seems to have busted a flat before it left the North Pole this year, so my miracles aren’t feeling particularly miraculous. But, I still love the idea, so here are my Christmas miracles for this year.
• Barley’s still plugging along. It will be two years in January since he was diagnosed with liver disease and his health has been relatively good. He’s going a bit blind and deaf, and he’s cranky as a wolverine lately (photo evidence at right), but it’s more than I imagined two years ago. He’ll have another checkup next month and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good liver tests and proof the medicine is keeping him steady.
• I’m still gluten-free and mostly happy to be. I scraped the toppings off a Papa Murphy’s pizza last week after nearly a year dreaming, crying, and praying for pizza. It was a particularly low moment. But, those have been relatively few. My next challenge will be giving up dairy. It might kill me, but all the hours I now spend in the bathroom are hours I’ll never get back. On the upside, I get a lot of reading done.
• The rhino knee has been downgraded to a manatee knee. (Yes, I know manatees don’t have actual knees, but I was at a loss for a slighter smaller, gentler, yet still lumpy and unattractive, animal. I’m open to other suggestions.) My knee surgery was almost a year ago and, while the knee still looks lumpy and feels swollen, I can hike, work out, and do everything I did before. Isn’t modern medicine amazing?
• Another year is right around the corner. I am convinced 2012 will be much better than 2010 and 2011. It has to be. Maybe I’ll make some resolutions this year. I threatened to last year, but all I came up with was riding a horse, which I did over the summer. I’ll try to come up with some new ones for 2012; I need more adventure.
What are your Christmas miracles? What are you planning for 2012?