What I’ve done with this post in the past:

  • Had a few drinks on New Year’s Eve.
  • Written an assessment of the year that’s about to end.
  • Added a couple of predictions or goals for the year ahead.
  • Got in bed in time to get up to jump in the river.

But we were entertaining our friend Carla on New Year’s Eve, and while I definitely satisfied the drinking part, I didn’t want to stick Carla with watching me write a post — especially when we could have so much fun watching the Burghseyeview New Year’s Eve party on the internets.

And New Year’s Day? It was busy. We swam — more about that in post later today — we met up with friends, we ate delicious stuffed pork chops and we watched the Winter Classic.

The new year has been busy since then; a lot of work stuff, including an hour on KDKA radio at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning, a lot of time just getting caught up with stuff.

In some ways, 2010 was hard. The pay cut I took at work a couple years ago caught up with us, and we really had to scale back. It was uncomfortable, frustrating and occasionally scary.

Note: I am not complaining. We both still have jobs. We have our house. We have each other, and we have our families and the best group of friends we could hope to have. We’re doing better than an awful lot of people who have had to struggle a great more than we have for the last couple years.

I listed a bunch of goals for 2010 when I wrote this post a year ago. I made progress on nearly all of them, but I can’t say I accomplished any of them. They all still apply, but I’m not making any promises.

What I will say is this: 2010 was a pretty good year, and 2011 will be better, for me and for Mrs. Crappy. There are little things and big things involved here, and we’re going to make them happen.

And you guys? Keep doing what you’re doing — because you help us in ways you may not know — and we’re all going to have a great 2011 together.

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