And how is it that I know it isn’t 2012? Easy, twelve years couldn’t have passed since the whole Y2K scare. It’s seems like just yesterday I was storing bottles of water and canned goods in the garage. We were told when the clocks rang in the new millennium, stores would close because of computer malfunctions. I stored extra toilet paper in every closet. Actually I still hoard toilet paper. I think it’s because of mom and the scare started by Johnny Carson in 1973. Check out this link for more information if you’re not familiar with this humorous over-reaction. It may remind you of the Y2K thing. http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast.com/trivia74.html
I remember 2006, 2009 and 2011 because I had children graduate from high school. 2010 happened because one finished college. I’ll concede at least four years have passed. And in the early 2000’s I may have lost a couple of years and, to answer your question, no, alcohol wasn’t involved. I lost the first year to what I call the ‘Twelve Month Sugar Fog’. I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. As I’ve stated before, I’m not good with the pressure of resolutions. I told myself I’d start a diet when the Christmas candy was gone and then the Valentine candy and then the Easter candy and then the ‘end of the year school party’ candy and then the ‘summer visiting grandparents’ candy and then the school lunch candy and then the Halloween candy, and, before I knew it we were back to Christmas. Again, I was in a fog most of the time and, yes, you’re correct in assuming I’m not above stealing chocolate from my children.
As I came down from my sugar high, I rolled into the next year. I call it the ‘Fast of Guilt Year’. The extreme loss of calories and a lack of sugar flowing through my veins kept me in a daze the whole year. But it had to be done after the ‘Sugar Fog’ fiasco. I survived on diet coke and yogurt during the fast. I don’t remember much more. I lost weight but I also nearly lost my mind. Some reading this post might say I did lose my mind.