Since this is my week for whining and goalsetting (both more closely intertwined than one might think!), I almost forgot to say what I got for Christmas.
Yep--my rich sister came through in a big, big way.
She's taking me to PARIS!
Soon! The last week of January, in fact!
As it turns out, this was to have been my 60th birthday present, but given that I spent my 60th recovering from open heart surgery, it was not to be. In the meantime, she had her own medical problems.
But both of us are now healthy, and we're looking forward to a much better 2010.
We're going to France with two other women, one a banker friend of my sister's and the other, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who is already planning which restaurants we will visit in Paris.
I suppose it might have been more useful if my sister had gotten me appliances or paid to have the interior of my house painted, as she has in the past. But I am SO ready for a vacation. And I'm SO grateful to be going to Paris with one of my favorite people in the whole world.