2009 sucks

So far this year, and in no particular order:

  • My mother-in-law slipped on some ice and broke her arm – both bones, just above the wrist. She didn’t need any surgery, and seems in good spirits, but 2 months in a cast might change that. One of her sons is with her right now, another is going at the weekend, and we’ll probably go up the weekend after that.
  • My brother-in-law’s apartment flooded when a pipe burst in the apartment above him. So he, his two kids, and his puppy are homeless for a month while everything is fixed. Luckily his insurance covers everything, including temporary accommodation.
  • A good friend is reluctantly leaving Vancouver and going back to the UK, largely because of the lack of affordable day care. This is the second good friend I’ve lost for the same reason in a 6 month period, and I’m thinking of opening my own day care so my remaining friends will stay here.
  • The awesome tenant in our basement suite is thinking of moving to the US in the spring to join her boyfriend. As Mr E Man said, “make him come here! We’ll never find another tenant who’ll look after our cats and give us home-made butter tarts with the rent money!”
  • The state of the roads means I won’t be able to cycle until next week at the earliest, and then only on the main roads – it could take weeks to clear the side streets. Until then I’m stuck taking the fucking bus, which I hate. Yeah, I know things are much worse in Edmonton / Toronto / Wherever, but that’s part of the reason I didn’t want to live there and chose to move to Vancouver instead!
  • The oh-so-pretty lattice work arch over our gate, that the purple clematis climbs over in summer, collapsed under the weight of the snow and is now lying sadly in a 3-foot snow drift in the garden.
  • Several other friends are either sick or having various personal crises.

Seriously, I think I’d like to skip 2009 and go straight to 2010.

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12 Responses to 2009 sucks

  1. Mermaid says:

    Sounds like a horrible way to start the new year. Sorry to hear about it all! I hope that it starts getting better soon :).

  2. PhizzleDizzle says:

    :(:(:(…Well, maybe this means 2009 can only get better from here on out??I’ll hope so for you.

  3. ScientistMother says:

    I’m with phizzle dizzle, it can only get better.

  4. chall says:

    ouch. Doesn’t sound too fun no. I’m hoping for all the bad things already to have happened now and now it’s upwards!Good luck with everything and hope you stay healthy. And be careful when you ride that bike on the BIG streets. The cars will not like you, you know…. although I knwo that the buses aren’t the best…on the other hand, we don’t even have buses. You’re in the car… my green year is not really going to be green…

  5. Silver Fox says:


  6. stepwise girl says:

    ouch. These are all things that can get better. Good luck with the bus…

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Mermaid, yeah, it’s not great! Coffee and cake on Friday may help…Phizzle and SM, let’s hope so!Chall, I will indeed be careful and will leave either before 7 or after 9 to avoid the worst of the traffic. I prefer not to ride on the main streets, but I get really cranky without my daily fresh air / exercise / thinking time, so it will be worth it. It’s raining at the moment which is helping to clear the main roads.Silver Fox, indeed!SG, thanks. Last night’s was running about 10 minutes late so I got to stand in ankle-deep slush for 15 minutes, but this morning’s was more or less on schedule. I still got soaked on my way to the bus stop though – the water on two different side streets that I had to cross came over the top of my hiking boots. Lovely. I had dry shoes, but not socks, in my bag, so I’m now sockless and cold.Really though, having come in and read the news from Gaza, I need to get over myself and count my blessings. The major one being that I am not in the path of any Israeli or Hamas explosives.

  8. Laurie says:

    Uh oh! Hope 2009 improves.

  9. EcoGeoFemme says:

    Super suck. As far as I’m concerned, anyone with cold/snow/slush can complain, even if others have it worse. Snow blows.I hope things start to get better for you soon.

  10. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks both!EGF, I like that philosophy.

  11. ScienceGirl says:

    I am just now catching up – hope the year gets better from here on out!

  12. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Welcome back!My friends and family are doing better – but I’ve heard yet more tales of woe from other people whose friends are losing jobs, getting dumped, etc etc etc!

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