Well, it’s December 1. How the heck did that happen? What a year it’s been – I know, 2010 is not over yet, but I’m not actually talking about the calendar year. Tomorrow is my birthday, so I’m talking about MY year! This time last year I was being thoroughly spoiled by my staff with lots of beautiful baby preparation-y stuff, working really hard to try to make sure my time off from work went smoothly, and getting the house as ready as I could for new bub. This year I’m working just as hard at work (but only three days a week, effectively doing five days work in three!), still playing a bit of catch up from the three terms off and preparing for the year ahead. But there’s been a lot of stuff happen in the past twelve months.
Tomorrow I turn 35, which is kind of an interesting milestone. I guess it’s kind of a halfway point, although I really doubt that’s literally true! 70 seems a loooong way away (far further than anything looking backwards) but I can only hope I’ll still be going strong then! And to be honest, 35 feels no different to any other adult birthday I guess – I wonder if that will change?
Life at almost 35 is like nothing I ever would have pictured at 20. Three kids for starters! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine three kids in my future! And I wouldn’t trade them for the world (most days, ahem!). Master Eight is so smart and fun and gentle and caring, and this year he’s turned into a READER, which makes me so happy. Miss Five is clever and loving and sweet and sporty and is desperate to LEARN stuff. Bub is turning into a cheeky little rotter with a naughty grin and a stubborn streak but he’s SOOOO cutely chubby and gorgeous. Who would have thunk it?
But kids and work aren’t the only parts of this girl’s life. Spec fic plays a big part, with reading, reviewing, judging, editing, publishing, and a big portion of my friendship group. I never imagined 10 years ago what sort of role this scene would play and how much a part of my life it would become. It now supports my "real life" career as well, in ways I could never have foreseen. Starting my own little publishing company this year was a fascinating thing, and while I have no plans to work towards Twelfth Planet Press production rates (though I’m so glad I can be part of THAT journey too), I love the whole process. And there was Aussiecon 4, which was, for me, pretty much the dealer room, and had a few disappointments due primarily to having baby in tow, but was overall a great experience.
This year I also did university sessional tutoring for the first time – fascinating experience to be on the other side of the fence, after three uni degrees! And I judged for a major literary award (the WA Premier’s Book Awards), which was a big commitment but one I thoroughly enjoyed. I was also a member of the national library association (through my role as Publications Councillor of my state body – a position I’m maintaining and expanding for 2011!) which meant a trip to Sydney and some fascinating politics.
And then there’s my husband, who frustrates and annoys me at times but also supports and loves and helps provide for us all 🙂 We’ve been together a little over nine years, married for almost six, through major moves across three states, three kids and lots of property purchases! He’s also nothing like I ever imagined I would have in my life at this age, but I can’t imagine my life without him.
So, 35 tomorrow. Seems like a milestone but at the same time, feels like just another day in the life. There’ll be nappies to change and emails to check, but nice pressies too 🙂 And then we march on to Christmas!