And now for 2007 . . .

Last year I made five resolutions on this blog. I said, “I’m going to make a public record, thereby opening myself to ridicule and pity if I don’t follow through.” So . . .

  1. In 2006, I will finish at least one novel and one novella. No, really.
    The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes (with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, started out as a novella anthology and became a collaborative novel, in stores July 2007)
    Agnes & The Hitman (with Bob Mayer, in stores August 2007).
  2. In 2006, I will lose twenty pounds. I’ll still be overweight, but twenty pounds is doable. And I’ll be healthier.
    I can’t remember how much I weighed when I made this resolution. But I’m nineteen pounds down from my highest weight, so maybe?
  3. In 2006, I will get my office cleaned.
    I’ll discuss this one in January. No, really, I’ll do a whole blog on offices. Let’s call this one a draw for the time being. Yes, I cleaned the office. In fact, I moved the office. And now that office is kind of . . . I’ll show you pictures in January.
  4. In 2006, I will be a kinder, gentler person, even while on the road.
    If you’ve read the He Wrote She Wrote Blog, you know I failed miserably at this one. I won’t even try to say, “Well, part of the time . . . “ Just cross this one right off.
  5. In 2006, I will stop trying to do everything at once. Patience, grasshopper.
    Yeah, this one went down in flames, too.

So, I got maybe two and a half? Sigh.

Let’s try this again. New Year’s Resolutions, 2007.

  1. In 2007, I will write a solo novel. All by myself. Just me.
  2. In 2007, I will get the revisions done on at least one of my last two old categories so that if the publisher finally decides to reissue them, they’ll be ready to go.
  3. In 2007, I will lose twenty pounds which will put me at the weight of a plus size model which will mean I’ll be healthy.
  4. In 2007, I will clean my office, making sure there’s a place for everything in it, and keep it cleaned. No, really.
  5. In 2007, I will post to Argh Ink at least twice a month. Because it’s good for me to think about things here.

That last one is really important. This used to be the place I came to think, and then my life went completely out of control and I started running so fast the landscape became a blur and I forgot to stop and smell the vultures. Worse than that, I became incapable of stopping to smell the vultures. I forgot to how to laugh there for awhile. That was very bad. I don’t regret anything I posted here (Miss Snark had it coming, although looking back on it now, that post needed cut by about a third), but I regret things I didn’t post, like the bizarre time I had painting my bedroom (I may return to that one yet), or my meditation on hotel bathroom shampoo (not nearly as deep as I’d hoped so you’ll never see that sucker), or my post on “Plastic Alligators: Why?” I started them all and then life came and grabbed me by the sense of humor and I got lost again. But the one I regret not posting the most . . .

I have this daughter. Incredible woman. Everything she does is magic. She’s designed all my websites, all my blogs, the CherryForums—have you see the CherryForums? most amazingly warm and welcoming forum on the internet—she’s my partner in Argh Ink and runs the business like a Swiss watch, but what astounds me is that she has managed, in spite of having me for a role model, to create a beautiful and fulfilling personal life for herself. She’s found a great guy and kept a terrific relationship going with him for eight years, a solid, steady relationship built on trust and love and friendship that has grown deeper over time. And when they were ready to get married, they found rings they loved, and she bought a beautiful white dress and a brown cardigan like her grandmother had worn, and he got a killer blue pinstripe suit, and she put on her favorite shoes, and their two good friends came in from out of town to be witnesses, and they took the subway in from Brooklyn and got married at City Hall in Manhattan and then bought ice cream before they took the subway home. And it was a perfect day.

I can’t write love stories that good. Nobody would believe them.

Congratulations, Mollie and Josh. The best thing that happened in 2006 was your wedding, and the best thing that happened to me ever was you.

Happy 2007 to everyone. Nothing but good times ahead.

37 thoughts on “And now for 2007 . . .

  1. Oh, Jenny. I’m all teary-eyed now. What a lovely tribute to Molly and Josh. Thanks for sharing the photos too. They are gorgeous!

    I’m going to post some resolutions too. Like you said, maybe the public declaration will help.

    Nothing but good times ahead.

  2. And there you have it, Jenny. Having your daughter do all the things that make you glad and proud (I’ve got one like that too) is worth a thousand losses of 20 poundses and solo books.

    May 2007 be equally full of joy. For us all.

    Cherry Beach

  3. Awwww.

    Congratulations Mollie and Josh.

    Jenny, she clearly has a lot in common with her mom, besides great cheekbones, I mean.

    Happy New Year.

  4. First – Congrats to Mollie and Josh. Sometimes love is eggs. That’s what a dear friend told my husand and I when we got married. 18 years later, we are still trying to figure out what he meant, but we still love, honor and respect each other…one day at a time.

    And Jenny – you DID NOT fail at anything. The one thing I admire the most is your honesty and your guts to stand up for what you believe in, or who you believe in. There is a part of me that wishes I could me more like you and really say exactly what I’m thinking, when I’m thinking it.

    May 2007 be bright. 🙂

  5. Huge congrats to Mollie and Josh! I’m glad you included photos too. They’re lovely!

    I think achieving half your resolutions is pretty decent. It’s more than most people do!

  6. Ahhh, Geez, someone told me to bring tissues, but did I listen???

    Congrats to Mollie and Josh–I wish you a lot of laughter and a little luck.

    As for resolutions, well, they always seem like a good idea at the time.

    Happy 2007!

  7. It always amazes me when life gives me back tenfold what I give out. Do I deserve it? No. Do I cherish it? Absolutely! Jenny, you have a beautiful and amazing daughter, and you absolutely deserve her. I am certain that she wouldn’t trade you for any other mom in the world.

    Mollie and Josh, congratulations and my wishes for a very happy and long HEA.

  8. May Mollie and Josh find that things just keep getting better. I love that she wore the cardigan. I hope that this year gives you everything you want and wish for and the time to enjoy it. Thanks for all you’ve done this year.

  9. Coming out of lurking to wish you a wonderful 2007. To thank you for all your wonderful novels, of which I have read them all. And to congratulate you on your wonderful daughter, every Mom should be as proud as you are.

    Happy New Year

  10. Happy New Year, Jenny! Much love and luck to Mollie and Josh. She looks so much like you. Very pretty.

    Does it count if you cleaned your office but then messed it up again???

    (And what is it with Blooger? I have different identities offered on different blogs, but never my own.)

    Still ZaZa

  11. Wow. *sniff* That was beautiful. I know just how you feel–and I am doubly blessed because I have TWO daughters. Best thing I have ever done, and they both make me so very proud. Hugs to Mollie and Josh and all the best for 2007 and beyond.

  12. SUCH a beautiful story! And the photos are gorgeous. I want that kind of happiness for my daughter.

  13. I wish them, and you, every happiness in 2007! (Last night I stumbled upon the pictures of your office last year. They inspired me to clean!)

    My mantra for the year is Baby Steps! We can’t change in one night, but we can take one, teensy-tiny step every day.

    I’m so happy you’re writing a solo novel in 2007! I love the collaboration stuff, too, but I’m glad I get to read a Jennifer Crusie one soon!

  14. Congratulations to Mollie and Josh!

    My son got married in 2006 and I know about the lump in the throat just looking at pictures.

    Mollie has an awesome role model in her mother and grandmother.

    2007- nothing but good times ahead!!!

  15. Congratulations Mollie and Josh

    that is a wonderful, beautiful story. (and going out for ice cream, good move)

  16. Congratulations Mollie and Josh!
    There is no better story, than one based on true love.

    As for resolutions? Ugh! I just want to be healthy and fro once in my life take a few minutes every day just for me.

  17. What a lovely story about your daughter. The love you feel for Mollie has been evident in a number of your posts.

    Best wishes, Jenny, for a new year filled with joy, love, good health, friendship, and enough of whatever you want and need to fulfill your deepest dreams and desires.

    Thank you for the laughter. Please don’t ever stop writing.

  18. Aww. Beautiful beautiful pictures- do you have any bigger ones you’d be willing to share? They’re absolutely stunning.

    And I’m greatly looking forward to your solo novel, though I’m sad that we’ll miss you in Surrey this year!

    -Cherry in the Rough

  19. Mollie and Josh, congratulations on your marriage, may your lives together be filled with love.

    Thank you for everything you do with all of the blogs and for giving us a place to stay in touch with old and new friends.

    Thanks for sharing, Jenny. I love the photo where Josh is kissing Mollie’s cheek and she’s holding her purse and bouquet. Something in that photo really speaks to me.

  20. Congrats, Mollie and Josh. Thank you for sharing, Jenny. I absolutely love the photos.

    My only resolution is to make 2007 better than 2006. Trust me, 2006 needed help and it was places like this that got me through.

  21. Hey, I am hear to attest that when you visited Chicagoland (Deerfield Borders to be exact)– you were kind and gentle. Even when my kid interrupted the talk with you and Bob. I definitely wouldn’t consider #4 a wash. At least not completely.

    LOVE the Mollie and Josh story. It is beautiful. And the pictures? FABULOUS. Must know who took the photography! 🙂

    Happy 2007!

  22. Those are beautiful photos of Mollie and Josh. Very cool!

    …and best wishes on the New Year’s 2007 resolutions. It’s motivating to have specific goals.
    And about losing the 20 pounds – although we can be happy just as we are – if you do lose the 20 pounds, you will feel that you have more energy. You will feel a spring to your step – and have more stamina. Good luck and good vibes for you!

  23. Congratulations, Mollie and Josh. What a wonderful low-key wedding. You have your priorities right, I’d say.

    And congratulations to the mother of the bride as well. Wishing you all the best in 2007, Jenny. And thank you for so many hours of reading pleasure, both between bookcovers and on your blogs. Looking forward to more!

  24. Jenny,

    Your Mollie is absolutely lovely and Josh is a very handsome young man. Very sweet. Very romantic. ahhhh….

  25. Aw shucks! I’m used to spitting drinks over the screen at a lot of your posts but now I’m spiling tears!
    Gorgeous photos and a beautiful written compliment to Mollie.

  26. Hey atleast you got a 2.5 on your resolutions. I got a 1.1 I think?

    Love the pictures. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations mom-in-law

  27. That is the most beautiful thing I have read in a long time. No matter what happens in my life, I will always be in awe of the two beautiful daughters I have been gifted with. Blessed? You don’t know the half of it. They are the best thing that has ever happened to me. Blessings to Mollie and her josh–what an incredibly romantic and lovely story they have begun….

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