Happy New Year.

I spent New Year’s Eve at home with the boys, as usual. The end of the decade and the start of a new decade provoked a reflective mood.

It’s been a hell of a decade.

It started with me going back to school and getting divorced.

My daughters disclosed and my ex-husband went to jail.

Then came a period of challenge, privation, and swirling chaos — The Crucible.* And in the middle of all that craziness, incredibly, healing started setting in. I’m not sure that I’m done with that part but I’ve made a lot of progress.

I graduated with a BA in anthropology and economics, summa cum laude and with many honors. All things considered, that was one of the great triumphs of my life to date.

I spent a couple of years working at a job that I didn’t like, doing things I was not originally hired to do. In the long run, it was a good experience and has even been helpful for me in my current endeavors.

I finally — on the third attempt — got into graduate school at the University of North Carollina at Chapel Hill. I moved to North Carolina with Ricky and David. Gina and Kimmie went to Arizona.

(I don’t know if my family will be all in the same state again, ever. It looks possible that 2016 will turn out to be the last holiday we all spent together.)

I got a MA in Anthropology.

I passed my comprehensive examinations and am now ABD (all done except the dissertation).

Undoubtedly, there was a bunch of other stuff but this stuff seems the most important and the most impactful.

It was a pretty astounding decade, all things considered.

Unlike the decade just ended, I have a pretty good idea of what is ahead of me at the start of this new decade.

This year, 2020, I will continue with my research and I will write my dissertation. My goal is to distribute my first draft in December.

Next year, 2021, I will receive my Ph.D. in Anthropology.

The rest is, as always, an adventure.

* A reminder that my blog used to be entitled Beyond the Crucible.