What were your 3 biggest surprises of 2013? It can be anything – good, bad, and/or something in between. I’ll share with you my 3…
1) Renovating a home really can be THE most stressful experience in one’s life.
My wife and I bought a house in April. It was a fixer-upper. We never thought about renovating, but given the fact that the house was in a crazy-prime location and we were able to get it under market value, we decided it was worth the energy and effort to renovate. I distinctly remember a few friends that had either built or undergone a major renovation tell us straight up, “Don’t do it. It will be THE most stressful thing you’ll ever have to deal with. You’ll ruin your marriage. You’ll get a divorce. Your penis will run away from you.” (ok, maybe not the last one) I heard their warnings but I figured it couldn’t be that bad, right? You know what? THEY WERE TOTALLY RIGHT. It has been and continues to be THE most stressful thing I have ever done. I imagine human torture inhabits the same emotional pain space.
2) “We’re The Millers” was crazy funny.
Totally awesome surprise here. A few Tuesday nights ago, trapped in between my 5 and 3 year olds in the dark of our shared bed, I whipped out my iPad and headphones and searched for a movie to watch. I had passed over “We’re The Millers” on several occasions for my preferred guilty pleasures of action and sci-fi. But for some reason, I decided to give it a go. What a treat. I found myself laughing at least once a minute. My kids didn’t sleep well that night because daddy kept laugh-bucking them off the bed.
That’s the number of times my wife and I have gone out without the kids in 2013. That’s right – zero times. Crazy, huh? So much for date night. To be fair, we were managing a newborn, a 2 year old, and a 4 year old this year. So being home-locked is considered pretty normal. We’ll have to work on that for 2014. Oh, and just for kicks – how many times did I go to the gym in 2013? You guessed it – ZERO. I’m starting to look like Mr. Potato Head.
What are your 3 big surprises of 2013?