1979: It was a short year; I was born two days before the end of the decade.
1980: Best guess, I ate and drank and needed my diapers changed.
1981: I could make a great mean face on demand.
1982: I insisted on calling my sister Leslie “Nanny” despite her repeated attempts to try to teach me to say “L’s.”
1983: I was bit by a cat … after I pulled the cat’s tail.
1984: My birthday cake was Strawberry Shortcake and was homemade by my mom.
1985: I slept in pink sponge rollers every night so I could have curly, ringlet hair.
1986: My bicycle was white and purple, with a white wicker basket on the front and training wheels.
1987: I played Barbies on the front porch of our new house while the moving company with the big red truck moved all of our stuff.
1988: I voted for Dukakis (in the mock election at school).
1989: I met my best friend after we wore the same dress in the spring choir concert.
1990: Pomp & Circumstance played for my sister, and I became an only child.
1991: My hair was permed and I had braces on my teeth.
1992: I cried the first two weeks at my new school, but mom didn’t back down and sent me anyway.
1993: Vests were “in.”
1994: My notebooks were covered with “I <3 Tommy," the cutest guy in the senior class.
1995: I lied about my weight on my driver's permit.
1996: I can date and I can drive; I did both.
1997: Pomp & Circumstance finally played for me.
1998: Kinda sorta on my own at college, and then I met John.
1999: Wedding in May, and we moved to Indiana.
2000: Qualified for and accepted a special loan for first-time home buyers.
2001: Pomp & Circumstance yet again; finally done with school!
2002: In the grownup world, there are no summer breaks.
2003: After an epidural-free,14-hour labor, a 9-lb., 21-inch Hoosier baby boy is born, and I became a mom.
2004: I fall in love with Target (yes, that Target, the store with the red bullseye).
2005: A 8-lb. 13-oz. boy — this time born in Alabama — makes my only child a big brother and me a mother of two.
2006: Target breaks my heart, but I learn the four parts of the space shuttle (external tank, SRBs, main engines, orbiter).
2007: At my 10-year high school reunion I'm not the heaviest one there.
2008: My oldest son starts kindergarten.
2009: I go to D.C. and Maui, two of the best vacations ever.
2010: At age 31, I became a widow and survivor of suicide.
2011: I took a sabbatical to find myself and to make a fresh start.
2012: Yet to come …