Happy New Year

2009 has been an eventful year.

In May, Maddox Jaesun Heller was born, and he is amazing.

The other significant (but not quite as) event occurred in November, when Jon and I finally bought a house after over a year of searching.

Both events have taught me a lot. Here are 5 lessons I learned in 2009:

  1. Having a kid makes you react to things differently.  Movies become traumatic as you imagine your child in a similar situation to the kid on the screen.  Screaming children in restaurants are less annoying.  You are never bored, because you do not have the time to be bored.
  2. Redfin is a great way to find a house.  Buyers agents are terrifying when let loose, and should only be hired when they work per hour instead of per commission.  You’ll consider houses with the worst possible features before coming to your senses.
  3. Sleep, although coveted, is optional.  You can function on interrupted sleep for 7 1/2 months.  I’ll let you know if I pass out before I get to 8.
  4. Hiring movers is so worth it.  Having people lift my furniture and endless boxes, carry them down 3 flights of stairs out to a truck, and then carry them back into my new living space was worth every cent.  These people are professionals – they actually take doors off to get your furniture inside, instead of attacking said furniture with a sawzall until it can be thrown out the window in pieces (my preferred MO).
  5. You can never have too many boxes.  Children and movers like them.  Children like to sit inside them (top open – important detail there) and bang things on the sides.  Movers like it when boxes are stuffed full (but not of children – also an important note) so long as the weight isn’t ridiculous.  My buddy Sean at work scored me a server box to pack in – it held a baby bathtub, a jumping bouncer, 2 game console guitars, a pile of winter accessories, and I think a big tupperware cake keeper and a decent-sized fan.

So those are my pearls of wisdom from 2009.  I’m not going to put baz luhrmann out of business anytime soon, not because the advice isn’t as good, but because I don’t have backup singers or a soundtrack.  Maybe next year.

Happy New Year, guys, and here’s to a great 2010.

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