A couple of Decembers ago, back when things were REALLY shitty, Abby and I decided that the next year was going to be our year. Well, we were wrong. That next year was ALMOST worse than the previous. I learned that you can’t really tell the year who it belongs to… I’m not sure how 2010 would react, but when we told 2008 it was our year, it laughed in our faces, said “I don’t belong to anyone, bitches” and then preceded to beat the crap out of us just to drive the point home. OK. We get it. So, ‘09, I let you do your thing. I didn’t lay claim or anything… all in all… I can say “Thank You.” Mostly, for not beating the crap out of me, but a lot for some really good things, too.
So, on this, the last day of the first decade of a brand new millennium, let’s “wrap it up” (as my good friend, Sarah, used to say). What did I do in 2009 (in no particular order)?
- I started a blog and spent the entire month of November writing everyday in it.
- I looked for a job… like it was my job.
- I applied for a job to blog about wine, made a video, drank a lot of wine, had a blast, found some cool twitter friends, didn’t get the job.
- I became obsessed with Twitter and then mellowed my obsession and we developed a healthy relationship
- I went to Orlando with my family.
- I went to Oklahoma City and Norman. I hung out, relaxed and celebrated with some of the best friends I’ll ever have in my entire life. I was lucky enough to be in one of their weddings. <3
- I got an iPhone and immediately wondered how I EVER lived without it.
- I came home for Thanksgiving for the first time in 8 years.
- I discovered Chicago for the first time since I was little and fell in love. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s a cute city.
- I flew to Connecticut for a job interview and learned that apparently companies WILL fly you all the way across the country, put you up in a hotel, feed you all day and fly you back, but still not hire you.
- I started tutoring a ridiculously awesome 2nd grader- Best hour of my week. :)
- I spent ridiculous amounts of time in a room with someone who I really can’t be in the same room with and I didn’t kill that person OR say something inexcusable.
- I went to three weddings!
- I started a 401(k).
- I flew roundtrip 6 times.
- I both lived and vacationed in Vegas.
- I flew to Michigan for a job interview and left with a job. I received validation for the work I’ve done and the things I’ve learned. Everything paid off.
- I moved to Michigan for a job that was inspiring and challenging.
- I moved to Michigan where there’s no sun and I’m freezing cold all the time.
- I quit smoking.