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2009: A Year in Review

I had planned on breaking this into two separate posts, but time got away from me.  Here’s what I’ve been up to the last 12 months:


  • 30 days of 30
  • First ski/snowboard trip
  • Neil Clennon Reffett was born




  • Work trip to San Francisco (two posts… here and here)

yep, that's a CRUISE ship on the right


Clennon and I post-race


The girls of Hewett 6 (minus Jo)


  • Ohio for Reds/Cubs game
  • Ryan Joseph Lingas was born
  • Started the Great Paint Project

Self-portrait attempt #2. This pic is horrible, but I LOVE it 'cuz it's so real!


  • Infamous Rural King incident
  • Cubs/Cardinals game
  • Stephanie’s bachelorette party
  • Hayden Michael Bates was born



Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!

the entire bridal party!


  • 4th 5K
  • Surprise birthday tailgate


The bigger the hair, the closer to God



  • Kim’s surprise birthday party
  • Christmas with my dad’s side
  • Oak Ridge Boys concert
  • First Christmas with my new niece

Birthday girl doing shots

My 92 year old Grannie and my newborn GREAT niece

In addition, there were countless nights out, NUMEROUS trips to Chicago and plenty of downtime.  All in all it was a pretty good year.  I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for me.


Resolutions 2009

Granted, I’m a little late in publishing this post.  And–as you’ll see– some of the resolutions have already been broken.  I made a similar list last year but never posted it.  And now I can’t find the scrap of paper my 2008 resolutions were written on… so much for getting organized, I guess. 

Plus,  since I’m 12 days late in posting this, I can give you a quick update on how well I’m progressing (or not) on my goals. Without further adieu, here are my resolutions for 2009:

Be 100% smoke free– I haven’t really been a “smoker” for years and years but I like to smoke occasionally when I’m out.  I’m going to try to make 2009 100% smoke free. I don’t need it and I feel horrible afterwards, so what’s the point?

update: this resolution was broken on January 6.  Anxiety got the best of me.

Avoid fast food–  Another “let’s see how long I can go” resolution.  I honestly don’t even like fast food.  But it’s convenient.  Let’s see how long I can go w/o eating it

update:  this resolution was broken on January 10.  Early morning McDonald’s run before heading on snowboarding trip.

Finish more books–  I love to read but I haven’t been reading enough lately.  I’m currently trying to read about 4 books.  My problem is a *severe* lack of attention span.  If I’m bored with something, I stop.  So, this year I resolve to finish every book I start.

update:  so far, so good.  To be fair, though, the only books I’ve tried to read in 2009 were the Twilight  books, so that doesn’t exactly count.

Learn to write fiction–  I love writing– writing for this blog, writing for work, writing emails to friends, etc.  But all my writing tends to be informational or personal.  I’d like to take a stab at writing fiction, stories,  to see if I can write about anything other than my latest alcohol-fueled trip or stupid observations about TV

update: I’m taking a creative writing class at Parkland this semester… we’ll see how that goes.

Watch more movies–  If I could find the resolution list from last year, I guarantee  this would be on there.   I love movies, but I don’t have the attention span to sit and watch one for 2 hours straight.  I still have 4 Netflix movies on top of my DVD player waiting to be watched.  I think they’ve been there since November.  Goal: to watch one NEW (or at least new to me) movie a month.   That’s doable, right?

update:  I haven’t seen a new movie yet this year.  Maybe I’ll watch one of my Netflix tonight.  Maybe.

Be more honest–  I realize that this resolution makes me sound like a big ole liar.  That’s not really it.   I’m just not always completely honest when it comes to interpersonal stuff. I’m usually afraid of coming off the wrong way or somehow insulting someone so I sometimes tell people what they want to hear rather than what I really want to say. I also tend to avoid conflict and shy away when people say mean/hurtful/inappropriate things, so I’m going to make a conscious effort to try to call people out on stuff when necessary.

update:  working on it.  sorta.

Learn to appreciate poetry—  I’ll admit it.  I hate poetry.  I even wrote about it once.   But I feel like I’m not giving it a good enough shot.  Surely thousands of poetry lovers can’t be wrong…  So, I’m going to try to pick up some poetry and see if I can get into it.  

update:  I honestly haven’t even started thinking about how to approach this one.  Suggestions?  Anyone… anyone?

Get back to a fighting weight–  My resolution list would be incomplete without the requisite “lose weight” goal.   A couple years ago, I lost 40-45 lbs and I’ve since gained some back, so I’d like to get back to my “fighting weight.”  I think that’s about 15 lbs or so.  20 would be better.  I’d also like to actually RUN a 5K this year… and maybe even more.  

update:  uh… did you see the note earlier about the McDonald’s?  Not really going anywhere with this one quite yet.

Get control of debt– Again, another cliche resolution, but it’s one I need to work on.  I was 100% free of credit card debt when I moved into my house two years ago.  Since then, I’ve put a little more on my cards than I’m comfortable with, so I’d like to at least pay them down, if not eliminate the debt completely

update:  I haven’t even paid bills this month, so I’m no closer to this goal than I was on Jan. 1.  

There you have it, my list of resolutions for 2009.  Hopefully I’ll be able to report success on at least some of these by the time 2010 rolls around.  Oh, and I’m starting back up on the no fast food/no smoking thing even though I already fell off the wagon on those.


Oh, crap… I forgot one:

Be more responsible–  It’s true. I’m not nearly as responsible as I make myself out to be sometimes.  I forget to do things… I put off things I don’t want to do until they “automagically” disappear…  I fail to turn things in on time.   It’s probably more procrastination than irresponsibility, but I’m almost 30 damn it.   I should try to be a little bit more grown-up, dontcha think?

update:  well… I forgot to include this in the original post if that’s any indication of my progress!