Welcome to the 2nd half of my year. I just realized that I probably should’ve done these in reverse chronological order, but whatever.
July–I took my blog public, making it a whole lot easier to remember what I did for the rest of the year. I also started biking to work and we had Kristi’s Bachelorette Party Boat Trip:
August– I took two vacations this month, plus a Tour de Philo. First up was my staycation and then a second trip to Nawlins for Kristi’s wedding:
September— I started running, became obsessed with Mad Men and reconnected with an old friend via Facebook. We also had Bunco at Erin’s in conjunction with Philo Fest, but-unfortunately- I have no corresponding photos :-(
I do, however, have a photo of this thing that I found on my fence (I know you all needed to see it again)
October– was downright insane. There was a crazy gas station incident, my cat died, and I was involved in train accident on the way home from seeing Cross Canadian Ragweed in Carbondale. To top off the craziness, this was the first year in a long time that I *didn’t* dress up for Halloween. Odd.
And then there was the trip to Chicago to see the New Kids on the Block:
November– is always a busy month. This year, I went to San Antonio for work. And had the usual Thanksgiving with the family. Oh, and there was that whole historic election thing.
I also made a trip to Chicago for Nikki’s Big Ten Bar Crawl:
And attended my only (gasp!) U of I tailgate of the season
Family and friends of Ryann Smith held a benefit in Tuscola and raised a bunch of money. I realize that I haven’t blogged about Ryann at all. She was born a couple days after Christmas with a rare birth defect called CDH. She is a fighter. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers. If you want to know more, visit her caring bridge page: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryannsmith.
I also had Christmases with my Grannie Rich, my brother, and the rest of my extended family.
(And, because I know you can’t get enough of me and firearms, here’s the infamous gun shot one more time…)
I spent my Christmas break lounging, watching movies (Marley and Me and Seven Pounds), reading (still making it through the Twilight saga… I’ll reserve judgment until I’m finished with all the books), and spending time with friends and family.
I rang in the New Year in Chicago, but failed to take a single photo. Maybe I should resolve to be a better chronicler this year :)
Reflections on 2008
All in all, the year turned out pretty good. In some ways, this is one of the hardest years I’ve ever had, but I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned how to ask for help from those closest to me. I’ve learned to say “no” on occasion and I’ve learned to enjoy myself in less-than-ideal circumstances. I’ve made some new friends, reconnected with others, and have spent more time with some of my family members than ever before.
This blog has really been a great outlet for me and I appreciate each and every reader, hit, and comment you all have given me.
Here’s to happiness and prosperity in 2009!