Goodbye, 2008

I think we can all agree that 2008 was a tough year, with a few bright spots.  When you really think about it, the cross over into a new year is nothing much, but it’s easy to think of it as a Fresh Start.  Following are the highlights of my year, and my hopes for the next.

In 2008….

  1. I finally voted for a winner in a presidential election.
  2. I spent far too much time on Jezebel.
  3. Prop 8 passed, making me truly ashamed of my home state for the first time.
  4. I gained 10 pounds (likely directly correlated with No 2).
  5. The first baby was born into my circle of close friends.
  6. I went to Portland, Oregon three times and discovered Stumptown Coffee.
  7. I kicked off a budget.
  8. I started a blog about it so I would have at least some chance of succeeding.
  9. I spent a few months paying $400+ for gas.
  10. The economy went to shit.
  11. Nothing much improved in the Mid East.
  12. I landed in the hospital in the first week of the year and have not self-injured since.
  13. I managed to get to NYC to visit friends.
  14. My boyfriend and I hosted Thanksgiving.  For 20.
  15. I bought a Macbook that I couldn’t afford.
  16. We planted a garden.
  17. Our dog was attacked by a raccoon.  And a pit bull.
  18. I voted for HRC in the primaries.  And it made me happy.
  19. The Olympics happened.  And I didn’t watch them.
  20. Heath Ledger, Estelle Getty, Paul Newman, Tim Russert, George Carlin and Yves Saint Laurent died.

In 2009, I hope to….

  1. Pay off at least $10K in debt.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Drink less alcohol.
  4. Spend less time online (specifically Jezebel).
  5. Get a raise.
  6. Work from home more.
  7. Start a travel fund with David.
  8. Exercise more and lose the weight I gained in 2008.
  9. Go to the farmer’s market more.
  10. Buy a used bike.
  11. Sell all of my discarded clothing on eBay.
  12. Maintain the Penny Plastic blog.
  13. Read more.
  14. Draw more.
  15. Try my best to get to the east coast to visit friends.
  16. Finally go to San Luis Obispo with David (he’s been asking me to go for years, he went to school there).
  17. See friends more often.
  18. Become more skilled in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  19. Plant a spring garden.
  20. Try and keep some perspective about things.

Wishing all of you a very happy, warm and safe New Years Eve.  See you in 2009.



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2 Responses to “Goodbye, 2008”

  1. elizabeth Says:

    Have to say that I’m with you on saying bon voyage to 2008. My friends (especially a dear one) experienced too much heartache this year, and aside from the wedding and really the trip to Italy (which had a two year buildup), it was an otherwise crappy year, as I was at a job that I soon despised (after experiencing my first buyout) and then experienced unemployment (which was a blessing, as it forced me to recharge my batteries and come back to seeking research work and an office environment).

    And hey, 2009 will make me an auntie, which I am very excited about (especially because attention will be diverted from me again! Wee!), so that’s something to look forward to, and I really mean that. :-D Buon anno tutti!

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