2008 in review.
Today’s the last day of 2008. I am not sure where this year went; from May onward, this year absolutely flew. Seriously. I cannot believe tomorrow is 2009.
This year has been one of the most difficult years of my life; I left my ex-husband, got a divorce, and have been learning how to make it on my own again. I think I’m doing a decent job of it, and I still know I made the right decision.
I started the new year at a friend of a friend’s house, drinking wine, eating cocktail shrimp, and meeting up with past coworkers. We drove home at around 1am in the midst of a huge snowstorm, and we were surprised we made it home in one piece.
My friend Kelly came to visit; I took her to my favorite places in South Bend and we talked and caught up with each other’s lives. I hadn’t seen her in a long, long time, so it was nice to see her again.
We visited my family in Massachusetts! We took family pictures, played a lot of Guitar Hero with my dad, and just relaxed.
I dyed my hair blonde after wanting to make a huge change, hair-wise, for a long time. I restarted my weblog for the millionth time. I did a lot of knitting and crafty things in February and longed for spring and summer.
I also met a great group of girls this month, pretty much by chance; one day I met up with a few friends for knitting and all of a sudden, we decided to meet up every week. They have become great friends to me, and I’m so happy we met this year!
I knit more and crafted more. I watched Heroes.
I went out with friends. I knit and crafted even more.
I went to a conference in Florida for work; it was great enjoying warm temperatures when it was only around 60 degrees in South Bend at the time we went.
And… I left Scott. I moved in with a friend of mine. We started the divorce process.
We filed our divorce papers. I attended a tattoo parlor birthday party and very nearly got my nose pierced, but couldn’t find an open piercer before the place closed. I moved into a one bedroom apartment and lived alone for the first time in my life.
I dyed the back of my hair pink. I wrote a lot, and went out a lot.
I visited my family. I went to the beach. And my divorce was finalized.
Linda visited me in my apartment; we visited Milwaukee, tasted a lot of wine, and watched lots of Office episodes. My mom visited me in my apartment; we went to Chicago and ate great pizza, went to IKEA and got myself an excellent bookcase, and introduced her to some of my knitting friends.
I flew first class to Dallas to visit Linda; I drank mimosas, went to the fair, and saw a great live band play downtown. I interviewed for a new job, and got it. Went out with my friends, knit, played games, and in general had a good time. Went to a Halloween party for the first time in six years.
I wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. My laptop died on me. I spent Thanksgiving eating a delicious lunch at Notre Dame with a couple good friends of mine and we explored the campus after we ate. I finished my novel on the 30th. I won an ugly sweater contest at an early Christmas party. I started my new job.
I fought the snow that just kept on falling. I knit and hung out with people and wrote in my journal. I decorated my apartment for Christmas. I visited my family for the holidays and received an iPhone for Christmas. I saw my extended family for the first time in two years; I went to a party thrown by someone from high school and saw a few people I hadn’t seen in upwards of ten years. I caught up with my best friend from high school. I flew home, unpacked, and took down my holiday decorations.
I can’t say whether or not this year was good or bad. In a lot of ways, it was good, but in others, it’s been rough. I do have hopes that 2009 will be much better than 2008, and either way, things will work out. Things will be okay.