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My 2008...

As I sit here in amazement that 2008 has (almost) already come to an end, I am trying to reflect on the things that I've experienced and accomplished.

In my 2008...

What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Started a Weight Watchers at work program, attended the meetings, followed the program (for about 12 weeks) and lost 11.8 pounds!

Had a laparoscopy for endometriosis.

Started blogging.

Wrote a letter to my mom and said things that I thought I would never have the courage to say directly to her. It felt awesome and I reccomend doing this! Your mom will appreciate it!

Sadly, I became a holiday church go-er. In 2009, we will be fixing this issue.

Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Well, I kept part of them. I'm loosing weight and that was part of the goal. I just didn't accomplish it in the timeline that I had declared.

I will be making more for the upcoming year, why not, right? I'll post about those later.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, I've had many friends give birth. Some that have healthy and strong babies. Others that have struggled with complications and loss. Some that have finally overcome many fertility issues to welcome their miracle and some that are still struggling and are hopeful for what 2009 might bring them.

Friends IRL, blogging friends, Nest friends and many others in-between.

Did anyone close to you die?

We just found out that my dh's cousin was found dead in his apartment on the 23rd. He was in his early 50's and struggled with diabetes and alcoholism. He's the most recent family member that we have lost this year.

Aside from that, I lost a dear friend and former director for Pampered Chef. She has left a hole in my heart and I think about her and her family daily/weekly. It's so very heart breaking that she's gone and I pray that with time her family will be able to live without pain. It was so unexpected and so quick. There was no time to say goodbye and no time to express how much she meant to us.

We've had a number of friends loose family members, close friends and babies this year. Along with co-workers, co-workers family members and friends. We also lost a neighbor this year to suicide.

It's unsettling how many people we know or have heard of dying because of suicide. I've learned more in 2008 about the effects and causes of suicide than I have during my entire life.

What countries did you spend time in this year?

To be completely predictable and fairly common, I have only been in the USA this year. I actually don't even have a passport to allow me to travel outside of the US if I wanted to... That's something I'll probably work on in 2009.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

We would like to be pregnant in 2009 or even have a baby in 2009. We are working on this and we are hoping to accomplish one or the other very quickly.

As for some material things... I would also like to have new furniture for our living room, possibly a quote for a finished basement, about 20 lbs less on the butt and thigh area, shelves for all of my holiday boxes, a new cell phone, dry wall in the garage, a work station for potting/gardening, and potentially a new car.

I would also like to go back to school and get my degree. It's something that I've been lacking for some time now and it's something that I would really like to achieve.

What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 30th, the day Kim died.

November 29th, my mom's 1 year anniversary of being an Ovarian Cancer Survivor!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Loosing 11.8 pounds! That's huge and I can't wait to report back on what I continue to loose in 2009!!!

What was your biggest failure?

Not conceiving.

Did you suffer any serious injury or illness?

Does Unexplained Infertility count?

Aside from that my dh is suffering from a mild case of sleep apnea, we are working to overcome this, together.

What was the best thing you bought?

Our kitchen sink! I love it! It's beautiful, functional, and so very awesome!!!

Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My mom, for staying strong and positive as she continues to be cancer free!

Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed?

My own. I need a swift kick in the arse sometimes and my dh has been the one to do that for me. This past cycle was really hard and I did have a break down that he wasn't able to completely pick me up from. We are working on this and trying to stay positive about the outcome together. It just can be very depressing and it only comes it waves.

Where did most of your money go?

Home improvements, bills, lunch, traveling, and just day to day living.

Compared to this time last year, are you,

a) happier or sadder? Surprisingly, happier.

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner, thank God!

c) richer or poorer? Also surprisingly, richer!

What did you get really, really excited about?

To be sort of shallow: Etsy! I love this site and it's seriously so addictive! I've found such amazing treasures and such talented crafty/artsy types! You must check this out if you haven't already!

What do you wish you'd done more of?

Time at church.

Spent more time with my family.

Taken more pictures.


Being happy and grateful for what we have.

What do you wish you'd done less of?

Time in the car, commuting to work.

Worrying. Frustrated. Depressed.

Did you fall in love in 2008?

Much more in love with my husband. He's a great guy and a fabulous husband. I'm very lucky to have him in my life!

How many one-night stands?

None! We bought night stands 2 years ago so we should be good for some time now! :)

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Hate is such a strong word. I don't know that there is anyone that I have recently developed a hate for... There are several people that have already been on my shit list and for the most part that list hasn't really grown this year. Hopefully that's a good thing.

What was the best book you read?

Life Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

Let me explain. I'm not a reader. I never have been and I don't know that I really ever will be. It takes me forever to read something and even more time to figure out what I would want to read. So, I picked up Belly Laughs some time ago and since then have read the others with hopes of reading the newest one here in the next few months. It's a start and as pathetic as it might be it's better than what I've done in the past!

What did you want and not get?

I didn't get a BFP. Still hoping for that!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

As a tradition, my family always tries to get together for a birthday dinner. This year we did Rusty Bucket and it was a great time! I love birthdays and my family has always made a big deal of them. It's always interesting to see my husband react to it because when he was growing up, birthdays and holidays were just not as big of a deal. He's learning to have more of an appreciation for them now and is more accepting of the celebrations!

Oh and I turned 27, not a milestone but another one for the books.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If we would've conceived. (sounding like a broken record...)

Hands down this would've been a year breaker. Again, hoping that we can have this result in 2009!!!

What political issue stirred you the most?

I don't want to sound ignorant or unAmerican, but I don't talk about politics in my blog.

Who did you miss?

I miss Oscar, my kitty that tragically passed away in 2007.

I miss Kim.

I miss my grandparents on both sides.

I miss my extended family.

I miss my close friends that no longer live close.

Who was the best new person you met?

First, our good friends Lori & Nate (of T.W.I.T.). We met them in February during the Super Bowl game at our friend/neighbor's house. We obviously hit it off and have been hanging out ever since. They are close in age, like the same t.v. shows, and sense of humor. We've had so much fun getting to know them and spending more time locally which was a huge problem before. Too much money spent on commuting and traveling to the "big city" to hang out with friends there.

Second, would be all of the friends of friends that we have grown close with this year. We have a new group of friends that have just developed over time and (for the most part) they are all couples (dating and married). It's been great building a core group of friends that live in and around our town!

Next, all the new babies this year. There are so many that have come into the world that are just darling little bundles of joy. It's so fun to see all the expressions and noises that a little one makes... I can't wait to have one of my own!

Lastly, all of my nestie friends and my blogging friends. I've branch out more this year to actually meet some new people (even IRL) and it's been a great experience! I totally recommend it and I appreciate all of the friendships that I've made through the Internet. It can be quite the support group!!!

Tell us a valuable life lesson(s) you learned in 2008.

Forgiveness. It's something that you can ask for as well as something you have to do within. In order to move on and building a better future, you must have forgiveness.

Blogging allows you to vent. Venting allows for you to not keep things bottled up. If you don't keep things bottled up then you have less weight on your shoulders and to have less weight on your shoulders is a great feeling. If you don't have a blog, you should get one! It's a great tool! You can be a vague or as open as you'd like... go and start one today!

What sums up this year? (a word, a quote... ?) Unpredictable.

If you are reading this now and you'd like to create this post in your blog, please do so! We'd love to hear how your 2008 turned out for you!

Borrowed post idea from a fellow nestie Simi.


tbonegrl said…
Ok, your response to "one-night stands" made me literally laugh out loud!
Dunc said…
I love this kind of review! Sounds like 2009 should hold some great things for you guys ("hopeful"-ly).
Oh2122 said…
Gak! I've been away from all the other blogs for so long, I am seeing craft projects when I close my eyes.

I need to get back to reading everyone else too! Happy New Year!
erinann said…
may this be the best year ever!!
Whitney said…
I love how deep and reflective you are about life, love, fertility, death and ... (wait for it) ... your kitchen sink. Ha!!
t.w.i.t. said…
Thanks for the shout-out! May 2009 be filled with pleasant surprises.

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