As we face a new year and I face a time of great personal change in addition to the one on the calendar, I figured now would be a good moment for a time of reflection and review. The year has had many changes, many upheavals, many instances of drama. I’ve hit lows, highs, middles, and sides. I’ve had days where I’ve been running insane, working 14 hour days, working 21 days straight. I’ve had times where I didn’t get out of my PJs or my nightgown for two days. So I figured this would be a good time to go down the list of things that happened in 2008. Things both dramatic and mundane, both noteworthy and ordinary, both elated and miserable.
January: The year started with the traditional New Years Day movie viewings. This year it was Juno and Sweeney Todd. It was interesting–mom had heard of Sweeney Todd but had no idea that it was about a homicidal barber who turned over the corpses to the baker downstairs for inclusion in her meat pies. How on earth she could have reached the age of 58 and not figured that out I have no idea, especially since she knew the music, but there you go. Of course, being on vacation that week, I had a bit of a movie marathon. We ended up seeing the Academy Award winning No Country for Old Men, the forgettable Dan in Real Life, and a slew of others both good and not so good. Virginia Tech then lost in its bowl game against Kansas, and while watching the game I learned how my cousin split his thumb cutting a sweet potato pie. Oddly enough, he split the other thumb on a beer glass that same night while telling the story of injury #1. Managed to sprain my wrist by falling off a stool at my mother’s house, that was fun. While trying to learn how to use my new Inno XM radio device, I ran across this particularly useful bit of advice for how to make it compatible with my iPod: “Personally, I would duct tape them together. I think you can still get a lot of use out of both of them without any interoperability.” Continue reading