Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009… {A New Year’s Eve Meme}

It’s New Year’s Eve, so it’s time for the rundown of the last year.

Where did you begin 2008?
At the house that I shared with Craig & Kristin & the girls… watching the ball drop alone, by choice.

What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Still single… buying a new car, learning to drive a 5-speed manual transmission

Were you in school anytime this year?
Yes, I started school in August 2008 at the Art Institute, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Web Design and Interactive Media.

How did you earn your money?
Freelance web design… and child support 😛

Did you have to go to the hospital?
Nope, I managed to avoid all hospitals in 2008.

Have you taken a shower with the opposite sex?
Yep…

Did you have any encounters with the police?
I got my first ever traffic stop the day after my birthday… November 3rd, speeding… 75 in a 55 coming into downtown Clemson. Ouch.

Would you relive 2008 over and over again?
It wouldn’t be the worst year ever to live over and over but I wouldn’t choose to do so, no.

What did you purchase that was over $1000?
My car… $2100

Blacked out from drinking?
Yes… happy 29th birthday to me!

Did you know anybody who got married?
My little sister got married in April. 🙂

Did you know anybody who passed away?
Not in 2008.

Did you know anyone who had a baby?
Yes, my best friends Kristin & Craig had a beautiful baby, Miss Isabel Hannah, on April 18. 🙂

Had a major crush on someone? 🙂
Yes!

Did you have love?
Yes… somehow it’s managed to sneak up on me right here at the end of December. 😉

What concerts/shows did you go to?
Counting Crows w/Maroon 5 and Augustana – October 1st – completely awesome show!

Are you registered to vote?
Yes of course

Do you still have the same job as you did in 2007?
Yes I do.

Has anyone betrayed you in 2008??
Yes, more than a few someones… though no one truly important.

Where do you live now?
Greenville, South Carolina

Describe your birthday?
I hung out with my oldest guy friend, David… decided to get “a little bit drunk” and ended up partaking of an entire bottle of Jagermeister alone. I woke up midway through the next day with no clear recollection of what had happened after tipping up the bottle to polish off the last. Good times, good times. Had a family dinner the next day and then my dad took me out to breakfast the day after that. 🙂

What’s one thing you thought you’d never do but did in 2008?
Commit to an exclusive relationship.

What has been your favorite moment?
My younger daughter hugging me on Christmas morning and saying “This has been the best Christmas ever and you are the best mom ever.” 🙂

What’s something you learned about yourself?
That sometimes people are just assholes and it has nothing to do with me… it’s so hard to do and so easy to say, but sometimes – sometimes, you just have to walk away.

Any new additions to your family?
Nope…

What was your best month?
December… after that I’d say October was pretty decent.

Were you in a relationship this year?
Yes.

What music will you remember 2008 by??
“Love and Addiction” by Counting Crows and “The Best of What’s Around” by Dave Matthews Band

Who has been your best drinking buddy/buddies?
Craig for the first half of the year… Chris always…

New friend?
Yes… many.

Favorite Night out?
March 8th… a girl’s night out with friends that are no longer… lots of drinking, lots of laughter… TGIFriday’s for hours with a movie afterward. 🙂

Would you say you’ve changed since the beginning of this year?
Yes, quite a bit.

Do you think 2009 will be better or worse?
It’s been a long December but there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.

Kissed a picture?
Can’t say that I have.

Have you ever hated the way you looked in 2008?
At times… doesn’t everyone?

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t do?
Yes… more than one thing, more than one time.

Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger?
Yes 🙂

Laugh so hard you cry?
Oh yes, that’s status quo at Chris’ house. 😉

Snuck out of your house?
Nope… I’m a little old for that.

Did you lose any close friends?
Yes I did… 4 of the closest friends I ever thought I’d have.

Favorite movie made in 2008?
I’m not even sure what all movies came out this year… saw Penelope in the theater and it was pretty good.

What was your best accomplishment in 2008?
Standing up for myself… it’s a work in progress, but I’ve done it successfully several times this year.

Looking forward to most in 2009?
Being someone’s girlfriend… moving on the major-related courses in school… turning 30… and another year watching my girls grow into amazing people. 🙂

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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