2008 in Review

Since I don’t really have resolutions other than the financial goals that I’ve already outlined, and the 101 Things list, I thought I’d start the year by looking back at what 2008 looked like on this blog, and in Self Portrait Sunday pictures… turned out that I missed more weeks than I thought I had!

January

In January, 2008 started with at least 12 inches of snow.
I took a trip down memory lane and shared pictures of me as a baby and from my high school years.
I bought a Tivo which served to really make my life easier all year. I got more sleep because I didn’t stay up late to watch shows, and I quit missing things I wanted to watch because I set the VCR wrong.
I went back to church, which was a nice change at the time, but I think I stopped going to church again in February.

February

In February, I started crocheting a new blanket, and confession time is that I haven’t gotten a whole lot further than that almost a year later.
I started focusing on my finances. I took stock of all my debts on February 5th, and started making a plan of attack. I’d decided I was tired of being stressed about the rising balances on my credit cards.
My nephew Killian turned 1 year old and we partied it up for his birthday.
After one whole day on the job, I discovered that I was not cut out to be a paper delivery girl.

March

In March, I decided I needed to learn to have thicker skin at work. I’m not sure it’s worked, so maybe that still on the list of things to accomplish.
I took a Flat Stanley all around the area to take pictures of landmarks.
My mom and I traveled to Anderson for the weekend, using a friend’s baby shower as an excuse to sit in a hotel hot tub all weekend.
I finally started making progress on my new financial plan and my emergency fund.

April

In April, I finally finished unpacking and sorting through the boxes, and thoroughly cleaning my apartment. It only took me 2 years after I moved in.
I woke up to the tremors of my first earthquake.
My best friend made my day by bringing me a great Secretary’s Day present because she knew I never get acknowledged.

May

In May, I voted in my first primary as the state of Indiana actually mattered this year!
I seriously considered getting a new webhost when Bluehost suspended my account in a stunning display of poor customer service.
And… I spent a lot of time whining about my sinuses and being sick. One of several times this year I needed to buy stock in Kleenex.

June

In June, I didn’t write a whole lot because the security guards had moved into the lobby with me at work, and I was on overload.
I also started drafting my goals for my 101 things in 1001 days project.

July

In July, my shower wall was broken and the maintenance guys just taped plastic over the wall. I held a contest to see how long it would be before the work was done, and we were all surprised by how long it ended up taking.
I breathed a huge sigh of relief when the guards moved back out to the guardhouse.
I spent a good bit of time on the beach of Lake Michigan, and fell off the wagon with my credit cards.

August

In August, I discovered that buying a knee-length black skirt for a chubby girl was an impossible task.
I loaded up my iPod, and spent a lot of time walking while the weather cooperated.
I turned 25 and celebrated in style with several days of birthday festivities beginning with margaritas with my girlfriends. We had a blast!
After falling off the wagon with my finances though, I had to decide how to spend the birthday money, on me or on the debt?

September

In September, maintenance FINALLY started work on my shower.
I also started crossing items off of my 101 things list. I received some flowers, sewed something, saved all my change for a month, and one more item marked private.
I attended my first Notre Dame football game. We won, but I spent most of the time people watching.

October

In October, I sent a secret to PostSecret. It never got posted.
I added progress bars to my sidebar to track my debts.
I had a little snafu with my bank account and some overdraft fees. I learned it was important to leave some money in my brick and mortar bank account.

November

In November, I did my part and voted in the Presidential election.
I got sick yet again, which took me AGES to get over.
And I got to have Killian all to myself for a few hours. I loved it, the cats did not.

December

In December, I started a new sewing project which hasn’t progressed much since I posted about.
There was a lot of family drama that I chose not to write about, and I celebrated Christmas with my family on 4 separate occasions.
I also outlined my financial goals for 2009.

After looking back over the year, there were highs and lows, but maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just that the lows came so close to the end of the year that it kind of colored my view of the whole year. Here’s to a better 2009!

One Response to “2008 in Review”

  1. Ami-chan Says:

    Happy New Year!
    And out of curiousity how did you get those side bars about your debt to work? I’d love to do something like that so that I can have a better visual of the progress we’re making.

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