Someone break out the flashing glasses, party hats and noise makers and lay a big one on me, because it's 2010.
Never mind that my actual New Years celebrations involved none of the above, but we'll over look that! Positive thinking, can-do attitude, all that jazz.
Before I go there, resolutions and goals and blah blah, I thought I'd take a minute to recap 2009. There is something oddly therapeutic about looking back and poking fun at my life. And also realizing that, ugh, maybe it wasn't all that bad...
Ladies and gentleman, the highlights of 2009:
January - first week of the year, we got the news that my grandmother had died. While she lived with us for a while, she had been staying at a nursing home because she was mostly being fed through a tube after an operation to clear a blocked artery. The death meant a family trip to New Jersey, and the sudden gathering of all kinds of family I didn't know I had. When they were lowering my grandmother into the ground, the show of emotions is not something I'll ever forget.
February - Determined to make the year a memorable one, we took our first, sort of spontaneous trip to Marco Island. Of course it was still kind of not beach weather, and the actual time in the water was limited, but meh. Beach. Road trip. Nom.
March - My niece was born. My first niece. The wait seemed forever and the rush of emotion when she finally arrived was pretty indescribable. It's amazing how instantly I loved my Gailey-bird. She is probably the hands down single greatest thing of the year.
April - Spring Break-ish! Really, it was like the Passover days off we got from work. Whatever. I'll take it! We went to Key Biscayne and climbed the eighty hundred million stairs to the top of the lighthouse. We also caught a Marlins game that weekend. It was the only game they lost in the span of like 11, but there was an old man wearing a weed hat so... win?
May - I got fired. Sometimes I think, "Bastards. I didn't deserve that. I did my work and more at that place. I did everything from book travel plans to freakin' fix phones." And than I remember the shenanz that went down. Seriously, the days leading up to my firing, they were trying to make me quit, and I was just sitting there with my legs on a desk eating chocolate. Some of the most fun I had all year. May honorable mention? Vyelit's 80's party! I spent all my money planning and throwing it and then got fired! Yay life timing!
June - The lack of memories I have from the summer are quite disturbing. I suppose being at home with no money is not something to remember per se. I did start taking care of Gailey-bird, which was cool, but it also made me loose my ish. I think I went a little nuts, a little stir-crazy and really started to question every single thing about life.
July - Yeah, still no memories. More Abby, more unemployment, more Phoenix, less Phoenix, etc. Oh, and my two kid cousins were sent to visit from New Jersey and spent a month with us. I took care of 3 kids. -_-
August - We took the kid cousins to Disney World as a family which was interesting. And then I got to have a expenses paid trip up to NJ to take them home. I spent a week there and ultimately concocted a plan to move to NJ. Hahahaha (spoiler: it didn't work.) Also? ROXANNE!
September - ROXANNE! We went on our first friend date, to the awesome, awesome Marlins game where I eye-flirted with Hanley Ramirez. Mostly true story! I also turned 23 and felt like an oldie, old person.
October - Gainesville 1.0! Born of pure randomness with a dash of boredom, Rox and I took a trip to Gville to visit Toper and E. Good thing it turned out to be completely awesome! Don't try that at home kids.
Novemebr - Gainesville 2.0! Because no normal people take vacations in back to back months, we definitely did. And this time we brought Penny and Violet along. Also? Magpie.
And you know, December was like yesterday so whatever.
Overall, not bad folks. Thanks 2009! But, to be honest, I hope you eat 2010's dust.