2009: Year of Change

This year has definitely been a year of change. Some of the highlights and lowlights, things that have happened, things I’ve done, things I’ve learned:

  • Job transition (started in 2008 but kept transitioning), pay cut (yikes! not fun!).
  • Said good-bye to Mr. Boodles, an amazing, smart, friendly dog. We buried him in our yard in Mars Hill as it snowed. We included food and love :)
  • Said good-bye to our cat Drifter later in the year (after moving). We think she was just too cool for the new neighborhood and found some awesome farm to live on.
  • Added a new dog to our family. Molly is a bad-ass (no, we didn’t give her that name – she came with it) for sure!
  • Got pregnant!
  • Moved out of our cozy little house in Mars Hill – a bittersweet experience – the first place Dave and I lived together. Got pregnant there. Gained and lost pets. Learned about each other more than ever before. Dave started and finished grad school there. Enjoyed the quiet, private spot with amazing energy that was already there when we arrived. We both did a lot of growing in that house.
  • Found out about being pregnant the day after we finished moving into our new place
  • Said hello to a giant house on a lake in Weaverville and said hello to new roommates (Marly and Erich)
  • Drove to New Mexico in March; fell in love with Santa Fe; drove through Texas (yeah, it’s ginormous); saw White Sands and Gila Cliff Dwellings; luxuriated in Holiday Inn Xpress after doing the opposite in Super 8; enjoyed the freedom of the road and no plans; missed N’awlins due to tired, late, and rainy
  • Learned how to bake an amazing sweet potato pie
  • Fit in a hike or two early in pregnancy (before it really kicked me in the butt)
  • Built some confidence in freelance
  • Didn’t learn to manage my time
  • Made a baby list
  • Took time out for rest, relaxing, reading, vegging
  • Came up with a name for the baby (if she’s a she)
  • Struggled with boy’s names (still struggling with that one) Elijah and Ignatious (or is it with a ‘c’, Dave?) are head to head and I think it will be a draw
  • Attended lots of weddings! (four, I believe ?)
  • Started Atlas Shrugged (again)
  • Hosted Thanksgiving and decided not to do that again while pregnant
  • Stuck to my new years intention
  • Started blogging more
  • Grew (in more ways than one)
  • Had a love hate relationship with my camera and didn’t take enough photos
  • Really dug into WordPress
  • Practice a lot of yoga in the first half of the year (not as much a fan of prenatal yoga)
  • Learned (and am still learning) how to deal with temporary blockages of creativity – it’s not easy, but sometimes it’s just a matter of finding new outlets and thinking outside of the box
  • Read lots of baby books then took a long break (time to pull some new ones out now)
  • Learned that snow storms in the south aren’t as fun as they are in the north because they render everything powerless (figuratively and literally)
  • Although some amazing things happened in 2009 and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything, a lot of setbacks also happened and I’m looking forward to 2010 – another year of tremendous change and growth – and good fortune! And babies! (well, one anyway!)
  • Learned that moleskin notebooks are not “mole” “skin” notebooks (not that I thought they were made of moleskin but I thought that’s how they were pronounced. They are actually pronounced: mol-a-skeen’-a Crazy!

3 Comments on 2009: Year of Change

  1. Julie Jordan Scott
    December 30, 2009 at 11:25 am (10 years ago)

    Wow! Quite a year! Ignacious is a fantastic name. I am going to San Francisco this weekend and the only place that is on my MUST see list is…. The Saint Ignacious Church. Beautiful. Stunning. So peaceful. (Imagine having a baby boy who was beautiful, stunning and so peaceful!) I hope you stop by my blog again. I loved my time being pregnant and only tell Women-Power birth stories. (Shared a couple of mine last night.) My favorite was me, running around the hospital a couple hours after Emma was born… a dad on the tour said, “Wait, she just had a baby!” I jogged off smiling, “Natural childbirth!” (Seriously!)

  2. Candice
    December 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds like an awesome year! I hope 2010 is fantastic.

  3. Kyra
    December 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Now if I could only *finish* Atlas Shrugged.

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