2009 Wrap-Up: Life

A lot of people are enthusiastically shouting “good riddance!” to 2009 today, and that’s totally understandable. Our economy went to crap, everyone is up in arms over health care reform and some would-be martyr just tried to blow up another goddamn airplane. I, however, will be a little bit sorry to see it go. Two-thousand-nine was probably one of the best years of my life.

In early ’09 there was snow. And more snow. And then Nathan and i went to Chicago for Valentine’s day and stayed in a delightful little B&B for a couple of nights. I don’t know what it is about Chicago, but it’s just really fun to go there and stare up at the giant buildings and wander around lost and then stop by IKEA on the way home. Feeling romantic, we also stopped into a few stores in the Windy City’s Diamond District and ogled some sparklies while we were there. It was an indicator of things to come.

In March we moved into our lovely downtown loft. It was really awesome at first until we discovered more recently that 1200 square feet is a LOT to keep clean all the time and that being able to hear everything your neighbors yell at each other isn’t really all that fun. It’s been a nice setting for a few parties, but we don’t do that kind of thing terribly often, and even when we do it’s only a handful of people. We’re hoping to rent a house this spring, and hopefully not being able to hear our neighbors will be worth the effort required to keep the lawn mowed and the driveway shoveled.

In the spring Nathan and i started running together. It was a slow start for me again, but i eventually got back up to the three-mile marker again before deciding to take an extended break. It’s still extending, in fact. I got to a point where i could think about nothing but breathing and the pain i was in and that i needed to STOP every time i ran, and for the entire time that i was running. If i run again this year, i’m cranking my music UP and i’m not going to bother trying to breathe correctly. But, more likely, i’m going to get back into dancing instead. And Nathan will be joining me! We start in January, and hopefully it will help me to fit back into the jeans that have recently become too tight to wear. 😦

In the summer a cute bird couple laid their eggs in our sad little garden box, and we watched their babies quickly grow up & fly away. We took a trip to Oregon on what was probably the hottest week there, ever, and enjoyed visiting Portland and my family despite the shroud of fog out on the coast.

Shortly after we returned my job petered out, and so i signed up for a couple of programming classes at DMACC and started the job hunt, bidding working from home a tearful goodbye. Javascript proved to be very intriguing, and programming logic came pretty easily to me. I only applied for about three jobs in all. One was located right across the street from where we live and dragged out their hiring process so long that by the time they finally rejected me, i had started my new job at Spindustry through Robert Half Technology. I learned recently that I ended up getting A’s in both of my DMACC classes (for whatever good that will do me) and that i get to keep my job at Spindustry! Beginning January 18th, i will no longer be a contractor through RHT, i will be a full-time Spindustry employee, and i couldn’t be happier.

This fall we got engaged, and i’m learning what it’s like to have a heart that is both peaceful and elated at the same time. I bought a 2004 Honda CR-V, and it is getting us safely through the mass amounts of snow that are falling upon Iowa this winter. I’m looking forward to starting to plan our wedding in the coming year (well, i’ve kinda started) and meeting the challenge of becoming even healthier. I have everything to be thankful for and everything to look forward to, and i’m sure 2010 is going to be a great adventure.

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Ready to go. . .

Sweet, the blog is finished and ready for invitations! I even have a favicon in place, which i’m proud of. Turns out posting a photo from Flickr kinda sucks because A. it puts a bunch of code in place that i’d rather not have in my blog posts, and 2. i can only do one photo at a time that way.

So welcome to the new blog, comments and suggestions happily accepted. I have a feeling i’ll be giving this a new look before very many months go by, and maybe adding cool details in the meantime. The only thing i’ll miss about Myspace is seeing people’s photos next to their comments. I think it’s possible to do that here, but i doubt anyone will really want to make an account and upload a photo just for my little blog. Feel free, though.

I’m excited because now ANYONE can comment! Which means you, too, DAD and DAN! And spammers… i think i’d be flattered to get spam. Not really.

I have an RSS feed. Learn how to use it–your web browser probably has “RSS bookmarks” or something along those lines. It lets you see when i’ve made a new post without having to actually come to the website to check. Google makes a fun RSS reader. Personally, i’m a big fan of Netvibes. Possible instructional Netvibes post in the future.

Here are a few photos from the Star Wars dance Dan and i performed in last weekend. Yeah, we’re that cool.

Star Wars Geeks!
The one photo that i took (obviously the best composition). Dan as Emperor Palpatine!

Star Wars Geeks!
Dan’s shot of me as Mara Jade!

Star Wars Geeks!
Evil twins. Er, master and apprentice. Or something.

Star Wars Geeks!
Fear my flared nostrils! Dan, stop smiling! (“huh? 😀 “)

Star Wars Geeks!
Star Wars Geeks.

As you can see, my hair is lighter than it was. I paid a hefty sum for the treatment and wound up with hair that’s still much lighter at the top than the bottom. Extremely disappointing. You can’t tell in these photos, though, and actually the reddish-brown color i ended up with worked well for the costume.

Looks like it’s time for bed. Have a lovely weekend!