The annual post…the best things about 2009. Kind of a crappy year for me overall, mostly because nothing really exciting happened (and because a few bad things did). But I will try to come up with a few things, just so I don’t sound like such a whiner.
- My nephew Michael was born in October. He’s a perfect baby, named after my dad. Say what you will about my sister and her husband, but they make beautiful children! Just kidding – you guys are awesome.
- My baby sister (she hates it when I call her that) had two major exciting events: graduation from the police academy, and her engagement! I’m so proud of her…she has become such an incredible woman. And her fiance is just terrific – I’m so happy for them.
- Schenectady County’s Bicentennial Celebration is now over, and you have no idea how happy I am about that.
- Became President of the Kiwanis Club of Schenectady on October 1. What a great bunch of people, doing great things in their community.
- Celebrated 2 years of marriage to the hubs. Took an awesome trip to the Adirondacks, and was incredibly pampered. Love you, honey!
- Got to cook (well, prep work, really), in an actual restaurant kitchen. Thanks to Chef Mark for the great experience.
- Got to make a return trip to Nashville. My prior visit made me think I didn’t care for the city, but my return was completely different and quite fun! I attended the Grand Ole Opry (which was great), went to the Country Music Hall of Fame (loved it), and got to spend some quality time with my in-laws, who drove down from Kentucky to show me the sights. There are still a couple things I missed, so I hope I get to go back again.
- I discovered social media. And the world will never be the same.
And because no end-of-the-year restrospective would be complete without a look forward, I have come up withsome goals for the year ahead. I try not to make New Year’s Resolutions, because they never work for me. But, I thought I’d compile a list of things I would like to accomplish before 2010 ends. Since they are positive, fun, and meaningful to me, there’s a really good chance that I’ll actually be able to make them happen.
- Take a French class, to re-learn that beautiful language. Not sure where I’d use it, but I’d at least like to be fluent in something other than English. No more stupid American for me!
- Become a vegetarian, or at least a flexatarian (no red meat, some chicken perhaps). I’ve discussed this before, but this time I really mean it.
- I would like to have dinner at Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany. Seems like a small thing, but I’ve heard so many good things, that I feel like I’m missing out on a very important Capital Region event.
- Add a podcast to my blog. No details yet, but I’ve got some irons in the fire, and a video podcast will hopefully be debuting here very soon.
- Take my dog to the beach. I just think it would be cute.
- Manage to put $1500 in my savings account. Trust me, this is huge.
- Get an iPhone or iPod Touch. My birthday is coming up in February, so I hope to have this goal wrapped up quickly.
- Finally compile that cookbook I keep thinking about. I would like to gather all the recipes from my family and Bob’s, throw in a few that I’ve developed, and produce a cookbook. Not necessarily for sale, but at least printed and suitable for gifts.
My best wishes to all of you for a fantastic 2010, rife with love, laughter, and prosperity. Happy New Year!