2008 Review

It has become a tradition for me to sit down at the end of the year and review everything that has happened, which helps set the tone for the coming year.  This year has been awesome.

  I got married in July.  Best…thing…ever.  I spent January scheming about how/where to pop the question, and then we (mostly Emily) spent February-July planning the wedding.  We spent two weeks on a honeymoon and then set about our next project:  finding a house.  The house hunt has been somewhat frustrating–lots of junk on the market, lenders changing their minds constantly, etc.  But we both enjoy the challenge and I’m sure the house we eventually buy will be awesome. 

I joined Weight Watchers on December 30, 2007 and proceeded to lose almost 30 pounds between January and the end of June.  In the process of enjoying life, I’ve put 10 pounds back on, but I’ve got some fitness and diet goals for the new year that should get me back on track.  I’d like to lose another 30-40 pounds. 

After training for several months, I ran the Seafair Half Marathon in June in ungodly oppressive heat.  It was 70+ degrees at the start and 90 degrees at the finish.  Insanity, but I finished it.  Then, I ran the Seattle Half Marathon in November, and without training nearly as hard, I improved my time by about five minutes.  It is good to have an event like that scheduled–it forces me to get out and train, go to the gym at night, etc.

Work:  Not a good year at the office.  I decided to stop managing people because a) the team I was managing no longer needed to exist, and b) my confidence was at an all-time low.  I moved into an individual contributor position where I did–well, not much.  That’s mostly my fault.  For most of the year, I’ve either felt stuck in a vacuum where I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing, or worse, beholden to two masters who both have differing opinions of what I should be doing.  It has been a whole year straight out of a Dilbert cartoon.  It will be critical for me to fix this situation somehow in the new year–and quick.

Travel: No international travel this year, save for the trip to Canada when I asked Emily to marry me, and a second trip to Canada for a bachelor party weekend.  I spent a week in Kennewick for work, and we went wine tasting in the Yakima Valley for a nice weekend.  We also went to Hawaii for two weeks (one week on Maui and one week on the Big Island) for our honeymoon, and spent a few days in New Orleans.  I loved New Orleans and wouldn’t mind going back some day.

Charity:  I donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Crohn’s/Colitis peoeple again.  I donated to the MS Society on behalf of my little niece, who was doing a walk to raise money for them.  And I’m up to my neck in the YMCA.  Last year, I said that I wished for more time to give to them and resolved to get more involved.  This year, I’m a little more involved than I actually have time to be involved!  Nonetheless, working with the Y is one of the most fulfilling things I get to do.  I need to make sure that I control my involvement so that I don’t get overwhelmed.

That about sums it up for 2008.  I’m looking forward to 2009–life just keeps getting better and better each year!

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