Me, Emily, and Heather at Joe and Alina's White Wedding in South Bend, Indiana.

Bye bye 2008.

I sort of have this love/hate relationship with New Years. Like part of me actually thinks something can possibly change between December 31 and January 1 and the slate be wiped clean. Like a new date can mean a new life. Like I can just be this whole new person. (of course, I fucked up that new life by 12:01 anyways, but I digress)

I think the Game of Life was the appropriate theme for my year. I seemed to have extreme ups and extreme downs and not very much in between. And I guess so is life.

But enough about 2008. Fuck 2008. I’m not going to write a big ole’ recap this year. And forget the damn list of one hundred (and fifty) things I wanted to do in 2008 and forget that I didn’t even make it through a third of what I had hoped to. And I am going to totally forget the half of my year that was boring and sad and sometimes miserable and instead focus on the fact that the rest of my year was pretty damned awesome.

From a week in Amsterdam, to New York, Coney Island for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, to driving 20 hours in 26 hours for an 8-minute hamburger eating contest, to driving to Mount Rushmore and back, to spending more time in Champaign than I have in the last four years combined, to a Chicago sex tour, to good friends getting married, to staying up all night watching horror films, to hanging out with new friends and old, to all the times in between…

(I’ll post by recap of New Years and my plans for 2009 later…stay tuned)

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Jen
    January 1, 2009at10:36 am

    I hear you! Good riddance to 2008! I’m ready for a new year, hopefully with a little less sucking for the people around me. Keep on coming to Champaign though.

  • val
    January 1, 2009at11:45 am

    I will definitely try to make it to Champaign more!
    It seemed to be a crappy year for a lot of people. Hopefully things will turn around for all.
    Happy New Year Jen!

  • Heather
    January 1, 2009at2:41 pm

    You just ruined my morning with no list. But I agree : fuck 2008

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