after every end there’s a beginning.

so hello 2009, you came to me not the way i expected but hey that’s okay, i’ll forgive you…this time. i’ve decided that obnoxious text message i got this morning is NOT indicative of how this year will go. and i kissed someone at midnight, someone i love dearly! just because she is a 16 month old baby girl doesn’t mean it’s not good luck!
however, i DO refuse the good luck tradition of eating pork and that evil smelling sauerkraut every single person i know was cooking today. blech.
so there, everyone is our beginning–new years 2009…let’s get on with the ending of 2008!

just for my own self satisfaction (hey it’s MY blog) i’ve decided to wrap up 2008 with a few pictures and memories posted on the internet where it can never be forgotten. you can come along for the ride and get to know me a little better or you can choose to skip this and come back when i have something more relevant to say, i’m cool with whatever you decide.

me and andrew blowing out the candles

me and andrew blowing out the candles

that dreaded birthday was in january. a big group of people who i loved at the time went out to celebrate with me to the coliseum. my lovely half jap best friend kristine flew up from orlando to brave the cold and celebrate with me as well. sadly a large portion of the group in attendance has been cut out of my life due to pathetic high school behavior…others have just grown apart and i’m okay with that…here’s another shot from that night:

kristine, justin, jess, me, jill

kristine, justin, jess, me, jill

i wish i had something to remind me of all the things i did this year, but i’m an ass and didn’t think to do this last year, or to keep a scrapbook for the year. oh! i thought of something i did! i taught myself to like country music! go ahead and laugh i’ll wait……………okay, ready to continue? it’s possible. i found that the songs about drinking, being drunk, the beach or summer in general are right up my alley! i had formed my opinion based on the “i lost my wife and she stole my truck that my dog was sleeping in” songs, which bum me out way too much. i LOVE country music now, at least some songs!

jill & i cheersing the daycare!

jill & i cheersing the daycare!

so this picture is from april, from when Jill (an aforementioned best friend) and her husband bought the daycare we work at from Jill’s partner. i won’t go into to detail but we are all a lot less stressed now without that partner there. she had no clue what she was getting into. (working for your best friend is amazing. it does have it’s downsides, but i highly recommend working with/for your best friend if possible) so we cheersed, we ate, we drank and we were beyond merry that night!

assateague island

assateague island

this is walking onto the beach at assateague island in mid may. it was windy and kinda chilly to be honest but the ocean is my happy place. the smell of the salt water and the feel of the breeze…it just does something to completely relax me and getting to go to the beach with Jill’s family and her brother’s family made it an amazing weekend. we did so much fun family stuff.  here, let me show you!

jill holding andrew's hand, as he's hit by his first wave EVER!

jill holding andrew's hand, as he's hit by his first wave EVER!

we found little tiny crabs!

we found little tiny crabs!

christian (jill's oldest) & andrew fighting while we wait for breakfast at dough roller. YUM!

christian (jill's oldest) & andrew fighting while we wait for breakfast at dough roller. YUM!

that was the best start to a summer i’ve had since the summer my sister and i flew to miami for a weekend to hang out with some friends. man, i miss cheap airfare. but i digress….so this summer…what happened…i worked…and i hung out, a lot. not as much as some years, but responsiblities seemed more important this year. go me, i’m growing up.

brad, me, brooke

brad, me, brooke

i feel like this picture sums up the summer nicely. i don’t even know what hurt brad’s head, maybe it was me? but brooke’s making a myspace face & i’m laughing…so that’s basically it. unfortuantely brad didn’t hang out as much as i would like, and brooke decided in august i was too mean and she was over me. it happens. i’ll survive. we still text occasionally…

around the campfire

around the campfire

this was how most of my weekends looked from, i’d guess april to june when it got too hot for fires. the adidas are MC’s, vans are brittany, saucony’s are me, and other vans are brooke. some of the best conversations of my adult life happened around that fire.

me 6am no sleep; normal summer weekend

me 6am no sleep; normal summer weekend

sunscreening

sunscreening

this picture, also not abnormal. who wants to be old, wrinkly and ugly?!

here it is, 10pm on New Years Day, and i have to wake up early for the first time in over a week to go to work, and i’m only at summer on this blog. I haven’t even gotten to the miracle of my first true nephew and not just “it’s easier to say nephew than this is the son of my best friend, and we spend so much time together it’s like we’re related anyway, blah blah blah” nephew. i didn’t get to my discovery of loving hats even with short hair. i didn’t get to how awful it felt to be broken up with jake for a full year…but i have to go to bed. i guess this post will have a part two. maybe tomorrow…maybe saturday. tomorrow after work i have date night with my mom, we’re watching as much of season one of dexter as we can…not because we’re in a rush, but because we just can’t get enough.

LISTENING TO:: the bouncing souls–hopeless romantic

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