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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:57 pm    Post subject: Farewell to 2008! Y hallo thar, 2009! Reply with quote

Well, worldwide, it's been one heck of a year. Elections all over the place, invasions, coups, pirate attacks, economic woes...

So, how was 2008 for YOU?

And what are you looking forward to in 2009?

2008 for me wasn't so hot. I came home from living abroad rather suddenly and unexpectedly, which was a downer. I got a job as a reservations agent that had fantastic pay but was socially isolated and maddening. But that's ok because the economic downturn got me cut from the payroll. In classes I had thought that the fall semester was going well, but then I had some sort of panic attack on finals day and bombed every exam-and my professors wouldn't answer their phones or e-mails afterwards. Fun!

On the bright side, I got WoW for my birthday, which is superfun! I took a tae kwon do class which I've thoroughly enjoyed. My niece was born, which was a major event for three families as she made us all uncles, aunts, and grandparents for the very first time! And I've babysat for her already more times than I had hoped for her first year, and it's been fantastic. She's only six months, but she's already walking across the room (with support of course). She may just skip crawling. She's the bright, shining light of 2008.

For 2009, I'm more than anything hoping for health and prosperity for my niece and her parents, who both graduated in 2008 and are now looking for better employment. For myself I'm hoping for a much better academic year-I've switched majors to one I hope I will be more interested in. I also have a wedding to look forward to in June, which several of my friends from abroad will be attending here in Utah, so I'm excited. My dad may or may not retire in the summer, and then my parents would go on a two-year religious mission to Italy, but we'll see how things are in the summer. For the world as a whole I'm hoping for better economies, better politics, and better times all around.

And I'm looking forward to all the comedic "year-in-review"s that will shortly be coming out. Very Happy

And you guys? How was 2008 for you, and what are you hoping for in 2009?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2008...2008...It was mixed. I was at a university I didn't like, doing a course I didn't enjoy, so for several months I was quite unhappy. However because of that I joined this forum and Tomgeeks, so at least something positive came out of it.

Although it started out badly the year improved; in August I went to Canada to visit my best friend (who I know over the internet and have only met twice), I spent two weeks with her and her family, I also met her daughter for the first time. I voluteered at a charity shop during the summer and I changed university and course. I enjoy my new course a lot more and my waking thoughts are no longer 'Oh f***' or 'I hate my life'. So that's definatly better.

For 2009 I'm hoping to do a few more productive things, like approaching publishing agents and uh...dealing with issues. I'll spare you the details. I also have exams at the end of January so I'm hoping I'll do better in these ones than the ones at my first university.

As for things I'm actually looking forward to; said Canadian best friend is due with another girl in just a couple of days so hopefully I'll nip over to Canada again in August. And I'm looking forward to meeting Panda at the end of January. Can't actually think of anything else I'm looking forward to but I am definatly, absolutly not turning twenty in 2009.

Happy New Year everyone.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2008 has been a bit strange for me. I spent the first half of the year pretty much living with a group of friends in university halls, went back down South and spent the summer going out to the sort of venues I don't particularly enjoy - nightclubs and the like - with my old friends from down here, then went back up to university and didn't see very much of the friends I pretty much lived with for a year.

It's entirely my fault; don't get me wrong, I don't go out a lot to pubs and so on which they quite seem to enjoy so the chances of us bumping into each other are statistically remote.

I guess it's not surprising since we have so little in common - maybe my friendships are more based on convenience than enjoyment - even the friends I've got more in common with I rarely see anymore. The only friends I have met from last year are the ones that go to the same clubs.

Retrospectively socialising tires me out. I've never bonded with people in the same way as others seem to, I enjoy good company as it comes and don't chase after it too much when it leaves. Protracted socialising requires a great investment of time and energy for relatively little return by way of actual enjoyment.

Guess that's one of the reasons I've never had a girlfriend. Well that and trust, or the lack thereof. It's not that I think they might betray me in a relationship sense; I couldn't particularly care who they sleep with or whatever. But at the same time given I don't particularly care about those things having a romantic relationship seems somewhat pointless. The only gain would be spending more time in each other's company, and if you don't want to claim domain over that company the exercise ceases to have a point.

Besides which at the end of the day I want to be able to lock my door and go to sleep for a night safe in the knowledge that if anything comes through that door all that's required of me is a swift dance in the dark. I can handle that sort of deal, always have been able to. No messy social relationships that I might mess up, no trust required. It’s a simpler, less dishonest world. Just having that fast and true deal known between all the parties where everyone knows what’s table they’re sitting down to and that it’s going to be a very rough end for whoever loses and doesn’t have the chips to cover their stake. There’s something purer in that, none of the lies and chaos that goes around socialising, humanity stripped to its base form.

It's just coming to terms with the fact that I don't really want long term relationships in the same way as others I guess - it's communicated as such a huge symbol of success by conventional culture. 2.4 children, a big house, a nice job, people to care for you when you get old. I don't want most of those things, the only one of the conventional image I want is the not dying alone part. But I know I'd more than likely die in a hospital with hospital staff around me regardless.

You get one time around. Maybe if I tried the long term friendship thing more I'd find a point where I finally enjoyed it; perhaps the same for romance – though a part of me says I’m getting too old to start learning that game now anyway. Logically you can say the same for anything you don't enjoy; ‘maybe someday I will.’ Can't shake the feeling I might be missing out on something though.

On the other hand 2008 also found me running around Central London wearing body armour, being driven around in fast cars, and watching loads and loads of anime. It also marked moving into my first flat, spending more money than I can strictly speaking afford, (oops!) and reading a lot of books.

I'm really tired.

Yes that last bit sums up 2008 well enough. I'm really tired.

Hopes for 2009. More money, discovery of economically viable fusion power generators, good health to the people I like, swift death to the people I dislike (not that I can really think of any but I’ll just put it there incase,) entry into the volunteer police force, to find some shred of interest in my university courses, good exam results.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overall 2008 was a a good year. I made several new friends and business contacts, got my first professional theatre gig, picked up costume commissions outside my friend circle and learned how to contra dance.

The biggest mark on 2008 is my uni strike which is putting my academic career on pause and driving me insane. ^__^

For 2009, I hope for my studies to resume in a timely and orderly fashion. I am also hoping for economic stability, for the Canadian government to get their act together, and to save enough money that I can go to the World Soccer Cup in 2010 with my cousin who lives in South Africa.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2008 was meh.

...what? More detail?

Ummm... well I moved into a nice new house, but the moving was a pain. I made Company, a movie I'm pretty proud of. I wrote a script I like, compiled a list of horror movies I've seen (I'm at 134), got a PS3 to play Blu-rays with (and haven't bought a DVD since), got Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Chronicles, which are both awesome, and... meh.

There was a lack of standout events this year, especially in the summer. In 2006 I went to film camp for summer, and in 2007 I got my first paid acting gig and later went to Cedar Point, the theme park with the most rides and coasters anywhere, which I'd been dreaming about since I was like 7.

This year... well, I did get that PS3. And helped my grandmother move in.

In 2009, I want my script to become a sweet movie, and to hopefully go back to Cedar Point, or film camp, or get another acting gig. Or all of the above ^^
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2008 was good while I was in Israel, but it sort of slid downhill from there. It rallied during the High Holidays but I let it slip through my fingers again, and now I'm struggling to keep my head above water again. On break, no less!

My wish for 2009 is that I will be seeing it come in Israel, from the steps of the Beit Hamikdash. There is yet time!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time
That which holds no form, yet commands all our thoughts
To return to it's memory is to ponder all it has brought
From the pinnacle of joys to the valley floor of despair
Many pieces of these things, Time is unable to repair

In hope of each moment, we step forth from the last
Only the pleasant memories seem to move on too fast
Though difficult in suffering, this thought must remain
Each moment is fleeting, and the next promises a refrain

Step forward in strength, and know each moment will pass
Make every effort to find in it more joy than the last
No hope, no prayer will bring those lost to us back
But contained in the future, may lie all that we lack

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Tonight is not a night of celebration for me. That is all you will get from me on the subject.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To 2009! May it be just like 2008, but with less economic panic.

And if you hold out hope for that, we have a bridge to sell you.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 2008 I had my first and only romantic relationship. It didn't even last long, but it's a milestone of sorts for me nonetheless.

I volunteered for the nation's organ donation organization, which I found very rewarding. I am no longer volunteering there, but I still spread the word (and some pamphlets) every so often.

I started and finished my second and middle year in university, which was reasonably similar to the first.

I learned that despite my dreams, physics may not be the world I belong to. If my skills indeed lie elsewhere, then perhaps elsewhere I should go.

Most importantly, as 2008 is ending, for the first time in my life I can say that I have friends and truly believe it. I have friends who I love, who love me back, who I can share things with and am very close to. Several of them, in fact. And though I don't get to talk to them as often as I'd like, what little I get is always such a gift.


As for 2009, I'm hoping to find a good job (which will by necessity be my job for six years, so this is important). I'm also hoping for a bit of peace in our war-and-terror ridden country, though after so many people wishing that for so many years, it seems like a joke.


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And I'm looking forward to all the comedic "year-in-review"s that will shortly be coming out. Very Happy

I fear that you're being disappointed. Surely someone has some funnies?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The beginning of 2008 was amazing for me. I became closer than ever to my friends, and learned a lot about them. In February, I finished the first draft of a book I've been planning and dreaming about since the seventh grade - it brought quite a huge rush of euphoria.

2008 was a year of independence for me. I got my license, my first car, my first job . . . I gained a lot of confidence in myself, and became more outgoing. I've learned a lot about myself this year, and about other people. I've learned a lot about what it means to love someone, and what it means to persevere.

This year I've come up with, and discarded, numerous plans to go to Israel. I am determined to go though. I've become more secure and knowledgeable in my religion, and this too has given me confidence.

Starting around late July things began to go sour, because my friend has had so many troubles with going to college - things always seem to go wrong. While I love all my teachers this year, the classes are hard, and there's a lot of stress from my parents and from other people.

For 2009 I hope to grow further, and to at last decide what to do with my life. I'm graduating this year, and I think I'll feel a bit lost once I do. I'm going through my first surgery in June, and it's scaring me silly. I suppose for 2009 I want to get some things sorted out, and to reorder my life a bit. I'm hoping to save up enough money to go to a missionary school by January 2010. I really hope that the president we elected will be the best thing for the country, and I wish for a general peace world-wide.
I also wish my brother a happy wedding and marriage.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year from this end of the US, everybody! My first act of 2009 was to finish decorating cookies that I had neglected, then didn't give them enough time to dry before packing them away, so now the decorative frosting is probably all smushed and stuck to the wax paper. Ah well, at least i got pictars before.

Now to sleep for a few hours before I have to get up again!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first act of 2009 was to sing "The Living Years".

...at least it has "Year" in the title.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tamir wrote:
CBB wrote:
And I'm looking forward to all the comedic "year-in-review"s that will shortly be coming out. Very Happy

I fear that you're being disappointed. Surely someone has some funnies?


Ah, no, I meant year-in-review's from JibJab and Dave Berry, etc., etc. I figure they'll have a lot of material from the elections and whatnot.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2008 for me was long and hard, but full of suprises and rewards. It was the year my son was born, the year we got new computer (husband now must buy me expensive gifts. mwahaha), the year I experenced being a first time mom.

There's a lot of others things as well some tragedy. My Great Uncle died several months ago, may his soul find rest. I've had disappointments in not being able to have my baby meet so many of my elderly relatives as they often pass away before they had the chance.

2009 seems like a hard year for me, we are broke due to less paychecks and being unable to save up. But maybe things will look up few months from now. Who knows?

It pays to be postive and drink tons of hot chocolates. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best wishes for everyone in 2009 - especially those of you who had 2008s that weren't up to snuff.

2008 was not especially good or especially bad - it was my "meh" year. No major revelations, or travels or experiences. I'll call it my year of stability - I got a stable job which I guess is my first "adult job", my relationship with my boyfriend other has continued to grow, and my fighting skills have been getting a lot of practice - both in the video game world and in the roda. It ended pretty well with snow for Christmas.

For 2009, my resolution has been to calm down and not be so pessimistic all the time. Also, I need to go traveling again, SOON. And find a job that doesn't bore me to tears. Getting into grad school would be nice, but it's not likely to happen... oops, there I go breaking my resolution again. Also, getting over my fear of back flips would be very cool.

EDIT: Forgot to add that I love Mirf's optimism, and yes, hot chocolate does help one take on the day - if only a little. Also, congrats on becoming a mom!
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