I fully realize that this post is totally cliche, but I can’t resist looking back on this year, and of course I need to write about it. I started 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama on a blind date at a fantastic NYE party. (That date resulted in a 3-month relationship that I do not regret.) Then the spring sprang, school ended, led into summer, and off I went to Europe. Ah, Europe. The most wonderful experience of my life. (See earlier posts for more details!) After the trip, my roommate and I moved into our Midtown condo where life is how I want it to be: a pedestrian lifestyle. Then in my total teacher mentality, a new year started…in August. New kiddos–year seven for me–and back to Room E109 at Hopewell Middle School. And here I am on December 31, spending the day with my roommate, Josh, and our best friend Taylor who is in town from Bolivia where he lives now.
I’m not exactly sure how I would categorize this year, but I do know that it was a good one for me. New experiences, travel, new friends (who are girls! Imagine!), and of course my favorite pastime–concerts. Wow, have I seen some good ones this year! These are the ones I, my iCal, and my concert girls Amanda and Allison can remember, but I’m sure there are more:
Ray LaMontagne (twice) Griffin House U2 Kings of Leon Elton John Billy Joel Zac Brown Hightide Blues Gareth Asher Needtobreathe Ben Deignan Hall & Oates John McLaughlin the Fray Dave Barnes Matt Wertz Amos Lee Coldplay Drew Holcomb 10 out of Tennessee Will Hoge Treva Blomquist Jay Clifford Langhorne Slim (twice) Muse Train (twice) Tim Brantley Michael Tolcher Matthew Mayfield Ellis Paul Serena Ryder Eric Hutchinson (twice)
Those shows hold some of my favorite memories. So yes, I guess this has been a good year, maybe even great. A friend and mentor of mine, Ann MacKinnon, and I had lunch just before Christmas, and as we got our table, she said, “Well, Dennis (her husband) and I have decided that you are doing very well.” And yes, I guess she’s right. I am doing very well. And I am anticipating nothing less than greatness in 2010…