January 8th, 2009

I’ve always liked the Babylon 5 intro, where Sheridan (I think it’s Sheridan, anyway) says “It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed. The year is 2261. The place: Babylon 5.” Pretty epic, no?

Well I’m not really living an epic here, but I’m looking for a brief way to sum up 2008, so I’m going to steal that format, as a reference for what happened, which I’ll be dropping here for the future.

It was the year:

  • of Guitar Hero and of the Wii Fit
  • of DIY detergent and the new HE washer
  • of many pictures (over 2800! here’s the first of the year:
    and here’s the last:
  • of finding a decent King Cake in St. Louis, and of the brawl with Oz
  • of the cubbies, built by Kurt for Sophia’s room
  • of the eclipse, observed from our front door
  • of music for Sophia (she performed a flute duet in church and started piano lessons in late August).
  • of Disneyworld, of Sophia’s first time at the beach 200901081139.jpg
  • of the new Ford Focus, to replace the sadly defunct Cougar
  • of the nonos coming to stay for a while
  • of pneumonia
  • of Sophia playing a flower in a play based on Alice in Wonderland (though she wanted to be Alice, because, as she said, she had the right hair)
  • of pierced ears, and the bike that she still cannot ride, and the Snip-Its glamour party
  • of fairy ears, and princess camp
  • of learning to eat honeysuckle from the bushes in the backyard
  • of Chocolatier:Secret Ingredients, Spore and Battle of Wesnoth
  • of driving to Texas for Fourth of July
  • of Blue Mountain Camp in the Fall and being Nastia Lukin for Halloween (even though the only Olympic events watched in this household were soccer matches)
  • of electrotango and Amanda Palmer
  • of joining book club, and of making the 52 book challenge (finally!)
  • of the new deck and porch
  • of finally giving in and getting on FaceBook
  • of bad teeth
  • of publication, at long last (x2)
  • of two sales, doubling the number from 2007
  • of learning to make bath bombs
  • of playing assistant in the Montessori classroom
  • of gorgeous hair ornaments
  • of Christmas for the birds
  • of MySims and Lego Star Wars
  • of rollerskating for the first time, and getting roller skates for Christmas
  • of a New Year’s Eve murder party
  • of learning to make soup, and wishing I’d known how years ago

All in all, a pretty good year.

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