Down With 2008

What’s happened this year? In 2008, I:

Worked at a middle school

Made two VERY close friends

Saw my first opera

Started this blog

Drove to Bowling Green, KY, and back

Was separated from my children for a week

Found out my ex-husband was having a child

Drove to Bowling Green, KY, and back again

Broke up with The Crazy One

Made it to the end of the school year

Flew to Texas with the boys

Saw HONEYWINE, also saw family in TX

Laughed about a million times while in Honey’s company

Got scared when she told ghost stories

Got back together with The Crazy One

Was separated from the boys for four weeks

Found out my ex-husband was naming his new child the name I would have given my son if he’d been a girl

Went to Chicago and had an awesome time

Finally got the boys back

Started my kids in new schools

Started myself in a new school

Found out my sister was pregnant

Broke up with The Crazy One for good

Wrote and wrote and wrote

Worked my ass off to get good grades

Met Lord Swank

Found out I’m getting a nephew, Harrison

Made it through Thanksgiving

Finished the semester

Read three books for the sheer enjoyment of it

Struggled through Christmas

Played Rock Band for hours


There have been a lot of ups and downs this year. I am hoping that next year will be better, no matter what it brings. The best thing that happened this year was definitely becoming self-aware, realizing the strength I have. If nothing else, I hope I’m more prepared to deal with whatever comes my way. Hey, at least I know Douche got a vasectomy, so no more half-siblings for my kids!

I’m going to ring in the new year with my sister and her husband at a house party. I’m a little sad that I won’t have anyone to kiss deeply at the stroke of midnight, but I think I’m going to kiss the baby instead. He won’t disappoint me!

I’ve been hearing from The Crazy One through email again tonight. He said “talking” to me makes him sad. When I asked him why, this is the answer I got:

“Our history and a lot of things . How stupid I was etc . When I was all down christmas etc. You talked to me . No one else did . No one . No one ever does . After all that shit you still talked to me even a few weeks ago.

I took everything for granted and lost it all . You were real and the only person who ever really loved me . You know it , I know it . And you know I loved you to . Everything with you is always crystal clear in my memories . Which kills me.”

Hmmm, what to take from that? I’m choosing to take that it shows the kind of person I am. Even when people hurt me badly, I am (usually) still there for them when they need me. Some people might say that’s a weakness, but I figure it shows more strength than anything. Being able to separate the past from the present is hard to do, and being able to show kindness despite of your pain is even harder. I’m compassionate, I’m kind, I’m loving. I feel deeply, and I care deeply for others. I’m pretty proud of that!

Still…down with 2008, I figure we’re all owed a do-over in 2009.

5 Responses to “Down With 2008”

  1. 1 Ron December 31, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Yeah!!! Do Overs!!! 2008 sucked… 2007 wasn’t all that either. Hmmm…. now that I think of it 2006 wasn’t that hot either. Crap!

  2. 2 Becky December 31, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I’m hoping for a better 2009 for us all.

  3. 3 eviltwinswife December 31, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Awww… you are a truly special person. Here’s to 2009!

  4. 4 lola January 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    It won’t take much for 2009 to be better, but I’m hoping we all have a spectacular year. We’re certainly due!

  5. 5 gingermagnolia January 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Ron – It was just 2007 and 2008 for me, so I’ve got that goin’ for me! LOL. Do-overs, fo sho.

    Becky – Me too, girl, me too.

    ETW – THANK YOU, you’re pretty special yourself!

    Lola – I hope so, too. I’m sure it will be…(huge obnoxious smile)…

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