8 reasons I won’t forget 2008

8. Good Friends
I say “friends” like I have a bunch. I don’t, really. I do need to make more. Just like every year, I’ve gained some new friends and lost some old ones. I really miss all my friends at my old work, KinderCare, like Rachelle and Sandra and Kelly. They were good people. I have kept many good, strong friendships like my friendship with Anisah, who’s getting married in March! (You go, girl!) It’s friendships like that that make me want more.

7. Turning 21
In November, I turned 21 which is a monumental day in anyone’s life. I can drink legally now! I had a drink on my 21st birthday (a cosmopolitan) which was disgusting. Then I had another one at my mom’s Christmas party, a margarita. The margarita was OK but halfway through it, I asked for a Coke. I can tell you I won’t become an alcoholic because I can never stomach a drink enough to get drunk! Or maybe I haven’t found my perfect drink yet. My mom did get a huge bottle of vodka during her gift exchange. 😉

6. Miami Dolphins
Ah, my Dolphins. For the first time since 2000, they are in the playoffs! I didn’t start getting interesting in football until about 10th grade (the 2003 season) and this is the first time I’ll be able to watch them in the playoffs (and appreciate it!). My first year, they were 10-6 but their division is scary good. Come on, we have the New England Patriots in our division. So, yes, I did a fist-pump and cheer when I heard Tom Brady went down and was out for the season. 🙂 We’ve had an insane season. We launched the WILDCAT! And now other teams are copying us. We’ve established the two runningback tandem that all successful teams are running with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. We got a franchise QB in Chad Pennington. And Tony Sparano, our head coach, has to be the front runner for Coach of the Year! All in all, I’m proud to be a Phinatic!

5. Barack Obama/Voting
This year marked the first time I voted. Although I was old enough to vote in the small state election in 2006, I didn’t. But I knew how important this election was so I became an Obama fan. I am registered as a Republican but something about John McCain rubbed me the wrong way. And I especially hated his VP nomination of Sarah Palin. I’m all for women in power but this seemed like such a stupid choice on McCain’s part and made me question his abilities. And, unlike every other Obama supporter, I do not think he’s given us back HOPE. Guess what? Six months from now, we’ll probably still be fighting a war. We’ll probably still be in a crappy economy. And all you fans will end up hating him by the time his term is over. Trust me on this. So I just hope he can do some good. I don’t expect him to be Superman, though.

4. Change of Major
This has been the biggest event to happen to me in the past month. I was all set to graduate with my degree in Elementary Education but after a failed internship, I decided to completely switch my major. So I’m now focusing on journalism. And what’s really neat is that I was iffy on journalism because what I really want to do is write a book. And I kept going back and forth: Creative Writing or Journalism. So I was at the library the other day and looking for some books to read. And now I’m really interested in author biographies and it seemed that every one I picked up said something about the author being a journalist before attempting to write a novel. So I think this is where I need to be. I just hope it works out as certain roadblocks have been created recently. If not, I’ll settle for becoming a housewife. 🙂

3. My Nephew
Of course, one of the most monumental events of this year has been the birth of my sweet nephew. He turned 3 months old on Christmas and he is just a sweetheart. He’s getting so big and he’s so active! Unfortunately, as talked about in a previous blog entry, it’s very tough to actually find time to see him but I’m going to change that. I’m going to force ourselves to see him because it’s not fair to us – or him. He knows his maternal family like the back of his hand (well, actually, I don’t think he’s discovered his hands yet so bad example…) and he barely knows us. I may have to burn some bridges, but this has to stop.

2. Grandma
May turned out to be a terrible month for our whole family. We had a picnic for my grandma on May 4th and she ended up in the hospital the next day with what we discovered was a tumor. Then we received the terrible news that she had Stage IV Colon Cancer. It was terrifying, shocking, and saddening. But, throughout it all, I maintained a positive attitude. This was my grandma. There was no way she was going to let a little thing like cancer kill her. I knew she would survive it. And she has. In October, she had a PET Scan and we found out she was completely healed – a miracle. Her doctor said that it was indeed a miracle for her to be completely healed. She just finished her last round of chemo on Christmas Eve. She hasn’t been feeling her best lately but she’ll be back up to her old speed in no time! And we have to get some meat back on her bones! She’s just a little thing now. She’s smaller than me!

1. Minnie
I never, ever, in a million years thought I wouldn’t celebrate the new year with my best friend, Minnie. She was my entire world but we received the awful news in May that she had lymphoma and it was quite advanced. There was nothing we could do to save her. The doctor said we had at best a few months but her quality of life deteriorated dramatically and we made the extremely difficult decision to put her to sleep on June 8th, 2008. Minnie is now frolicking in the sunshine with her old boyfriend, Buford, and meeting new friends who think she is amazing and beautiful, just like she thinks she is! They are having a grand old time! And if Mom and I still talk if Minnie’s still with us…well, that’s not weird. Right?

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