10 January 2010

Looking back

Just like other blog owners I've been thinking of 2009.  This post has been mulling over in my head for the last couple of days.  I already knew that 2009 was amazing because I was able to visit 3 places I've always wanted to visit.  But then I started to review it and it was even better than I thought!

Here's a quick review

In January our stuff came back to us, even if it wasn't in time for the Burn Notice season premier.  Luckily we had a mini tv to watch the premier on.  (Our stuff was taken in December to be cleaned because of the smoke damage from the fire).  I did my first photo walk with my Holga and Fishlens cameras.  And Laura and I experimented in Glowstick photography.  (I want to do that again.)

In February I went on my first Twilight Movie tour with awesome friends.  I visited Seaside for the first time and enjoyed the brilliant idea of having a swing set on the beach.  So relaxing.  I went on a carousel, which I haven't done since I was a kid.  I think I need to do that every year.  I participated in my first photo challenge (along with my Dad and Laura) which was 26 self portraits in 26 days.  I might be a narcissist but I really want to do a self portrait challenge again.  At the end of February I headed down to New Orleans!

In March I finished up my birthday visit to New Orleans. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans and now I want to go back!  I held an alligator when I was there!  I saw Wicked in Portland.  I took a cake decorating class, now I know how to decorate with fondant.  Attended the Twilight DVD release party at Borders which allowed us to have a brilliant photo shoot with Edward and all the tantalizing books.

In April I did another Twilight movie tour with another set of amazing friends.  I discovered the candy bar "Fling."  If you have no idea what this is you need to find out right now!  It's so yummy!  Participated in the March of Dimes.  And took an archery class.  (I always wanted to learn archery!)

In May I took a trip up to Forks and La Push with some awesome friends.  Had a great time and we made a bonfire on First Beach.  Went to the X-men: Wolverine midnight showing.

In June Jen and Erika came up to visit and we had some fun in Portland.  I visited the big Powell's Bookstore for the first time.  I know, I know. 

In July I went to the Salem Art Fair and did the midnight showing of Harry Potter.  I went to Alivia's swim meet and saw her take first place in the butterfly stroke (which was her first time racing that stroke).  Kim and I went on a couple photo walks to improve our photography.  I saw and got autographs of the ENTIRE Leverage cast!  We went up to Portland for a screening of the 1st episode of the second season.  Hmm... I wonder if they're going to be filming up here again?

In August I went to Utah to attend my Grandpa's funeral.  During a sad moment I was able to meet some cousins that I haven't met before and that was really nice.  I went to the airport at 4:30 in the morning while the rest of my family continued driving to Oregon.  I landed at PDX around 8:30.  I found a nice corner quiet corner in baggage claim and went to sleep until my friends arrived.  Why, you ask?  Because we were off to Washington DC and New York!  I was able to visit Arlington Cemetery and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guard.  I saw the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution!  I had my first train ride.  In New York I was able to visit the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway Play, and go to The Met.  Those were two places I've always wanted to visit!

In September some friends and I head up to Forks again (it was their first time!)  We may have gone up for the Bella Birthday celebration.  We stayed in La Push and our cabin was on First Beach.  Our first night was a star heaven.  It was so clear that the sky was completely covered with stars, all the way down to the horizon on the ocean.  (I have not blogged about this trip yet, but I will.  I have one thing I need to get done before I can blog about it).

In October I went to a roller derby and it rocked!  I attended a night club ride.  I designed and made a goth Cinderella costume.  I had my first comission job (made a corset for Erica... but somehow I messed up the fitting.  But I'm fixing that).  I edited the "Grapes of  Wrath" video which still makes me laugh.

In November I was able to get a lot of free fabric to make things and practice with (thanks guys!!!)  I participated in NaNoWriMo.  I may not have completed it, but I participated dang it and I had fun.  Next year I will finish!  I used a K2 meter on a paranormal tour in Portland when my friends from Utah came to visit me.  I bought a cool hat at the Saturday Market in Portland.

In December I took a screenprinting class.  (another thing I've always wanted to learn).  I went to my niece's first piano recital.  A co-worker and I created and delivered 7 food boxes which we ding-dong ditched.   I had a fun Christmas with my family even if it was a bit strange because Derek and Steve weren't here, but it was a good Christmas.  Also I believe in December I was able to connect to / meet some cousins through blogging - and that's been awesome!

2009 was a great year!

7 comments:

laura said...

Yes indeedy, you had an incredible year! It's awesome to see it all written out, we do so much more than what we think!
You're awesome!!! Love you!!
PS, I want to do more glowstick photography too!!

Sherri said...

Wowzer! That is a tad more than incredible...I hope to go that many places in a lifetime! At least we know why you have a difficult time finishing projects...(so you say)...your Never home!
I hope this year is just as much fun...with a little "pettiskirts" thrown in!

Sherri said...

Oh...And I love your purple tights!
(I saw them on Ivon's blog!)

Kim Despain said...

It's amazing to look back over a year huh? I loved reading this and glad to have been part of some of the fun!! You had a super fabulous year packed with awesome experiences!!

Ivon said...

Well youngin, your life is quite full. As I read over all you have done, I realized you left out one thing. (Maybe you listed it, and I didn't see it.) You had the honor of house sitting and playing with dogs. :)

This is a great idea to reflect the positive things that you have done. Awesome job. Love you

Nancy said...

You ARE one busy girl and you love every minute of life!!

julie said...

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