Despite all of the wonderful things that have happened this year, there has been bad news, too. As you know, I found out that I was pregnant in late February (excellent news), but had a miscarriage in April. This took a toll on me personally and I feel like the rest of this year was spent recovering from it emotionally, and coming to terms with being a one-child family. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard, and sometimes I am filled with regret. I was then told that I had skin cancer by a quack dermatologist office, finally had surgery to remove the moles in November- then learned they were all benign. I am very happy about that, but quite disturbed that I was misled. About a month later, I really screwed up my neck and visited a chiropractor for the first time. This was actually wonderful and my neck has fully recovered. I really have nothing to complain about, since all of these issues were resolved- the skin cancer really threw me, though and for three months I thought I *did* have skin cancer. We've also had bad news about friends and family this year, but so far everyone is doing OK.
I have hopes that 2009 will be better in many ways. That I will snap out of my funk, start exercising more, eating better, and being a more productive person again. When I think back to where I was 10 years ago, a LOT has changed. I was a single PhD student and when it turned 1999, I yelled "this is the year that I will be ABD!" Little did I know that I would ALSO get married and have a baby that year. Now, I am a tenured associate professor with a 9-year-old daughter. In 2009, I will celebrate 10 years with H and D will also turn 10! Like 10 years ago, my PhD alma mater has just won a bowl game (the first one since then!!).
Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2009 (and rest of 2008!)