2008 Retrospective

Racing StarsAs a new year comes to an end, it’s always a good thing to look back and see what has been accomplished, what could have been better, what could have been worse. Consider this my 1st annual mini newsletter.

January – March 2008:

ChâteauThe year began with Girl Scout cookie sales, Girl Scout Thinking Day preparations, hopes for a dynamic year, and plans for a better year than 2007.  Not that 2007 was bad, but the hope was to be so successful that we could at least visit Quebec City to celebrate the end of the year in the midst of their end-of-year 400th Anniversary celebration. From there, went the plan, we could visit family in Canada.

On the education front, we participated in our State Final robotics competition with the “First Lego League“, where we finished  just shy of qualifying for any of the top three slots, in spite of having finished 1st in the robotics competition in the December qualifier.  Oh  well!  We had a great time, even though we struggled with the challenge.

On the work front.. well, Rip did reasonably well, but I had to look for a new job.  I deliberately chose to concentrate my search close enough to home that I could walk if I had to.  I was afraid if gas prices got high enough, I’d have to find alternative methods of transportation.  Now Athens does have public transportation, but it’s slow (one bus per hour on any of the routes, they stop running by 10:30PM and don’t start up until 6:00 AM…. in short, it’s not a reliable mode of transportation.  fortunately, we live close enough to plenty of stores and restaurants.  It was just a matter of time…

April – June 2008

I got a new job!  I had a wonderful interview with the nearby grocery store and was hired practically on the spot.  Just in the nick of time, too.

On the schooling front, nothing much new happened.    Girl Scouting was abuzz with cookie booth sales that seemed to go on forever!  It was a busy time…Wat een mooie dag

Then, my mother-in-law went in for surgery, but died a few days later. My husband and youngest daughter were there to support each other and the family. That made for a sad end of season…

July – September 2008:

Lazy time!  Usually we would do a bit of family camping, but this time we mostly did Girl Scout camping.  In fact, the older girls’ father was kind enough to pay for Girl Scout camp for one, and Trapeze day camp for the other.  Two weeks, only the younger daughter in the house in the mornings, opportunities for the older two to expand their horizons a little, make new friends, try new things.

October – December 2008:

It’s the start of a new school year, a new Girl Scout Year, and things are getting very difficult.  Out truck is giving us trouble, thereby severeJuliette Low, 1860-1927ly limiting our mobility.  Our youngest is placed in a separate troop from her older sisters, in the hopes that she will be able to define a Scouting and personal identity separate from them.

We get mentally wrapped up in the upcoming election, which will prove to be the most exciting political event in any of our lifetimes, and possibly for a long time to come.  Tiring, too, actually.

Our truck finally let go somewhere in this period.  Bummer man!  Now I have to walk to work.  😦

It took a long time for a big contract to be paid, more than 60 days.  As a result, we also had to cut off a long time friend, colleague, and business “partner”.  And so it goes.

This precipitated the sale of the property we had been dreaming of building a home on.  We made some money on the original price, but lost on the last evaluation.  And so it goes.

Cats - HuggingThe girls and I spent the weekend after Christmas at a good friend of mine’s, for which I was very grateful.  No work.  Nothing to do unless I wanted to (which I did… my mom raised me well 🙂 ), and a good time was had by all.  Unfortunately, hubby was sick the entire weekend. Bummer. And so it goes.

The Quebec trip didn’t happen. There was just no way to save for it.

I suppose it might sound as though this was a bad year. It wasn’t, but neither was it smooth sailing. Here’s hoping we can make 2009 a whole lot better.

Happy New Year to all.

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