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A Complicated Year In Review
Trips: 11 (Vail, NYC, Chicago (4), Florida, various locations Up North (5))
Different kinds of jobs: 5
Illnesses: 4
Surgeries: 1
Boyfriends: 1
Fiances: 1
House showings: 25
House sales: 0


I join a software consulting company, Xede, and am placed at my first client: Polk. I stay there 5 days, then am pulled off that job and asked by my employer to work at a different client. That falls through, and I find myself on the bench.

M and I go skiing in Northern MI, and I wear my new Christmas ski outfit. I get new stripes put into my hair. I have a bad night which involves an ice dam, water raining into my computer room, and a surreal visit from the police due to flashlights seen outside my front door (but everything turns out fine).

I go to ConFusion for half the weekend, then head to the airport to meet M for a vacation in Vail. I catch a cold, and my knee hurts, but I have an awesome vacation anyway.


I go to a Superbowl party and even watch some of the football. I celebrate groundhog day. I decide that, in an effort to preserve my last remaining knee cartilage, I want to try switching from skiing to snowboarding (but never manage to actually try it). I buy a bicycle trainer and start riding on it.

Google flies me to New York City to interview with them (final round), but does not offer me a job. M and I start to contemplate trying to move in together. Xede places me at a different client site at Polk. My mom visits for a weekend. I give blood. I have fun at the FCB Valentine dinner-dance. I do some private consulting work for a friend's business.


Because of my new job, I am unable to go to Italy when M goes with some friends. I stay home and work a particularly stressful week. I organize a few friends to join me at Prontos for St Patties Day. I drive to Chicago to see my family for a weekend, and watch my 3-year-old niece's dance practice.


My consulting job at Polk continues to be stressful - even more so because I know it will end soon but not when. Despite not being able to take any time off, I fly to Florida to spend a very short weekend hanging out on a beach with my sister. We warm up in the sun, walk, eat, shop, and rent bicycles. I discover my contract will end with the end of the month. I watch a couple of friends (Jer and Ger) get married.


I have a decent time at Penguicon. I buy M a bicycle. Xede asks me to take an unpaid leave of absence. I have arthroscopic surgery on my knee (and am disappointed to learn the damage is worse than originally thought, and no repair work is done).

I interview with Gale, am offered a job the same day, and accept it the following day. I resign from Xede. I drive to Chicago, and M and I see a Cubs game. For Memorial Day, we drive Up North to stay at our friends' cabin.


I invite a bunch of friends to join me at Sangria for an early birthday party, then we have cake at my house later. I give blood. I plant flowers in my yard. M and I watch the Tigers play the Cubs at Comerica.


M and I go Up North for the Fourth with our usual cohorts, and revisit the scene of the soccer field lockin. We manage to not get locked in. I decide to put my house on the market, and M and I spend many hours, blood, sweat, and tears, to get it fixed up. I sell my sectional couch.

M and I go Up North again, this time for a camping/canoeing trip. We also attend a wedding reception for friends who got married in Russia.


I have a painter come in and cover up my lovely purple walls. I remind myself again and again, "It's not my house." I put my house up for sale. M and I drive to Toledo to watch a Mudhens game. We celebrate Dragonfly's birthday. We attend my 20-year high school reunion (ack). M attend the Advil Open while I attend Constructacon. I drive to Chicago for a(nother) short visit that includes a 59 mile bike ride. Nobody buys my house.


M and I bury a statue of St Joseph in my yard, to encourage the house to sell. I order an orthopedic knee brace. M and I go on a one-week driving vacation through the Upper Peninsula and Lelenaw. I receive a Difference Maker award at work. Nobody buys my house.


My sister, M, and I all go on the Blue Water Ramble bike ride for Team Alpaca. I ride by myself (Lone Alpaca) in a breast cancer awareness ride. I attend ConClave. My sister visits. I continue to be frustrated by my house's refusal to be sold. I attend a Spartan football game. M and I dress up as each other for Halloween.


I catch a cold. I suffer a reoccurrence of my periodic salivary gland infection. I catch another cold. I decide that November is not a healthy month. M and I attend "prom for adults", which is really a charity dinner. I accidentally drop my Centro in a drainpipe, but it is rescued. I decide to buy a Palm Pre anyway. I spend Thanksgiving with M's family, and we are visited by a friend of his from Scotland. Nobody buys my house.


M and I chop down a Christmas tree. Nobody buys my house, but we decide not to let that stop us. We complete Project Shackup two weeks before Christmas, which means I officially move into his house. I buy my nephew hermit crabs for Christmas. We drive to Chicago for Christmas. M proposes marriage. I say YES.


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netmouse From: netmouse Date: January 4th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful illustrated wrap-up!

I am sorry I did not manage to get together with you on bike-riding this year. Will you be at ConFusion?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Next year we WILL do better with the Team Alpacaing, one way or another!

I'll be there, although I'll be popping out periodically to have dinner with my mom since she's picked an inopportune time to visit.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 4th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still really happy whenever I think about you two getting hitched. Yay for love!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay indeed! Thanks! (:
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