Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Year in Review - 2009

What a difference a year makes! So much has happened, my life is different in so many ways, and I've accomplished a lot this year. It's been a good year in many ways. Let's go into more detail. *grin*

Places Visited: (new places in italics)
Casper, WY
Laramie, WY
Price, UT (I know, try to contain the excitement)
Beaver, UT
Milford, UT
Page, AZ
Bullfrog, UT
Delta, UT
Richfield, UT
Panguitch, UT
Logan, UT (woefully left off the first edition)
West Valley City, UT
Spanish Fork, UT
Springville, UT
Provo, UT
Mapleton, UT
Salt Lake City, UT (multiple times)
St. George, UT (lots of times)
Las Vegas, NV (several times)
London, England (really, just Heathrow Airport, but I'm counting it!)
Paris, France (that's right!)

Guys I went on dates with: 3 - one was an ex, one is a new guy, and one guy was in Paris.

Number of Boyfriends: 1 - though I'm still not sure I consider him my boyfriend...but we're getting there.

Guys Kissed: 5!! Don't judge. Especially don't judge that this number was 0 until the middle of December. And, don't judge that 4 happened in Paris and 2 of those were the same day. Finally, don't judge me because this number doubled my lifetime number!*grin*

Biggest Accomplishment: losing 140+ lbs. This has made the biggest difference in my life.

My Proudest Moment: Sitting down on the airplane to London; didn't have to use a seat belt extension and I fit into just my seat - no creeping over to the seat next to me! Woohoo!

My Least Proud Moment: A stupid decision I made in Paris that I'm not going to explain further. Sorry. :)

A New Experience: shooting a gun for the first time ever.

Weight Lost: 142 lbs as of December 25th, which was the last time I weighed myself in 2009. As of today, though, it's 150 lbs!

Number of Books Read: 40. This number is a little suspect...I think I forgot to record a few. Oh well.

Favorite Books Read: Terry Pratchett books (especially Witches Abroad), Fablehaven 1-4, and Lisey's Story by Stephen King (the only one of his I've ever read).

Fun Memories/Activities: Shakespeare festival, cousins weekends, car shopping with Aly, running, making new friends, hiking the "Blood Trail" in Logan, trip to Paris, volleyball with Cardine, buying smaller clothes, New Years kiss, walking the whole canyon trail, tennis with "the guys", teaching Primary, my nephew's baptism, riding the carousel in Paris with Cardine, kissing on the banks of the Seine, "dancing" with my youngest nephew - we have a special dance that he does whenever he sees me, spending lots of time with my family and friends - I've been blessed with the most wonderful people in my life.

Happiest Moment: standing in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and feeling the impact of finally realizing a dream I've had since I was 14.

Toughest Moment: this fall there were a couple weeks of misery where I felt trapped - unable to progress, to change, to move on. I was so unhappy! The cure: I booked a trip to Paris. It gave me something to look forward to, then everything else seemed better and brighter, and I returned to my normal happy self. :)

Most Unusual Decision: joining; however, it's turned out great so far!
Runner up: joining Facebook. Still don't know how I feel about it.

Biggest Regret: I don't usually have regrets because I always manage to learn from my mistakes. I did a couple really dumb things this year, but now I know a little more about myself and what I need to do differently in certain situations.

Hopes for 2010: a new job, more traveling, reaching my goal weight, go sky diving, run a 5k, enjoy having a boyfriend (don't stress out like usual).

I hope you all have a great year!


Kate Weber said...

Sounds like a fabulous year! I still can't wait to hear details about the Paris trip! (I hope you will kiss and tell.) Love you! I hope that 2010 is AMAZING for you!

Booklogged said...

I agree - sounds like a wonderful year! I got goose bumps reading about how you felt looking at Notre Dame. Thrilling! I want to hear more about your trip. I've never wanted to go to Paris but you will probably change my mind.

Melissa said...

I love the list idea! What a way to be thankful for all that has happened in the year. I would love to hear some Paris stories sometime, we will have to get together soon!

Mellissa said...

You did have a great and busy year. I can only imagine how it felt for you to stand in front of Notre Dame. I hope all that happens for you this year is great. You are fantastic and you deserve it!

Anonymous said...

You inspire me.

Don't forget to add Logan to your list! (although you already mentioned it by referring to the "Blood Trail"... ah, good times, good times... see I was helping prepare you for those 280-some-odd steps in France!)

Cassie said...

Well, I'm glad to know that you are alive. I was getting worried a bit there from the lack of returned phone calls. I can't wait to hear all (I hope all) about your trip.

Cardine said...

I am so glad that I got to be a part of some of the most fun moments. Yay! I like that you did this review. It was fun to read.

julie said...

Kate, I promise to get a Paris post as soon as I get a free hour or so (hopefully it'll take less time)! I may not give ALL the kissing details, but I'll definitely provide enough. Thanks! I love you, too, and hope you have a FAB 2010!

Book, I'm not sure Paris is everyone's cup of tea, but it was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I definitely think it's a great place to go with your honey.

Melissa, I'd LOVE to get together sometime! Let me settle back into some sort of routine, then let's plan a date and time.

Missy, thank you! I'm not sure about "fantastic", but I appreciate it anyway. :)

Sarah, no, YOU inspire ME! I can't believe I forgot Logan! I mean, I didn't, because I totally remember going there, but I can't believe I didn't add it to the list! Thanks for reminding me to do so. Yes, that hike definitely prepared me for something (at the time I thought a heart attack). No really, finishing that hike was a close runner-up for Proudest Moment. :)

Cassie, yes, I'm alive, though sometimes I'm not sure if I'm awake. Life is crazy! I'm looking forward to talking to you hopefully very soon!

Cardine, I'm really glad for all the moments in 2009 that I shared with you. Thanks for being an amazing friend!

Adam said...

You definitely had a more exciting year than I did.

julie said...

Adam, maybe my year was more exciting (esp toward the end), but I'm betting you have a wonderful year this year! If for no other reason, you'll get to see me more often - that's gotta count for something, right? :)

KieraAnne said...
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KieraAnne said...

That is so awesome that you went to Paris and kissed some guys. I had a guy hit on me when we were in the Louvre...Patrick was across the room and I guess the guy didn't see I was with him...or maybe didn't care? ;) You've lose 142 lbs? Congrats! That's amazing! Can't wait to hear more about your trip!