31 December 2008

2008: The Year in Review

In January of this year I posted my new year's resolutions.  The theme was "The Year of More" and my resolutions were: (see original post here)

1.  Read more 
2.  Take more photos 
3.  Run more 
4.  Blog more  
5.  Hire babysitters more 

So, how did I do, you ask?  Well...

1.  I definitely did read more.  I successfully completed the 50 book challenge.  It was down to the wire since I just finished the 50th book today, but I did it!  The complete list can be seen on the right side bar.  Some of my favorite books read this year include The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Interpreter of Maladies, Blink ( a rare foray into non-fiction), and When you are Engulfed in Flames.  I am hoping to read another 50 books in 2009 and will keep a running tall on my blog as I did this year.

2.  I failed miserably at this one.  I never made one excursion just for the sake of photography.  I never eve cracked the book on my camera that I bought.  I did get a few good photos this year, but there could have been so much more.  I will have to do a post on my favorite photos from 2008 very soon.

3.  I did well with running for the first half of the year and then about halfway through the summer I just got bored with it.  Running became more like torture so I decided to take a break from it.  I haven't gone back yet, but I'm thinking about it again now.  I think I just can't do all running all the time.  I prefer to mix up my work outs.  I never ran another 5K this year and that is a bit disappointing.  

4.  I was highly successful at blogging more.  I had a total of 96 posts in 2007 (an average of 8 posts per month) and including this post I had a total of 154 posts in 2008 (an average of 12.8 posts per month).  I hope to continue at this pace in 2009.

5.  I was lucky enough to find a wonderful babysitter and I have definitely kept her busy this year.  I have no plans of letting up on that in 2009 either.  It has been very liberating to rely on a babysitter and I feel lucky that we can afford it.  Which reminds me, I must email her about some upcoming nights in January...

All-in-all 2008 was not a bad year.  It had its ups and downs -- ups especially on the vacation front (Italy and the SXSW tour) and downs especially on the work front.  Everyone I love is healthy and pretty happy so I am feeling lucky.  Best of all, there is much to look forward to in 2009.  2009 resolutions are coming soon...


Anonymous said...

Come out here and take some photos!

Dorothy W. said...

Doing well at 3 or 4 out of 5 resolutions sounds pretty great to me!

Anonymous said...

Yes - definitely keep up the blogging in 2009!

Emily Barton said...

Good for you. Seems to me you concentrated on the most important ones. Running, most definitely, is torture!