Saturday, January 3

Best of 2008


The long-awaited for, much anticipated
Best of 2008!

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We had a brief snowstorm & accomplished a year's worth of winter fun in one evening.



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We took Patti & Eva to Boston. Patti toured several law schools, apartments and daycares. She eventually decided not to go to Boston and went to USC School of Law instead.

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Camping - lots n lots of camping.

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Patti enrolled in USC School of Law & moved to Columbia.

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We dug the Mongo Bat out of the attic & revived a national interest in the sport.
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I went with my father & brother on a fly-fishing trip in the Smokies.
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The Sole Sisters formed, celebrating life and good health.
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Brian graduated high school and raked in lots of cash.









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Patti graduated USC-Aiken and began preparing for law school.
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We resumed our annual July 4 Bryson City trips and went whitewater rafting.

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Marj, Brian & Tom opted for the one-man duckies & all got dumped at one particularly difficult spot. They got sucked into the hydraulics and Marj almost died.
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Marci joined the Air Force, completed boot camp & moved to Tampa.




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We hiked to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Carolina Mountains.
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Tom gave me a big surprise birthday party. Jen completely lied to me, thus keeping the surprise. Tom gave me a beautful diamond ring, got down on his knees and proposed to me again - 24 years after he did it the first time.
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I went back to my hometown area in NY/PA and helped my best friend get her daughter married off. Heather & Andrew wed, spent a month or two of glorious wedded bliss in Hawaii and then Andrew was suddenly deployed to Afghanistan.
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Marj began her Senior year of volleyball. Watching her in various sports (and band, bwa ha ha ha) throughout high school has been a lot of fun.
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In a bold and daring career move, I began working for Broadstreet Consulting. Broadstreet Consulting expanded into international business.


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I went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the flooding and did some disaster relief work.

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Sarah Palin entered the scene and breathed life back into the Republican Party. Her debate with what's-his-name was like a breath of fresh air.

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The girls were reunited. Lord have mercy.
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Tom & I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and spent two weeks in California.

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The weekend Sumo Wrestling came to Wagener. Who could forget that?

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Tom & I went to Europe for 2 weeks. Munich, Berchtesgaden, Vienna, Prague, Budapest.... fascinating. We learned so much. We also couchsurfed for the first time (in Munich) and are looking forward to more couch surfing in the future.
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America voted in its first black president. A very memorable election. We had lots of fun debate parties, culminating in an election night party, in which one person reluctantly admitted they didn't vote.
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Tom completed his MBA and participated in the Hooding Ceremony, broadening my knowledge of academia. Very interesting.
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Jen joined us on our ladies trip to Gatlinburg where we experienced some awesome views. It was a very relaxing trip.
I've enjoyed 314 posts in 2008 & discussing the minutiae of life with you each day. I'm getting old. I'm getting tired. 2009 might contain fewer posts while I get away from the computer and slow down a little. I've enjoyed the increasing amount of comments and hope you continue to comment more!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow what a whirlwind year, yes you DO need to slow down BUT not on the blogs they're too much fun---- for us!!

Jen said...

It's been a good year...a very good year!

Cathy said...

That was fun reading. What a great year. Wonder what's in store for '09?