Because I did it last year, I’ll do it again now…
The Year in A, B, C’s: A Retrospective, Alphabetical Look Back at 2007.
A- Activism. This year I finally started acting rather than just wishing, or thinking. Everyone should chose something to work towards, an unselfish goal that really gets your goat. Mine is animal rights.
B- Breakup. Did you know that Dave and I broke up in March? Nope, I don’t think many people did know. It didn’t last long, but in that short time, my heart was wrenched out of my chest and stomped on, and then placed back in my chest again, bruised and battered. Now, however, I am totally over it! Three cheers for the tenacity of hearts! Hip hip horray!
C- Carnivale in Venice- I have always wanted to go to Venice during the festival, and this year we finally did, and it was beautiful!
D- Dogsitting. Dave and I began dogsitting in August, and it has been crazy, tiring, emotional, fun, frustrating, and rewarding, all at the same time. And it is helping us save for our trips, so I can’t complain (too much).
E- Excellent Live Music Scene. Amsterdam, you seriously kick ass for live music. It was SUCH a good year for concerts, and I saw acts that I have been waiting to see for ages!
F- Family. This year, I met my paternal grandmother and aunt for the second time ever. We sat in pubs in Dublin and talked and talked and talked and it was just….awesome. So awesome.
G- Gym, yes gym. For three or four months, I went every day, sometimes twice a day, and the rewards were outstanding. I’ve never felt so great in my entire life. I’ll definitely be back in the New Year.
H- Helicopter Pilot. Hang in there, buddy! You’ll be home soon! Then maybe you’ll finally come and visit?
I- Immigration. Huh?…I can stay? …For 5 years? Really? Fucking RAD.
J- Josh Ritter. Saw him AGAIN this year, for the third time. Sweet. As always.
K- totally can’t think of anything for K! How about my mom, Kim? She and Steve came to visit recently, and brought me sweet relish and swedish fish! Gotta love her!
L- Lola, my steadfast little girl. If every dog that we watched were as cool and chill as her, then this dogsitting bidness would be sweet as. However, this year has been all about trying to get her to lose weight, the little porker!
M- Mylo. We got him on a whim in Paris, and have regretted it ever since. I mean… No, seriously, the dog is so cuddly and cute, it’s hard not to love him. Even though he eats shit.
N- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I got to 12,000 words, so missed the mark by more than half, BUT! I have the beginning of a book that I will continue to work on without the pressure of finishing it within 30 days, so I’m happy with that!
O- Obesity Surgery (for the second year in a row). This is what the company I work for does. Again, you paid the bills. And so I thank you.
P- Pamplona, Running of the Nudes. A crazy group of likeminded animal rights activists, wearing very little under the Spanish sun. Sounds like fun to me!
Q- Quick! Think of something for Q! …nope, nothing.
R- Rock Werchter. 4 days of camping, great music, and friends in the Belgian countryside…oh, and glowstick charades!
S- Sharkattack. My award-winning Halloween costume! Nothing like running around half-naked through town, wearing a home-made shark, drunk as a skunk with 2 Ghostbusters! We raked in the prizes at 3 different places over the course of 2 days celebrating. Man, I love Halloween.
T- Travel. This year was supposed to be the year of travel, going to at least one place a month, but sadly we only got to Ireland, Belgium, France and Italy. Next year, however, will be better.
U- Under the weather. In January, I was sick for 2 weeks. Who gets sick for 2 weeks? Not me (usually). I nearly NEVER get sick unless it is self-induced (read: hangover), so this really shocked me.
V- Veganism. Back on track. If you are vegetarian, you should, for the exact same reasons, consider veganism. But I’ve said enough about that over the past year, so I won’t get into it here again.
W- Wheels, Mikey. And Ryan. (Had to get crafty with this one, as M was already taken.) This year, Mike Williams from my hometown came to visit with his friend Ryan, and we loved having them over. You guys are welcome any time! The only bad thing was that you wouldn’t let me fuss over you as much as I’d have liked. Next time, bitches!
XYZ- Hm, nothing here, so I did a bit of research and found that xyz means “examine your zipper” and is used to indicate to someone that the zipper of his or her pants is open. Which makes sense because one of my favorite pairs of jeans has a faulty zipper, and I practically spent half of the year with my fly down.
Anyone know how to fix that, by the way???