Thursday, January 01, 2009

It's 2009!

Hello, welcome to 2009! I've just got a quick review of the past year, some of the slightly more interesting stuff. Maybe...

  • We went to Illinois
  • I got to know my second-cousins a little better :)
  • I made several new things, including sewing a skirt, knitting and felting a hat, and making smoothies
  • I had a VERY boring New Year's Eve at my grandma's house!
  • Considered starting a business selling home-made bread...that kind of came to nothing didn't it?
  • My blog was featured in the paper
  • I complained about Valentine's Day
  • I got a cell phone
  • We got a new washing machine
  • I wore an amazingly bright green sweater on St. Patrick's Day...yes, I posted a picture
  • I rambled about some important stuff and some very un-important stuff
  • I went to a gubernatorial debate-fun
  • I got my wisdom teeth taken out-not fun
  • I accidentally took the cat to the library
  • I watched American Idol an awful lot...I don't think we're going to watch it this year. I'm tired of it.
  • Went to the homeschool convention...didn't go to the dance. If they have it this year, I might go!
  • Met Jessica in person at the homeschool convention...found out she's the 2nd-cousin of one of my friends (!!!) Weird...
  • Built a trellis to grow squash on...the termites destroyed a lot of it just this year though. :(
  • My cousins from Ohio visited! I'm always happy to see them. :)
  • My mom and I made and canned apple butter and strawberry jam
  • Colin turned 7!
  • I played volleyball and decided I do actually like it.
  • We went and saw the farm that some friends of ours have...the goats chewed on me.
  • Took a CPR/First Aid class...remembered that I hate classes, and felt queasy about the first aid video
  • Watched the very tired of seeing Michael Phelps
  • Got a job!!!
  • Turned 19
  • Went to a weekend retreat at camp...decided I probably won't go again
  • Found out about contra dancing in Winston...went to my first dance.
  • Went to a square dance, met some more people that I only knew online! :)
  • Entered stuff in the fair
  • Went to the fair
  • My cousins visited again for Thanksgiving
  • Fell down stairs at work and injured myself *rolls eyes*
  • Voted! ...although there weren't very many people I wanted to vote for
  • Bought a laptop
  • Went to lots of holiday events.

So, hmm...that was 2008. Well, there are some things I'm very happy about. The fact that I got a job is probably the most influential thing that happened. But although I rambled about a lot of unimportant stuff, I feel like I learned a lot this year too. It's been a different sort of year, that's for sure. I'm not sure I could put it in words, but I feel like a lot of stuff has happened that has shaped my life. Wow...that sounded cheesy...but I can't think of any other way to put it. Things might not have always gone the way I wanted or expected, but I don't think I'd change them if I could. So all in all, it was a very good year. :)

And now, I just have a little request for the new year...I know I've got a lot of readers who don't ever comment, so it'd be cool if you'd leave a comment on this post, either saying what you liked most about the past year, or just saying hi, or whatever you'd like to say. :) You don't have to have a Blogger account to comment even, you can just put your name, or initials, or whatever in the name/url section. *watches as all her readers decide that's the last thing they're going to do...* :p

Anyway, Happy New Year! :)


Abigail said...

happy new year!

Leah said...

Happy New Year! Umm I got a job as well. That was big! :)

Enil said...

Happy New Year...thanks for all the comments on our blog.

Uncle Jim said...

Have no fear... UnderDawg {ahem} Uncle Jim is here!

rebecca said...

I totally get what you mean by having a life-shaping year--I feel totally different today than I was a year ago (I'm not sure how obvious that would be to other people though. Maybe I should write a very rambling post about it...or not.)

Happy New Year! :)

Anonymous said...

No plans for college?

Natalie said...

No, no plans for college...

Jessica said...

Hooray for no college! I'm very pro-DIY right now. Happy new year!

photogirl said...

Yeah, I feel the same way, Natalie...I've changed a lot this year, too! =)

amanda said...

Happy New Year! You have had an eventful year. Scott and I were just discussing that we have an eventful year coming... not so much for us but for other people in our lives. We already have at least 4 or 5 months that will have big events for friends and relatives...

mandolinartist aka amanda said...

I also realized that my name link is broken because I was trying to link the new blog, which shares my same google account login. Anyway, the new blog is

Meredith Ivy said...

Happy New Year!!

Annabeth said...

It was very fun to meet you at the square dance! Happy new year!

Jos said...

Happy New Year, minus 3 days, 12 hours, and 3 minutes!

Anonymous said...

No college plans? Sad. FTCC is a great option.

No college degree = no possibilities of getting a decent job in the future with benefits, etc.

Natalie said...

Hmm...while I appreciate your concern, Anonymous, I'll have to disagree. :)

Plus...I also don't usually take advice from someone I don't know! :D

Uncle Jim said...

Natalie, I'm pretty certain you and Anonymous know each other... which makes her anonymous "concern" that much more disingenuous.

Btw, don't you just love how you can compare comment posting timestamps with the IP address statistics that Sitemeter generates?

Natalie said...

Btw, don't you just love how you can compare comment posting timestamps with the IP address statistics that Sitemeter generates?

Mmm...yeah, but I think you're wrong, Uncle Jim. Send me an email maybe.

Sarah E. said...

Happy New Year!

My year was a good one, though I allowed several of my pet character flaws to run amock at times, leaving me less than wholly satisfied with it. Regardless, God has been faithful, and he blessed me beyond what I deserved.

I like how you summarized your year here -- makes me want to jot down the highlights of 2009 as I go and do something similar next year! *grins*

Great sweater, by the way. ;) And I hope I didn't post this multiple times -- my computer is acting funky.

Christopher said...

Happy New Year, Natalie! My wife and I enjoy you're blog.

Caroline said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (a little late!!) i just got a blog so come check it out!

Natalie said...

Oh, that's so cool, Caroline!! may be late, but I haven't gotten around to posting anything it doesn't matter. ;)

abby said...

hey!:) happy new year a bit on the late side.