Happy New Year 2009.
2008 was a pretty good year. Here are some highlights.
I went to 21 music concerts. It's hard to pick which ones were the best because they were all so very good. The Hotel Cafe Tour at the Fine Line in March was incredible. Over two hours of constant music and I was in the front row. I went to the Cabooze for the first time in the summer to see Heidi Newfield. Her voice was so strong. Brandi Carlile put on a free show at the State Fair. She shared her passion and we rushed to the stage at the end of the show. Then I saw Journey at the Target Center. Despite the big venue I was impressed and loved the energy of the new lead singer. And what about Gaelic Storm? I only saw them once in 2008... but it was probably my favorite performance of theirs. The show was at the Guthrie on St. Patrick's Day. Hard to beat.
In July I spent a week on family vacation in Montana. Ah... Yellowstone National Park was just lovely. It was on the top of my list of National Parks to visit so I can cross that one off now.
On August 10th I turned 28 and celebrated the birthday with my Grandma, who turned 83.
Over the summer I ventured up north three times. Memorial Day and Labor Day were spent with family at the cabin by the Willow Flowage. I was with friends for the 4th of July near Brainerd, Minnesota.
I traveled a bit for work this year - to Nashville and Indianapolis and then to South Dakota. I managed to swing by Mount Rushmore and get a few good pictures.
The year ended with the holidays in a bit of a flurry. Everyone was at home in Edgar for a very white Christmas. Poor Grandma fell and broke her hip on Christmas Eve.
It's hard to believe all of these events, and many more, all fit into one year. My life is so full of family, friends, and adventure. I know how fortunate I am to be blessed with all of these things.
I'm excited for 2009!
There are several blogs and websites that I read regularly. One of the things I have read is about the little word concept. Basically, you pick a word and then it's something for you to focus on throughout the year. I'm not sure I'm committed to choosing a word for 2009. It's hard to pick just one word. So... here are a few words for me for 2009.
I don't really make new years resolutions. Rather, I like to set goals for each year. I've only started this list in my head right now and have yet to put anything on paper. I really want to buy a fancy new journal to write in and plan to put the goals in there.