Hard to believe, but here we are, the last day of 2008. Can you believe it? I don't think I can remember another year that flew by so quickly. For the most part, I'm not complaining, as 2008 was a bit rough in some ways. Good in some, rough in others.
Watching Gillian grow and develop into herself is always part of the good. She had some wonderful acting experiences this year: Spider in James and the Giant Peach, performing with City Circle in Schoolhouse Rock Live! and being asked to fill in the last night of Dreamwell Theatre's production of The Pillowman. I hope she will find more wonderful acting challenges in 2009.
Sixth grade, so far, has also been a positive experience for Gillian. She has made some very good friends, continued friendships that have existed since pre-school, and she's doing very well in math. Lanuage Arts is still her "thing," but it pleases me to no end to have her come home talking about how much she likes math.
Gillian is also starting to get excited about Jr. High next year. I'm hoping I get used to that idea!
More good: obviously, the great vacations we've taken. The adventure in the Pacific Northwest with my dear friend Janice, from Napa, CA, to Prosser, WA, and then to Portland, OR. And then our second cruise on the Disney Magic this past November. The underwater helmet dive and the trip to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben will always be wonderful adventures to remember.
My continued friendships with dear friends, including some very dear friends online. To Patti and Johanna, girls, you both have become very dear to me, and I raise a toast to you both. I look forward to our continued friendship, and MAYBE we can all finally get together in 2009??????
Challenges: definitely the old work environment. Many of you know the story, but things got very difficult at work and without such great friends and support at work, I don't know if I could have tolerated the tension. We were all in it together, and seeing how we all supported one another made me realize what a wonderful group of people I get to work with every day. So, there WAS a silver lining in that very black cloud. Fortunately, things seem to be getting better, and we'll just keep our fingers crossed that things continue in that vein.
Tomorrow I'll post about my resolutions for 2009, but for now, New Year's Eve is a time to reflect and celebrate, and toast the old and welcome the new. I wish all of you a VERY Happy New Year, and I wish you all nothing but the very best in 2009!