So 2008 sucked. Seriously, I'm glad it is almost OVER. This is perhaps magnified by the fact that my laptop is dead and being shipped off to the Apple people to get fixed. (I'm writing this on my dad's laptop, btw). It was acting kind of funny the other day, and then it started crashing repeatedly. I called the Apple store people and made an appointment to take it to the Genius people and today after flying back to Texas from Cali (and getting up at 4:30 AM!) I went straight to the store and got the bad news. I almost started crying right there in the store. Anyway, 2008, here we go:
January: I had a terrible job that I really really hated, and then they asked me to resign, so that sucked. I started getting rejection letters from graduate schools. That also sucked.
February: I got a new job, same company, got to keep my sick leave and vacation. That was good. Got more rejection letters from more programs I really wanted to go to. That sucked.
March: Found out I got into UChicago. That was kind of cool.
April: Visited UChicago. Decided to go there. Decided that I hated the new job. That sucked.
May: Had jaw surgery. That really sucked.
June: Did not eat solid food for the entire month of June. I dare you to try that. It'll make you really skinny.
July: My dad was hit by a car while riding his bike and spent a month in the hospital. That really really really sucked.
August: My dad got out of the hospital. That was cool. I moved to Chicago and started graduate school. That was also cool.
September: I decided that I loved Chicago. My dad continued to improve.
October: Grad school and my personal life both decided to hand me my ass on a plate, pretty much in the same week. It started to get cold. That was not awesome.
November: Barack Obama was elected and I was in Grant Park to experience it. That made the entire month awesome and overrode all the not-fun things that happened this month, none of which were really notable.
December: I survived my first semester of graduate school. I decided I need to work harder next quarter. I went to San Francisco with my family. I was sick while I was there, and then my computer died. See above. Tomorrow is the last day of the year and I'm ok with that. I want to go back to Chicago and shake things up. I have a lot of hopes and plans for 2009, the main one being graduate from this master's program and figure out what I want to do with my life. I don't know if I'll stay in Chicago. I don't know if I want to get a PhD. I don't know what kind of job I want. These are all things that can be figured out over time. I don't graduate until June. Hopefully the economy will be better by then. Hopefully I'll have more direction. I'm hoping that 2009 will be better than 2008, which is a year that won't be hard to one-up. I'm excited to find out.