2009 in Review

In comparison to 2008, 2009 was awful! The one thing I can think of that 2009 had over 2008 was that I read more than double the books I read in 2008. I’m anticipating the fresh feel of a new year that is 2010. In the meantime, here’s a review of how my year has gone with heavier emphasis on my blessings verses my misfortunes.

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January 2009

Celebrating New Year’s with the boyfriend

February 2009

Alan and I at the Killer’s Concert

March 2009

Rodeo, Austin, TX

April 2009

Selina’s Birthday


Celebrating Sae’s law school graduation

June 2009

Cindy and me at Grand Lux Cafe in Houston


Brandi and me on Fourth of July


  • The first two weeks of August, I tried to squeeze in as much time as I can with Alan because he was about to leave for Korea for up to 4.5 months.
  • Starting, August 16, I started counting days Alan was gone.
  • Kim came to visit the weekend of the 22nd and we saw Wicked.
  • I saw 500 Days of Summer three times this month, in theatre, of course. This is the first movie I’ve done that.
  • Jon visited from NYC.
  • I got a part-time, part-time (yes you read that right) job, thanks to Brittany dropping a good word for me.

Alan’s last night out with friends before going to Korea.




Having hot chocolate at Ren Fest.


After party in the car.

I’m a blessed girl. Instinctively, I’d tell you my 2009 was pretty awful but when I write it all out like this and focused on the good rather than the bad, I can see now I’m still quite lucky. Farewell, 2009.

Tell me how your year went. Or better yet, if you have a year in review entry, I’d love to read yours.

  • Thinh

    Love it!

    • Linda

      Thinh, I enjoyed your list. it was nice to witness kind of first hand how you grew this year. keep inspiring!

  • I’m jealous of all the delicous-sounding food you had this year hah

    And I like shooting sometimes. I’m terrified of shotguns. I’m a decent shot.. not wonderful, but I’ll hit the target a few times hah

    • Linda

      whitney, that’s great/scary/impressive that you hit the target! i make it to the target maybe 50 percent of the time. that’s kinda scary too i guess.

  • Ari

    Wow you had a lot going on this year. Love that you went to San Francisco, I wanna go!

    Lol about the teacher bit – I’m a teacher and some days I feel like I don’t want to be. Some days it’s worth it tho. Good luck to you in 2010!

  • I went through 2.5 years of college to become a teacher when I realized I didn’t want to be one, nor should I be one. Also, a blessing in disguise happened when I failed my final internship which would give me my teaching credentials. I’m now on the path I was meant to be on, and a whole lot wiser!

    I loved your list! It’s amazing how much happens in a year!

  • Linda

    thanks for the comment. i commend teachers! it takes a special breed of people to do it and it’s an important job. if i had a hat, i’d tip it to you.

    thanks for the comment! yeah, it’s good to see the money and time i spent and you especially the time and money to realise what we DON”T want as bygones and important steps, no matter the cost.

    i’m heading off to read yours!

  • Sounds like a pretty good year—hope 2010 is even better!

  • linda

    Same to you, Amy! Happy new year to you and Brian

  • Jessilyn

    First of all, the first picture of you and Alan is so adorable. A lot of love is evident in that photograph :)

    I really enjoyed reading this, especially because I started reading your blog in September, and as I got to September 2009 in your list, I realized that I had experienced all these events with you through your writing and pictures. So thanks for inviting me (and all of us) into your life, for giving me something to look forward to reading everyday, and for your honesty. I wish you lived in New York – I would have loved to have a friend like you.

    Happy new year Linda! Here’s to a great 2010 for everyone.

  • Sounds like 2009 was a great year for you! I hope 2010 is great too! :)

  • Linda

    I’m not joking about having at least two very very close friends in NYC that I should eventually visit again when my wallet permits :) we should eat something together or drink something together! Happy new year and I’m glad to kinda meet you this year.

    likewise! Happy new year :)

  • Hey Linda, I know I already told you on 20SB, but I love the way you put together your list. Definitely going to try to keep better track of events on a monthly basis in 2010.

    • Linda

      Hi Martin! thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Good luck keeping record of your year! It’s good to look back and reflect and a year’s end seems like the perfect time to do that.

  • You had quite a year! Travel, career change, big milestones in the lives of loved ones. I love how you kept such great track of everything. I need to start doing that!

  • Linda

    thanks for the visit and comment, Elizabeth :)

  • meffy

    I still haven’t done mine! And now you and I are blogging for today. I guess I should set a deadline for this weekend huh? Ugh. I’d love to write down what happened this year. It was a big year for all that it sucked!