Before the Ball Drops – Year in Review

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Somehow it is December 31st. I am not sure where the year went, but I’m sure most of it was spent at school and work. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though and 2010 promises some wonderful things. I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on 2009 and all the amazing things it brought.

In 2009, I joined a walking team and completed five 5Ks, decreasing my time with each one. I completed my certifications in Microsoft Office at school, and am now certified in all five applications. Eric and I celebrated our three year anniversary with a trip to Turner Falls, OK. I joined my stitching friends on Thursdays at Barnes & Noble when I was able to get away from school, which allowed us all to become closer throughout the year. I attended my first two stitching workshops this year through my guild, Catherine Theron and Jane Timmers. There are many many other things that I have to be grateful for and new experiences I had this year.

I feel like I definitely got a lot of reading in this year, which was remarkable, and very nice. I have missed reading as much as I used to. Here’s what I read in 2009…

The God of Small Things*
Two for the Dough
Giovanni and Lusanna*
Dead Until Dark
Pillars of the Earth
Three to Get Deadly
Old Masters: A Comedy*
Dark Lover
Bitter is the New Black
The Man Who Loved China*
Lover Eternal
The Elegance of the Hedgehog*
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening
Vampire Diaries: The Struggle
The Lovely Bones
The Host
Lover Awakened
Lover Revealed
Drums of Autumn
The Hunger Games

*Read for Artful Readings Book Club.

And although I didn’t have as many finishes this year as I would have liked, I’m lucky and grateful to have gotten any in at all. I’ve linked all these to the finished photos, if you’d like a peek.

The Red Thread
Twilight Floss Tag
At Home with Jane Austen
My Everything
Petites Lettres Rouge
Peacock Pinkeep
Earth Sampler
Monogram Pincushion
Happy Birthday Stocking
February’s Violet Stocking
Angel of Tulips

Madeira Tin & Sewing Set (mostly finished)
Sylvia’s Sampler
At Plimoth
Jenny Bean’s Halloween Sampler

I also did some crafting, which I still need to show you. And two quilts are on the horizon to be finished – they are just lacking their binding. So, I’m sure I’ll be adding to my 2010 finishes list pretty quickly once the New Year begins. Thanks to all of you who visit me here and touched my life in such an amazing way. Have a safe and wonderful end to 2009 and I’ll see you on the other side.

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Happy New Year!

I am grateful for another great one!

23 thoughts on “Before the Ball Drops – Year in Review”

  1. Your wrapping up 2009 with a big pile of accomplishments! Congratulations!
    May your New Year be filled with health, happiness, blessings and prosperity!

  2. Your wrapping up 2009 with a big pile of accomplishments! Congratulations!
    May your New Year be filled with health, happiness, blessings and prosperity!

  3. I love reading about your year in review! You’re so right — I have to be reading books or something is missing in my life. Your stitching finishes are wonderful as well. I don’t know how you get so much done with your busy schedule! Have a wonderful New Year!

  4. Grandma Yellow Hair

    what a nice post and great that you share these with us. A neat idea to keep up with a list of books you read through out the year. I never have but you have inspired me to give it a try.
    I read Pillar of the Earth and the sequel and loved both of them
    Happy New Year

  5. Happy New Year, girlfriend! Here we get to legally set off firecrackers – the boys are excited.
    You did accomplish a lot in 2009! I cannot wait until you announce that you are done with school.

  6. You have many accomplishments for 2009! I have enjoyed visiting you through your blog very much, and I always enjoy looking at your lovely stitching! Congratulations on your walks – I think it’s wonderful.

    A very Happy New Year to you, and I hope it brings you everything your heart desires.

  7. What a great list of accomplishments! They are beautiful!

    I love to read and have to read something every evening before bed. I always have a book going. Have you heard of Goodreads? It’s a great way to track the books you’ve read.

  8. Michelle, if I had your schedule, I think I’d count myself lucky to have even one book read, much less all that you have read and stitched. YGG! Kudos on the walking and school accomplishments, too. Here’s to a happy 2010!

  9. Michelle, what a great post. How satisfying to have such a lengthy list of accomplishments and things you are grateful for in 2009.l

    Visiting your blog has been such a pleasure this past year. I loved hearing about your 5k’s and watching your stitching progress. You are an inspiration to so many.

    Happy New Year!

  10. You had a very good stitching and reading year. You can be so proud of having accomplished so much. Congratulations.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

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