Lessee – what happened? The election, I think, is easily the biggest thing, and the thing that holds the most promise for 2009.
For us, the new kitchen and stairs are a huge change for the better. A couple unexpected twists and turns along the way (permits, anyone?), but overall, the changes have been enormous and positive.
Career-wise, things were really good for the most part – lots of moves in the right direction. I got a really great chance to build some useful skills – working with a wide variety of people on a wide variety of projects, got to look at design from a high, system-oriented level. I got a good chance to make a lot of positive change on those projects. Who knows, despite getting laid off, there’s some chance some of those projects will eventually see the light of day. We’ll see.
At the end of the year, even, I got a chance to do some consulting, which is something I’ve wanted to see if I could do, and so far, it’s turning out pretty well (I think). I think it’ll grow into a good opportunity in 2009.
The next year, we’re going to almost certainly finish up the big things on the house – do the drywall, and get a lot of the cosmetic things done.
Let’s see… for the next year:
* I will win a >6-figure prize in the lottery (this is sort of an interesting “resolution” – I have this weird record of knocking down some absurd “resolutions,” and so I figure this year, let’s shoot the moon!)
* I will find a “Creative Director” level design job or continue working as a design consultant
* I will drop to <210lbs by April
Here’s to a 2009 that wipes the floor with 2008. 🙂