January A fairly quiet month. I took part in not one, but two color weeks and started painting my kitchen cabinets. I had high hopes for 2009, and spent a lot of time talking about resolutions and goals. Shocking, I know. I also started my Graduate Fiction Workshop class, which would end up being very important in my quest to be a Real Live Writer.
February We finally finished painting our kitchen cabinets, we competed in the Heartbreak Duathlon (my first multi-sport race ever!), and I attended the WebWise conference in DC, where I hung out with Scott and Ella, two of my good college friends, and met Scott's soon-to-be-wife Melanie for the first time.
March This was an exciting month! In March, I contemplated and ultimately decided to start running in the mornings (which comes so naturally to me now - to think that at one point, this was an issue!); split Spring Break between camping at Caddo Lake and attending our old roommate Neil's wedding in Austin; and I went a whole month without drinking any alcohol, because I like setting arbitrary goals for myself and then achieving them.
April I became friends with E and B, and they invited me to join their Writers' Group, which pleased me. I was also invited to read one of my short stories at an SFA student reading. My month of sobriety ended, and I celebrated accordingly.
May I wrote my first ever guest post at Yes and Yes; dragged Nathan on a culinary tour of Dallas; took two trips to Boykin Spring - once with the girls, once with my boys - and celebrated the start of summer; and hosted a Lost party for the season finale, complete with a Dharma Initiative cake. Delish!
June June was full of drama and intrigue, and it all started with the Texas Blueberry Festival's Blueberry Pie Contest. I prefer not to relive that particular indignation. I spent a week at work out of the office and in cemeteries for a grant project, and was promoted to head of my department - my first foray into the wild world of middle management! I also took a risk by cutting my own bangs, AND my mom and sisters came to Texas for their first ever family visit.
Stay turned for 2009 in Review - August through December!