Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I've Got a Question - You've Got an Answer

Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle - it's the last day of December already! How, may I ask, did THAT happen? Whoever said that as you get older the years fly by wasn't just whistling Dixie as time seems to be moving at a rather alarming rate. Least ways, it is for me.

Looking back on 2008, it's hard to believe that some of the things that I recall happened this year and not last year as, another joy of growing older, all of my memories seem to pool together lately. However, that said, what I'd like to ask in this post is ...

What was the best thing to happen to you in 2008?
You can list more than one if you'd like!

There are so many great things from 2008 that I could list but my answer to this question - believe it or not - was my 50th birthday which I celebrated on September 9th. Even though I still have a little bit of trouble remembering that I am a half-century old and can't quite fathom how I got here so quickly, 50 was not a hard age for me to turn in spite of all the aches and pains that come with the number.

Perhaps part of the reason for that was some of the people whom I got to celebrate my birthday with ...

Erik from The Fire Insider - a former co-worker and still favorite Scotsman of mine!

Andrew, JM, and Dennis - three of the nicest guys I know (oh, and just for the record, that really cute one in the middle there - yeah, that's who I'm taking to my annual employee party next month and along with that I always get a dance with Andrew which I look forward to every year!)

My favorite Boston blogger, Ms. Maggie Moo, came down for the occasion and brought yummy cupcakes, too!

Claire's arm was in attendance, too, as was the rest of her but she's very camera-shy and, cheeky Brit that she is, she refused to take a picture with me on my birthday!

Now how, may I ask you, could that little get-together not be my favorite memory of the year and one of the best things to happen to me in 2008? Turning 50 isn't bad when you've got friends like that to share it with!

So, what about you folks, share with me your best memory/happening of 2008 - I bet some of them and I can guess (right, Star?) but others might be a total surprise!


  1. Anonymous6:19 AM EST

    I have one SisterDear (SD4) who is still younger than you, the rest of us are a bit older, but close. But, for some reason is didn't click before... you and SD2 were born on the same day, only a few years apart as she is 52. Clearly, September 9th is a very Royal Birthday!

    Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, my friend!

  2. Teehee... So glad you said we could have more than one... because I have two.

    Getting married & getting pregnant!!!

    But you guessed already. hahaha.

    Happy New Year... I hope you have a wonderful year ahead, you deserve only the best.

  3. I did my own 2008 review today and am pleased that more good things than bad happened - may it continue!

    I hope 2009 bring you good health and happiness Linda. x

  4. That's awesome that the birthday was a positive thing! I'm quickly ushering 2008 out and kicking it in the butt as it goes!

  5. First and foremost must be getting married in Caribbean. Second would be having guts to go back to school. And third is saving that little monster of a dog of ours from going to pound :o)

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Linda Loo!

  6. well let's see. i think i'll name all the cakes i ate. ( just kidding, i'm not THAT shallow)

    i think going on the cruise with the grandchildren was our highlight this year.

    and staying vertical!

    happy new year honey!

    smiles, bee

  7. Going to the Dominican Republic was the first time I left the country. and getting my puppy Davis. He is very loving.

  8. Actually the best things that happen to me.

    1. My grand daughter Brighton came into the world.
    2. Going on Vacation in Rhode Island and meeting all you guys
    3. My Dad went a whole year with out a stroke.. yeah
    4. There is a lot more, but dang I have to get ready for work. :)

  9. What a great way to turn 50!! I very quietly turned 60. But the best thing that happened was that the bone marrow transplant that DH (dear hubby) went through did indeed put him in remission of his cancer (multiple myeloma which is a cancer of the blood that affects the bone marrow and eats bones from the inside out). There is no cure but he is in remission.

  10. Oh yes... the second best thing was cruising for 16 days from Los Angeles to Miami through the Panama Canal.

  11. Anonymous11:53 AM EST

    Where to begin?
    1. January - I bet some bloggers in real life (Bee, Sarge, and Sandy!)
    2. April - I started living off and on in our airstream.
    3. May - saltwater fishing in the Gulf... those red snappers are big and they fight!
    4. August - I got to take my two brothers out on a boat ride and fishing trip to celebrate family.
    5. November - Meeting fellow airstreamers!

  12. That's an easy one to answer. I got to meet you and Katherine for a wonderful Mexican dinner.

    Have a terrific day and a very Happy New Year. Big hug. :)

  13. I love this picture of us! I had it in my cube at work and everyone who saw it told me how great we both look!

    Even though it didn't last very long b/c of my job, I think getting to work in the owners suites at Fenway topped my list.

    Happy New Year my friend!

  14. Glad you enjoyed your 50th with so many delightful people.

    This has been a quiet year on the "how the hell did it get to be that date" whizzing calendar, but I absolutely love the new kittens.

    2009 will be monumental as I turn 65. My daughter turns 45 and my eldest grandchild turns 30. We may all take up heavy drinking.

  15. It's so nice to be able to get back to blogging and catching up with your news:-) The best thing to happen to me in 2008 was becoming a first time grandma of course! hehe I don't blame you for choosing your 50th birthday celebration as the best thing for you, you were in the company of so many wonderful people that you care about:-) Wishing you and yours all the very best that 2009 has to offer!! xoxo

  16. The best thing for me was the experience of having my portait painted. Unforgettable!

  17. I have a few, despite 2008 being a pretty awful year.
    (Not being too negative, am I?)

    Best memories:

    1) meeting you and Queen Mimi last March - that was fun!

    2) adopting the Brothers Furr (aka Linus and Rigby) in January

    3) getting together with you again in August, with Prince Ralph and Princess Allegra in tow.

    4) being proud of my children's academic achievements, of which there are many

    Can't think of anything else at the moment.
    I wish you and yours a wonderful New Year, Duchess Linda. ;-)

  18. I think the vacation that I took with my kids and grandkids was the best. It is a tough choice. My final trip to the original Yankee Stadium with my Dad and son was special as well. Happy New Year, my friend!

  19. Anonymous5:33 PM EST

    It was a good year for me, even though I did go through a lot of aggravation. I gained independence from my family. I got a new job (which I do like better than my last one). I traveled to Colorado and saw the Rocky Mountains which was an amazing experience. And I bought a almost new car that I quite like! Oh, and got a boyfriend that spoils me. :)

  20. First off, let me wish you & all your fellow bloggers a happy & safe New Year! One thing that I hope does NOT change is our friendship! Now, two things stand out as favorites of 2008: 1.) Getting my first Harley Davidson Motorcycle! I put 3165 miles on that baby in just my first season, and whew! let me tell you how freedom REALLY feels! 2.) The cross-country car trip "Mrs. Bulldog" & I took to Wyoming & back. Wow! Amazing how beautiful this country truly is! Well, that's my story (answer), and I'm stickin' to it! All the best to you in 2009!

  21. Anonymous10:30 PM EST

    Well, I give you one guess...yup, you've got it. The birth of my 3rd child! :D

    Happy new Year, Linda Loo!!!

  22. I'll take 5:

    1. Last Saturday, Daniel pulled Jeff's glasses out of his pocket, handed them to him and said "eyes"! The power of one word is awesome.

    2. Can't name the exact date, but the second thing is when I noticed that Angela was once again smiling most of the time. The power of resilience in the face of adversity is a blessing.

    3. Last July, when Ron & Lisa brought my grandchildren to see us. The power of family is inexpressible.

    4. Every single time (thousands) that Jeff has smiled at me this year. The power of love is cozy, exciting and ages better than anything I know of.

    4. Last but never least, every single word, giggle, confidence, tear, rant...every word...that I've shared with my closest friends...of whom you are and shall ever be #1. The power of friendship is more valuable than gold.

    Happy 2009 Yogi...

  23. And btw, how on earth do you bear being surrounded by so many adorable men all the time? Lucky girl!

  24. ummm, I think hearing my 5 yr old SNK reciting the Christmas Story has to top the list...with his 3 yr old brother SNK up there telling parts of it in his own language being #2. Then there was the day Sissy said Mama. Finding a job that pays well, I can do well, and has great coworkers....hubby finding a new appreciation for me as he learns the realities of staying home.

    oh, then there's this post.

    especially number 6!!

    Yeah, baby, walking in my shoes ain't what you thought huh.

  25. I'd have to say taking the stand in what I believed in, and switching fire departments. PFD was pretty much home(cause I spent more time there than I did at home) for around 14 years. It was tough at first, but it renewed my love for the fire service and started that "fire" again.

    Of course anytime I've gotten to spend with Hayleigh, rekindling my blog, and meeting up with everyone for your birthday. That was honestly a great time had by all. Then there was meeting the lovely Claire, now that was breath-taking! ;-D

    Anyways, I hope you had a great NYE. I'm somewhat disappointed as I'm here at work while people are sleeping off their hangovers!!

    Linda, may your best of 2008, be your worst of 2009!!

    xo Erik

  26. Did that last part make sense?

    Just saying that I hope you have an awesome 2008!

    Happy New Year/Hogmanay!!


  27. I don't know about best things, but the two really important things that happened in 2008 were my Certificate program and starting my new job.

  28. The new job is one of the best things. The new camera is one of the favorite possessions I got in '08. BUT, the visit to Ohio to be with my daddy during Thanksgiving is DEFINITELY the best memories and moments!


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