The Last Word on 2009

Tough Year with A Few Bright Spots: I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2009 exit. Many tough things to deal with this year…starting with the loss of my angel, Sabrina, right before Christmas, 2008. Got the year off to a sad, numb start. There was a brief time of levity after I adopted Felix in January, but he ended up having FIP and there was no choice but to put him to sleep in April. An extremely difficult work situation was coming to a head at that time, and I was heading into major surgery just a couple weeks later. It was a less-than-ideal situation for healing and that has taken some extra time due to the stress I was under. Health problems plagued me all year long – since September, I’ve had a chronic cough, asthma troubles and recurring sinus infections. Ended up having two teeth removed last week due to serious infection – hoping that will begin a turnaround. And my new kitten had to have emergency surgery right before Christmas due to ingested string blocking her stomach. Enough is enough, 2009 – you’re FIRED!

Bright spots:

  • I had my Felix for a few short months at least. He was such a comical kitty!
  • I fell madly in love with U2. Better late than never! I’ve spent all year exploring and discovering the 30+ years of their work. The two concerts I saw on their 360 tour were mind-boggling, and the stage and screen developed for the tour have fascinated me all year.
  • The work situation was resolved in such an inspiring way, and I ended up with the most amazing boss as a result. I am so lucky to be where I am.
  • In September, I was adopted by Moxie, an adorable black and white kitten who is my new rambunctious little angel.
  • I met tons of great new IndyCar people – some in person, but mostly through Twitter. (How did we survive before Twitter?) The Winter Indy Tweetup was a highlight of my year.
  • I’ve pared down my social list a bit. Certain folks were taking up some time and energy but weren’t contributing positive things to my environment. Buh-bye!
  • My beautiful Sebastian is still the sweetest thing. He’s slowing down now (he’s almost 16), and I’m making a point to spend as much time as I can enjoying his kitty company.

2010 has more races and race fans in store, as well as more U2 shows. Hopefully, my work situation will continue along its lucky path and my health and that of the kittehs will stabilize and become something to celebrate. Here’s to 2010 being a great one for us all.

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