Monday, January 5, 2009

LMJ's Top Eight for 2008

Ah, the obligatory 2008 recap post. It don't get much cheesier, but the new year has me feeling nostalgic, and, as J-E likes to point out, my blog was getting stagnant, so, what better way to start anew than by looking back on the old?

Here we go. Oh, and PS - eight moments, for 2008. Bring on the cheese.

8.) Fly Fishing - Kohler, WI - October 17, 2008
A unique opportunity to get completely out of my element and try my hand at something I never thought I would do. Discovering beautiful Kohler while catching the crap out of enormous king salmon (they never had a chance) is something I will never forget.

7.) July 9, 2008
I found refreshing inspiration, a push to be better, and a reminder that few things are funnier than a fith thandwich.

6.) The 2008 Milwaukee Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Milwaukee, WI - September 28, 2008
Due to various lifelong illnesses and lack of motivation, I never thought I might consider myself a runner. Crossing the finish line of this wimpy 5K, with an embarrassingly horrible time (34 minutes and change, but I had a fever and didn't walk at all, so shove it), knowing that I had accomplished a goal and contributed to a cause I really care about - that was a pretty amazing moment.

5.) Yes We Can - Chicago, IL - November 4, 2008
Ok, so I was not in Grant Park for the festivities when Obama was voted president-elect of the United States of America, but in watching his acceptance speech, I felt like my vote mattered. Wah wah super cheesy, I know. But the guy is damn charismatic, and I cannot wait to see what he's got in store.

4.) Tyler and Lindsey Jones - Knoxville, TN - April 5, 2008
A long-awaited reunion with the original Posse - and a really amazing moment, watching a childhood friend take the plunge. There's just something about weddings - and I am very happy to have had the chance to be a part of this one.

3.) I'm Just Sayin' - Key West, FL - May 23, 2008
A few hundred miles of bridges through the keys, a couple (or more) tumblers of rum punch, a few hours in a hammock in stifling heat. A conga line in the parade, a breathtaking sunset, seven people, and one hotel room (famous for its drag shows). Enough said.

2.) Lucas Daniel Beio - Romeoville, IL - October 6, 2008
My nephew is born. I don't have words for this, but I will say that I absolutely cannot wait to see him grow up.

1.) The Winter of Jen - Chicago, IL - November 8, 2008
Save the cheesiest of the cheesy for last - I am pretty sure one of the best things that has happened to me thus far in my short existence was moving to Chicago. Unlike Costanza and the Summer of George, I will not be ending up in a hospital bed, taken down by slippery invitations. A new motivation, a revived passion for the industry, and a new life in a town I love, surrounded by people I love. Bring on the Winter of Jen.

You can all stop throwing up now, I'm done. 2008 was a rough year for me in many ways, but also a really great one. Things are on the up-and-up, and I am looking forward to seeing where 2009 is headed. Auld lang syne, and etc. Cheers!


  1. That was pretty cheesy but I appreciated the wit and humor throughout. At first I thought you were talking about me when you mentioned Summer of George and being in a hospital but I quickly realized you weren't. Sadly.

    A year from now you could possibly write about joining me in Orange County for a Half-Marathon for your nine moments of '09. Just a thought.

  2. I am for real contemplating the half-M. And, technically, that was your Summer of George.

  3. Glad to hear of your contemplation. That was a pretty wild summer for me. Glad you were there for it. Especially for driving me around.