Goodbye 2008

Posted on Wednesday 31st December 2008 at 00:00
Oh dear Lord! Gerald, come quickly, that dreadful Mark Glover is about to bore everyone to death with another of those horrible end of year summary round-robin-esque posts that make such DULL reading every December. How utterly awful!

That's right dear reader, it's the annual End of Year Summary Round-Robbin-Esque post! Yes, yes I know Everyone does them Every year and they aren't much fun, but this is my blog and I'll write whatever I jolly well want to, thank you very much. If you don't want to read it you don't have to, I won't be offended, but don't expect me to take the hint and not write posts like this, because it's what I do.

So, without further ado:

My 2008 in Summary

The last year, which at the time of writing has approximately 9 hours and 9 minutes left to run, has been pretty good for me, one way or another. Things started slowly enough, with my degree still dragging, and work dragging even more. I was still working full time, and for a few weeks I got to pretend to be in charge whilst my supervisor was off work with a bad back.

At Easter I visited Cardiff for the first time and survived. Unknown to me at the time (although I suspected it) I'd just failed a large chunk of my year through not doing my coursework properly, and soon I'd be going on to fail an equally large chunk of the exams as well. Nonetheless, I was in good spirits when I directed my parents to the Jolly Sailor in Saltford to celebrate my 22nd birthday in June. They'd bought me what must rank as my ultimate gadget of all time, my iPod Touch. I won't start ranting about it here, but it's bloody fantastic! At the end of that month I developed an ingrown toenail, which has left me limping for the last 6 months, but should be fixed next week when the NHS chop my leg off.

Darling this just won't do! If he doesn't find something to talk about that isn't a disgusting medical condition soon I'm going to need another G&T!

In July I embarked on a summer work schedule that would see me in work every single day for over a month. It was pretty gruelling, but I hold no grudges as whilst there I got chatting to the girl who I'm now extremely pleased to call my girlfriend, L. Her arrival in my life has impacted my opinion of the whole year, and she dominates the remaining months, both in terms of time and my moods.

August and September were a blur of work and dates that sped by far too fast but left me with enough happy memories for a lifetime. L's gentle but firm influence helped me pass all my resits and enter my final year of university, my degree finally back on track.

At the end of September L returned to her own university course in Plymouth, and so began the now familiar routine of driving or training the 130 miles between our cities every weekend. It isn't an ideal situation for many reasons, but we've made it work and shall continue to do so in the New Year.

December involved sharing the run up to Christmas with a partner for the first time in my life, and the whole experience was better for being able to share it with L. We spent Christmas itself with our respective families but much of the rest of the holidays have been ours to share.

In a few hours she and I will attend our first New Year's Eve party together. I predict it'll be like When Harry Met Sally, but with less shouting.

Gerald, will you wake up! He's finished talking about his 2008 and now he's going to be disgustingly optimistic about the year ahead. I don't think I can take much more of this; it's making me feel queasy!

2009 Here I Come

And so to the New Year. What does 2009 have in store for me? Well first and foremost, a lot of coursework. I'm expecting to be snowed under pretty much solidly for the next two months, but once it's complete I'll never have to do coursework again! L and I are celebrating with a weekend break to Brussels in the Spring, the result of hard saving and a small Lottery win last year.

In the Summer I'm expecting to complete my degree and then things get weird. For the first time in my entire life, I have nothing planned. I went to uni as soon as I'd finished school, and so I've been in education solidly for the last 18 years of my life. Every year I've known that come September it'll be back to school, 6th form or university. This year September won't be back to anything. How bizarre!

Obviously I'm hoping to repay the extensive investment in my education over the last 18 years by my parents, teachers and the State by getting a job, but what job? Perhaps this time next year I'll have the answer to that big, looming question.

For now though it's still 2008, and what better way to finish off the year than by wishing you all a

Happy New Year!

Oh thank goodness, I thought he'd never stop!

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