Friday, December 31, 2010

An Open Letter to 2010....

Dear 2010,

Hi there. You and I have truly had a love/hate relationship, haven't we? Yes, I think we both know that we have. A lot has happened this year and though we had 365 days together, I feel like it flew by in the blink of a frickin' eye. Seriously, I have felt like a zombie this entire year.

2010 brought a lot of frustration to me. I began working second shift full-time in order to go to nursing school full time, resulting in me only seeing my husband on
the weekends. This pissed me off to no end, especially considering that we had just been married 3 months when this stupid schedule change occurred. Nursing school is the hardest thing I've ever done in my almost 26 years of existence. I guess they're not kidding when they say they want you to know your sh*t when taking care of people's lives. Not that I blame them. Though I struggled, I can leave 2010 knowing that I've made it 50% of the way and by this time next year, I'll be a registered nurse. THAT IS INSANE. I'm happy I finally got my act together and stopped being a dunce when it comes to school. Though, as you can see to the side, there are still times I'd like to launch watermelons at my instructors. (Hey, I had to stay sane somehow. I doodle. It's what I do.)

Though working and going to school was frustrating, stressful, and seemingly impossible (and I did it without the help of any medicinal coping mechanisms!), 2010 was also a fabulous year. My husband and I got settled into our new house, which is still coming together a year down the road. For my birthday, we got two cats: Bo and Bella, who I love more than life itself. Seriously, at this point in my life, cats are so much better than babies.

2010, you've also brought me close to some fantabulous people in the bookish world. I'm a fairly outgoing person (with people that I know) and I love, love, love to talk. But I had no one with whom to discuss books. I do have a bookish friend who is getting back into reading, but she lives 300 miles away and we have very different schedules, so it's hard for us to chat books effectively.

Then came Twitter.

2010, I am thankful that you brought Twitter and me together. Without Twitter, I wouldn't have "met" a fraction of the people that I talk to even more than I talk to my own family. Without Twitter, those boring nights at work would be unbearable. Without Twitter, I wouldn't be able to let my alter-ego, Geraldine, rant with YOU, or talk Jessica Darling and !!!! and CAPS LOCK with YOU and YOU. I couldn't learn to play the Ocarina and talk Legend of Zelda and sing via e-mail with YOU. I wouldn't be able to shoot job offers at YOU to come be my live in cook (free access to my bookshelf!) And YOU and I couldn't talk about our cats and how they're so much cooler than people. Without YOU, I would have no one with whom to swoon over Irial. I wouldn't have the AMAZING opportunity to talk to my blogging celebs like YOU, YOU, YOU and YOU. And I wouldn't have discovered Bloodstream by Stateless without YOU, my musical BFFL. And without YOU, YOU, and YOU, my blogging/Twitter experience would flat out suck. For real. I told you I've met the most amazing people this year. Be jealous, because I would be :)

And 2010 also brought me a Nook. A freaking e-reader. I finally sold out, even though I promised myself I never would. I love that new book smell way too much. But we're in a brand-new, healthy relationship and I wouldn't change that for anything. It's much easier to carry around at work, instead of having 3 or 4 books spilling out of my purse.

All in all, I guess 2010 wasn't so terrible. I'm not looking forward to going back to school in a little over a week, but I think I'll be okay. I've got books to look forward to (AND HOLY CRAP THERE ARE SOME AMAZING 2011 RELEASES!), friends to chat with, and many, many, MANY reviews to write. Somehow that makes life exceptionally more manageable <3

Farewell, 2010. Thanks for keeping it real. I'll see you all next year for a phenomenal 2011. Be safe!

Love,
Jen

17 comments:

  1. Babs is very thankful for Geraldine <3 Seriously my friendship with you in 2010 is up there on the list!

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  2. You need to do a cat picture every week! Seriously! Those are some sweet fluffballs.

    I also sold out and got a Nook. So ashamed.

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  3. This is a fantabulous letter. I was talking to some of my nursing friends last night and realizing just how much work goes into being a nurse. Good for you! And at this point, cast > babies, yes. I'm glad there were so many good things to celebrate about 2010. Here's to ever-increasing better years!

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  4. I'm so glad that we met too! We seriously need to plan a meet up in 2011. I admire you so much for balancing school, work and blogging so well. I hope to be able to do the same this year. Best of luck in the New Year! :-)

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  5. I loved this letter! It's just so.. YOU ;)

    I am really glad that we met on Goodreads! Your reviews always bring a smile to my face and I wonder what goes on in your head all day. I discovered twitter this year too, and it has changed my life drastically. There are people out there like me... who love books and swoon over characters as much as I do (even the ones most people don't usually go for *wink wink*).

    Thanks for being YOU and making my blogging/twittering/reading so much better :)

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  6. Happy New Year Jen! 2010 was a love/hate year for me too...I started my first real out of college job, which was a huge adjustment. I also sold out and got an e-reader and I completely adore it!

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  7. So thankful for "meeting" you this past year, too <3!! I love that we've found this little nitch in the world to call our own - this wonderful world of book blogging! It has definitely been a high point of 2010 for me :-) Can't freaking wait for 2011!!

    Happy New Year Jen!
    P.S. I gave in too & got a nook. But sshh don't tell my books!

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  8. Congratulations on being 50% through nursing school! As hard as it is you're on the downward slope now! Here's to a successful year in school, marriage, furball parenting and blogging!

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  9. Hello! I just thought you might be interested in a book giveaway I'm hosting. Check it out at amandarosetew.blogspot.com!

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  10. Dear Jen,

    YOU had some interesting and awesome things happen to you in 2010. YOU made a lot of people smile. YOU said a lot of thought-provoking things. YOU made lots of people fall in love with YOU with your amazingfantabulous personality. YOU deserve all the joy in the world because of all the joy you bring to others. I look forward to making this year an awesome one.

    Love,

    2011

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  11. Darling, it's all about YOU, yes, YOU. Much love and many thanks for your friendship. More than you know.

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  12. I am so glad I met YOU. 2011 is going to be great for all of us.

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  13. Psh, you are a totes bigger blogging celeb than me. YOU make people laugh without trying too hard. YOU put real passion into your reviews. YOU rock.

    And I am so so so so so glad you started a blog, as your blog freakin rocks and is just what bloglandia needed.

    Happy New Years and I hope 2011 brings you so much joy and growth and happiness :-)

    PS Its okay to be a sellout for a shiny eReader.

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