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!