2009 Year in Review

For those who haven’t seen this before, every new year I take some time to reflect on the past year and take note of some of the major things that happened. I do this for several reasons:
1) To keep a list for myself of things worth remembering
2) As sort of a “Christmas letter” to people I care about
3) To give myself perspective on my accomplishments and short comings to be learned from

The plans I had for 2009: (list from last year)
Accomplished:
- New job at work
- VA conference in late January
- Promotion
- more grad school
- Playing Rugby this Spring for my old team
- Buying a house in KoP
- Va conference again in the summer Summer

Missed:
- Possible trip to CA
- Possible trip to the South West

So I did everything but the two trips. But there is a good excuse for this: My brother got married, so I spent 2 weeks visiting Italy, Serbia and Bosnia. 

Full list of 2009: (in general order)
- Bought a house
- Took on a new job at work with much more responsibility
- Started playing Rugby again
- lost 25 lbs
- Promotion at work
- Ran in the Broad Street run with a time of 01:50:00
- Won best big wheel prize at the Big Wheel Pub Crawl
- Went to IL for my cousins wedding (the ceremony practically turned into a Broadway play)
- Last leadership conference for work. Got to visit the Air and space museum while there (before watching transformers 2)
- Visited my grandfathers home town in Sicily.
- Spent a few days in Rome (sadly, I experienced watching an old man die a block from the Colosseum)
- Spent a week in Serbia and Bosnia for my brothers wedding. (eating goat and drinking Serbian moonshine)
- 3 days of Jury duty. (criminal case - corruption of a minor)
- Rugby tournament in Sea Isle New Jersey
- White water rafting, paintball and getting kicked out of Shenanigan’s for a friends bachelor party
- Family Reunion (my massive family with 50 1st cousins)
- Had a GF for a good portion of the year.
- Took 3 more Grad classes (3 left)
- Had to do a Zulu for my Rugby team Halloween night
- Finished with new years eve on the water in Baltimore, MD with some great friends.

Plans for 2010:
- Moving down to VA for work
- Rugby tour around the UK in the Spring
- Wedding in Florida (with vacation?)
- Graduate from grad school

This year was a bit of a roller coaster. Plenty of ups and downs. I grew up a lot this year and have learned just how little I truly know. (jury duty, grad school and other life experiences will do that to you) But I have also accomplished a lot, recovering from the challenges from 2008 by taking some weight off, playing rugby again and finally doing some real traveling.

I think 2010 is going to be another good one :)

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