2008: A Recap

Well the year 2008 has come and gone. Thinking back to all that happened in 2008 I figured a recap of the year wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Family: I love my family. In 2008 Marcia and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. It is crazy to think that 11 years after meeting two people would love trust and respect each other as much as we do. She continues to make my heart smile. Also our son Gabe turned 3. I never imagined being a father would be as cool as it is, but he has made it a very rewarding experience.

The MOB Crew: When my sister’s family moved a mile away that gave me a lot of extra time to spend with my brother-in-law Chrisshon. It also made me realize that we could share our love for music. What started out with the two of us sitting one the couch staring at the laptop has evolved into 5 of us, a mini home studio, a vocal isolation booth, and a website. I hope 2009 treats us as well as 2008 has.

Twitter: So in 2008 I started using twitter and have to say that I wish I had this service for the last 10 years, it is so nice and handy. I have become a bit of a twitter junkie and perhaps spend too much time on it, but must say I love using it.

Damn I am old! I celebrated my 30th birthday and I got to spend it in Germany, which was amazing. I can’t say that I ever spent too much time thinking “what will life be like when I am thirty”, but as I reflect on the last year I must say. I have a pretty good life.

Work Projects: I have had a project that I cannot discuss much at work that has consumed much of my time over the last year. It has been very rewarding and has provided a unique opportunity to grow as an individual. I am excited that we are nearing a production launch of the product that has taken so much time.

Upper Iowa University: This has been as much a positive as a negative, however I am now over 60% done with my bachelors program at Upper Iowa. I used to have to force myself to feel like I was learning something, but looking back I see there are things that I have learned that have crossed over professionally. I will be most excited to finally be done, but that won’t happen until 2010 or 11.

Google Reader: Okay for some reason I hadn’t used reader until 2008, despite being a very loyal Google user since they launched. One of the things I realized in 2008 was that I spend way too much time managing links to hundreds of sites to keep up on blogs and news. So in my attempt of improving my time management skills I started using Google Reader. This has since become a regular part of my daily browsing ritual. The improvements such as “categories” have made Reader even more user-friendly and usable.

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