What a year…
I went back to Wilmington for my final semester of graduate school, to live in North Carolina for the last time.
I wrote a book, did a thesis reading, and graduated with my MFA.
I met up with Mike in Wytheville, Virginia in January because we couldn’t stand not seeing each other.
We met up again in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia for our 1-year anniversary.
I turned 25.
My parents came down to help me leave North Carolina and we stayed at The Pearl in Carolina Beach for one of the best vacations EVER.
I watched the sun rise over the ocean my last morning in North Carolina, alone on the balcony.
I lived with a boy (who was my boyfriend, not my roommate Kyle from NC) for the first time. And I began living in my second state of the year, Pennsylvania, with Mike.
I got a washing machine and a dryer (which I was truly excited about).
I spent months looking for a job in higher education.
I took a retail job at Bath and Body Works.
I got an amazing job in Brunswick, Ohio doing what I never even realized I wanted to do.
I moved to Ohio to live in my third state of the year.
I moved away from Mike.
I began living for the first time completely on my own.
I got my first apartment.
I bought a brand new vehicle.
I woke up with Mike on Christmas morning.
And now 2010 is ending. It will culminate in Ashland, Ohio, either at a bar, or at the house of my college roommate and her husband. Either way, I will be with Mike and with friends. It’s weird to see 2010 end. I thought things were going to be drastically different. Because of certain circumstances prior to Mike, I thought this was the year I would get married–which I’m wildly glad I didn’t.
I’m happy to be where I am and I am happy to have everything the way it is. I complain a lot, but this has been a good year. Hell, it’s been a good life.
3 states in 2010. Let’s try to keep it to one this year. And let’s try to get Mike here, to Ohio. 🙂
Happy New Year, everyone!