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Tyburn
12-16-2009, 08:36 PM
:) so what has happened in this last year that fills you with joy just to think about it? perhaps it is an experience, or perhaps an achievement?

For me, absolutely hands down, it was my Second American Dreams tour, which saw 19 days of me traveling over the United States in September. Specifically meeting Jens Pulver, having dinner with him, and then getting to interview him, and what he said to me in the carpark outside afterwards, but also Sitting on outside my room on the veranda at the Ramada Inn West, in Richmond when it was sunset, reading or writing in my diary and watching the world go by (and of course meeting Ben :laugh:) also, the fun me and aaron had getting lost on the wat to Granite city :laugh:, or perhaps walking along the shoreline of Lake Michigan infront of downtown Chicago, which was a two year dream of mine from when I flew over the skyline in 2007, or possibly sitting in amoungst the cactus in The Botanical Gardens on the National Mall in Washington DC reflecting on all i'd done right at the end of my tour.

What about other years?

Well I dont want to bore you, but The International Wine Festival during Freshers Week at Bradford University in 2000 was much fun, as was going as a whole floor, to see the premier of Hannibal :laugh:

In 2001 I think it must have been the work I did as a Fundraiser for Saint John Ambulance in Leeds, going door to door for three weeks trying to get pledges by direct debit and working on a commission basis only :laugh:

In 2003 it must have been the week long celebrations for my Twenty First Birthday, organised by all kinds of friends :happydancing: Also getting a First for my Dissertation.

In 2004, hands down the best experience I ever had at Saint Paul's Cathedral was watching the Consecration of Bishops Ceremonial from back stage. Watching them come in dressed as Priests, and watching them change into Bishops Vestments, attended to by Virgers, whilst the Congregation were praying for them. Also, when I got invited to Tom and Steves home in Walthamstow for this grande dinner they put on. That was fantastic, mostly because I wasnt expecting to be invited :)

2006 was joining this place, and the hours I spent talking to Denise offside.

2007 was definately my first States Trip, getting to meet Boomer, and Matt Hughes, (although the actual moment we first met was kinda embarissing for me :mellow:) and also being shown around his land on this funny little truck thing that Nathan drove (I was like clinging to the back trying not to fall off :laugh:) Seeing Nathan in his armchair, and knowing that at all times, he has some kind of scented Candle burning in the house. Very quaint indeed :happydancing: and then Matt Hughes co signing all my travellers cheques so the bank would actually cash them...that was real strange, you had this official looking cheque and on each one, my signiture appeared next to his :w00t: )

2008, had to be being invited along free to Cage Gladiators, and winning letter of the month in Fighters Only Magazine. All the endless hours of fun that my Camara has bought me.

What about you :huh:

billwilliams70
12-16-2009, 08:48 PM
I don't really know........

TexasRN
12-16-2009, 10:42 PM
Highlights of my year. Hmmm..... There are many. I became a divorcee and moved to North Carolina. While I have missed Texas, I am finding that I'm really happy here.

I've gotten to hang out with Jeff. I got to see Matt fight live and meet several of our forum members who are just amazingly cool. I finally got to hug BoomTown. :happydancing:

I've gotten to spend a good amount of quality time with my dad while he still knows who I am. I've gotten to spend more time with my mother, to be her support when she feels alone and scared, when the sadness of being a caregiver to the person who should be your partner. I've become closer to my brothers and their families.

I've gotten to see my children earn their black belts after 3 years of extremely hard work and dedication at a time when it's the fashion to give up when it's hard and the new has worn off. I continue to watch them as they become closer to adulthood and watch how they start feeling out the world and what they believe all for themselves instead of just buying into what pop culture tells them.

I met my current boyfriend. He's absolutely amazing. The last 7 months have been filled with wonderfulness. We've gone on adventures and I have discovered that yes, I am still FUN!!! I'm not old and crotchety (shut up, Michelle and Mac).

Ok, that's pretty much it. Oh yeah, I adopted my Henry. He's a lab mix and he's a lot of fun. He's also a pain in the butt. I love him.


~Amy

Mac
12-16-2009, 11:08 PM
I am still FUN!!! I'm not old and crotchety (shut up, Michelle and Mac).



~Amy

And the survey says !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://daddytypes.com/archive/richard_dawson.jpg


WRONG!!!!

Mac
12-16-2009, 11:10 PM
Hmmmm .

Had a good year for quite a bit of stuff .

Made some good progress on my project.

TexasRN
12-16-2009, 11:11 PM
And the survey says !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://daddytypes.com/archive/richard_dawson.jpg


WRONG!!!!

:angry: Mac, I told you to shut up.


~Amy

Preach
12-16-2009, 11:40 PM
Got married....























then got divorced....

















got a job.........






















then I lost it..........

TexasRN
12-16-2009, 11:47 PM
Got married....

then got divorced....

got a job.........

then I lost it..........


Were you in a country song? Wait, did you mention prison? Or trucks? Or mama? Or getting drunk?


~Amy

Oddtodd76
12-17-2009, 12:30 AM
My highlights:

In july we went out west to Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, etc. It was nice to have the whole family together for a full week(regardless of what they say!). And seeing the mountains. I was a little kid when i last seen them.

Also getting our pets...the little pains in the butts. The dog and the two cats...each with their own personality. We wouldn't be whole as a family without them.

And i guess the rest of my highlights would be just being down on the farm, whether it was hunting, fishing or shooting...heck, i will even say running the tractor.

flo
12-17-2009, 12:32 AM
Good lord, Preach, was that all in one year???

{{Amy}} Hang in there. My mom was dad's caretaker for 10 years, fortunately I lived only 10 minutes from them so was able to relieve some of the pressure/stress she had.

The highlight of my year was buying and moving into our house here in Olympia, Washington, last New Year's Day. Tom (my better half) was offered a position from his boss for a couple hours west of where we lived in Aug. of 2007. He jumped at it! However, we spent a pretty tense year renting here in Olympia while trying to sell our home in this horrible market (it was on the market for 14 months!) We ended up selling it for less than we paid for it in 2005 but eventually realized that this was all part of the "plan" and we are now in a town and house we love and Tom is so much happier in his job.

Whew, this is a novel...

flo
12-17-2009, 12:34 AM
My highlights:


Also getting our pets...the little pains in the butts. The dog and the two cats...each with their own personality. We wouldn't be whole as a family without them.



Yup, we're the same, Todd. :)

(only with 2 dogs and 3 cats)

Oddtodd76
12-17-2009, 12:40 AM
Yup, we're the same, Todd. :)

(only with 2 dogs and 3 cats)

well, the kids don't know...but it will soon be two dogs and two cats. Our cocker spaniel needs a friend.

NateR
12-17-2009, 12:58 AM
1. Helping Mark out on the farm and getting to learn how to drive tractors, run an auger wagon, cut, rake and bale hay, etc. It was months of hard work and long days, but I enjoyed every minute of it (except when I broke something) and look forward to doing it all again next year (with hopefully less mistakes). I also have to commend Mark on the extreme level of patience that he displayed, especially when I did something totally stupid.

2. Traveling out to Vegas, getting together with all the forum members (meeting some for the first time), and being octagon-side as Matt defeated Serra.

flo
12-17-2009, 12:58 AM
Awesome!! We have spaniels too! :happydancing:

flo
12-17-2009, 01:01 AM
Heh, we hit "post" at the same time, Nate.

That's pretty neat what you got to do this summer even though it's hard work. Tom would really like get an old muscle car and learn how to refurbish it, I guess it's not work if you're learning something new, eh?

flo
12-17-2009, 01:03 AM
I would love to see Matt fight. Unfortunately, with the typical luck of the Irish, we would probably wind up with seats in nosebleed alley. Plus, the older I get the less I like crowded situations...

But it would be so exciting to actually be there!!!

TexasRN
12-17-2009, 01:07 AM
1. Helping Mark out on the farm and getting to learn how to drive tractors, run an auger wagon, cut, rake and bale hay, etc. It was months of hard work and long days, but I enjoyed every minute of it (except when I broke something) and look forward to doing it all again next year (with hopefully less mistakes). I also have to commend Mark on the extreme level of patience that he displayed, especially when I did something totally stupid.

2. Traveling out to Vegas, getting together with all the forum members (meeting some for the first time), and being octagon-side as Matt defeated Serra.

You met ME!!!! :w00t: I have pictures to prove it. They hang in my dining room along with all my other mma fighter pictures. :laugh:


~Amy

TexasRN
12-17-2009, 01:09 AM
I would love to see Matt fight. Unfortunately, with the typical luck of the Irish, we would probably wind up with seats in nosebleed alley. Plus, the older I get the less I like crowded situations...

But it would be so exciting to actually be there!!!

Ugh, I hate crowds. I describe it as feeling like an autistic child, completely overwhelmed with the overstimulation of it all. Vegas freaked me out but I had a blast thanks to the people I was with. Not once did I have a moment of panic, uncertainty, or worry.


~Amy

flo
12-17-2009, 02:12 AM
I appreciate the reassurance, Amy! I would be worried that all the noise and the crowd would send my anxiety level through the roof...so maybe it would work out after all.

Oddtodd76
12-17-2009, 02:25 AM
Awesome!! We have spaniels too! :happydancing:

Just don't say black with a white spot on the front. Might get freaky round here!:w00t:

TexasRN
12-17-2009, 12:20 PM
I appreciate the reassurance, Amy! I would be worried that all the noise and the crowd would send my anxiety level through the roof...so maybe it would work out after all.


It was easily one of the best adventures I've ever had and I was with people that I trusted so I wasn't concerned. I did have anxiety when I finally landed in Vegas after being delayed most of the day. My luggage almost didn't make it. Then I had to stand in this huge line of people to get a taxi. I had never in my life gotten a taxi before so I was carefully watching to see how to do it. That kept my mind off the huge crowd of people in line like we were waiting for a Disneyworld ride. I'd definitely do it again.


~Amy

Llamafighter
12-17-2009, 02:52 PM
had good year highlighted and nearly bookended by the Vegas Trip (Boomer's the man) and also getting to hang with Matt and Boomer and Dave in NY this fall.
The year was filled with visits from family, friends as well as our own trip home for a friends' wedding. our yearly beach trip to NC was also a great time.
I look forward to 2010 being a year of big change and excitement. I'm blessed to have all my new forum friends in my life and I know our friendships will be lifelong!

VCURamFan
12-18-2009, 06:15 PM
2. Traveling out to Vegas, getting together with all the forum members (meeting some for the first time), and being octagon-side as Matt defeated Serra.

That was awesome!

My highlights:

Going to Philly with VCU for March Madness
Graduating college
Going to Vegas
Going to Belize