Cha Cha’s Stuff of 2008: Cha Cha, This is Your Life edition.

So, there are about four and a half hours left in 2008. I’m going to head out and go bowling here in a bit, because that’s how I roll.

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but the end of the year does warrant a bit of reflection on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Here’s what I think.

2008 was …
2008 was the year that so did not end up like I had planned. I would have been shocked – probably wanted to punch you in the mouth, actually – if you told me on January 1 that not only would Mr. Wonderful and I not be engaged by the end of the year, but that he would have dumped me after 17 months of dating and more than a year after we agreed to marry. In the words of my sweet friend A., this is so not what I signed up for.

Biggest gift of 2008
See above.

A little time has provided a bit of painful clarity. Thank you, Ex-Boyfriend Formerly Known as Mr. Wonderful.

Biggest loss of 2008
This one is a tie between The Ladybug and the Geriatric Poodle. I know a lot of people would be horrified to think of a poodle being on par with a going-to-be-stepdaughter human little girl. But they didn’t know the Geriatric Poodle.

Basically, the entire second half of 2008 feels like one giant, painful loss. Fuck you, 2008. Good riddance. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Best rebound ever
Oh, Zoloft. No one loves me like you do.

Which is a glib way of thanking my lucky stars for friends who dared to suggest that I just might be clinically depressed, for the people who love me who convinced me to get help, and for the lovely doc who promised that everything would be ok and then made it so.

Best discovery of 2008
Honey barbeque sauce from Chick-Fil-A. I’m not kidding. It’s made with real crack.

Worst discovery of the last hour
When you need to go to the grocery because you don’t have any food, but you’re hungry now and make Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese with extra butter and some water because your milk is sour? The end product isn’t that great.

Greatest blessings ever
My family and friends. This most definitely includes my blog friends, who always seem to make just the right comment at just the right time. Thank you so, so much.

Most empowering realization of 2008
This is also a tie. I just can’t choose between the realization that despite everything, I’m still here, and the realization that I have filled my Shit Quota and now am facing wonderful opportunity and adventure. Yahoo!

Most gratifying realization of 2008
The thing that makes me feel better, no matter how shitty I feel, is helping other people.

Most exciting cliffhanger of 2008*
I am making a handful of very minor new year’s resolutions, and a rather large resolution tied to my most gratifying realization. Tune in tomorrow …

*if you live in a cave and have never seen actual TV.

Thanks for making my day every day. Many blessings to you and yours in this bright new year!

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