2004: The Year In Review

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

Well, since everyone and their uncle seems to be making these year in review things, I decided I might as well go ahead and do it as well. 2004 was a pretty good year. I figure I might as well go through month by month, although I must confess I don’t remember much about the beginning of the year. Oh well, here goes:

In January, I was still in Grade 11 with about 5 months left of school. I had just gotten my bass for Christmas and was horrible at it. My G1 license was a measly 3 months old. Exams were sometime during that month, and as far as I remember, they went well. That’s about all I can think of. Katie and I were friends at this point, and I remember seeing a picture of her with a wierd New Year’s hat on. Woohoo.

February was a month that completely slipped by. I have no clue what happened at all, except for it being only 4 months left of Grade 11. I suppose something interesting happened, but I sure don’t have a clue what it was.

March is about the same. My sister came home from university for her birthday, unfortunately. That’s about all I remember. 3 months left of school.

In April, it was, firstly, April Fool’s Day. Not much happened; there were a few pranks played at school and none at home. By this time I was probably pretty good at playing my bass guitar. Somewhere around here is where Katie got mad at me and threw me out the window (not literally). It may have been in March, I don’t really know. 2 months left of school by this time.

May was a very interesting month. Nothing happened. I was just looking forward to get out of school by this time, just as I always am. Exams were threatening on the horizon, and I was anticipating the coming of my G2 license. I really started to actually talk to Kayla like a real person by this time – strange. By this time you’re probably wondering what’s with all the K names. I’m really not sure; both Katie and Kayla are related, and their parents must not have been creative. Then again, Kristy’s not related to them and she’s got a K name as well. Hmm, I suppose we should just ban all K names. There’s way too many of them. Oh yeah – 1 month left of school.

June was the month in which many things happened. Exams came and went, I passed and school was finally out. On June 16 (Bethany’s birthday and the day of the last exam) I went and got my G2 license. Then I headed over to Bethany’s house for a party and showed the license off to everyone. I think it was the next day that I went over to her house for a second party, this one a surprise party put on by her friends. I spent most of the time there down in the basement with Jordan, playing guitar. Later on in the month, I started hanging out with Kayla and meeting her other strange friends – Kaileigh, Kylie, and Sam (Samantha, I’m presuming). The song “One of these things is not like the others” comes to mind. I knew I should have gone out with Sam instead. At least I would have gotten away from those dreaded K names.

July was a month entirely devoted to Kayla. We hung out almost every day, going to the mall, movies, and both of our houses. I snuck into her house several times when she had to babysit a kid that told her mom everything. I hid in her closet when her dad came home for lunch. I even crawled out her laundry room window one day. Interesting. I must have spent about $600 just on New York Fries for Kayla and me when we went to the mall. Not much else happened – I know, I know, obsessions aren’t the most interesting topics to talk about. I think it was also at the end of July that I asked Kayla out officially. We were basically going out anyways, but whatever; might as well make it official.

August was definitely interesting. Most of the month was also devoted to Kayla. The first hurricane also hit Florida’s coast. Coincidence? I think not. We hung out some more, it was her birthday and I spent more money on her, buying her a present, and then broke up near the end and Phil Markell came along and stole her. I guess she was fair game, but he still bugged me. Something about the spitting on her face that one day maybe made me mad; after all, I still liked her. But whatever. That’s about the whole month. School was on the horizon once again, and I was dreading it. Also somewhere in here, I got my job at Quizno’s and started rolling in the dough.

September was the fateful month in which I went back to school. It was horrendous. The new building looked like a jail cell, and the Grade 9 guys were really annoying (still are, but not as much now, I suppose). School started and I had something else to put my mind onto instead of Kayla, so I eventually got over her. I started playing my bass in chapel (I was amazingly awesome at it by that time), and life just went on in general.

In October, the most important event happened – my birthday. I turned a big 17, had a really crappy party that I knew was going to be crappy even before it began (I was having it at my house with my parents home; not a combination for success). About three or four of my relatives mailed me cards with no money in it, I suppose either not caring about me or being too cheap to send even $5. I mean, who really cares about the cards? On the day before Halloween, I started up this blog, posted about like 20 or 30 posts, and had a jolly good time.

November was interesting, I suppose. I skipped out on Remembrance Day, saying I was sick – not to get out of going to the memorial, but to get out of some test or project or something. Another thousand blogs later, I was still going strong with this baby of mine. More school happened, more hurricanes hit I think (there were really too many to count, so bear with my inaccurate facts), and more boringness. I loved every minute of it. I got promoted to supervisor at Quizno’s and started getting trained – a very interesting adventure, let me tell you.

And so, here we are at December. Nothing much happened this month until later on. Christmas shopping started getting hectic, and I kept meaning to get out and do it before it got too busy, but I never ended up doing the majority of it until the 23rd. I scratched up my car while parking, and ended up spending over two hours at the police station when I was planning on actually shopping. Christmas rolled around and was a big success, both getting and giving great presents. I also headed over to my aunt and uncle’s house for a nice, polite (and boring) Christmas celebration with the Hughes side of the family. Jordan and I went out to the van and played the Underoath CD until the cops came and parked across the street from us. I guess someone called them, even though I don’t think the music was that loud. On Boxing Day, I headed up to Ottawa with the Tozers and had a good time overall. Most of this stuff you can read about in my previous blog entries, so I won’t go into any more detail.

Overall, this year has been awesome. There have been ups and downs, but I think there were far more ups than downs. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for me, and I certainly hope that I learn to take it one day at a time. I’ve become more mellow and less over-emotional about things that just don’t matter. The more I teach myself to see each day as a part of a whole that starts to piece itself together, the easier it is to live each day without stressing out over the things that only make up one day out of years gone by and years yet to come. Life is like a story. If you just read a chapter of a book, things may look good or bad for the main character at any given point in the book. But once you’ve read the book, you can see the entire picture. You can go back and read chapters again and see how it fits into the grand plot. You can see that hard times are used to bring about better times. I’m understanding that more and more, and I hope 2005 brings many memories, whether good or bad, so I can learn from them all and read more into the story of my life.

Have a great year everyone! I hope next year gives you a chance to start over what you’ve failed at, to continue in your successes, and to begin something new and exciting in your life. God bless, and have a good one!

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