2008 Favorites

Another year, another list of favorite stuff that happened in the past 12 months. Looking back on the previous year’s worth of blog entries, it’s hard to believe that all this stuff happened in the last 365 days.
I read 38 books, and my favorite would have to be The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Five stars were few and far between this year, going only to A Fire Upon The Deep, Child 44 (my favorite book that was published this year), Brasyl, Physics of the Impossible, and The Gunslinger Born.
I drank 23 beers, with the highlights being Allagash Grand Cru, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale, Magic Hat’s Jinx and Roxy Rolles, and the new record holder: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.
Other highlights this year would have to include Obama, the Giants beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl, winning the second event at the Dykes Bonspiel, joining a CSA, starting to ride my bike to work, my spontaneous birthday road trip to Chicago, doing the Zipcar Low Car Diet and doing the Zipcar date night, visiting KC, visiting Yankee Stadium for the last time. And who could forget Shane buying a heifer and giving up red meat? But my personal favorite moment was getting my picture in the paper!
We also managed to achieve almost all of our financial goals this year: mostly stayed out of any additional debt (except for some slight slipping due in part to our Ireland trip planning, but that’s on a 0% card for the next year), adjusted my paycheck withholdings, increased 401(k) contributions, kept contributing to emergency funds and savings accounts, and set up and started contributing to Evan’s 529 plan. I also reevaluated our car and home insurance policies and saved us a bunch of cash. The biggie we’re missing is the life insurance, so hopefully we can get that done soon.