2009, Definitely Not My Favorite Year

by SimplySharpe on December 31, 2009


In Loving Memory


I thought about avoiding a 2009 year end review all together, but then I realized it really was not all that bad. It just wasn’t my favorite year. I am going to keep it short and sweet so many of you can get on with your champagne toast and I can get back to my Nyquil.

It was January 26th when the bittersweet notion hit me. I was leaving a company that was a bad fit for me and leaving an industry that has been extremely volatile for years. I remember the day so vividly because it was not only my birthday, but my husband had a grand mal seizure two days before and it was the first day I had left his side. I was terrified that he was going to fall again and I would not be there this time to prevent him from cracking his skull open. As it were, he was only inches from the night stand the days before. He had just recovered from having all 4 wisdom teeth pulled out at once and had a bad reaction to penicillin. That some stress and some other factors.

During the same time I was nursing my husband back to health, my dog, Bambi started to get really sick. She had always had a weak tummy since the day I rescued her in August of 2002. It would have appeared to anyone she was just reacting to all the stress from what was going on with my husband. Anyone but me. She was my life! When I first adopted her she was so terrified of people she shook constantly. I could literally feel her heart beat every time I attempted to walk her outside. Usually she would just cover her tail between her legs and make on herself. Many hysterical calls to my Mom and baths later, she finally trusted me. Only me. I loved her and she loved me. Now something was wrong. Very wrong.

I had to leave my husband alone again and take Bambi to the doctor. He examined her and gave me a look that I knew everything was not going to be okay. Ever again. She had fluid in both her lung capacities, labored breathing and cancer. This part of the story ends here. Bambi is in Heaven.

As the year progressed, I pursued a few career ventures that led me to meet many interesting people. I landed a few freelance assignments that were both interesting and exhausting. I did some video interviews, accidentally worked for a tele-marketing firm, got criticized for being overqualified, too bubbly and over committed. I landed in the wrong place at the wrong time, the right place at the wrong time and I’m simply a little Sharper everyday. I promised you a short post and I’m a woman of my word.

Right now I’m ready for another dose of Nyquil and the beginning of a (better) New Year.

Cheers to you readers!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd Schnick January 1, 2010 at 6:53 am

Happy New Year Marissa!

Let’s all have us a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

SimplySharpe January 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

Thanks, big guy! Happy New Year to you too 🙂

Chris January 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Happy New Year to one of my favorite new friends of ’09!

I think 2009 was a year of change for a lot of people. For me it was when I gave my boss the finger and stepped out into business on my own. The grass is always greener… 2009 presented me with loads of challenges but I’m excited about my first FULL year out on my own.

Just remember, Saturdays wouldn’t be Saturdays without Mondays. Here’s to hoping 2010 is a great year for you and Mike!

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