Eli and I were watching Globo's 2008 Retrospective last week, which was an overview of world and domestic events from the past year. The funny thing was that even though my eyes teared up when they showed Obama's victory, what most affected me where the scenes from the past year in Brazil. I kept saying, "I remember that!" "Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that," "Oh man do you remember that?" I could relate more to the Brazilian events than the American ones since I'd lived them, right along with the Brazilians. And a lot of it is right here in the blog.
It's been quite a year. I took off from teaching, traveled solo to Santa Catarina, went back to teaching, lost weight, experienced Carnival for the first time, started writing Portuguese Blog, had my family finally visit for the first time in two separate visits, worked and worked, finally took a mini-break in Ilha Grande with Eli, worked some more, quit teaching, went home for two months, got a job, saw my friends and family, got fat, came back to Brazil, was told I had to move out of my beloved apartment, interviewed for a bunch of jobs, spent every day looking for apartments, lost weight again, toured Minas with Eli, took a teaching gig to hold me over, met new gringa friends, got a new job, planned an event in less than three weeks, moved to a new apartment, pissed off a lot of Brazilians with my blog, suddenly gained a large readership on the blog, made an effort at having a social life, turned 24, had my second Brazilian Christmas, and here I am, a third New Year's in Rio.
I have high hopes for 2009, and there's a lot at stake for this year. I have exciting news coming very soon, and I hope it will be the launchpad for a lot of great things.