It's weird looking at a lot of the year end coverage this year, because 2008 was such a problematic (and that's probably putting it kindly) year in so many ways. And yet, for me, 2008 was really a pretty good year.
I traveled to interesting places. I spent time with family and friends. I met new people, and established better friendships with others. I had a very good year, professionally (OK, I'm superstitious enough that I'm knocking on wood about that, given that this year is really my most important year professionally--tenure review). I partook of a lot of good culture. I played with my cat. I knit some stuff that I absolutely love. I look like a financial genius because I kept meaning to invest the money I've been saving since moving to Toronto, and never got around to it, so it's all (all... it's not that much) still sitting in a savings account.
It wasn't perfect. My perpetual good intentions when it comes to living healthier failed to lead to lasting change. I spent much of the fall rather unhappy about the rhetoric of politics in the US, though I was in the end happy with how things turned out (expect for the fact that I think my home state would be better served by anarchy than by the idiot who's currently in charge). Although I've been lucky, there's been stress for a lot of people close to me.
But all in all, I'm very fortunate. And I have great hopes for the new year, with plans for travel and both professional and personal development.
I hope the same for all of you!