January 2, 2006


2005 has probably been the most eventful year of my life thus far. lots of things happened, both good and bad.

i started out 2005 really confused, mostly because i woke up not really sure of where i was, with a black eye and a hangover, and without a shirt. a week after new years i left for spain, which was my j-term class at elmhurst. i was really not looking forward to spain because i was scared of the flight and scared of living with a strange family for three weeks. (to read more about spain, check out my other blog, las aventuras en espana). however, i really enjoyed my time in spain and i made some good friends on my trip.

in february, when i got back and started my last semester at elmhurst, jon and i finally admitted that we had feelings for each other, but i was kind of scared so we didn't get in a relationship. before that, however, we kind of got in a fight and instead of going down to u of i for his birthday, i went up to marquette to visit christie. when i was going to go home the next morning, i went out to my car to see a huge dent in the passenger side. great.

march was a pretty big month. it was the month of our spring break trip to st. george island, florida. we had great weather and were able to enjoy the beach, eat oysters, and of course, get drunk every day. this was also when jon and i started dating, which was awesome.

i had been searching for jobs since i got back from spain, and in april i finally got a job, at fyh bearings in wauconda. i did not know where wauconda was, and because of that i was almost late for my interview. but i got the job, and i was really excited that i could stop searching.

i graduated from elmhurst college with a b.a. in spanish on may 29th. the ceremony was held outside, and although it looked like it could rain any second, it held off. i worked my last day at outback steakhouse in may, and that was a really sad day, because it had been almost my second home since april 2001. i was also sad that i wouldn't get the discount anymore! lol. also in may, jon and i went to lake geneva for two nights for a mini-vacation. we stayed in a really nice hotel, and our room had a full kitchen, a fireplace, a balcony/patio, internet, a separate bedroom, and a full size jacuzzi tub.

i started work at fyh on june 1st. it was really hard at first, learning about bearings, because i did not know anything about them when i started the job. in a few weeks i was able to catch on, but the drive to wauconda was killing me. it usually took me an hour and a half to get home, and when i finally got home i would be in a horrible mood for the rest of the night. i finally convinced my parents to let me get an apartment (they didn't want me to spend all my money on rent), and i rented one in palatine. june was also the month of my 21st birthday- exciting! i had been counting down from over 100 days, so this was a really big thing for me. we all went out to anyway's at midnight, and my brother picked us up in my parents' van. the next day, my birthday, was my 21st birthday/college graduation party. i had a horrible headache the whole day, but it was still a really fun time.

i moved out of my parents' house on july 1st. it was kind of a difficult transition, because i had never lived in an apartment, and i had definitely never lived anywhere without a roommate. july was kind of rough because jon went back to u of i for summer school, so i was kind of lonely in my new place during the week. but it was really great having only a 20 minute drive to work, and having my own kitchen and bathroom.

in august my cousin tom got married. it was the first wedding i had ever been to, so i was really excited. the next day, my little brother went away to school at u of i.

nothing in september really stands out in my mind...

october was halloween, and i dressed up as martha stewart. i celebrated halloween at u of i, and we went to some parties and bars, and it was pretty awesome. october was also my mom's 50th birthday (sorry for telling people your age, mom!).

in november i got a kitten. i had wanted a kitten or a puppy for awhile because i was kind of lonely at my apartment. i found her at adopt-a-pet, and jon and i went over to a "foster mom"'s house to pick her out. she was a black kitten named lottie, and she was really cute and sweet.

december was a bad month. tuesdays were especially bad. on tuesday, december 13th, i was driving home to my apartment and a car pulled out in front of me and i couldn't stop fast enough so i hit him. my car was a little smashed up, and i am still waiting for his insurance company to call me back so i can get it fixed. two weeks after that, on the 27th, i took my kitten lottie to the vet. she had been acting kind of weird, and i thought she might have been constipated. however, she was really sick and had a terminal disease which included fluid in her lungs, and i didn't have a choice but to put her to sleep.

i believe that 2006 will be a better year for me. jon is graduating in may, and then i will be able to see him all the time and i won't be as lonely. maybe we'll get a puppy.

Posted by JenMagenta at January 2, 2006 10:52 AM
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