What an awesome year.Â Even though by some measures it wasn’t quite the year I had hoped for, there’s never a bad time in the world of Mike.
One unfortunate thing that I allowed to affect almost everything in ’08 was my shoulder injury.Â In February I had what seemed like a very minor fall while snowboarding that ended up dislocating my shoulder and tearing my rotator cuff.Â I have NEVER had any kind of injury take so long to fully heal!Â I’m still not at 100%.Â The toll this took on my usual fun and games was catastrophic: couldn’t go snowboarding for the rest of the winter, couldn’t golf at all during the summer, had to drop out of a marathon training program (still managed to run a 1/2 marathon), couldn’t wear a backpack with any weight so no overnight hiking, couldn’t do any of the normal physical activities that I usually enjoy (weightlifting, rollerblading, squash, swimming, etc.) and, as important, that keep me in any kind of healthy condition.Â End result is me being in the absolute worst shape of my life: fat, weak, and pretty dang pathetic.
Enough!Â That’s the other thing I let that injury do for me all year: gave me an excuse to be a whiny lazy bitch, eat badly, not do the exercise I could do, etc.Â Starting TODAY, I’m back to eating well and working my a$$ off.
One goal I thoroughly enjoyed surpassing was writing at least one blog post a week.Â I managed to put up 62 posts in 2008, some of which actually involved original thought!
The big highlight vacation was a roadtrip through BC.Â Chrystal had never seen BC outside of Vancouver and our West Coast Trail hiking trip, so I resolved to show her as much of the rest of this incredible slice of paradise as I could.Â We did a whirlwind tour of the southern interior, wine country, up the Sunshine Coast, across the island, a week (SUR-fing) in Tofino, then up through the central-BC backroads to Jasper. Tenting the whole way, enjoying some incredible local produce, grilling fresh fish over a campfire, drinking amazing wine every night… awesome.Â A trip every Canadian needs to do at least once in their life.
I got all fired up about the proposed copyright legislation some twisted, ignorant, bought-and-paid-for, miserable excuse for a public servant tried to force down our throats and wallets.Â Not that I have an opinion about it or anything…
Dreamgirl (who I think should start her own blog) had a huge year as well: running her first marathon in Edmonton at the end of the summer, on one of the hottest days of the year!Â Also, to the joy of us both, she took a part time job at Mountain Equipment Co-Op.Â Just for the extra money, of course.Â Nothing to do with the staff discount, amazing trips, cool people, or any of that stuff.Â Really.
A big personal achievement in the work world was finally building and launching our new website and blog.Â I’m pretty dang proud of this, and I hope you will swing by every once in a while and let me know how I’m doing!