Looking back over this year, there are some things that had really changed my year.
1. hulu.com - I haven't had a tv for decades, no cable, no satellite, etc. A few years ago we started Netflix subscription and began to see more movies. This year, we found hulu.com and finally joined the mainstream tv set just at a time when many people are saying they're trying to quit. Bones, Jericho, Lie to Me, Castle, Warehouse13 and White Collar all made it into our repertoire changing the way we spend at least 5 hours a week.
2. injury - almost a year ago I became injured and had to stop running due to ischial tuberosity bursitis - just call it butt bursitis for short. I went from a 35 mile a week runner to 0, freeing up at least 6 hours a week. I used this time to start blogging.
3. blogging - I had cauterized my love of photography about 6 years ago to devote myself to full time work. For my first post a year ago, I needed a photograph, and suddenly, I had a reason and desire to photograph again. I straightened out my inaccessible Flickr account and got a pro subscription.
4. Project 365 - Late this year, I joined Blissfully Domestic's Project 365 on Flickr. The goal is to shoot one photo a day for 365 days. This turned an as needed activity into more of a proactive discipline. So far, I have 72 more photographs than I would have otherwise and have seen a lot of great work by others and met a lot of great people through the Flickr-sphere practice of commenting.
5. blogging - the skills I exercise while blogging have helped me develop and articulate opinions. Women's Wallets and World Hunger is probably the best example of that and something I've been working towards.
6. Julie and Julia - Cooking has never been my thing but this movie inspired me to get my knives sharpened, my 30 year old non-functioning stove replaced and Vols I and II of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I now put together weekly menus frequently and cook to them.
What changed your 2009?