It is my annual tradition to look back at New Years and report on what I’ve learned over the past year, here’s what I took away from 2010:
Filling taxes out as a consultant is a complete nightmare, I’ll never start my own business again unless I’m going to make over $500,000 a year, otherwise, it is not worth the hassle, that’s how much I hated it.
LOST turned out to be a huge waste of time, the show’s finale goes down as my all-time worst TV shows and ruined all the shows leading up to it for me..
Getting hired as a full-time employee was the highlight of my year, better health insurance at half the cost, it allowed me to get approved for a mortgage, and it allowed me to move out of my in-law’s house
Living in the in-law’s house was a much better experience than I could have imagined (at least for me!). Really enjoyed the experience and especially enjoyed my father-in-law’s company. In a house with women and kids, Jim and I would often team up and create a united front where we could watch football or Band of Brothers marathons. He could always be counted on for a vote towards pizza on the nights we wanted take out too. Without the generosity of our parents, we would not be living in our own home in 2011.
New Orleans is still wonderful, even after Katrina. It is dirty, there’s some blight, and you’re not going to find a nice sandy beach, but the music, food, architecture, art, and lighting of the city make it a perfect place to waste time. My favorite part of New Orleans is that it is very different from everywhere else.
Seeing a Spring Training game in Scottsdale and watching the Phils Spring Training in Clearwater was an unbelievable experience for a baseball geek like me. Watching Spring Training while others are working makes you feel like Ferris Bueller.
Enjoyed my trip with Jaclyn to Miami, it was brief, but at least I could have her verify that South Beach is goofy.
Make sure your Garmin GPS is set for shortest time, not shortest distance. Garmin set for shortest distance had us cut through unpaved roads in Northern Pennsylvania, probably one of the top five moments in 2010 of Jaclyn being very mad at me!
It takes a lot of documentation to get a mortgage, probably a good thing, but I must have sent over 100 documents to get the loan for the house.
I almost wasn’t going to root for the Eagles this year, but they traded McNabb. No real lesson learned for me, but I still love to say that he’s off the team!
I fell in love with the New Jersey shore this summer. The beach, boardwalk, and ocean created a lot of fun for the Deem family.
I am most proud of our patience in looking for a new home. We looked at hundreds of places on the internet and newspaper, dozens in person, and eventually said “no” to all of them. We did make one offer and it was refused. So happy we waited for the place we now have.
Home ownership is tough, things go wrong and they cost money. People think, I can afford a mortgage payment, but you have to be able to afford the mortgage payment and the unexpected emergency. Everyone tries to talk men out of marriage, I will try to talk men out of home ownership.