- Found a tenure-track position at a great university.
- Published 3 scholarly articles.
- Taught my first Hispanic Civilization course. This is a perfect culmination to the decade that I spent in its entirety dreaming about how I will one day teach this course. It might seem like a small enough thing to other people but I spent exactly ten years working like a maniac towards this goal of walking into a classroom and being able to discuss any aspect of Hispanic Civilization without notes or preparation. Finally being able to do it makes me very happy.
- Read 71 books. It's somewhat less than usual but I did have to move twice this year, so I have an excuse.
- Started this blog.
- Submitted my book to a publishing house.
- Moved twice and survived it. Do you know that moving is considered to be one of main depression-triggering factors, alongside with the loss of a job, divorce, and major illness? Of course, I am so used to moving by now that it's not nearly as traumatic for me.
- Learned to live in Southern Illinois and even started to enjoy it.
- Assembled a lot of furniture on my own.
- Learned to use a dishwasher. (You may laugh, but when I moved into this new house and saw a dishwasher - for the first time in my life - I had to take my time to figure out what it was. Thank God for the Internet, or I might be trying to get it to do the laundry or heat the house right now. This kind of upward social mobility makes me extremely uncomfortable).
- Baked a cake which at least looks good. (I will share with my readers whether it tastes decent after out New Year's feast** tonight.)
Happy New Year to everybody!!!!!!!! May your boldest wishes, hopes and desires come true in 2010. May we all find ourselves happy, healthy and fulfilled in every possible way.
** New Year's is the holiday of the year in my culture. We don't do anything special for Christmas, but New Year's is a really huge deal.