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I always like to reflect on the year's events before the new year arrives. 2004 was a mixed bag for me. I lost a job I enjoyed a great deal and suffered from the mental consequences from it. On the positive side, Dave and I finally moved from our psycho neighbours and are now enjoying a wonderful place which we love. I started temping at a federal home loan company in September with the hopes of getting hired but it wasn't meant to be and I am sure I wouldn't have been happy if I was hired. Aside from a brief episode of Leo getting giardia, all the chinnies are happy and healthy. With the exception of a couple bad things happening, 2004 was good to me.

What was 2004 like for you?
 

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2004 was mixed for me. The beginning of the year sucked because we had horrible neighbors in Corona and we had to break our lease because we couldn't take it anymore. In April I moved out to Murrieta (good thing) and a lot changed for me. In May I joined PT. :D In August I got married. :) :heart: I also started seeing a doctor and taking meds for anxiety, which has helped me a lot. I adopted Rusty in August as well. September and October were kind of a blur. I lost Sneakers in November :rubcry: and I adopted Jasmine. I started working again in November (good thing). I got two ratties in December, got rear-ended, and started a new job. So a lot has happened this year, good and bad. I think 2005 will be better, at least I hope so!
 

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What a year...

The year 2004 will be a year we remember as "The year we lost our family":rubcry:

I know that sounds werid, but it is true. In January 2004, we lost my Uncle Bill at age 65. In February we lost my husbands Aunt Emma at age 72. In March we lost my husbands Aunt Mary at age 85. In April we lost my husbands Uncle Ernest at age 87. In May we lost my cousin Susan at age 52. In June we lost a friend of ours, Connie, at age 36. In August, we lost my husbands grandfather, at age 88. In October we lost my grandmother at age 86.

On a happier note, I got a new job. After working in the banking industry for 3 years, I finally said enough was enough. :) I was working crazy hours and working all time. I missed birthdays, bridal showers, anniversary parties, and holidays because I could never get off work, because I was the Branch Manager. I got a new job working as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for a Computer Software Company, and I am very happy with that.

My husband and I also adopted April, our Dachshund,:dog: what joy she has brought to our life. She is now 10 months old and she runs our home and life. Every day is adventure with her.

In addition to all of this, my husband and I celebrated 1 year of marriage in Las Vegas.:lovers: We went there for our honeymoon and what fun we had there.

What a year... My husband and I are looking forward to 2005. A lot to go on, his brother and my brother graduate from college. :clap: My brother is going to law school. My husband father is retiring after 35 years of teaching. We have 3 weddings to attend. :heart:

My new years resolution is to lose 15 pounds!!! Every year I choose one thing as my resolution, and every year I have stuck with them and achieved the goal. For the year 2004, my resolution was to get a new job, which I did. So, this year is to lose 15 pounds. I think I could do it.
 

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Great topic Denise!

2004 was mixed for us as well. Unfortunately Kenny's kidney damage has increased. We've been desperately trying to find a med that will help him but have come up empty handed so far. We may be able to start a new med in a few months though. I have hopes that 2005 will bring us the medicine that he needs.

But my sister & her family being able to come visit us this Christmas is beyond exciting for us! It the *lift* that we needed. :yes:
 

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2004...well, I lost a few pets this year. My gerbil and my dwarf hammies. I got a few new pets, a degu, 2 rats, and a coupla bettas. The hurricanes were weird. Its rained so much more than average too.
 

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2004 wasn't the greatest year for us. :(

It started off with Sneakers going back and forth to the vet and finding he has malocclusion. In May I bought a chinchilla, and Dan was angry. Also, Snowball was to the vet because she had stopped eating and her face looked to be sinking in.

July Scooter passed away. :( July also marked the one year anniversary of Snowball's baby passing.

Yoshi also had dental done this year. Monkey has been to the vet for not eating. We found out Zesty was a girl. Eeyore was bit by Licorice. In August, Dan was bit by a cat and his hand swelled up. It was very infected. We took the cat back to the shelter, and a few weeks later we adopted Pumpkin. We're still paying up the wazoo for doctor's bills.

Before Thanksgiving was when we had the money stolen from our account. The only really good thing that has happened is I found out I had another brother.

Here's hoping to a better 2005 for us! :xfingers:
 

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I got 2 degus in January, followed by the arrival of 4 babies in February..
We have been decorating the house , and have also had a lot of work done, including the driveway extended, the roof being painted, a new flat roof on the extension and new guttering..
In April, after going to the hospital for the last few months, and being diagnosed with a Ovarian Cyst, they have come to the conclusion that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, basically as I only have one ovary and that has a cyst on it, the chances of me having the baby I so want are very small!
But my sister had a baby on the 17th June, the day before my birthday! And so I am now the proud Auntie of Daniel, who I adore..
Joining PT in September has changed my life, and I have made some great friends...
I started a new job in November, only Wednesdays and Thursdays mainly, but not having to answer to anyone.. I do housework and shopping for the elderly..
Well so far December hasn't been that good! I lost one of my degus on the 20th.Charlie died at the vets after having an op, to find out why she had a lump in her stomach..
So all I can say is roll on 2005!
 

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2004 has been the 2nd worst year I've ever had. :( I won't bore you with the details, but here's hoping 2005 brings us all much happiness and joy! :party:
 

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what a horrible begining! belle died of old age, hairface died of old age,
one of my sisters had a baby....... except i havent met her or the baby yet......
my best friend got really stoned and almost drown when we went swimming
one of my big brothers got stabbed and almost died,
one of my cousins almost killed a guy and went to juvinile jail or wutevr u call it, he'll b there for 2 years
2 of my cats went missing, i went to live with my mom and my dad was homeless for awhile because the family bonus or wutevr didnt come to him anymore,
michael tried to kill himself, i got mono
my uncle died, but i didnt like him cuz he was a perv
my frends step dad died
my dads friend died in a car crash
my 10 year old niece dalia said she hates me

the good things:
i got patch and she had babies, my fish lived past theyre 4 year birthday, i got tigger, i got my pups................... i went to live with my mom
this is the first christmas i have had w/my mom in 4 years
my sister had a baby, so i now hav 4 nieces and 4 nefews, oh my other sister shawn had her 6th kid .......... Lazita
yah.............. there may not b much that was good, but i say........ i had a goodish year
 

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2004 has been a mixed year for me as well. I got Soda and Pony and joined PT. :) In the summer I also got a betta. School was pretty uneventful for me, no big events or anything. Then in November I lost Caesar. :rubcry: These past two months have been so sad, seeing how many of you have lost pet(s). PT has made this year so much better. :)
 

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Let's see....
In March my niece became very sick and almost died. She was in the hospital for a month. She fully recovered and is fine now!

I got Riley in June. That was a little emotional roller coaster ride. First I was excited to finally get a Bull Terrier (I had wanted one for years), then to find out she was deaf 2 hours after I picked her up from the airport. Then the joy of her learning hand signals so quickly. We've come so far and each and every thing she learns is something I never will take for granted. :heart:

In August I took a different position at the hospital I work at. No more weekends! :woohoo:

In September my brother married his skank....err, I mean girlfriend. I won't even begin to go into details on why I was so against it. A month later they announce that she's pregnant again....I had mixed feelings on that one but I'm over it now. I've learned to let go of some of my anger towards my SIL (skank-in-law).

Three days after the dreaded wedding event I had to put down my horse Foxy whom I've had for 17 1/2 years. September was a rough month.

Hmm, that's about it...nothing too exciting, except that I won an $800 jackpot 2 times at a casino within a 2 month time period. :lol:
 

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Happy Points:

- Bought a house in April
- Spent some time in May visiting a friend in NC
- Got married in October
- Went on honeymoon in November
- Scheduled next year's big vacation
- Brought home 2 cute baby chins (2 months old) in 2nd weekend of December
- Hosting Christmas Eve at our house
- Hosting a New Years party at our house

Sad Point:

- I no longer have any grandparents. My grandpa died this past February, on Valentine's Day weekend. He's now with his valentine (my grandma, who had died in 1990). It was hard to take his name off of my wedding invitation list. And this Christmas is going to be superhard, as Christmas was a time where all of us would be together and this year, Grandpa won't be there and an uncle won't be there (since he just moved to VA for his dream job and can't afford airfare this time).
 

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This is a good thread. I think each year is a mixed bag of good and bad, some with more or less of each then others.

I can remember almost one year ago being at church and pointing out a small girl in a red velvet with white fake fur trim running around the back of church. I kept pointing her out to Ray and telling him "next year." We were only at the beginning phases of baby talk and he was like "yeah right" This year our baby won't be running around church, but she will be there with us!

We went through some rough stuff this year. Ray's parents house flooding, his Dad becoming very ill. But overall all of that was out weighed in my mind and my heart by the blessing I carried along. Now having Pammy here, cooing next to me in my bouncy seat, I ahve to say this year has been such a wonderful blessing.
 

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Yikes! I forgot to add that I was able to meet Kay (fstybrat) this past summer! Hopefully we are able to meet up again next year! :D
 

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In very early 2004 things were going very well. Then, in March, I found myself homeless and pretty much in poverty due to a chain of events I won't go into to protect the not-so-innocent. I was working one main job as a file clerk and 3-4 odd jobs here and there just to pay for my car insurance, cat food/litter/formula, and a little food for myself. Galina was born March 7th, also. I can remember very clearly the cats and I living in the car some days and worrying about baby Galina's health :(

Then, during Easter, I got to go to Finland to see Sami and actually set things up to move there. (A dear friend of mine and her mother--a fellow cat lover--watched and cared for Galina and Gerona. For that, I am ever thankful to them.)

A week later (April 28th) he came to Louisiana to be with me and to help the kitties and me move to Finland.

I moved here (Finland) in late May (21st, I think). We got married in late July. Bought a house in September. :)


This has been the most stressful year ever. Though, I have to say it hasn't ended poorly. I went from living out of my car to having a house and a husband who loves me.

Not bad for this little Southern girl. :)
 

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i like all the people on paw-talk so far because u guyz actually accept people rather than being rude like all the people on petfinder! when i told the people on petfinder that the reason i had a pregnant cat was because it was my frends cat and she had to move, the people skipped my explanation and said "well you should have gotten her spayed"
how dumb are they? i would have gotten her spayed if she wasnt about a couple days away from having them, it seemed pointless! but now shes gone


yah i dont like petfinder, they make you feel guilty about everything! and about half of them hav no idea what theyre talking about! so thats another bad part of my year!
 

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Actually, I'd like to add to my previous post. Although this was the 2nd worst year I've ever had in my 38 years of life, it did start getting better after I joined Paw-Talk! Thank you so much for being so friendly, everyone! No matter how bad of a day I've had, I always look forward to coming here! :)
 

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Ok well the year started off really bad for me. In January I had my dog Nacho put to sleep, he was only 21 months old...I miss him every day. :bawl: I won't go into details, some of you know it but it was the hardest decision I ever made. I also got a letter to say I wasn't accepted into school.
In February thinks started to look up. I got my car (a big thing for me....my last car I bought when it was 13 years old, this car was brand spanking new and I love it!) and the day after I got Biscuit! I'm so grateful to have her....she's such an angel :heart:
In February I started work experience at my vet's and got accepted into school (long story). My best friend pushed me into a model competition and I was a finalist. I was happy enough with that!
Then in March I turned 21.....Alex surprised me with a surprise party and him and my parents paid for us to go to Vanuatu for two weeks. My first time out of the country and a holiday I'll never forget. Just before I went away I was told I had a part time job at my work!
In April I got my second tattoo. That was about all for April.
In June Alex and I decided to move to Newcastle....and soon....we moved into the house we are in now at the end of June.
In July we went to Spain, France and Singapore. I got to meet Alex's family for the first time and fell in love with them all....especially Guido :heart:
August, September and October were normal. Except alex got a pay rise which was great!
In November My nan head a heart attack, which was the beginning of her downhill spiral and the start of us accepting that she is dying. We also sold both of our houses in this month.
In December we put a deposit on our unit and today I got a Christmas bonus! :lol:

I had a good year if I could cut out January. I can accept my nana getting sick....but losing Nacho will sadden me for the rest of my life.
 

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My beautiful son has grown in leaps and bounds! When the year started he was just learning to walk and now he's running and jumping everywhere! He's talking in 2 and 3 word sentences, knows his colors, can count to 3, knows the sounds of most of the alphabet and is just the most wonderful little boy!

We moved to a better place where we're saving money but realized we really need another bedroom and a yard for Ryland.

Lox has been doing great in school and I'm about to get my Doula Certification and hopefully bring in some money!

My sister is due in Feb with my first niece - I'm super excited!!

A lot has happened this year - I can't wait to see what the next one brings.
 
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