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Year in review: it’s that time again

December 20, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
Last year, I wrote several reviews of the past year on various topics from personal review to entertainment. I was thinking of doing that once again starting with this one: “2010 in general.” I tend to limit my blogs to entertainment areas, and I have a feeling that will not change in my reviews. I’m not big on personal reflection, but I will try.

First of all, I am kind of a private sort of person. I don’t share my deepest thoughts with just everyone. I don’t know why, but that’s just who I am. I will try to open up just a bit more in my look back on 2010 has done for me.

I consider 2010 to be the year after a great change. To me, 2009 was a year of big changes in my life. I graduated college in May and had a full time job by June, which was not something that was guaranteed when I accepted my Wartburg diploma May 24th. The job itself came to pass rather quickly. I had applied for a sports reporter job at the T-R, took a part time job answering phones for sports at night, then was offered my current position as Assistant Copy Editor within a week without ever really applying for it. I had two, half days of training than was thrown into the mix to sink or swim.

So by the time 2010 rolled in, my job “description” (if I ever had one) had changed and increased in responsibility. I felt like I had a good grasp everything, but January was my seventh month on the job and a newsroom is never the same two days in a row. Some days are slow and you can process information as it comes in; others feel like a million things are going on at once and you are trying your best to stay on top of things but your to do list never seems to shorten, but that’s life in the news business. So, 2010 was a work-in-progress. Now that I have a full year of experience, I feel like I know my job really well, but still new things come up all the time, and you just learn something else to do and file it away so you’re ready next time.

But my work is just one tier of who I am, although I’m not overly complicated outside of the office. I love watching TV shows with my family as well as going to baseball games in the summer, taking family trips sometime in July or August and having fun playing sports from slow-pitch softball or shooting hoops in my brother’s back yard.

The hardest family adjustment in 2010 was the same as 2009, being away from my twin sister for the majority of the time. While Chariton is only an hour and half away and I get to go down there or she comes up for a weekend, it’s still quite the adjustment to get used to not having her around all the time. However, its nice to create my own identity without there being two of us. Wow, that kinda sounds corny. But no matter what our independent lives bring, we are still close as ever, there is just a little more distance involved.

My family had a little personal tragedy as well. Our dog, Lucky passed away after being our house pet for 15 years. It brought on the memories of bringing him home as a puppy, when mom was dead set against a house dog, but a few months with Lucky changed her mind quickly. He was a constant companion and always first to greet at the door when coming home from a grocery run or for a weekend visit from college. In his last year, he struggled to get around like he used to but there were moments you could still see the puppy he always was. Right now, we have no plans to get a new dog because there can never be another dog like him. Lucky will always be the Rodgers’s dog, and he was one that cannot be replaced.

2010 marked the beginning a long and glorious relationship of me paying back my student loans. I’m so glad I chose to get a private college education! While I enjoyed my time at Wartburg, the bill afterwords isn’t so glamorous. I will paying that off until I’m 50. The good part of it all shows that I can manage my money pretty well. Barring the unexpected expenses that owning a used car can bring, I haven’t had to ask for help from my parents to make payments, which is exciting. Let’s hope it stays that way for at least another 2 years until my car is paid off and I start having a decent savings account total. Of course living with my folks has assisted me in this. It’s nice not to have that rent check every month like my sister or all the payments that comes with owning a house like my brother.

But beyond setting into my newish settings (living at home and working in Marshalltown can’t really be considered completely new to me), not much has changed. I have spent the majority of 2010 just adjusting to life without that set academic schedule that has dominated my life since kindergarden. That is my only regret of not entering into teaching like my sister and parents. I do envy their summers off; however, when they come home and tell me about the “snothead” kids they have to deal with/kick out of their classrooms, I’m glad I made the decision I did.

Now I can say I survived the freezing cold and snow of 2010 and the large amounts rain in the spring, the humid days of summer, the strong winds of the fall and don’t forget the December blizzard. I’m ready to ring in the new year. Bring on 2011!


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