1 January, 2004  |   14 Comments

2003 Recapia

Every new year, I like to believe the one before was the most life-changing year, the most awkwardly rocky tumbling high/low life year ever.

Honestly though, 2003 took the cake.

Going to LA to blog for the movie, I Love Your Work in January was, quite simply, HUGE.

Having the opportunity to hang on the periphery of people who I knew but didn’t know me and writing about it stretched everything I thought about myself wider.

I made really, really good friends with Josh and Yoav. (And Vince Vaughn.)

I started my fabulous new job in February ending a few years of chronic underemployment as a web designer in the town most chock full of underemployed designers. Every day I give thanks for that.

Oh, there was that wedding planning, there were many, many trips to the OC to visit my betrothed.

There was the painful moving out of Lily Street, the gorgeous house I shared in the middle of San Francisco with my best friend. There was house hunting and the eventual renting of our new pad. And then there was the moving.

Bittersweet, I know, but I still miss living with her.

There was a wedding, a honeymoon, learning how to live with a new roommate, a husband.

I met Aubrey in person and her constant quiet support has helped me more than she’ll ever know.

There was a horrible accident which helped us to count our blessings and appreciate little things.

(By the way, James takes baths by himself! He’s on crutches! He can cut his own meat!)

I learned how to drive stick.
I learned how terribly expensive weddings are.
I learned what it takes to take care of a very sick person.
I learned the cost of not taking care of yourself.

And just when I think that 2004 absolutely can not top 2003, I know next year, I’ll have even more life-changing awkwardly rocky tumbling high/low events on the list.

Shit. That just tired me out just writing about it.

Happy New Year.

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14 thoughts on “2003 Recapia

  1. 1
    Ismat says:

    Here’s to a 2004 that is just as colorful, and a million times sweeter.

    Happy new year.

  2. 2
    aubs says:

    Ditto, my darling, Ditto.

  3. 3
    Kim says:

    Glad to see you back, and off we all go into the next new year, with all its ups and downs and sobs and laughs.
    I third the vote for a million times sweeter in 2004!

  4. 4
    terry says:

    glad you’re back! here’s to a fabulous 2004! 🙂

  5. 5
    jennn says:

    Happy new year, hottie.

  6. 6
    a.march says:


    helenjane is back.
    we’ve missed you (and compulsively checked your site, sometimes even twice a day).

    Or maybe I’m just a major dork, and I’m the only one who did that.

  7. 7
    Vera says:

    Happy new year, HJ! I’m glad you’re back. We’ve been waiting for you.

  8. 8
    Sarah B. says:

    Oh, I am so glad you’re back.

  9. 9
    aubs says:

    Naah, amarch, I have a feeling that you’re only one of MANY of us who did. And many of us who are cheering for the return! HURRAH!

  10. 10
    josh says:

    Hooray! Helen Jane is alive! James is cutting meet! We web dorks are all apparently ready to rock 2004! Hooray!

  11. 11
    Kearns says:

    Look who’s back!

    2004 is already looking good.

  12. 12
    Ismat says:

    Aw, HJ, I adore you. There indeed are good people in this world.

  13. 13
    patricia says:

    with you back my darling i’m now 100% positive that 2004 is going to be wonderful.

    happy new year!

  14. 14
    Ivy says:

    Welcome back! 🙂