It’s hard to believe that 2008 is over. When I look back at the year, I struggle to comprehend how so much happened in 365 short days. Travel included New York, San Francisco, Australia, Seattle, and of course, Hawaii. My first cover for National Geographic Traveler. My first shoot for the New York Times (in four years), the exposé of Margaret B. Jones, aka Peggy Seltzer. My first surf board. My brother turned 40. A new studio. Good friends in Maui. An alleged shark incident. My husband starts cooking Japanese cuisine. A total lunar eclipse. A monk seal on our beach. Barack Obama is elected president. The happiest thing: my two best girlfriends have baby boys. The saddest of all, our great friend Terry Toedemeier passes away. May he rest in peace.