wow, nicolle. the "other" nicolle (aka me) has had a similar year!
my bf of 4 yrs, whom i was sharing a house with, broke up with me the friday before thanksgiving. i have since moved out and into an apartment on my own. my 2 (i got another pup!) dogs and i are quite comfortable & content with the new arrangement. my bf didn't like the healthy soul i've become after a year of intensive therapy, and i didn't like the way he treated me anymore. joint decision. i feel much better now, like you do.
i hope all is well with everyone else.