The following survey was “borrowed” from Jenn and Mel. Enjoy! 🙂
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? In August I flew out to meet my parents out in Utah, after they drove out towing the motorcycles, and we spent 10 days touring National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Kodachrome, etc.), sitting in four states at once (Four Corners), and then drove through a freak hail storm in a mountain pass in Colorado. It was the best trip I’ve ever taken with them!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I actually didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions last year! For 2009, I’m going to resolve to:
A. Pay off my credit cards or at least significantly reduce my debt
B. Focus on my physical health and mental well-being, including adopting a “no excuses” policy towards going to the gym and doing the cardio I need to do in order to achieve my goals, and learning to say “No” more often when asked to do too much for others.
C. Follow up on my children’s book manuscript, and/or send the manuscript out to another publisher for review.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not in 2008, but I did find out that my best friend is pregnant with #2, whom I affectionately call Bump!
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank goodness.
5. What countries did you visit? Unfortunately, 2008 did not hold any international travel for me… but I’m hoping to change that in 2009!
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I would like to have no credit card debt, so that I can stock more money away in savings, travel again, or put it away for larger home improvements, like carpet and windows.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory and why? It was either May or June — the day Sarah and Catelyn were having dinner with me at the house I was dog-sitting at, and Kelsy’s canine tooth got caught in Dakota’s collar, breaking the bone and ripping out. I had to take her to the pet ER that night, and then up to Towson the next day to the Animal Dental Center where they extracted her tooth. It was scary, but I felt I handled the whole situation well, considering!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I made a mock-up of my children’s book and sent it off to a publisher… (now I just need to follow up with a letter because I haven’t heard anything, or received my manuscript back).
9. What was your biggest failure? Although I signed up for personal training sessions, I either kept myself too busy or came up with excuses to not go to the gym and didn’t do enough cardio to meet my goals.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I’ve been having issues with my left shoulder (muscles, nerves, trigger points) which gave me a new understanding and sympathy for what my sister’s been going through with her back. I also had some issues with the plantar fasciitis in my right foot that kept me from being active for a while.
11. What was the best thing you bought? My MacBook Pro, Jack the Mac.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Max proposed to Jenn — YAY!!!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Throughout the year, I had several moments with certain people where I was surprised, disappointed, taken aback, etc. Some of these encounters did affect my mood, others I managed to shake off. But I don’t care to regurgitate any of them here.
14. Where did most of your money go? Each month, one paycheck goes mostly to my mortgage, and the other goes towards bills. Generally I’m left with enough money to buy gas, some groceries, maybe go out to lunch or check out a movie, and make a trip to Wal-Mart or Target for essentials. Despite the fact that I’m always tight, I did manage to swing a ticket to Maine back in February, buy a laptop over the summer, and visit my friend Jamie in Chicago back in May.
15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? I got really excited about travel — visiting Jamie in Chicago and my Utah trip with the parents.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Paralyzer by Finger Eleven, which has been a ringtone on my phone throughout the year.
17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? Um, I think actually I might be a little bit more sad. 😦
Thinner? I’m about the same, unfortunately.
Richer? Ugh, no. I’m still struggling.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I wish that I’d been home and done more yard work — I needed to work on getting rid of the moles/voles and cleaning up the backyard.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? I wish I’d done less pet-sitting — living other people’s lives instead of my own — even if it meant not getting that extra cash. I also wish I’d done less worrying and less letting other people affect me in a negative way.
20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas Day I went to my parents’ house and had breakfast with them, then we went up to Grandma’s and helped her clean. After we re-uncovered the dining room table, we had dinner with her before heading back home. Our family Christmas was held the Tuesday before New Years, after Jaci came home. Jason came home in the middle of unwrapping gifts. It was weird to have “Christmas” at night…
21. How did you be spend new years? I blogged about it, but New Years Eve Day was spent in DC with Denise, Jaci, Jason and Ryan. New Years Eve was spent with Denise and Courtney — first dinner then a party in Old Town. New Years Day was, of course, spent at Mom’s house with friends and fried sourdough!
22. Did you fall in love in 2008? No.
23. How many one-night stands? No.
24. What was your favorite TV program? I thought I’d be saying Grey’s Anatomy, but I also really started to like Fringe. I think I was too busy to really have a must-see TV lineup this past year, and ended up watching a lot of shows on the computer whenever I’d get a chance instead of during regularly scheduled programming.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No, I don’t hate anyone.
26. What was the best book you read? Merle’s Door by Ted Kerasote
27. What was your biggest musical discovery? The DVD of music that Ashanti sent to me — I’m still making my way through the folders. It’s amazing. 🙂 I also just discovered that Zooey Deschanel (of Elf fame) has a record out with M. Ward called She & Him. I downloaded it the other day, but haven’t given it a full listen-to yet.
28. What did you want and you got? A coffee grinder, and Mom had my new piece of art framed.
29. What did you want and not get? A docking station/alarm clock for my iTouch to go in my bedroom; my car’s steering issue and driver’s side seat warmer to be fixed.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Only one favorite? Hmm… Well, I just saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and REALLY liked that film! It was, in my opinion, on the same level as The Green Mile. I enjoyed it from start to finish, felt it contained solid performances and writing, and when it was over I had to be quiet for a time just to digest what I’d seen.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? I turned 29 in 2008, and I had a few friends join me for an Italian dinner at Vincenzo’s. Then I went back to the house where I was pet-sitting and watched a movie with Mom.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If someone else had stepped up to be HOA President and I could’ve stepped down from the position I held (Secretary) without accepting a heavier mantle of responsibility.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Still most comfortable dressing up a pair of jeans, but I also started rocking the collared white shirt under sweaters or thin sweater vests.
34. What kept you sane? Miss Kitty — she still saves me and my sanity on a daily basis.
35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? As I get older, I give less and less thought towards fancying specific celebrities, but I did create a 9-person celebrity genetic scramble that I’d like to see create a cowboy for myself!
36. What political issue stirred you the most? People blaming Bush for everything, regardless of the fact that the country WANTED him to go to war on 9/11 and that some of the things going on in our country right now are because of Clinton-era policies, not Bush-era ones. I also think it’s a shame that the office of President of the United States has become sort of a joke to the population throughout the last few years — Clinton’s lying & cheating, Bush’s poor public speaking… I think this country, more than anything, needs to remember what it feels like to unite behind and support our President. To be a proud country again.
37. Who did you miss? It’s still Christmastime, so I miss my dog — Dawn. Every year.
38. Who was the best new person you met? Anne, Max’s sister. Well, truthfully we’ve only met electronically so far, but I’m looking forward to meeting her in person next April when I head out to CO for Max & Jenn’s wedding!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: That in order for me to be truly happy on the inside, I have to do more than try to make other people happy. I have to take care of myself — mentally and physically — and I have to learn that it’s okay to say “No” sometimes, even if I don’t have a “good reason” for saying no.
40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year:
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” — Unknown
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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