Yes, I promise; there will be a full post-Holiday report forthcoming. Suffice it to say that I was SO READY for today to come, a day when I had the house to myself ALL FRICKIN’ DAY and yet the clutter and messiness inside of it is suffocating me. When I can surface from the filth, you’ll hear back from me.
In the meantime, the glorious blogging queen of all things weight loss, Linda, has posted this great wrap-up for 2008. I am a sheep (albeit a black one), so .. BAAHHHH.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I bought a house. Bryan and I searched all over this city for a fixer-upper we could spend the next few years customizing.. and by a twist of fate, we found one already fixed up exactly as we would’ve wanted it. I love my house, and aside from just ONE MORE BEDROOM, there’s not much I would change about it.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t think I made any last year, not in January, anyhow. I did make resolutions throughout the year that I made pretty significant progress on. This year? I plan to make some pretty simple resolutions to start and then really pick up some harder ones come June.
4. Did anyone close to you die? I’ve been very fortunate this year; I haven’t lost anyone close to me.
5. What countries did you visit? Bug Tussel.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I think that it’s a given that we’ll have it, but I’d like us to have more control. With a new baby in the house and moving into a new house and everything else that we did this year, it was easy to feel like we were losing control. This year, I hope we stay more proactive instead of reactive.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Ah, the blessings and curses of having no memory to speak of. Sure, I could go through my blog for the past YEAR, but honestly? Nothing really sticks out.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I took a job that was a big step up from what I was doing, and it proved to be far more challenging than I was prepared for. My biggest acheivement is that job; I finally made peace with what my calling is there and have found ways to better the environment around me.
9. What was your biggest failure? Money. Always money. But of course, I believe that if money is your biggest problem in life, it isn’t really that big of a problem.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Illness was rampant in our house for about six months, with a baby in daycare and The Boy bringing over new germs every other weekend. But.. ::FEROCIOUSLY KNOCKING ON WOOD:: we seem to be okay now. The baby has been A LOT less sick at the new daycare.
11. What was the best thing you bought? TiVo, hands down. I can’t scream the praises of this device loudly enough. Not only do we get to only watch shows we’re seriously interested in, we tend to not watch tv AT ALL if there’s nothing on or recorded we want to spend our time on. TiVo has helped us watch LESS tv.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Wow, this one’s hard. Not because I don’t know anyone who deserved celebration, but because I’m having a hard time narrowing it down. Okay, so, there was a lady who won a $5K gift card to our luxury Bridge Street Town Centre shopping complex, and she donated the entire amount to a local charity. I was just amazed. Actually, come to think of it: I watched a teenage girl chase down an elderly lady on Christmas Eve because the lady had dropped a $20 while walking out of the store. And Bryan witnessed a 10 year old boy turn in a wallet he found in the parking lot of Target that had (easily) $50 cash inside of it. I think, as bad as our economy is, that humanity has come through in small doses, and those doses are what we should remember.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Sadly, I think this historic election brought out the worst in people, especially here in the south. I learned how ugly and rampant ignorance can be, in people that often surprised me.
14. Where did most of your money go? Nestle’s Good Start and daycare. The easiest question on this thing.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? I started a new job and bought a house within a week of eachother. That was a big time in my life.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. When I started back at work, I played this song in the car when I dropped off/picked up Binja from Mom’s house.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Cooking. I found cooking too late in the year, and it’s easy to get too busy to cook. But so often, it is the savior of my sanity.. an hour or so, devoted to one thing, that allows for a finished product.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Deflecting compliments. I don’t know why it’s in our nature to immediately think there’s an evil subtext behind every compliment, and I wish I had listened.. truly listened.. to more of the compliments I was paid.
20. How did you spend Christmas? Hauling ass. That’s not very Jesus-friendly, is it? But that’s what we did. Haul ass from Southeast to Madison to Jasper to Hazel Green to Southeast.. and repeat.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes. Again.
22. What was your favorite TV program? I think The Office is the most consistently fabulous show. It allows for AH-MAY-ZING comic timing, a little improv, and there’s always some heartwrenching reality tied in there.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Honestly? I’ve kind of let go of most of that. There are still people that make me shake my head in disbelief/amusement/disgust, but there will always be. Hate? I just don’t have time for it. I could be munching on Binja cheeks.
24. What was the best book you read? I really loved Water for Elephants and I’m just getting into the Sookie Stackhouse novels.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Duffy and Adele pretty much owned my rotation this year.
26. What did you want and get? A bike, a watch, a new house..
27. What did you want and not get? I really wanted a better camera. But now we have a goal.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? I LOVED Quantum of Solace and Tropic Thunder and The Dark Knight and Quarantine. Pretty much every movie except that Indiana Jones crap.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 28 this year. For my birthday, I was treated to a weekend at my in-laws. Yes. I know.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A 25th hour in the day.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Transitional.
32. What kept you sane? My friends, my husband, my blog, but mostly my child.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? This sounds odd, I know, but this year I really came to like Jim Carrey again. He had kind of jumped the shark for me, but finding out about his passion for Jenny McCarthy’s autistic son (Jim and Jenny have been dating quite a while now) made him seem more.. human. Also, I’ve really enjoyed his last few “serious” roles. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is still one of my faves. And a TOTAL mindfuck.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? I was very into the presidential race this year, mainly because I feared the McCain/Palin ticket. I feared McCain’s stance on female issues, and Palin.. well.. I would’ve voted for Tina Fey before I voted for her.
35. Who did you miss? I know it’s weird: Tim Russert. I so respected him and thought he was a brilliant, warm, and honest human being. The journalism world is an empty place without him.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Again, I know this sounds funny, but .. my sister. We had really drifted apart when she was in Los Angeles, and now that she’s home, it’s awesome to rediscover how much alike (and how different) we are. So maybe she wasn’t new. And maybe I didn’t just meet her. Whatever. What are you, the quiz nazi?
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. “Ask. Desire. Believe. Receive.”
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “When you’ve had an ‘and’ / and you’re back to ‘or’ / makes the ‘or’ mean more / than it did before”..