I did this last year, and I thought, Why the hell not?
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I ran a 5K. Actually, I ran about ten. Which, still, just blows my mind. I went all balls-out and started training (having NEVER run before) and just did it. I felt so amazing.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I actually DID make AND keep resolutions! I started with a realistic goal, and I made it a page on my blog. Looking at it, I feel very good about all I’ve accomplished this year, even though it was a pretty tough year. I plan to do the same this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Actually, I don’t think so! Even all of my bloggie friends have either stopped procreating or are in the process of the next round.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Our entire community lost a dymanic pillar with the loss of Ms. Carol Morris. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her.
5. What countries did you visit? Mostly New Orleans.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? More courage. I don’t think we lived in fear in 2009, but we did avoid doing a lot of things because we were so unsure of the future. 2009 was all-around sucky for a bunch of folks, and I’m hoping we can all live 2010 a bit more freely.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I remember watching the inauguration on huge screens at work, with a room full of red-blooded Republicans. I remember watching my vehicle launch at KSC while down at Michoud Assembly Facility in NOLA.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Running the 5K was a HUGE thing for me. And though I’ve run several since, the training and the work I put into that first one really proved to myself that I could do something physical if I really put my mind to it. I’m still trying to find the “something physical” to be motivated about in 2010, but when I find it, I’m excited to get going with it.
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.” – 2008. I would say it was the same for 2009, but I think we managed awfully well considering. 2009 was a horrible year, financially, but? We lived to tell the tale and we’re smarter for it.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope. Lucky us, we only had the usual (ear infections/strep/sinusitis/stomach bugs) this year. Lucky us.
11. What was the best thing you bought? We didn’t buy it; we were lucky enough to have it handed down to us.. but our Keurig coffee-maker has been a single-source for happiness in our house. Bryan and I have always WANTED to be coffee drinkers, but I like flavored coffees and he’s repulsed by them, so we could never agree on a whole pot to brew. This one machine has allowed us to enjoy spontaneous coffee or tea and we use it several times a day.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? This year I have watched so many of my blog heroes go through so much hardship and come through it all. Between the Spohrs and Anissa and the countless others, the mere fact that they’re still upbeat and honest about it all makes me so honored to read their stories.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Since I can’t say for sure, I’ll say my own. I’m not great about handling things all of the time, so there’s no doubt that I should’ve handled various things in a more mature fashion.
14. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage and daycare. Daycare is such a rapist.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My first vacation in YEARS, when Bryan and Tony and I went with my mom and dad to Destin for a full week. I had not been to the beach since 2001, and hadn’t had a vacation since our honeymoon. It was AWESOME.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? “Deep Down in my Heart” by Hot Peas ‘n Butter
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? Reading. I so love reading and when I try to read, I go through books like water, but I just can’t make myself START a damn book. The one week of vacation, I kicked back THREE books. And haven’t picked up another since.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Second-guessing myself. With Tony now at such a malleable age, I question EVERYTHING I do with him. Am I giving him enough attention? Too much attention? Should I buy flashcards? Am I not talking clearly enough to him? I’m not giving him enough vegetables, am I? I know this won’t subside any time soon, but it’s nice to look back (a year later) and think, Heh, haven’t killed him yet. Must be doing something right.
20. How did you spend Christmas? This was the first year since Bryan and I have been together that we didn’t spend driving all over creation. It was actually very nice. I wish Jack felt better (poor boy was running a 104 temperature), but it was a laid back and comfy Christmas. Tony and I never got out of our PJs.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? Several times.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Well, I have eight hundred faves, but my favorite NEW show is Modern Family. Hysterical, honest writing and some of the funniest characters in a long time. Which, of course, means it won’t last another season.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope, don’t really hate anyone. I’m too lazy.
24. What was the best book you read? Toss up: I loved ALL of Jen Lancaster’s stuff (I read them ALL and was like, Holy shit, someone who talks like me got paid to write books!) and I’m a pretty big Dave Ramsey convert.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? It’s not really music, but I learned about podcasts this year. I am now ADDICTED to NPR podcasts (Wait, Wait.. Don’t Tell Me and This American Life are my faves) as well as financial planning podcasts.
26. What did you want and get? New dishes, new curtains, a new tv..
27. What did you want and not get? Reebok EasyTone shoes.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Well, I just saw Avatar and loved it. I also loved this little known film called A Haunting in Rhode Island that was REALLY REALLY good. Also, Drag Me to Hell was all sorts of awesome.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? On my actual birthday, I did nothing because Jack had a basketball practice that night so I sat at home. But my girls and my family took care of me and we all ended up celebrating my birthday for, like, a full week. AWESOME. I was 29. This year is the big 3-0.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? “A 25th hour in the day.” – 2008. “Ditto.” – 2009
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? LOFT-y. (BWAHAHA.)
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? Neil Patrick Harris. Dude, aside from the fact that he’s DOOGIE FREAKIN’ HOWSER, MD, he’s made quite a presence for himself and has done so without negotiating any of who he is. Sure, I think he’s pretty freakin’ cute and talented, but I really admire him for being himself.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Proposition 8 in its many forms and names. I’m still just gobsmacked that we are even HAVING this conversation.
35. Who did you miss? Kevin.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Y’all, I can’t remember what I wore two days ago. I seriously cannot remember who I met within the last 12 months. But chances are that if I met you or have communicated with you virtually, I really really like you.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. “The most sophisticated people I know? Inside, they’re all children.”- Jim Henson
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “And I remember, in someone else’s garden long ago / we had all we could eat / but it seems the fruit our own hands grow / somehow tastes twice as sweet” –Close to Home, Children of Eden