I lifted this from Marcia over at Are We There Yet? and since I’ve been away over the New Year, this is the cusp of my year, and I’m doing it now. So there.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Adopted a puppy, and dealing with all that goes along with that.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I have not made any resolutions in years, and don’t plan on any this year. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not always striving to do things better, but I don’t specifically make changes at the new year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No
4. Did anyone close to you die? No
5. What countries did you visit? Didn’t travel outside the country this year, although I do plan on visiting Mexico and the Bahamas in 2009. Check back next year.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A sense of security. Also, to be a better parent.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I can’t think of anything particularly meaningful that I will remember for years.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I can’t think of a bloody thing! Isn’t that awful?
9. What was your biggest failure? Cutting way back on my exercise schedule when the puppy joined our family.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, I am pretty healthy, as a rule.
11. What was the best thing you bought? An iPod Touch – so in love.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Tessie, our puppy, learning to use bells to go outside within a day and a half.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Belle. She is driving me to drink.
14. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage and day care. Ouch.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Making plans for a mom’s only vacation with my friend Suzy (which will be taken in 2009)
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? The older I get, the less a song reminds me of a particular time or place. Maybe “What Time is It?” from High School Musical 2, which I heard a lot this year.
17. Compared to this time last year are you a) happier or sadder b) thinner or fatter c) richer or poorer Sadder, about the same, and about the same, but with the potential to be much poorer soon, if the current economic conditions continue and I am laid off.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Enjoying the little things.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying. Flying off the handle at little things.
20. How did you spend Christmas? Home with the kids and my mom.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? No
22. What was your favorite TV program? Too many to count! But I’ll just give a nod to a few that are current: How I Met Your Mother, Lost, Heroes, Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, The Office. Of course two of those have already had their cancellations announced. Figures.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No
24. What was the best book you read? As an avid reader, I have read shamefully few books of late. I might have to go with “The Art of Raising a Puppy“, followed closely by “Frindle“, which is a childrens book, but I loved it so much.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Ingrid Michaelson, who played at a charity concert I attended on my brief foray into dating. She was charming, funny and oh-so-talented.
26. What did you want and get? A new hairstyle (which I am having trouble maintaining on my own)
27. What did you want and not get? A trimmer body (but this is my own lazy fault)
28. What was your favorite film of this year? I don’t see a lot of movies, but I really enjoyed Love, Actually. And Slumdog Millionaire is sticking with me, but is not for the faint of heart.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 45, and I had the girls take me out to dinner….but I can’t remember where. I guess it was really memorable (ahem).
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Getting an adult social life
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? You’ve got to be kidding….a “fashion concept?” My fashion style can best be described as “jeans and a sweatshirt” or “shorts and a T-shirt”, depending on the season.
32. What kept you sane? Being able to talk to Suzy, who is the only person I can trust to know I’m not going crazy.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Peter Krause
34. What political issue stirred you the most? The presidential election.
35. Who did you miss? Suzy
36. Who was the best new person you met? Probably Gary, who I met at speed dating, and went on two real dates with. Though I ultimately decided not to pursue a relationship with him, he was a very nice man, and I learned a lot about myself as a result of meeting him.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Administer oxygen to yourself before assisting others.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up the year. Oh boy, I used to be really into song lyrics and relating them to various relationships. I’m really grasping here, but I’ll go with the Dropkick Murphy’s Tessie, since we named our dog after this song:
You know we couldn’t live without you
Tessie, you are the only only only