Archive for January 1st, 2009


On our way back from Christmas with the in-laws, I opened the glove box in search of a CD. The box was such a mess that I started pulling out all the random papers – mostly oil change receipts – and started organizing them. Somewhere near the bottom, I found a piece of paper. It had “2007” written on it, with a line under it, and then a scribbled list of things like “save $2,000 for Italy. refinance. pay off credit card. read five books.” Today, I revisited my old blog and found last year’s resolution list.  I’ve crossed out the ones I didn’t do.

1. Take a daily vitamin.
2. Drink the recommended amount of water every day.
3. Floss daily.
4. Work on my scrapbook more and print and organize photos in albums. (I fear the crash of my hard drive one day, and then the loss of my backup CDs. Am paranoid.)
5. Read at least five books
6. Become credit-card debt free.
7. Become clutter free
8. Go to Europe.
9. Get more involved with church or charity/non-profit group.
10. Dress better.

6.5 out of 10 isn’t bad. But this year I’m struggling a bit with my list, so I’ve decided to do this survey that I found over at OPH to help me think.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Left the continent to visit Europe.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept some of them and I will make more, but am not sure what they will be yet. “Lose weight” will likely be in there somewhere.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A friend of mine had a baby boy on my anniversary.  

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not really. In January, my husband’s grandpa died. And on Christmas night my great uncle died.

5. What countries did you visit? Spain, Malta, Italy, France, and the Bahamas. Domestically, we visited Colorado for the first time. We also took trips to Key West, FL and NYC.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A promotion.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  Memorial Day weekend 2008 – Anniversary trip to Denver.  Husband’s 28th birthday (September) – Touring Florence and Pisa.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Visiting Italy. It’s been a goal for as long as I can remember.

9. What was your biggest failure?  Gaining weight.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing more than a few colds and stomach bugs.

11. What was the best thing you bought?  Probably my iPhone.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband’s. He’s still as thoughtful and loving as he was before we were married. And just the other day, though he wouldn’t want me to tell you this, he did something very sweet. Our neighbor recently lost his job. This is the second job he’s lost in the last six months and right before Christmas with a stay-at-home wife and three kids ages 6-12. Needless to say, the guy has been stressed, so my husband – sneaky as he is – took one of my Christmas gift boxes, stuck $100 bill in it, and hid it in their dog food for them to find the next day. And it’s not like we can just give $100 and not feel it, but that’s just the kind of guy he is. Love him.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?  Some people/bloggers I used to be friends with at this time last year. Hence the reason I don’t get involved in blogger gatherings, tweetups, or anything else that involves needing to trust people I meet online.

14. Where did most of your money go? See #5 and also, paying off credit card bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to Europe. Going to the Bahamas.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Viva La Vida by Coldplay.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) Happier or Sadder? Happier.
(b) Thinner or Fatter? Fatter.
(c) Richer or Poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Working out.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?  Eating stuff that’s bad for me.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2008?  We celebrated with the in-laws, just like every year.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes, with Edward Cullen.

22. What was your favorite TV program?  The Sopranos. I know it’s an old show, but I never saw one episode until this year. And then I watched them all. And loved it.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  Hate is a really strong word. I don’t know that I really “hate” anyone. That would mean that I care too much about them. But I do strongly dislike a few people. Namely those in #13. Other than them, there’s no one new. I still dislike all the same people. All 523 of them.

24. What was the best book you read?  The Twilight series. 

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?  No new discoveries, but I do like rediscovering songs and artists I’d forgotten about, like Queen, Kiss, and Meatloaf.

26. What did you want and get?  My trip to Europe. Snowboots. A new ’47 flat screen TV. A new digital camera. An iPhone. A stun gun. A happy marriage. A healthy family.

27. What did you want and not get?  A winning lottery ticket.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?  Wanted.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?  I worked. And no one in my department knew about it so I didn’t even get so much as a happy birthday all day. But, I went out to lunch with a few friends and that night my husband took me to The Melting Pot for dinner. And I got a lot of cards and text messages, so it wasn’t that bad. I turned 26.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  Winning the lottery. Or trading bodies with someone like Jessica Simpson.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Workout clothes: they’re not just for the gym anymore.

32. What kept you sane?  My husband and church.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?  Usually, John Stamos. But I did have quite the thing for James McAvoy for awhile.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? I was pretty intense about the election. I even cried (tears of joy) a couple of times. At other times, I wanted to peg people in the head with peanuts.

35. Who did you miss? My husband, when he had to travel for work.

36. Who was the best new person you met?  I got to meet Stephanie, and that was quite awesome. Maybe some new co-workers? I don’t know.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.  There is such a thing as too much cheese.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.  “Who am I? Why am I here? Forget the questions someone get me another beer.” – Meatloaf, Everything Louder Than Everything Else

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