new year's meme

I swiped this from Steph because I often shamelessly copycat her!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Bought a share in a CSA farm.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't have any resolutions except to stay sane, and I managed that, mostly. Resolutions don't do me much good, but if anything, I should resolve to be more patient with Daniel (as he nears his third birthday, he's really pushing my limits in a big way) and get into better shape.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend Ellen, who was due with her son the same day I was due with Anya, had her baby boy in January.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Like I could do international travel with a 2yo and a baby. I wish.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Patience. Life direction.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Nov. 4, duh.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I suppose receiving my diploma, though I did all the work for it before 2007 was over.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know that I had any real failures or big successes, for that matter. 2008 was a year of holding steady, holding on.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A small chest freezer. We are more and more committed to buying locally grown/produced foods. This included a quarter steer, which we split with my friend Pat (because there's no way we could eat 100 lbs of beef in a year). Also, this summer I'm hoping to buy more local vegetables in bulk to freeze and use throughout the winter. I'm really not into canning. At all.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I though John McCain's concession speech was surprisingly gracious and conciliatory.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Sarah Palin.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage. Food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

A family vacation we took in May, the presidential election.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

I honestly don't know.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Neither. I feel a little more grounded, I guess, since Anya is now a year old and no longer a newborn, and I have figured out how to manage with two kids better than before. But I don't have the sense of accomplishment I had a year ago. ii. thinner or fatter? Definitely thinner, but that's just because I was like 2 weeks postpartum a year ago. I'm lucky that my weight doesn't generally fluctuate much. 
iii. richer or poorer? Slightly richer now that I'm not paying any tuition. We're lucky that Stuart's job is secure.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Knitting, reading, socializing and cleaning. I never have enough time for any of those things.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?

With lots and lots of family. It was great.

21. What LJ users did you meet?
I don't do LJ.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Not with anybody new.

23. How many one-night stands?

Please. I'm a married woman.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Toss-up between The Daily Show and Monarch of the Glen (which is not running anymore, but I got it on Netflix).

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hmm. That's tough. I think of all the personalities I hate, but I've hated them all for a while (GWB, Bill O'Reilly, those sorts). Sarah Palin was pretty obnoxious, but I don't hate her.

26. What was the best book you read?

I don't have much time to read, so this should be easy. I don't think I finished more than half a dozen books, most of them mysteries. Eat, Pray, Love was pretty good, though now I can't remember if I read it before 2007 was done or not. I also enjoyed The $64 Tomato.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That maybe I shouldn't be a musician.

28. What did you want and get?

Snow boots for Christmas.

29. What did you want and not get? 

MItch McConnell to lose his Senate seat.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?


Like I have time for movies...that said, we rented TransSiberian last night and it was quite good, though I have even less desire to visit Russia than ever.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
 I spent most of my 30th birthday in Cedar Rapids trying to entertain Daniel and Anya in a shopping center while Stuart took the car to get its muffler replaced.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Getting paid for the work I do.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Jeans that won't stay up, stained t-shirts, and shoes with mismatched laces. I would say that I could use some new clothes, but what's the point?

34. What kept you sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Must I choose between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I'm still wondering how anyone who isn't a millionaire or a jerk can vote Republican.

37. Who did you miss?

My family. I missed my family terribly. And I even got to see my parents every couple months.

38. Who was the best new person you met? 

We got to know our neighbors across the street very well, and that's been a real blessing for all of us.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Think before you speak.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. 

It's just a moment. This time will pass. (U2)


Anonymous said…
I certainly hope the new muffler on your car, not around your neck, was not Stu's birthday present to you. -Opa

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