For my grand return after my blog-cation, I'll be doing a meme. Very classy, I know. Blame Alyndabear for finding one that is well suited to year-end reflection.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I think getting married probably takes the cake on this one, but I also went to Disneyworld (which was my first time in the eastern half of the U.S.).
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Last year I resolved to try a new recipe a week, eat a greater quantity and variety of vegetables, continue to post (on average) every other day, and eat fast food less often. I kept these resolutions for the first half of the year, but I really fell off the wagon towards the end. I don't think I'll be making any resolutions for this year. Would resolving to get pregnant count?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister in-law gave birth to my second nephew on November 4th.
4. Did anyone close to you die? R's uncle recently passed away. Sadly, I never got to meet him.
5. What countries did you visit? None, though I did get to travel down to the nation's wang for the first time.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A baby.
What? That so counts.
Okay, I'd also like dog. And a bigger garden. More tomatoes. More time to read. And no major injuries.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 9th (got married), November 4th (new nephew)... I think that's it. The last day of teaching was also pretty memorable (such relief!), but I don't remember the exact date.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Master's degree.
9. What was your biggest failure? My inability to keep teaching. Sure, this was a voluntary failure, but it still makes me feel like a quitter.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Why yes, I certainly did. (The scar has flattened enough that I can shave over it, thank goodness.)
11. What was the best thing you bought? We bought a new power source for my computer shortly before my old one died. The timing was excellent, and my computer was only out of commission for a couple of hours.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My sister. She went back to school to finish her degree and, thanks to lots of hard work, got three As and one B this past semester. Good job, Wee-est One!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My mom, but we really don't need to get into it.
14. Where did most of your money go? The wedding. So expensive! I did also manage to pay back a good chunk of my student loans.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Disneyworld! We were looking forward to the trip all year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Probably any song we played at the wedding.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) Happier or Sadder? Happier. Less stressed, for sure.
(b) Thinner or Fatter? About the same.
(c) Richer or Poorer? A little richer, and with fewer crazy expenditures on the horizon.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Gardening. I know I did a lot, but I still wanted more veggies.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Freaking out about things outside my control.
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2008? Hanging out with my family.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? I was already in love. :)
22. How many one-night stands? Nil.
23. What was your favorite TV program? The Venture Brothers.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I can't really think of anyone I actually hate.
25. What was the best book you read? Making Money (hilarious and strangely topical), Me & My Brothers (I'm a dork, but it's still funny).
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Taylor Swift's new album.
27. What did you want and get? I wanted a job, and I got one. Yay for income!
28. What did you want and not get? I really would have liked to get pregnant.
29. What was your favorite film of this year? I think the only film we saw was The Dark Night. We're really looking forward to Watchmen.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 24, but I don't actually remember what we did. Something, but it was apparently overshadowed by the wedding.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Babies. I think I might be a bit redundant here.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Jeans & T-shirts, work clothing (for the first time in my life), not wearing hoodie sweatshirts as much.
33. What kept you sane? The knowledge that the school year would end.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Honestly, I can barely even name a public figure, much the less fancy one.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? Prop. 8.
36. Who did you miss? I miss my intern teacher crew. We all used to sit around a few tables and prep. We had a lot of fun.
37. Who was the best new person you met? R's cousins were pretty nice, the people I work with are interesting, but I haven't really made any new friends this year. Luckily, the ones I have are pretty cool.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Planning makes life better. Also, no one notices the little things at weddings, so it is best not to freak out.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “You think you're so smart, but I've seen you naked" Blame It On Me, by Barenaked Ladies. It probably isn't the best representation of the year, but it was the song lyric that R and I kept passing back and forth to each other.
40. What are your resolutions for 2009? Babies! Also, to find a nice new place to live. Keep exercising, cooking, and gardening. Finish the blasted thank you notes from the wedding.