1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I'd love to say I did something crazy like sky diving or managing a hedge fund, but no. I think most of the new-ish things I did involved food. I learned to make *really* good pizza in my brick oven and recently I made aebleskiver. We also made our own soda this year --- root beer and lemon lime soda.
Oh! And I laid a floor and bought my first saw -- almost forgot about that!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't think I made any New Year's resolutions last year, but as the year went on I decided that I had to start finishing up projects that were languishing and I did do pretty well there.
As for next year, I'm planning on doing more networking and just generally keeping in touch type things. I'm a born introvert, so this is a daunting task.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No -- last year was the big birth year.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No thank goodness -- had enough death in prior years. We deserve a few good years!
5. What countries did you visit? Again, I wish I had a good story to tell, but the farthest I got from home was South Carolina.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Financial peace of mind. We were fortunate in that no one close to us lost their jobs, but our retirement accounts are looking pathetic. I'm also looking forward to having a Democrat in the White House.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 4th -- the day Barack Obama was elected -- yeah!!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Hmmm. . . not really a year of accomplishments for me. Perhaps remodeling the "little eating room" as we call it. Or finishing Maddie's quilt.
9. What was your biggest failure? Nothing specific, but this year lacked creativity. I feel badly about that and hope to be more motivated in 2009.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No -- thank goodness.
11. What was the best thing you bought? My new laptop -- love it. Love the freedom of not being tied down to my desk. Love the huge screen.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? I wanted to start eating (and having my family eat) more local, organic, while foods. We made progress this year on that goal and next year with the new garden, at least some of our food will be extremely local. (Oops, now that I actually read the question, I realize that I totally answered a different question. Oh well.)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Bush -- but that's been going on for 8 years now. And then there is Blagojevich (shaking head in disgust). Oh, and I can't forget Sarah Palin and John McCain (who I thought was the best of the Republican choices until he lost his freaking mind during the campaign!)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Politics -- it was an awesome year for politics and I thoroughly enjoyed watching way too much CNN and each and every debate.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie. Check out the live video. Love this song because this is the first band that Maddie really got into. I can picture her bopping around the house singing along with the mp3 player while listening to this entire album .
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? I probably weigh a tiny bit more, but I have more muscle (thank you pilates!)
c) richer or poorer? Poorer -- thank you recession.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Creating.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Hanging out in the office on the internet -- love the laptop. Now Pete, Maddie and I can hang out in the same room and I can still surf, work, etc.
20. How did you spend Christmas? With family -- eating and drinking and breaking things. Seriously. This holiday season I broke a wine glass, a milk bottle and a punch cup. Ugh!
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? I fell in love all over again -- as I do every day I look into my beloved's face. (Oh, I'm cracking myself up here!)
22. What was your favorite TV program? LOST -- LOST -- LOST (Did I mention LOST?)
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? As a general rule I never hate anyone. I've been upset with people and I've disagreed with people, but I seriously can't think of one person that I can say I hate.
24. What was the best book you read? Okay, I read about 42 books according to my blog (although I know I missed posting about some of what I read.) I love the His Dark Materials Trilogy.
26. What did you want and get? A healthy family.
27. What did you want and not get? A new kitchen.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Well, I turned 38 back in February which was quite a while ago. It was a Monday, so I probably didn't do much of anything.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the lottery? I had a pretty satisfying year all in all.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Cheap is the new black.
32. What kept you sane? Sane? Who says I'm sane?
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I'm not really a stargazer. I just asked Pete and he can't think of anyone. (In the past I've drooled over Vigo Mortenson & Noah Wylie.)
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Women's rights & separation of church and state.
35. Who did you miss? I always miss my dad.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Hmmmm... Not sure.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. I will have another life after my daughter grows up and leaves the nest and instead of worrying about it, I'm starting to look forward to it. For a time I was sad that she was growing up so quickly, but now I'm learning to enjoy it.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. (Politically speaking)
"You Are (The Government)" Bad Religion
Hey sit down and listen and they'll tell you when you're wrong.
Eradicate but vindicate as "progress" creeps along.
Puritan work ethic maintains its subconscious edge
As Old Glory maintains your consciousness.
There's a loser in the house, and a puppet on the stool,
And a crowded way of life, and a black reflecting pool,
And as the people bend, the moral fabric dies,
The country can't pretend to ignore its people's cries.
You are the government.
You are jurisprudence.
You are the volition.
You are jurisdiction.
And I make a difference too.