Linda put this questionnaire up, and since I'm on vacation and being lazy, I figured I'd go ahead and answer the questions rather than thinking up something of my own. It turned out to be a fairly comprehensive review of 2008, including some stuff I had forgotten, like what I did on my birthday. Lucky for me I can look stuff up in this handy-dandy blog.
Of course, I kept getting interrupted, and then I had to bake a cake, and then the power kept going off because it is so windy here today, so this took a lot longer to do than I thought it would, and I missed Linda's deadline. But I did all the work, so I'm still posting the answers! Here is my look back at 2008.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Let's see... I made a wedding cake, catered a Christmas party, ran ten miles while training for a ten miler and tried kickboxing for the first time. I fell in love with kickboxing, but I won't be making any more wedding cakes.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept some of them, but others are still a struggle. Maybe I'll just keep working on them in 2009. And probably a couple more besides.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yep, my friend Julie had a beautiful baby girl.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My uncle Tommy, although sadly, we weren't close
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Well, I'd like to have a baby, or at least get pregnant and be on my way to having a baby by the end of 2009. And I'd sure like a nice, stable stock market so I can have some job security.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 19th, for the layoffs, November 22, because I had a great idea that day, and April 28th, the day we landed in London.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably that wedding cake, although I'm pretty proud of running ten miles too, because I really did not think I could do it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Well, I spent most of the year moving in the opposite direction of my goal weight, which sucks. I feel like I let myself down. But, I am back on track.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I fell and hurt my knee while training for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, which a) hurt and b) made it impossible for me to run the whole ten miles on race day. But, even though I didn't get to run the race I wanted to run, I finished, and I was proud of that.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The American people's behavior, for electing Barack Obama.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Giant greedy corporations refusing to make sacrifices and begging for massive bailouts while ordinary Americans lost their jobs, their health insurance and their homes, with no help in sight from their government.
14. Where did most of your money go?
To my mortgage. And then probably to food.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our trip to London, my college reunion, running ten miles, visiting my brother in Portland, kickboxing.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Supermassive Black Hole and that damn Kid Rock song about Sweet Home Alabama.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? This is a tough one, as I've had a rough fall. I'm happier about some things, but sadder about others.
b) thinner or fatter? Slightly fatter, but THANK GOODNESS, almost back to where I started. Now I just have to keep my momentum going.
c) richer or poorer? Richer.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Relaxing, travelling, having fun, chasing my dreams.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stressing out about things that are beyond my control.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
All over again.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Terminator, the Sarah Conner Chronicles, the Office, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, Life, Torchwood (although I'm still pissed about the finale)
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Eh, hate is such a strong word.
24. What was the best book you read?
North River, by Pete Hamill. And fine, the Twilight books. Shut up! I loved them, and I don't care if you mock me. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Jim Butcher's latest books, Small Favor and Captain's Fury. Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt books. Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. I read a lot. I love books. I can't list them all here.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
There must be one, but I'm drawing a complete blank.
26. What did you want and get?
Lots. And I'm grateful for it all.
27. What did you want and not get?
We talked about buying a new house, but put that off, because the timing did not seem right.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
In Bruges was my favorite movie of 2008, without a doubt. Slumdog Millionaire was a close second.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I ate Indian food and brownies. I turned 37.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Losing weight instead of gaining weight.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I tried new stuff in 2008. Since high school, I've followed a "you can't go wrong with black" philosophy, and I decided it was time to branch out into some clothes with color. No crazy patterns or foofy ruffles mind you, but I did some experimenting. It was fun, I got a positive response from people who noticed and I'll keep doing it in 2009.
32. What kept you sane?
Exercise, my husband, my beloved dog, and my very good friends.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I think I watched every interview with the cast of Twilight that the Internet had to offer. *Hangs head in shame.* In my defense, the week the movie came out I was desperate to not think about the layoffs my company had just announced.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
That would be the election.
35. Who did you miss?
My friends. We're all so busy now that we don't get to see each other nearly enough, and we're scattered all over the country.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I clearly need to work on meeting more new people.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
You can accomplish a lot of if you stop doubting yourself and just go for it, including running ten miles and making a wedding cake. I plan on applying that to new challenges in 2009.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I'm not sure there is one. I had a complicated year. Plus, the only ones coming to mind are AC/DC lyrics, which don't really apply.
Here's to a geat 2009 for all of us. Happy New Year!