12.29.2008

End of the Year Roundup:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Had a baby. A BIG baby. I thought he was turning into a stone baby, but he was just fat.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? To be honest, I can't remember what my NYR was last year. This year Ted and I are embarking on the totally unoriginal "lose weight and stop eating crap" resolution.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Uhh. Me, myself, and I. Along with Jaime Alvarez. A billion people got pregnant in 2008 too. It was a fertile year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not necessarily "close," but my Uncle Frank passed away.

5. What countries did you visit? Hmmmm. Just the US I guess.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A non-pregnant summmer. Skinny jeans. Other than that, life is pretty good.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Trip to Pensacola, FL in May just because it was fun and our last "just us" trip before the baby. August 27th, which was my due date, which came and went and made me want to cry. September 3rd, 2008...when I went into the hospital to be induced. September 4th was a horrific day with a wonderful ending. September 5th was a painful day. I also enjoyed Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with the new boy.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Geesh, I feel like I could answer "I had a baby" to so many of these questions. I was pretty proud of myself when all was said and done though. I had a baby. I pushed it out. It was hard, but I did it. The rest of the year I sort of just laid around. :)

9. What was your biggest failure? Gagging during birth. And yelling in pain. I wish I hadn't done those things.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? See above.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My laptop. And our new phones.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Ted has been an awesome husband, father, and best friend.

14. Where did most of your money go? Oh man, let's not talk about it. Baby clothes? Gadgets? There was some responsible spending in there somewhere, I swear.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Adorable baby clothes. Christmas. David Cook winning American Idol.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Ugh.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer in money, richer in life.

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

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

20. How did you spend Christmas? With most of our family in NY.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? I suppose I did.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Grey's, ER, Jon and Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big World. When I was pregnant, anything with babies. Now I'm digging Biography.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? What an awful question! There is no one that I truly HATE.

24. What was the best book you read? The Secret Life of Bees. I'm digging the Twilight series now.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Reel to Reel players.

26. What did you want and get? Everything.

27. What did you want and not get? Nothing.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Wall*E

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 29. We went to see a comedian named John Pinette. Hilarious.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Nothing. It was a great year.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Elastic waistbands.

32. What kept you sane? Teddy.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I didn't really "fancy" anyone. After Hilary was out of the running I was pretty stoked about Obama.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Obama's election night speech. I've never been moved by anything in politics. That moved me.

35. Who did you miss? My grandparents, Tianne, Donald.

36. Who was the best new person you met? Cana.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. I learned how much my parents must have loved me when I was born. You can't really fathom it until you have one of your own. It was a pretty cool realization.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "When you walk the streets you will have no cares if you walk the lines and not the squares. As you go through life make this your goal: Watch the doughnut not the hole." ~Burl Ives

2 comments:

Ted said...

End of the Year Roundup:

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

Became a Dad.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I can't remember what my '07 NYRs were. I think it might have been to swear less. If that was it, I failed miserably, goddammit.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My wife. She's kinda close to me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My friend Mike Martinez.

5. What countries did you visit?

Roxboro. It's just like Iraq, but in Iraq at least people can talk.

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

Nothing

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Sept. 4 - birth of big B

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting more 'A's in grad school

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to finish "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Ozbourne on expert level in Guitar Hero

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

no

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Kenwood iPod stereo adapter that allows me to control my iPod from my car stereo

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Eilis - a wonderful wife, mother and bestest friend

14. Where did most of your money go?

A big fat baby

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

Again, being a dad

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

None really.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer in money, richer in life.

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

Exercising and reading (for pleasure, that is)

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

Bitching

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With most of our family in NY.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

You could say that

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Letterman

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

I hate just about everyone except my friends and family, and this has been constant for a few years now, so, no.

24. What was the best book you read?

I only had time to read grad school textbooks and supplemental materials. The best one of those was probably the one on syntax and semantics. It was pretty damn interesting. "It" being the subject, "was" being the conjunction, "pretty damn" being the adverbial phrase, and "interesting" being the adjective.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Donovan's "Open Road" album.

26. What did you want and get?

Time with my family

27. What did you want and not get?

Time with more of my friends

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Wall*E

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 39, and we went to see Dave Attell do some stand-up.

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

Nothing.

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

substance over style

32. What kept you sane?

The Weaz

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

"Fancy?" What are we, in 16th century England?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The enormity of corruption, abuse of power, and ignorance in the White House

35. Who did you miss?

Everyone

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I don't like people.

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

Make sure Eilis doesn't put pizza boxes in the oven

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

"I can't believe what God has done
Through us he's given life to one
But isn't (s)he lovely, made from love." - Stevie Wonder

Geri's Travel Club said...

End of the Year Roundup:

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

Turned 60!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't make them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My daughter, my friend's daughter...

4. Did anyone close to you die?

People who were in my life to some extent, more or less at different times: My godfather, Frank Kolis, my Uncle Joe, Dave DeRienzo

5. What countries did you visit?

This year, only a quick trip to Niagara Falls to see our Norwegian friends, Nina and henrik. Got hassled at the border, as usual.

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

More friends

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Sept. 4, birth of my first grandson, Oct. 28, my 30th wedding anniversary, Dec. 21st, my 60th birthday

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Mostly physical stuff...lost 15 lbs, had much needed foot surgery, got into exercising and eating better

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not working on my writing

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Foot surgery from an injury the year before

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I'd like to say the sailboat, Oriana, but I'll reserve that for maybe next year, since I haven't sailed her yet!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Wow...my husband...who totally surprised me on my birthday and made my day...much more than a day...by incorporating all kinds of things that he knows I love and enjoy

14. Where did most of your money go?

I have no idea...but it seems like it goes a lot to travel these days, especially back and forth to NC!

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

Visiting Bermuda and winning money in the ship casino, and of course, Brind'Amour!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Little Bird and the Pie Song from the film, Waitress

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Flo Kennedy, Congresswoman from Nevada once said, I've been rich and I've been poor. And rich is better. But I have never been rich, or all that poor. I always get what I need somewhere, somehow.

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

Writing and traveling

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

Sleeping

20. How did you spend Christmas?

It was a kind of extended Christmas over several days time this year. it was nice...other than that, it was the same as every year, Christmas Eve vigil and relaxing on Xmas Day, with Donny recuperating from whooping cough!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Absolutely, with my husband, all over again, and with my grandson

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I don't have any favorites, but the one I watch the most while I'm exercising and because it's convenient is How to Be a Millionaire, 7 pm, daily on abc.

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

I find that rather than hating people, I simply call them people I don't understand. I have two people on my I don't understand list at the moment and I always remember them in my prayers

24. What was the best book you read?

I read many books in a year's time, but I think I am currently enjoying The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Pert Near Sandstone

26. What did you want and get?

A great birthday, planned by my husband

27. What did you want and not get?

A trip to Ireland with my whole family

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Away From Her, with the theme song, Helpless by Neil Young, sung by KD Lang. Love it.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I've already talked about this too much

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

Having my novel published. Except it's not finished

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

Well, according to Eilis, it's improved immensely

32. What kept you sane?

My 12 step recovery program

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

Carl Sagan

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Getting rid of the Bush administration and not a minute too soon

35. Who did you miss?

My parents

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I don't know if I met anyone new this year, which is part of my problem...I need to meet some new people! "I'm waiting for my new friends to come..."

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

I don't have to be understood so much as to understand

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

I wish I had a river I could skate away on...