1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I flew, on an airplane, by myself. I cannot tell you exactly how exciting this was for me – I don't think I had flown anywhere in over four years.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't really make resolutions, because I always end up snapping them in half and then mourning the fact that I can't stick to them. I like to have goals instead: be healthier, save more money, spend more time with my kids.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope, although everyone seems to be getting ready to pop some kids out.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit? I don't think I have ever been out of the US. So that would be a giant negatory on the countries.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Patience. And more patience. With two kids in the house, both under the age of 5, I struggle in that department.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Obama's election is huge, HUGE in my mind, but other days that stand out are my 30th birthday, my daughter's 1st birthday, and my son's 4th birthday. It's funny how my memories are tied up more in things that are important to my kids than in things that are important to me personally.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Starting back to school, and getting that path set out so that I will actually finish my degree instead of draaaaaaaging it on and on.
9. What was your biggest failure? I think that I need to work on being a better parent. Scratch that. I KNOW I need to work on being a better parent.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I had to undergo physical therapy for an ankle that I sprained, but it's not like that was life threatening or serious.
11. What was the best thing you bought? iPhone. Hands down, the best gadget ever created. How I managed without one is a mystery.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My son's, as his potty training skills were cemented and perfected. I cannot describe the joy over not having to change someone's butt any longer. One down, and one to go!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Family stuff, and that is all I can say about that. Oh, and SARAH PALIN.
14. Where did most of your money go? Daycare and mortgage.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My trip to SAFF. I was so excited about it, I'm STILL excited about it.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Kiss Kiss, by Chris Brown. My son learned the words to it, and sings it randomly. I don't know whether or not to be horrified by this, or to laugh hysterically. I do a little bit of both.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier; post-partum depression is a bitch to recover from.
b) thinner or fatter? Exactly the same, strangely.
c) richer or poorer? Richer. We put ourselves on a saving plan, and hoo-boy, does that really look to come out well.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I wish I had spent more time with friends and family. We have turned ourselves into housebound hermits, and I'm ready to get out and be social again.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Procrastinating, lazing, and basically just being a slug. Nothing will get done if I don't get up and do it.
20. How did you spend Christmas? The same way we always do – in our pajamas, at my in-law's house. I look forward to that every year.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes. With a phone.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Grey's Anatomy
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I can't think of anyone new to my list – although I'm sure there are folks on it.
24. What was the best book you read? Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Paramore. I KNOW, you all knew about them FOREVER ago, but it took Rock Band to introduce them to me.
26. What did you want and get? Wii Fit. Now I just have to USE IT.
27. What did you want and not get? A raise. Seriously. This has gone on long enough.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Wall-E has to be THE FILM for me, but then again, I don't see many new movies. Marley and Me did make me cry like a baby, though.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? On my birthday, I don't remember doing anything memorable (hah!), and this was the BIG 30. Hopefully, 31 will be a little easier on the emotions.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I wish that I had worked out more, and dropped some weight. I need to force myself into it.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Ann Taylor for Work, Things That can Withstand Spaghetti Handprints at home.
32. What kept you sane? AudioBooks and knitting.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Michael Buble. Mmmmm…..
34. What political issue stirred you the most? The entire election was huge; all of the issues combined into one giant pot of POLICITALSTUFF that I had to wade through to decide on who I wanted to vote for.
35. Who did you miss? My sister. She moved away from me earlier in the year, and I'm still trying to convince her that she needs to come back to me.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Well, all of my friends on Ravelry. It's amazing to me that people that I have never physically seen can mean as much to me as they do, but they are really and truly friends. I think that a few of them know where to hide bodies.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Moderation in all things. Food, drink, emotional reactions…all things are better if you step back and ask yourself if you really, REALLY need to handle it in that way. Do you need that last drink? Does that Big Box Store employee really rate the amount of wrath that you are about to heap on his head?