The end of the year is the perfect time to indulge in reflection and memes, don’t you think? I did this particular year-end meme last year too and I has been just as interesting to read last year’s answers as it has been to look back on this year.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I had a baby girl! I also learned how to knit. And I took up cloth diapering. Wow, this was a banner year, wasn’t it?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
SNORT. I’ll be going over this more in a day or two but the long story short is: No. And yes.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Uh… me? I think that’s someone close to me. Plus lots of fabulous bloggy peoples gave birth too.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Money. That’d help. And sanity. That’d help, too.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 20, the day Evie was born. November 4, the day Obama was elected.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I had my third and final child.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Again, I was social failure. And a professional failure too, for the most part. I guess I should just be happy that I wasn’t a total failure as a parent, eh?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. Thank goodness.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
iPhone. Even though I didn’t really buy it so much as WON it, but it is totally the most awesome thing in my life, materialistically speaking.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Anyone who is near and dear to me. Friends and family that have been there for me and helped me and picked me up and dusted me off. You all know who you are. Thank you.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
This would pretty much be the same people as last year. Suffice it to say, if you say you’re a friend, you should act like it.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Cloth diapers. Heh. And I’m supposing we’re saying money in a relative sort of way. Otherwise I’d have to say something totally boring like “the mortgage” or something. Yawn.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My daughter. Meeting her and getting to know her has been so incredibly awesome. Also was very, very excited about the “Twilight” movie and my iPhone. Heh.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Awesome songs.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? SADDER. Sad to say.
b) thinner or fatter? THE SAME, which ain’t so good considering I was 5-6 months pregnant last year.
c) richer or poorer? THE SAME, though with less Christmas money to spend. Dangit.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise. Definitely. I don’t know exactly what I need to do get more exercise since time is definitely short.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Again, I wish I had done less sitting around. SIGH.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We stayed home and Kile’s parents came from Elko to spend it with us. That was really very nice, actually. It was nice to have someone here besides just us. And wow, Christmas with three kids is a lot different than Christmas with just two or one.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yep, with wee little Evie.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
“Lost” for sure. That show rocks my socks.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope. I try not to. Though I’m fairly annoyed at Dell for this shoddy laptop.
24. What was the best book you read?
Can I count the whole set of “Twilight” books in this one? Not literary genius, to be sure. But still totally awesome.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hmm. Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” themed playlists really helped me find some interesting new music. And I rediscovered a love for Coldplay.
26. What did you want and get?
A baby girl. A trip to BlogHer ’08. A new iPhone. Those are some pretty swell things!
27. What did you want and not get?
A new laptop. (Macbook!) A new camera. (come on, it doesn’t even have to be a DSLR!)
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
“Twilight”. That was awesome. “Ironman” was good too.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Sigh. I turned 33. I got my blood drawn. Kile made me dinner. I got jammies.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A new laptop? A new camera? (Do we sense a theme here?) A healthier outlook would have helped too.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Comfort is Key. Heh. A lot of people bag the whole pajama thing but come on. They’re COMFORTABLE. Sure, jeans look nice when out and about but around home I want to be comfortable.
32. What kept you sane?
Is this a trick question? Heh. My blog helped. Having this outlet helps more than you can know.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
EDWARD!! Come on, 2008 was totally The Year of Edward. And Neil Patrick Harris. Oh, and Owen Wilson. But that’s a gimme.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Can I get a “duh” here? The election, people!
35. Who did you miss?
Don’t know if I really missed anyone. I missed not seeing Zoot at BlogHer ’08 though.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I didn’t meet a whole lot of people this year but I did meet Rhi and Loralee at BlogHer. That was pretty much awesome.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Hmm. Not sure if I learned anything. I did get further lessons in “There is No Such Thing as Adult Friendships” though.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
If you want to join in the fun and do this quiz on your blog too, check out the details from All & Sundry for including your post in her “master list”. Sound fun? Just keep in mind that it takes a while to do it because this has taken me no shorter than three hours to get through. Of course, my laptop is continuing it’s sharp decline and that hasn’t helped matters. Let’s have a new laptop in 2009, mmkay?