Linda’s sent out her annual end-of-the-year missive and I joined in:
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Go to two family reunions in the same month: one in Disneyland with my family, the other in St. Louis with my husband’s family. I gave blood. I also participated in cutthroat competition called Blarch Badness and I lost to the folks who nominated me, the mighty West Seattle Blog.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did not have any new year’s resolutions. I will definitely make more next year, like fitting into my expensive collection of size 8/10 pants. That is not a weight loss goal. That is a pants goal.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. There were many babies, including two sets of twins!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Disneyland! And again, Targetstan.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Upper body strength. And lower body strength. Just strength, really.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 15th was my third year anniversary. January 20 was my 25th birthday! November 4th was the election and I was very happy about that.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I made a life plan!
9. What was your biggest failure?
Living with thick-wolverine eyebrows for too long.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My shiny silver iMac. Oh this baby is so good to me. And my iPhone!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband has been an incredible source of support. Whenever I’ve asked him for a favor (or 12), he always responds quickly and never holds it against me. He also bought my iPhone!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Whenever Elisabeth Hasselbeck opened her yap, and by yap I mean, her big robo-republican mouth. Not yap as in the beautiful island nation with the stone money.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Electronics and vacations.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was very excited for the iPhone.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Foundations” by Kate Nash.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same.
c) richer or poorer? Same. I actually make more money, but I also spend more.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating pork belly. Spending money.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We opened presents at our house and later had dinner and more presents with our family in Marysville.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I fell in love with WordPress.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Mad Men and 30 Rock were definitely the two highlights of my TV year.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone, but the people who were just annoying last year have grown exponentially more irritating.
24. What was the best book you read?
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Kate Nash and She + Him
26. What did you want and get?
I wanted an iPhone and a new computer and I got them.
27. What did you want and not get?
A Nintendo Wii.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Burn After Reading.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a day at the spa and later had dinner at the Space Needle. I turned 25 and it was wonderful.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More economic certainty.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Target Clearance Rack.
32. What kept you sane?
My son, family and strangely, blogging.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The whole election was pretty stirring. It was the second time I had ever voted in a national election.
35. Who did you miss?
I miss my sister Bobbie. She’s my best friend and I was very happy to see her again this summer after FIVE YEARS.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met several online friends in person, like Crystal Gable. She’s pretty cool.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
From Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming.”
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
From “Winter Wonderland,” my favorite holiday song: “To face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made.”