1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I taught two classes on Social Media for Small Businesses. I ramped up my photography gigs and loved every minute of it. I performed raunchy stand-up comedy in front of a crowded room.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The pregnancy threw a wrench into the whole losing weight and fitting into normal, non-hammer pants. My goal for 2010 is to become healthy after the baby, and to lose the weight that apparently Chinese buffet visits put on.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My brother-in-law and his girlfriend had a baby!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My friend Lee passed away this year. He was Mike’s friend from college then became mine.
5. What countries did you visit?
The People’s Republic of Crazytown might count. If not, then no.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I would like to be more assertive and to stop doing people’s homework. I want to learn how to set boundaries and stick to them.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
In August, we found out we’re having a baby!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m pretty damned proud of writing a four-minute stand up routine and performing it in front of strangers. I may be lacking in many areas (fitness, mental and physical), but for a few minutes, I was able to pull a few laughs and it was glorious.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being more an adult when given the opportunity.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had to have major dental work done throughout this year (to date: four fillings, two root canals, one crown). I also suffered the worst cold of the year during my comedy explosion. But my pregnancy? Healthy all the way.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My husband and I bought a Rug Doctor from Costco and even though it weighs as much as construction-site crane, it has been completely worth it. With two hairball=afflicted cats, a husband who does not take his shoes off when he comes into the house and a toddler who is all about spills, we have a lot of stains, or at least we did until we brought this hulking beast of a machine into our house.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband Mike. It’s schmaltzy but true. He constantly reminds me why I am so lucky to call him my husband, partner and best friend.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The Gosselins. I don’t what it was like in that house, only what was aired on TV but that Jon Gosselin? What a douchenozzle. Ugh.
14. Where did most of your money go?
My dental work, mortgage, bills, and an awesome but slightly pricier day care.
15. What did you get really excited about?
My new baby.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Lisztomania by Phoenix was so catchy, especially since it had this awesome mash-up.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter, but full of a GROWING HUMAN.
– richer or poorer? Poorer in the pockets, richer in the trunk.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Saving money, traveling, more beauty maintenance, more writing for myself.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating. This is actually the last question I answered.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
That day we opened presents at home and gorged on a huge turkey meal. That night, we went to Marysville, a town north of Seattle and had a wonderful time with fellow islanders. I bumped bellies with Di.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fell in love with material things like the five months of upgraded cable channels. Now I’m caught up with everything that premiered in 2007. And 1987.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Mad Men was still a favorite as was 30 Rock, but my new favorite is Modern Family. Give me some gay couple shenanigans any day.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I still hate the arts critic who wrote an awful article about my husband. This guy has a tiny nutsack and a mouth that should stop talking and start stuffing it for the next eggroll competition. But I love everyone else!
24. What was the best book you read?
Nothing Right: Short Stories by Antonya Nelson. This woman is a powerhouse writer.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not a band, but a blog: mixtapemadness.tumblr.com Oh so awesome.
26. What did you want and get?
I wanted a Canon Digital Elph and I got that. I wanted Nathan to use his words and now he tells me, “Mommy, you hurt my butt. Say sorry.”
27. What did you want and not get?
I would have liked to have had some snow this winter.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Definitely one of my favorites of all time now.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to Portland for my birthday weekend, ate Voodoo donuts and phenomenal Japanese food. I turned 26.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A megamillions lottery win. My sister-in-law talks about the curse of the lottery, but I am certain that I would beat that curse because it wouldn’t touch me as I’m slothing away on the beaches of Bora Bora.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Forgiving fabrics. Very forgiving.
32. What kept you sane?
My family. Working. Freelancing. Photography.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Bradley Cooper was pretty fine. Rawr!
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage. Let them wed, bish!
35. Who did you miss?
I miss my family on Saipan.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a lot of bloggers in person this year. That was pretty awesome.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
I heard this line from Jaime Kennedy’s documentary, Heckler: “What you think of me is none of my business.” I’m going to carry that forward into 2K10.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Just dance. It’s going to be okay.” – Lady Gaga