2008-End Meme

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Started seeing a naturopathic doctor. Best decision ever.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make “resolutions”. I write down the things that I want to accomplish or see accomplished in the coming year, then I seal them in an envelope and send it little bursts of energy when I can. The following New Year’s Eve, I open it up and see what I’ve managed to make happen.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yup – a couple of people!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I recall, although a few deaths did affect me (Betty Page and Eartha Kitt).

5. What countries did you visit?
The Dream Country.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The rest of my kitchen finished (which is really only my own damn fault).

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 4th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting back on the horse, so to speak, when it comes to helping others heal. Also, teaching and writing.

9. What was your biggest failure?
That I didn’t finish building the kitchen when I wanted to, so now I’ll have to wait until spring to be able to install the butcher block counter tops. (There’s no way to sand them inside without bad results, so it’s got to wait for good weather.)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yup. I had diabetes (which I beat) and then a thyroid storm (which I also beat, mostly).

11. What was the best thing you bought?
It’s a toss-up. It’s either the new refrigerator, the carbonized bamboo floor, or the knitting caddy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My whole family’s. Joe has really come along in his own healing, Lili has been amazing, Miles is really growing into his own, Joseph is starting to read, Daniel is being amazing… and everyone else in the fam is working so hard to make things work. It makes me happy.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Certain people on a certain forum that will remain nameless. It really broke my heart how much some people are devoted to only seeing the worst, even when it’s not there.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, bills, loans, and groceries. Like there’s an option…

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to the Nick Cave concert in Denver and staying overnight at the bed-and-breakfast.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2008?
Dig, Lazarus, Dig! by Nick Cave

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sadder, but it’s temporary.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, but that’s not a good thing.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same, but I’m changing that.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing. Maybe more knitting. Construction.

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

20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas hanging out at the house, doing nothing but enjoying each other’s company and our new movies.

21. Which holiday really meant the most to you this year?
Winter Solstice was pretty important… Halloween just kinda happened, which was a bummer.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Numerous times.

23. How many one-night stands?
Tacky… none. Unless you count that one Neil Gaiman dream… Yes, I dream of geeks.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes was pretty cool, as was Eureka. BSG was cool… and Gorden Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope. I don’t have room or time to hate. Some people make me sad, though.

26. What was the best book you read?
Hmmm… The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It was truly awesome.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Sirius Radio’s Jazz Traditions station.

28. What did you want and get?
Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth. Awesome movie, check it out. Also, the entire Millennium series on DVD. <3 29. What did you want and not get?
We’re not going to discuss that.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
That’s a tough one – I saw so many. Kung Fu Panda is most in my head right now. “There is no charge for awesomeness, or attractiveness.”

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35, and I had an awesome time that was ten times more awesome than anything I was expecting. At home, with dinner and family – and all kinds of amazing gifts that are cherished always.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
We’re not going to discuss that.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Casual-Jammie-Chic. And I got a new haircut (or four). Punk-Meets-Pajama?

34. What kept you sane?
Knitting, mostly.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Barack Obama, but not in the hunh-hunh way, just the wow way.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Getting the vote out.

37. Who did you miss?
Dougie, Toby, and Shea A.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hard to say… Mysti? Micah? Angie?

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Take the day off when you can, you never know when another one is coming.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
No. 😉

I made up #21. It was missing before.

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