1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Visited the midwest, specifically Nebraska
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I resolved to gripe less at work. I’m happy to report that, before I left my old job, I did a fairly good job of complaining less by looking forward to when I’d get a new job. (At my new job, it’s been pretty easy to gripe less; I’m still just happy to be there, so if some problem arises, I just try to deal with it.)
For 2007, I have a few goals: finish some website projects, learn more at work, and – like the Bible says – “be happy and do good.” (Ecc. 3:12)
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
More clothes for work
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 7, because that was when I started my new job :dance of joy:
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a new job :throws confetti:
9. What was your biggest failure?
I was a big-time jerk to someone at my old job.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness, yes, but nothing terrible
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I helped Mom pay for redoing our bathroom.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mother. She was very helpful and encouraging – as always – but especially as I moved an hour away to start a new job.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Wanda, at my old job. She was a very opinionated person, and being around her got on my nerves like no one else in recent memory.
14. Where did most of your money go?
To getting things for my new apartment
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
At the risk of repeating myself: getting a new job! (I’d been looking for over two years, since I graduated from college.)
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
“Love You” by Jack Ingram, because I first heard that song (and first heard of Jack Ingram!) when I saw the video during my October trip to Nebraska.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Older or wiser? Um, both?
Thinner or fatter? Maybe a little fatter
Richer or poorer? Richer, since I finally got an entry-level job in the engineering field
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reviewing things I learned in school to help refresh my knowledge of engineering principles
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being peeved over others’ perceived attitudes
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Opened presents, took some pictures, and – taking a break from the usual – drove with my mother and sister so they could see my new apartment. I also worked on this meme.
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
I stayed in love. 😉
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Current programs? None. But thanks to DVDs, I’m falling in love again with my old favorites: MacGyver, Quantum Leap, Moonlighting, The Young Riders…
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
I spent most of my book time working sudoku puzzles.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” video – too funny!
27. What did you want and get?
A new job!
28. What did you want and not get?
A new job close to home, but you know, that might have been a blessing in disguise 🙂
29. What was your favorite film of the year?
30. What did you do on your birthday?
I went shopping, and for a change my sister was able to go with me. In the evening, I watched my favorite episode of Moonlighting: Atomic Shakespeare.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my boyfriend had a slightly less superior attitude. It’s not terrible, but from little things he says, it seems that he truly believes his way of doing things is best. Since I tend to try to see the other side of an issue, I can’t relate, and I often find him a bit critical.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Same as always: more classic than trendy
33. What kept you sane?
My faith and talking to my family
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
A movie character: Wolverine from the X-men movie series
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I’m not really political…
36. Who did you miss?
Cassandra and Mary from my old job
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Kelly, from my new job
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Instead of griping about a problem, realize that “it is what it is”, and try to deal with it the best you can.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“Tough times don’t last. Lovers do. Baby, don’t give up on me and you. ‘Cause trouble’s just a storm that’s gonna pass.” (from Tough Times Don’t Last, by Bad English)