Month: December 2008

a year in review – 2008

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Went to Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, Alabama, saw Kansas perform, made egg salad, and started moisturizing my neck on an almost daily basis. I also started eating fish again for the first time in about ten years.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had two goals for 2008:  1) to “be happy and do good” which I’d say I succeeded at, at least more than I failed, and 2) I resolved to have a serious talk with my boyfriend about our relationship: I did try, more than once, but the attempts did not go well. It seems to me that he doesn’t want to talk about things; he’s perfectly content to wear his rose-colored glasses and think everything is okay. So, I stopped trying to talk to him, and we continue going through the motions.

For 2009, I have a few goals: learn the Stayin’ Alive dance, read another of Jane Austen’s books, and get involved in something worthwhile.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
We weren’t close, but my great-uncle Neil passed away. I remember him from family reunions.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
My own house. I’m working toward fulfilling this dream, but honestly, I don’t think it’ll happen in 2009.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My birthday (October 1), simply because I made a photo essay to commemorate the day (lackluster though it was)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
After putting it off for way too long, I finally started to learn CSS for a new website layout that I’m working on. Now that I’m using CSS, I see how efficient it is, and I’m embarrassed that I waited so long.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I bought a car, and I did everything wrong. I bought the only car that I test-drove, I didn’t negotiate at all on the price, I accepted too little for my trade-in… I’m saving the rest of the gory details for a blog entry titled “how NOT to buy a car”.
 
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had the sniffles once or twice. Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A Creative mp3 player that was marked down to $29

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Three of my former co-workers’. I’ve really appreciated their efforts to keep in touch with me.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My new bosses’. From the start they’ve oozed with disrespect, and so far they’ve remained very critical while offering little guidance.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To paying for the car that I bought

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Beatles

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Love Story” by Taylor Swift, because I heard it for the first time as I was driving home from an interview in a town near the state line. Oddly enough, the song made me feel better about realizing that the job wasn’t the one for me.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Older or wiser? Hopefully wiser, since I’m still trying to learn things from my experiences 
Thinner or fatter? about the same
Richer or poorer? Poorer, since I bought a car

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Communicating with people instead of talking about them

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Insulting people when I truly didn’t mean to

20. How did you spend Christmas?
I stayed at my mom’s. We opened presents with my sister. I helped make lunch, which included a homemade (by Mom) pecan pie. Later we watched “Adventures in Babysitting”, which was one of my gifts.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No.

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Current programs? None. But thanks to DVDs, I continue to get reacquainted with my old favorites: The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, Laverne and Shirley, My So-Called Life…

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No… although the media REALLY ticked me off with their Chicken Little style coverage of the economic situation.

25. What was the best book you read?
I read three books: Tigerheart by Peter David, A McKaslin Homecoming by Jillian Hart, and Kennedy Square by F. Hopkinson Smith. I enjoyed the first two very much.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Traveling Wilburys. Their “Volume 1” CD is fantastic! I also started to appreciate The Beatles’ music.

27. What did you want and get?
A new camera from the day-after-Thanksgiving sales

28. What did you want and not get?
After the company I work for was sold, I desperately wanted a new job because my new bosses let me know how little they needed me. I went on several interviews before I finally calmed down and decided it was in my best interest to stay where I am for now.

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
Fave Film Released This Year: has to be Mamma Mia and Wall-E, because those are the only two I saw in the theatre.
Fave Film Of The Ones Seen This Year For The First Time: I watched The Beatles’ first two movies – A Hard Day’s Night and Help! – and I really enjoyed them both.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
For the first time in years, I had to work. I went to CiCi’s Pizza Buffet for lunch, and then did just a little shopping. I ended the day by watching “Help!” which I’d bought in June and saved until my birthday (i.e. “a special occasion”) to watch.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my supervisors at work had been as interested in helping me learn as they are in telling me I’m wrong

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Style-wise, pretty much the same: more classic than trendy. A new fashion development is that late this year I realized that for the longest time, I’ve been wearing several outfits that I don’t like just to avoid wearing the same thing too often. So, I tried to start wearing more outfits I really like. I’m still working on that, because I don’t have enough “outfits I really like” to cover the wide range of temperature differences I’m bound to experience during the day.

33. What kept you sane?
My faith and talking to my family

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tom Petty and The Beatles, particularly George Harrison

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Well, if you mean what political issue was I sick of since WELL before this year even began, then that would have to be the Presidential election with all of its drama, mudslinging, and media hypercoverage.

36. Who did you miss?
My former OfficeMate, and Tammy, from work

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Matt S, from work. He’s one of the new “higher-ups”, but not really one of the 50 or so people classified as my supervisor, which is too bad because he seems pretty cool.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
The more I learn about other people, the more I see that they’re just like me.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“I have been blessed, and I feel like I’ve found my way. I thank God for all I’ve been given at the end of every day. I have been blessed – with so much more than I deserve. To be here with the ones who love me. To love them so much it hurts. I have been blessed.” (from “Blessed” by Martina McBride)

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it’s going

Maybe other bloggers can relate: there are times when I feel compelled to share anything and everything, and then there are times when my attention is focused elsewhere.

I’m currently experiencing the latter, to the point where I’m not even reading other people’s blogs. Lately my free time is devoted to website work. A few weeks ago I finally found some inspiration on a project that I’ve planned to accomplish by the end of the year, and now I really, really, really want to finish that.

There’s also the small matter of Christmas shopping. I’ve already purchased a good portion of the gifts I planned to gift, but ever the masochist, I decided to be creative with one of my Mom’s gifts. (And I can post about it because Mom does not use the Internet.) The fam and I went on a one-day road trip back in July, and I still haven’t printed the pictures. So, since I’ll be printing, I decided to go back through all of my digital pictures – over five years’ worth – and print the ones I think she’d like as a memento. I plan to put them in a photo album and caption – or at least date – each one. So far, I haven’t even completed the first step of this project which is picking out the ones to print.

Hmm … I guess I should stop typing and start doing, yes? I leave you with a highly relevant quote, sent to me by a lovely visitor to my Christmas site:

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald E. Westlake