Sunday, January 4, 2009

Summing Up 2008

I stole this from Tammie who stole this from Cindy. By doing this I might just open the floodgates to meme tags but oh well, usually that is a sign one's blog has "made it" I guess. And of course if it gets too bad I can always sign on to my neglected myspace page and turn "bulletins" into "memes" and tag the excessive taggers until they are also drowning in them...

2008 - Questions and Answers

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I started a blog.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do new year's resolutions and lately whenever I set goals all hell breaks loose that prevents them from happening, and they were insanely reasonable goals too!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Deb did, to a beautiful baby girl she needs to post more pictures of so it won't slip my mind next time (she says she was conned into the second which would imply there won't be a third but her kids are so cute...)! My sister's BFF did but I barely know her, she birthed twin girls and lovingly chose a couple who will take very good care of them in an open adoption. Oh and VegasDad's lovely wife recently had a baby boy, a carbon copy of the first so they have a spare, sweet! And thankfully Abby's wife Sharon did not give birth, she is due in February (Hallie was extremely premature and her beautiful twin didn't make it so there was concern about her little sister coming early as well). Liz had a boychild, definitely a cutie. And Jayden made his appearance in April of 2008 making the MommyDaddy blog's title appropriate (they registered the URL before she got pregnant and without immediate plans for her to become so, lol). I think that covers all the 2008 babies for the people who I read and who read me back. Nate and Tricia's baby girl was born last January on the 8th, but he has way too many readers to read me, their story is amazing though so if you have time click on over there and join the thousands enamored by them of which I have been for almost a year (I started reading shortly after Gwyn was born).

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, though a member of my church back home passed away unexpectedly, I didn't know him too well except that he was a nice guy and sold me Oldsie.

5. What countries did you visit?
Michigan (lol).

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The ability to digest whatever I feel like ingesting. A wrist I don't have to worry about messing up doing every stupid little thing (like cleaning fricking test tubes, I was going to work this weekend but nooooo). Note: I am a little cranky at the moment, it is not that bad.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
9/24 = Miracle Dodge Day. That was the date of my last GI related appointment with Doc and I managed to wiggle out of being referred to the doc with too many cameras. It also marks the day when someone actually had data proving I was full of shit instead of making an unsubstantiated accusation to that effect.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I didn't die. I made some progress on my project, not nearly as much as I had planned (original plan was for it to be finished AND written up by now, not even close, sigh).

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not taking care of myself that well and not getting my project done.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
That is an understatement. There are others way worse off than I am though so I try not to complain too much (this post would not be evidence of that).

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought a counter top dishwasher, that has helped me out a bit. My camera is another good purchase, my old one was great but dying and it rarely worked when I needed it so it was time, nieces are only little once and this might end up my only one so I have to get pictures of her.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine, I didn't hit my idiot coworker with a rolled up newspaper like I wanted to but my boss told me not to and I grudgingly listened to her (I was semi-joking when I asked her).

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Said coworker and the visiting professor.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Right back to the university in rent and fees and such, the rest tends to get spent at the new super walmart (say what you want against them, having a 24 hr one stop shopping option has been great for me).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting to see not only my beloved family members for Thanksgiving but also being able to make it over to meet the Weasels.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I don't know that any will.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner.
c) richer or poorer? Richer since I have been saving my money.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

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

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Packing the car up and driving to Chicago, missing dinner sadly.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Not in a romantic sense no. I did make new friends so in that sense yes.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I don't watch TV, my internet addiction takes up my free time.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not really.

24. What was the best book you read?
I read a few, don't know what the best was, most were pretty good.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

26. What did you want and get?
Time with my loved ones, though not nearly enough.

27. What did you want and not get?
My mommy was supposed to come visit me but wasn't able to, that rather sucked.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Wall-E, it was cute and Niecey's love for it definitely raises its value in my world.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 and I worked, talked to various family and friends on the phone, opened the presents from my mom while on the phone with her, other than that it was just like any other day. Pretty much how every birthday has been since I moved, I don't really fuss much about my birthday anyway.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If there were approximately 300 less miles between here and Chicago.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Not cold: If it is clean, fits, and vaguely matches it works.
Cold: If it is warm it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it doesn't smell it is fine!

32. What kept you sane?
Who said anything about my being sane? The computer keeps me "sane", it is how I communicate with the outside world for the most part.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Do bloggers count as celebrities? I don't keep up with the celebrity stuff and being from Chicago, IL I have basically no faith in politicians, ESPECIALLY ones from Chicago, IL (either party). I suppose I fancy the prosecutor that indicted the governor, I hope he doesn't think his job with my home state is done, it is very far from it, there are much bigger fish to go after than stupid blago.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I hated everything about the 2008 election from start to finish, I am unaware of a single good thing that came of it other than I discovered that I could talk to certain people who had different beliefs than my own without it turning into an ugly fight that resulted in loss of friendships. I kindly ask those who feel differently about the outcome of this election to not bring it up with me, I don't want my blog to turn into a cesspool, politics sicken me in general and there is way more than enough stress working against me and my stomach lining...

35. Who did you miss?
Considering the vast majority of my family and friends live 350 miles or more away I'll go with everyone for most of the year.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
The Weasels, finally a happy question!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Kids are the most important aspect of ones life, for me it is currently Niecey and Buggy (godson).

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
If you're going through hell (grad school, lol) keep on going!


Weaselmomma said...

We loved meeting you too.

The Microblogologist said...

I probably should have tagged this post with the milking stuff tag... We really did have an awesome time though, I am not going on about it just because I don't get out much! Though of course my blog title should work as a disclaimer in and of itself since it is meant literally not just figuratively ;). And it definitely is not just me, Niecey talks about you and the Weasels all the time. Hmmm, maybe I should make her write up a nomination e-mail for that blogher gig too... I already sent mine, here's hoping almost 20 years of education pays off!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Holy cow! That's one long--and introspective list.

The Microblogologist said...

Ed: Have you seen VegasDad's bucket list post? Perhaps not too introspective but definitely long, lol.

nonna said...

i find it comforting yet also strange how many similarities we have. 1,2,5,10,16,19,21, especially 31, i love that answer! and i generally feel the same way about politicians too.

The Microblogologist said...

That works great for you (except the ones that we overlap in that involve health problems), you would have part of it written for you if you want to post it on your blog, haha. My fashion obsessed friend likely had a tear roll down his cheek when he read 31, I am never going near a mall with him! Oh and I am quite amused that you are/were reading my blog while I am catching up on yours =).

nonna said...

the reading each other's at the same time..twilight zone weird. i am totally a comfort over fashion while my lil sis is completely 100% fashion over comfort. she was getting dressed the other night and her gay co-worker was helping her pick out clothes and he wanted to know if it mattered if she was cold. she's all hell no! i don't care if i get frostbite as long as i look good doing it.

you will NEVER hear those words come out of my mouth. i even ended up bringing my hiking boots with me to her work's christmas dinner so i could change into them for the chippendale show. (yes, i did) lol it's a good thing i did too. i would never have lasted from 8pm to 3am in heels!

Missives From Suburbia said...

DUDE! You know me. I gave birth!

The Microblogologist said...

Nonna: It is kinda funny when I overlap with people, WeaselMomma and I often cross blog paths too, though she is getting up and I am in the process of going to bed most times. Has your sister ever experienced real cold, like below freezing or below 0°F without windchill? Send her up here and she will likely sing a different tune, perhaps reminding her that open toe shoes would not be as attractive on one with missing toes (they usually have to amputate, even when they don't I believe the flesh is scarred for life). Sorry, bit more serious than it probably should be with the warning but living where I do there is a very real chance of frostbite and even death if you do not treat the weather with respect. On a lighter note, even before my knee got bad I would only wear heals for dances and take them off within 5 minutes of arriving as was our tradition back in high school. I now own flats if I absolutely must not wear my running shoes but I have and will continue to wear them when I can get away with it, they only look slightly funny with the business clothes, lol.

Deb: I have no idea what you are talking about, I totally mentioned you, first thing an everything! (also I believe I was tired and sickly when I wrote this post, lol)

Anonymous said...

Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!