2008 in Review:
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I travelled outside of Canada and the U.S.. Got out from under my former manager’s thumb.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t remember making any last year; I usually don’t.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a few of them. Damn reproducers.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, my Grandpa.
5. What countries did you visit?
Cuba, the United States.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
My masters’ degree. Less debt.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this first — November 21, date we signed the papers to buy our first house.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing the research paper at the same time as buying and moving into the new house. Oh yeah, I like to stack all of my stresses together at once.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Scraping my dad’s car against another, resulting in some good damage… and holy shit, I just realized I forgot to pay my ticket on that. Fuck.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The Dear Boyfriend’s love. Or a house.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The DB and I, for moving without any fighting whatsoever. His cousin and friend, for helping us move (again), without any complaints.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own, for a few epic breakdowns (though there was only the one when we moved, so that was awesome). A friend or two, for stuff I won’t put here.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills, debts, the house.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Buying the house (notice a theme?), although I’m honestly still a bit mellow about that. It’ll sink in when I have to pay something major on it. Finishing the research paper, though again, I’m mellow — it ain’t done until I see the official statement that it’s been accepted by all the right peeps.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier overall.
ii. thinner or fatter? Oh, fatter, certainly.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer and poorer; higher salary take-home, slightly increased expenses.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Sleeping, crafting, focusing on school and debt repayment.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spending on stupid things, slacking off.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I went home for Christmas.
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I didn’t fall, but it certainly grew. Little moments help — like last night’s kindnesses, despite my initial crabbiness (though I did try to keep a lid on most of it).
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
CSI, House, Reaper, ER and sort of Pushing Daisies.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Naw, I’m too tired to hate anyone new. Doesn’t stop me from getting pissed off at people, though.
26. What was the best book you read?
Most of the stand-outs I think I read in years past. I’m sure I read something this time around I loved, but I can’t recall.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
My musical tastes declined this year, so I’m not sure I want to share. I’ve been listening to a lot of crap the last few months, mainly because it keeps me up and going. Otherwise, I’d say perhaps Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’, 4th Movement” by Saint-Saëns.
28. What did you want and get?
The end of my research paper, the house, a flat-screen tv (I’m shallow, shut up), my books unpacked and organized (still in progress).
29. What did you want and not get?
Some people know the answer to this. All in good time.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I’m now an ancient 28, and I threw a barbecue on one of the few nice days in August at our first place.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Confirmation I graduated, vindication against my past enemies, possibly the answer to a previous question.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
It classed up a bit work-wise, now that I’ve cut back on my jeans. Outside of work, it varied between lazy-slob (at home in the evenings) and cover-up-the-fat-oh-god-there’s-so-much-of-it.
34. What kept you sane?
The DB, the cats, leaving my last job.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I’ve reignited my love of Dean Cain.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Canadian election, since I monitored it fairly closely through work.
37. Who did you miss?
Some of my friends who moved away ages ago and suck at keeping in touch.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
The majority of my coworkers are pretty great. I hit it off with a classmate pretty well.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
If you don’t think you have enough space to move the car somewhere, you probably don’t. Treasure your family and/or friends, they can disappear in an instant. Someone who can stand you through some pretty epic breakdowns is probably going to stick by you for the long haul — provided they’re the exception and not the norm, I would assume. Kitties are cute and funny.