I am so glad that 2009 is over, mostly because of all of this and the unexpected new roof and slew of ear infections that plagued poor Thomas. So I am excited to start fresh this year, but I hate using the word “resolution” because it’s like using the word diet: it’s destined to fail. Instead, I prefer to set personal goals (and healthy eating instead of diet). So here are some of my personal goals: Become unafraid of money and budgets since it’s like a huge, scary story problem which just made my brain hurt when I was in school. I also plan on blogging more and finding more interesting blogs to read (so if you know any that you love, send me the link)! I also plan on practicing this as well. So hello, 2010!!
And because Aunt Becky constantly inspires me, she did this on her blog and suggested to cut and paste on our blog. Feel free to do the same . . .
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I had a son and fell hard core in love at first sight. I also enrolled my daughter in preschool and watched her start her own life with the same kind of feelings of that a roller coaster renders (fear, excitement, thrilling). Oh, and blogging, too.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t remember making any last year, but I do have some personal goals. See above.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Inner peace and more sleep.
6. What countries did you visit?
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:
March 28, Thomas’s birthday.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Teaching Marie empathy and watching her apply it in her life, producing a magical Christmas holiday for the kids, and loosing 98% of my baby weight in less than a year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Being too snippy with Harrington.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller. I will never underestimate the power of a good stroller to get me and the Babes out of the house. Total sanity saver.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine – I pushed through a lot of crap this year and feel stronger because of it.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A few people, but why focus on the negative?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Diapers, medical bills, and a new roof.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing No Doubt in concert in excellent seats due to a free upgrade was pretty cool. Decorating Thomas’s room was awesome. Going to Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village with my family, Mother-in-law, and Sister-in-law and her family was really fun, too! Oh, and going to see John Edwards (the medium, not the politician) for my birthday with my Mom was fantastic!
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I rediscovered the Juno soundtrack and introduced it to Marie, but mostly “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar and “Sea of Love” by Cat Power (which I sing to Thomas before he goes night-night).
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Way happier!
ii. thinner or fatter? Much thinner since I am not hosting another human being in my own body.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Going to doctor’s offices and hospitals.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Not the same way I did this year.
21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.
I’ll make up my own question here, then. Hmmm.
Name one random thing that people would be surprised to know about you.
I love the Andrews Sisters.
22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
23. How many one-night stands?
Wow, that’s personal, but since you asked, the number is 0.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Modern Family, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, Tough Love, Real Housewives franchise, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, The Office, and Grey’s Anatomy.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, that list is pretty much the same. What has changed is who has made it off my shit list, and that is always nice and refreshing.
26. What was the best book you read?
Official Book Club Selection: Kathy Griffin’s Memoir
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovering the Juno soundtrack.
28. What did you want and get?
I wanted to fit into my post-Marie clothes and I did!
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Hangover. (Bradley Cooper is smokin’ HOT)!
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32. We got cupcakes from the Cupcake kitchen with the Babes, and Harrington and I had yummy hors devours and wine for dinner at home. Later we celebrated with my parents with my favorite pizza. My mother-in-law gave me the awesome gift of coffee in the form of a Starbucks gift card. I went out with my girlfriends for the first time in about six years. It was a great birthday!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More sleep. Everything is better with more sleep.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Lots of black (it’s slimming) and Champion active wear.
34. What kept you sane?
Writing, blogging, scrapbooking, and working out.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmm, Tiger Woods was pretty crazy this year.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Issues as well as political figures did a lot of stirring.
37. Whom did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Tracy. She is awesome!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Setting personal boundaries is hard, but totally worth it!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" Clarence, It's a Wonderful Life
When I was recovering from my C-section and my bout of pneumonia, I realized how much I really do and my family depend on me. This quote also gives me strength when I feel overwhelmed.
So People, what are your thoughts on 2010? How would you answer these questions?