Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One the eve of 2009

I did my annual Plus/Minus post already, but She Likes Purple posted this and it was a survey I was intrigued to answer myself. 2008 was a hard year but a fantastic one too. It only set 2009 up to be incredible. I cannot wait.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

The list is long, but the most memorable is candling someone's ears.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I had a list of them and some I promptly forgot, some I worked at and failed over, and others I feel I achieved. Namely - write more, choose a hairstyle and do it, cook more, take more pictures of myself, stop bitching and loose the weight (half way to personal goal), work out at leas 3x a week (some weeks, I am more diligent than others)and be a better friend. I can only hope that I achieved that last one.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Close friends, no. Good friends, yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Sadly, yes. Tom lost his battle with cancer in November.

5. What countries did you visit?

I got fairly close to Canada by plane.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

A paycheck.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 12th - when I got my big idea for Cosmetology school

July 12-15th - Family reunion

July 28th - celebrated my first wedding anniversary

October 16th - fulfilled a goal from five years ago to see Celine in concert

December 2nd - Practical boards exam

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Completed at 1600 program in 8 months. Managed to keep my closest friendships (and my marriage) fully intact in the process.

9. What was your biggest failure?

There were some doctor appointments I should have made that I didn't. Also, I thought I would be awesome at prom hairstyles and "up do's". I'm not.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Sinus infection in April. Nasty cold in December. That's about it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My GHD flat iron. Holy snotballs, it is awesome.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I have to agree with Jenny "The 63 million people who elected Barack Obama as president."

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Appalled? I could name a few people. Depressed? No one.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, groceries and outrageous gas prices

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

This whole career I am building for myself. I mean, seriously, people are going to pay me to play with their hair! How is that work? It's way too much fun!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

"Mercy" by Duffy
"Shatter" by O.A.R.
"Come On Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson
and all the other songs I loved that KINK highly overplayed this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?

happier, thinner and poorer.

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

I can't think of much. Spent more time with Kristen, definitely.

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

Pedicures. There, I said it. I don't mind them, but you say that to one instructor and you are forever their Go to Girl.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With family. Mike's family in the morning, My family in the evening. A nice little nap with Mike on the sofa somewhere in between the two gatherings. It was perfect.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Yes. But he's fictional and I am already married.

22. What was your favorite TV program?


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

I don't keep people I hate in my life.

24. What was the best book you read?

I am going to have to say Twilight, but ONLY because it got me writing fiction again. It was the catalyst to my own dormant creativity and for that, I will be forever thankful. But Every Visible Thing by Lisa Carey was brilliant too.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Matt Nathanson

26. What did you want and get?

A license and a new lease on life

27. What did you want and not get?

A job before Christmas. Oh well.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia hold the tie. Both guilty pleasures in their own rights.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Party at my parent's house with a group of wonderful friends. I am such a lucky girl. I turned 27.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Our debt to magically disappear, or the necessary money to pay it off to randomly appear in our bank account

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Out with boring office wear, in with fun salon wear. Oh, and donning the VSB smock. Layers, layers, layers too (school was really cold)

32. What kept you sane?

Mike, my iPod, my journal, text messaging with Sarah while at school and the stellar girls I met while there (Kristie, Crystal, Jessyka, Tearie)

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Fancy? No one comes to mind.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Sucks that I am not very political at all. Prop 8 has me pretty annoyed.

35. Who did you miss?

There's a list. I'll spare you though.

36. Who was the best new person you met?


37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

I learned that nothing is secure except for the relationships we hold in our life. Not our jobs, our stocks, our gas prices, our predictable weather, etc. Things change, but as long as we are flexible and have a support system around us, we'll weather through.

I learned that I have the capability to take myself as far as I want to go in life. No one is holding me back but myself.

I learned that my husband is rivaling my parents as my number one fan. And I fall in love with him all over again every time I realize that.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"With my heart wide open, yeah you know I will
Find what it means to be the girl
Change her mind and change her world

I ain't settling for just getting by
I've had enough so so for the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high
Just enough ain't enough this time
I ain't settling for anything less than everything"

Sugarland "Settlin"

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