Year in Review

It’s a bit early to do a year in review, as there are 8.5 days left in 2009, but I promise if something significant happens in the next 8.5 days, I’ll update this post.

There were some ups (first marathon! first triathlon! grad school! the architect is awesome!) and downs (marathons are hard! grad school is hard! the architect is still unemployed!), but overall, not a bad year, all things considered. So, to sum up, I present you with a meme. Because I used all my brain cells on that hard, hard grad school and cannot be original until 2010.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did my best. I did not do a pull-up (but 2010 is my year, bitches). I did read my 52 books (or will if I finish book #52 before the end of the year, and since I only have about 50 pages left, I feel confident that I will). I didn’t run 1,000 miles, but I will end up pretty close to 800, and there’s always next year. I did get into grad school (I’m 2 quarters down & have 8.5 quarters to go).

Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Milwaukee Steph!

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?
Just the one I live in.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I ran a marathon!

What was your biggest failure?
Stressing too much.

What was the best thing you bought?
I love my shiny new laptop, but the best thing might be a plane ticket to South Dakota to surprise my dad on his 60th bday.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine. Duh.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Mine. Also duh.

Where did most of your money go?
Food & Running.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Running my first marathon, starting grad school.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?

Thinner or fatter?

Richer or poorer?

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spent time with the architect.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

How will you be spending Christmas?
With the architect.

Did you fall in love in 2009?
More in love with the architect. Also, with a couple of pairs of shoes that I can’t afford.

What was your favorite TV program?

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I’m not really a hater, but there are some people I’ve met in the last year that I really don’t like.

What was the best book you read?
There are six books that I rated 5 stars on Goodreads, so I guess those are the best books. They are (and if you follow the link & buy the book, I get a tiny bit of money, since they are through my Amazon Associates account, full disclosure, blah blah, FCC):

  1. B is for Beer (by Tom Robbins)
  2. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (by Alison Weir)
  3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics (by Marisha Pessl)
  4. The Namesake (by Jhumpa Lahiri)
  5. The Meaning of Liff (by Douglas Adams & John Lloyd)
  6. Anathem (by Neal Stephenson)

What was your greatest musical discovery?
This hard for me – maybe Metric? I’m loving on them right now. Also Lily Allen.

What did you want and get?
A bigger garden. Admission into grad school. A pressure canner.

What did you want and not get?
A piano. A large inheritance from an unknown wealthy relative.

What were your favorite films of this year?
I am not sure. I liked the Star Trek movie. And Wolverine (mmmm….Hugh Jackman. Also, when searching for that image, I typed Hugh & saw an automatic entry come up, so I hit enter. It was Hugh Hefner. Sexy FAIL!)

What did you do on your birthday?
Ate Mexican food!

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Shoes make the outfit.

What kept you sane?
My architect. Running.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, the above-named Hugh Jackman, of course. Anything else might be slightly…creepy.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Prop 8; universal healthcare.

Who did you miss?

Who was the best new person you met?
My kick-ass neighbors! YAY!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Be present in yourself.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Either I’m wrong or I’m perfectly right every time
Sometimes I lie awake, night after night
Coming apart at the seams
Eager to please, ready to fight

(Billy Joel – I Go to Extremes)

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