(Stolen from Sundry Mourning.)
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I lived in another country!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I’m pretty sure I didn’t make any last year. Mostly because I never keep them. That’s why I won’t make any this year, either.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My best friend’s sister had a little girl.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank god.
5. What countries did you visit? The Dominican Republic (end of March) and Scotland/England (August-December)
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More happiness, and better health. Although I think those two are closely tied together for me. Now all I gotta do is get my gym membership shenanigans sorted, and then maybe I can get both!
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 12th (the day I left for Scotland) and December 10th (the day I returned to the US).
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I’m going with “living in another country” again.
9. What was your biggest failure? Probably not staying in school the whole year like I originally intended. But I had Scotland to experience, so I’m going to consider that part of my Global Business Management education.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major (thank god again).
11. What was the best thing you bought? This is a toughie…perhaps the coat I bought from Tesco? Or the DVD of Amelie that I bought for Sam (which I believe is currently in Lynne’s possession)? My CHI hair straightener (if you had my hair, you’d understand)?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? America’s, in electing Obama.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? California passing Prop 8. Bad California, BAD!
14. Where did most of your money go? To support Scotland’s economy.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? That’s easy: the presidential election.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Tough one!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? meh.
b) thinner or fatter? fatter.
c) richer or poorer? poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Communicating (which is different from simply talking).
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying.
20. How did you spend Christmas? With the fam.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Is it possible to fall in love with a country?
22. What was your favorite TV program? House became one of my favorites this year.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. I very rarely “hate” people.
24. What was the best book you read? Damn that’s tough. Perhaps The Kite Runner, or My Best Friend’s Girl (not from the cheesy rom-com of the same name). And perhaps “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” if I would have finished it. (The movie blew chunks; I’m guessing the book was much better.)
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? I’d say either Jukebox the Ghost or The Ting Tings.
26. What did you want and get? To see Sam (and Scotland) again.
27. What did you want and not get? To visit Iceland.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.” (Kidding.) I didn’t see a whole lot of movies this year, although I did go see “Milk” a couple weeks ago, and that was pretty amazing.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 31 on May 2nd, and I went with my mother to see “Ella” (musical about Ella Fitzgerald) at Playhouse in the Park after dinner at Daveed’s.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Finding a job in Scotland.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Confused. Although, ever since I can remember, I’ve always worn what I liked even though I usually look like I mix 3 different styles every time I walk out the door.
32. What kept you sane? Reading: blogs (TONS), news, books, magazines.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Hugh Laurie, Simon Amstell, and Stephen Fry (although the last two are gay, but that never stops me!)
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Gay rights and/or feminist issues. (No change from the last few years.)
35. Who did you miss? 3 people in particular. Not naming names.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Oy. Lynne, Gareth, Andy, Katie, John, Ryzsard (sp?), Steven, Thomas, Mark, Ian, Donna, Des, Neil, Nicol, Gary, Paul, Cameron, Anne, and any other new friend I made when I was in Scotland that I may have forgotten to mention.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Taking the “safe route” doesn’t always mean you’ll be happier; you might miss out on some truly amazing experiences if you do.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “You keep playing me like a fruit machine.” (Or: I should really start paying more attention to song lyrics.)