2008 in review

Last year, I found this meme on some blog I was reading at the time, and in trying to write my Christmas letter (YES, i’ts December 27th and I’m still trying to write my Christmas letter!), I found this and thought it would be good to revisit these questions.

I also am curious to hear from others of you, as well as friends who don’t read this blog, so I think I’m going to cross-post this as a “note” on Facebook. (although the stupid WordPress thing on FB isn’t working, so this post will show up as a “note” anyway . . . )

So here are the questions and my answers.

  • What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
    I am sure there must be something, but I can’t think of anything?!
  • Did anyone close to you give birth?
    ya THINK?! Mona, obviously. a few friends/acquaintances also gave birth this month, but Mona’s the big one.
  • Did anyone close to you die?
    my birthfather . . . and three former co-workers from the phone company.
  • What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
    The discipline/obedience to tithe, no matter what. (that one’s the same as last year’s! but I *am* making it a New Year’s resolution.) Also, probably the ability to “let go” of things (or Monas!) that I have no control over.
  • What was your biggest failure of the year?
    I guess not getting around to finding a new job. Should I count the bankruptcy/foreclosure here? I guess I “should” feel like that’s a “failure”, but I sort of see it as just being “me”.
  • Where did most of your money go?
    I don’t know. Have YOU seen  it? But seriously, probably on going out to eat, and paying for others to go out to eat. Plus some cute baby clothes, toys, etc.
  • Compared to this time last year:
    • are you happier or sadder?
      sadder . . . but not as sad as I was a month or two ago, so I suppose that’s a good thing.
    • thinner or fatter?
      I think fatter, but not by a whole lot.
    • richer or poorer?
      definitely poorer-but in a way, once the bankruptcy happens, I’ll be “less” poor because my net worth won’t be QUITE so far in the negative
  • What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Blogging . . . setting better boundaries . . . sleeping–you can never have enough naps!
  • What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Trying to control people and things that cannot and will not be controlled.
  • What was the best book you read?
    Um, let’s see, did I read an entire book this year? I’m currently going through Tim Wise’s White like Me and an old (1960’s) book called The Education of a WASP–a way-ahead-of-her-time diatribe on white privilege.  
  • What was your favorite film of this year?
    Umm . . . not The Secret Life of Bees; that one was disappointing. Ummm . . . 27 Dresses was cute; so was Sex and the City. I can’t believe I haven’t seen Mama Mia yet! But my favorite movie in the theater this year was definitely A Christmas Story when I saw it on the big screen–I know it didn’t come out this year, but seriously?! it was SOOOO cool to see it in the theater!!!
  • What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Is it awful if I say, “if I’d had my OWN kid instead of watching everyone else have kids”? Barring that, a career change would have been nice.
  • Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
    I can’t control what people do. Women will flock towards stupid men like a moth to a flame and there’s not a @#$% thing anyone can do about it.
    I’m sure there are other lessons, but that’s one that I feel like I’m still learning, and it’s on my mind a lot tonight.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!!!

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2 thoughts on “2008 in review

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    What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Cried hysterical tears of joy at the election of Barack Obama
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    Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope
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    Did anyone close to you die? No! Thank goodness.
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    What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
    The discipline to go to the gym and to pay my taxes
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    What was your biggest failure of the year? Not making my estimated 1040 payments on time

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    Where did most of your money go? The IRS, the mortgage bank, and the f-ing stock market.
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    Compared to this time last year:
    are you happier or sadder? so-so
    thinner or fatter? To my chagrin….exactly the same.
    richer or poorer? sme
    What do you wish you’d done more of? Spent more time playing with my kids

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    What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Spent less time playing with other people’s kids and trying to change those who cannot be changed.
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    What was the best book you read? Wicked
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    What was your favorite film of this year? Sex and the City, The Dark Knight. I have a crush on Christian Bale
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    What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    To have paid a greater percentage of my debt off.
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    Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
    Ditto…. I can’t control what people do and don’t do for others things that they refuse to do for themselves!

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