2008 in Review: Life

In easy, blog-survey form! (Totally stolen from another DC blogger).

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

Bought a house.

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

I did not make any resolutions last year. This year I am going to set a few goals. (I don’t like to call them resolutions.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not close enough for me to make a quilt, but lots of folks (especially friends from my college days) are having babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What places did you visit?

Pittsburgh at the end of February/beginning of March to visit Danita and Iris.
Virginia Beach (twice) for Fourth of July and Christmas.
Shenandoah Valley (Virginia) for my birthday.
New Hampshire and Maine for Thanksgiving.

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

Peace, calm, a stable, boring year.

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

March 12th when the apartment burnt down. March 28th when we closed on the house.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Getting a fancy new job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Is it a good or bad sign that I’m having a hard time thinking of one? It was a rough year, but I don’t really feel there was any failure. Maybe a few more “learning experiences” than I would have liked.

Ah, the school bus yellow paint in the guest bedroom! But that was quickly remedied.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?


11. What was the best thing you bought?

Other than the house? I’m excited about the couch that will be arriving shortly… But in pure practical terms probably the washer/dryer. There was a lot of purchasing this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

The friend of my old library director who let two strangers and their dog live in her condo rent free for a few weeks while they got their life and living situation worked out. And all of the coworkers at my old job (and at Jami’s current job) who totally rallied around us after the fire and made that period so much easier with their donations and support.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Sarah Palin, the Yes on Prop 8 folks.

14. Where did most of your money go?

mortgage. school/car debt. buying every single possession over again.

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

getting engaged! and the very wonderful, happy reactions of both of our families.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Shelter by Ray Lamontagne
There is this part that goes:
“Listen when
All of this around us’ll fall over
I tell you what we’re gonna do
You will shelter me my love
And I will shelter you”
After the fire (a fews weeks after, when we got new iPods), I used to listen to that song and think: “we will get through this.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier.
b) thinner or fatter? a few pounds heavier.
c) richer or poorer? richer. less money in the bank, but we own a house!

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

seeing friends, near and far. quilting.

20. How did you spend Christmas last year?

at my parents, with jami.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

more and more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?


23. What was your favorite TV program?


24. What did you do for your birthday in 2008?

went to a lovely, fancy bed and breakfast in virginia. it was a great birthday.

25. What was the best book you read?

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. I have other books I really liked, but this is the one that sticks in my mind the most.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Pandora! So perfect when I want to listen to music while doing chores.

27. What did you want and get?

a home of our own. a democratic president-elect. a christmas tree (sometimes it’s the simple things).

28. What did you want and not get?

the failure of proposition 8.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Doubt. I hardly ever go to the movies though.

30. Did you make some new friends this year?


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

less crises, more vacations.

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

on sale. when you have to rebuy your entire wardrobe, it takes a bit of a nosedive.

33. What kept you sane?

jami. reading. my front porch (and the occasional glass of red wine on it).

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

hillary clinton, then obama. (although tina fey as sarah palin and a very pregnant amy poehler as hillary clinton also made me quite happy).

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

the presidential election and its happy ending.

36. Who did you miss?

all those friends who don’t live in dc.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

all my new neighbors.

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

It’s okay to grow up and be “old” and move onto a different stage of your life. It’s not something to regret, it’s a good, “I’m moving on and doing what makes me happy now” thing.

2008 in Review: Life

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