End of year quiz, via the awesome Linda of All & Sundry. She's such a rockstar.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Not have a (paying) job, I would say. I resigned from both my jobs in June and got to commit myself fully to staying home with Thomas.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I didn't really make any resolutions, but I had a word of the year: create. I wasn't half as creative as I meant to be, but I did several crafty things (Valentines for my preschool kids, Thomas's Easter bucket, end-of-the-year cards, etc. ) The crafts seriously fell by the wayside after we moved. Still, I was creative in new ways and really enjoyed myself.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not really, just friends from church, but no one I consider ultra close. But Carrie did fall pregnant, so that's a good thing.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit? None. I barely went out of state, people.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Security. We've been on eggshells about Beaux's job (still not hired, working through his temp agency) and we're praying doubly hard that he'll be officially hired on in January (all signs point to yes). Three precarious months has stretched to six, but we've made it through.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Beaux's first day of work at his new job: July 11.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Cooking at home, more. That's something we've never done on a regular basis and now we are religious about it.
9. What was your biggest failure? Probably not finishing my NaNoWriMo novel. I haven't beat myself up about it, because guess what I found out? Writing a novel is HARD. Especially in a month. But I would have liked to get further along that the first chapter, you know?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, I've been revoltingly healthy, as usual, besides a few bouts of hay fever/ sinus misery. I'm endlessly thankful for our family's good health, especially these last six months. God is good, y'all.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Music and books, and a Flip for Beaux's birthday! It's so fun to have a video camera.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? America! We elected Barack Obama!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? There's been this local story about a grandmother and aunt who starved a child. I feel sick just thinking about it.
14. Where did most of your money go? Rent, groceries, the essentials.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The election, most likely. I felt excited about it until Sarah Palin came along and then, like so many others, I felt really scared and depressed. But I got over it.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Coldplay's Viva La Vida.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Hard to say.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, not hard to say.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer. At least it feels that way.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Gone out and played with Thomas, had more adventures as a family.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Stay home. But I am such a homebody!
20. How did you spend Christmas? With both sides of the family, split over two days.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Only MORE in love with my sweet baby boy.
22. What was your favorite TV program? True Blood. Oh, how I love it. Also, Mad Men. I keep meaning to put season 1 on my Netflix queue.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No, I don't think so. I am not big on hating, kinda against the whole "love thy neighbor" thing I try to go by.
24. What was the best book you read? I can't choose just one, can I? People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, Velvet Elvis, by Rob Bell, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. There's probably more but I can't remember them all!
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Radiohead. I downloaded In Rainbows and then didn't listen to it for months. Maybe a month or so ago I made myself listen to it and couldn't stop, for days and days. I kept saying, "How did I not know they were this amazing?" Years and years I've wasted, not listening to them!
26. What did you want and get? To stay home with Thomas. What a gift, a privilege.
27. What did you want and not get? I feel like I've gotten so much of what I've wanted this year, the only thing lacking is job security for Beaux.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? I just loved the EXPERIENCE of going out to the movies, especially with girlfriends. Seeing Sex and the City and Twilight with friends made each movie extra special. I did see Amelie for the first time this year, and LOVE. Big pink puffy heart kind of love for Amelie!
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I had a lovely birthday, with small pleasures that made it special. Now I'm thirty.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More focus on creative endeavours and less aimless wandering on the Internet.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Comfort. Camoflague of the bulge. Breezy long skirts for all those hot summer days.
32. What kept you sane? All my sweet friends from inside the computer. Laughing at Thomas, who is hilarious most of the time. And my mama (not hilarious, but sane-keeping).
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I'm not really passionate about anyone, but I do fancy Jon Hamm. How can you NOT? And how can you NOT fall in love with Robert Pattinson during Twilight?
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Sarah Palin. I know she's not an issue, per se, but her politics made me crazy.
35. Who did you miss? All of our friends back home. We do miss you, so very much!
36. Who was the best new person you met? My new friend Brenda!
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Appreciate your life, your everyday, ordinary life, no matter how hard it is, no matter what you don't have that you think you need. Also, I am lost without a good church congregation to participate in.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "But in the end, the only steps that matter are the ones you take all by yourself." ~The Weepies
I'm torn between having resolutions and a word for the year, and so I'm going to fall somewhere in between. My words for the year are INTENTIONAL and PRESENCE. To me, this addresses where I often lose track of myself. If I'm ever feeling lost, I can draw back to those words as touchstones - am I being intentional? Where do I need to focus my presence? As for resolutions, I want to focus on making our home cozy and pulled together - more pictures on the walls, intentional decorating, culling of stuffage, organizing closets, all that. This sounds silly but it's something I struggle with, and I'm trying to figure out what I really love.
I'm also going to focus on writing here more, and sharing my life with all of you.
In the meantime, Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2009 is everything we hope, dream, and long for - and let us celebrate every good thing.