Happy New Year.   I like to take the time to review the previous year and see what has changed or stayed the same.  Much has stayed the same but there are some changes.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Turned 41.  Finally managed to blog for the entire month of November.  It almost killed me but I did it.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Apparently I made one but I have no idea what it was.  Oops. This year I am resolving to not run through my vacation time before September and to be organized at work so that if I do get sick at the end of the month, I can take time off without panicking.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth or adopt?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Aunt Rita.

5. What countries did you visit?
I went to this strange land where they really like cheese and the colors green and gold.  I think it is called WySconSanLand

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Money.  A job that doesn’t make me want to pull my hair out (which, I love my job but it is incredibly stressful.  As Co-Worker Rykken said the other day, we went from being underworked to overworked.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 4th, 2008.  Change has come!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not dying from the plague.  Going to the chiropractor and finally being almost completely pain free.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing weight.  Same as last year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a really fun surgery on my lady bits.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Books. Books are our friends.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Beth and Keem.  John McCain at his concession speech.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Sarah Palin.  John McCain before his concession speech.  Norm Coleman.  God, I hate politics.  Oh, and that Madoff jerk.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably books.  Medical bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Um.  Don’t know.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I have no idea.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
sadder
b) thinner or fatter?
Fatter
c) richer or poorer?
poorer

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

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Getting sick. I hate being sick. And yes, this is the same answer as last year.  Oh wait, it’s been the same answer for 3 years now.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
It’s after Christmas.  I stayed home because I was sick.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes.  With a small gray ball of fur named Kalli.

22. How many one-night stands?
I haven’t had one of those in at least 10 years.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
The Big Bang Theory, Worst Week, Psych and Burn Notice

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Other than Norm Coleman, no.  Oh, wait, I hated him last year as well.

25. What was the best book you read?
I read too much to have a best book. 

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lenka – Love “The Show.”

27. What did you want and get?
An iPod Nano! 

28. What did you want and not get?
A million dollars.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Wall-E (according to Christy.  I might have liked other movies but don’t remember.  Oh, wait, Beth made me watch The Departed and I really liked that but got really angry over the fact that it made me find Leonardo DeCaprio attractive.  That is just wrong!)

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to Duluth, hung out with Beth.  The day after my birthday I had surgery.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My life is pretty decent.  It would be better if I had more money.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Heh.  I have no fashion concept.

33. What kept you sane?
Beth. Keem. Effexor.  Blogging and reading blogs.  Sheryl from Paper Napkin with her grateful list.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jason Statham.  Yum.  Ryan Reynolds in Blade III.  Yum again.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The 2008 presidential election.  Do not get me started on this.  And waiting to find out if I have to put up with Norm Coleman again. 

36. Who did you miss?
Always miss my grandmother.  My mom who lives in Arizona.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I’m kind of anti-social.  Can’t think of an answer.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Uh.  That blogging 30 days in a row makes me crazy and it probably isn’t worth it?

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“I’m just a little bit caught in the middle.  Life is a maze, and love is a riddle.  I don’t know where to go, can’t do it alone.  I’ve tried but I don’t know why.”  Lenka – The Show.  I love that song.

Best picture of the year?  This one.  It is now on my background on my work computer.

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