Since we’re only five days into the new year and I’m still couch-ridden with my mysterious flu bug, I figured it’s safe to complete a “year in review” survey — hey, all the cool kids are doing it. I got this one from Liz, one of my favorite bloggers. And I like reflecting! To know where you’re going, it really helps to know where you’ve been.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Began baking — and successfully completed several baking projects without poisoning anyone!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I resolved to be more patient, and I think I’m on my way to being a calmer person. I have a tendency to flip out about small things and get easily aggravated, but I’m trying to slow down and be less irritable. I’m sure my family is happy about that! I didn’t really make a resolution this year, but I’m going to keep on the more-patient track.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Many family members had many adorable babies!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A literary agent! Here’s to trying!
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
I had a lot of memorable experiences last year — some good, some not-so-good. My birthday and my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary rank high on the “good” scale.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably finishing two novels. One is being shopped around now; the other needs quite a bit of editing. That’s a goal for the new year: keep writing and working on my stories.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t think I failed at anything in particular. Everything led to something bigger, better or different.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing more than the common cold.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new iPod!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My parents, for their continued strength and support. My sister, for her incredible work ethic. Palmer, for his courage in making really big, important decisions.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh, you know, the usual bevy of politicians. Nothing serious.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food. If you run down my credit bill, it’s a string of Panera, TGI Friday’s, Chipotle and Einstein’s.
15. What did you really, really, really get excited about?
Being front row at the John Mayer concert in July! It was incredible, even if we were stuck in traffic for two hours, ran through mud and rain to get there, missed the opening act and then danced in damp clothes for hours.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Say,” John Mayer
17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? I’m just as happy.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Querying agents — earlier than I did. Before the economy totally fell out, honestly!
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Probably complaining. I have a good life.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Running around like crazy! Christmas Eve included 4 p.m. mass and a big family dinner at our house. Christmas morning we were at home; in the afternoon, we went to our grandparents’ house for lunch and presents; Christmas dinner was at my aunt and uncle’s. Good times!
21. How will you be spending new years?
Palmer and I went out to dinner with my family, then went to my aunt and uncle’s to play the longest game of Monopoly ever. But we won — after joining forces and pooling our resources!
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I was already in love — since 2006!
23. How many one-night stands?
That would be a negative.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
“Ugly Betty” and “The Office”
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone. The people I dislike now I disliked then, too!
26. What was the best book you read?
Marisa de los Santos’ Belong To Me. Amazing!
27. What was your biggest musical discovery?
Probably the Beatles! I know that sounds ridiculous. I just hadn’t really listened to their music until this past year . . . and until I watched “Across the Universe.”
28. What did you want and you got?
4G pink iPod Nano . . . a pink Dooney & Bourke purse. Pink things!
29. What did you want and not get?
An end to the Iraq war.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I loved “Mamma Mia” and “Twilight.” I know! How fan-girl of me.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn?
I turned 23 last July and had a really fun day. Actually, we saw “Mamma Mia” that day! Went to Alexandria, had a really good dinner, had a great lunch where I got whipped cream dribbled on my nose (don’t ask) and spent time with my favorite people.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I’d won the Borders employee author contest last spring. Yes, that would have been very satisfying!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Um. Simple, elegant, classy. I dress simply, typically in dark colors, but accent my clothes with big, bold earrings or a necklace. I guess you could say that was my “concept”!
34. What kept you sane?
Palmer, my family, my friends, my ability to sit and write . . . and having a good job on which to hold on.
35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most?
Oh, John Mayer. I’m still waiting for this whole Jennifer Aniston thing to blow over!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Just all of the presidential election drama. That seemed to just consume the entire year!
37. Who did you miss?
Gwyn, who moved to South Carolina; Stacy, who moved to London. Wishing them well!
38. Who was the best new person you met?
After moving offices in June, I officially “met” Brandon and Sandy, two of my awesome coworkers.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Don’t worry about the “what ifs” — all of those crazy, terrible things that could happen but probably never will. Most of the time the things that really get you and change your life happen randomly; they’re not things about which you’d ever concerned yourself. Should bad things actually come to pass, there’s plenty of time to be upset after the fact! Not terribly positive, I know, but it’s helped me calm my thinking.
40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year:
“Good love is on the way.”