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what did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I initiated a law suit against some unscrupulous bill collectors. I secretly hope to stick it to these assholes.
did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t have any last year. I could barely function last year, let alone set goals. This year, my goal is simply to be in a better place financially.
did anyone close to you give birth?
My neighbor but I wouldn’t say that we are close.
did anyone close to you die?
Not really. We keep waiting for great-grandma to die, though.
what countries did you visit?
Ohio. It seemed like another country at the time.
what would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Money. Definitely money.
what date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 19th. Erica started Kindergarten.
what was your biggest achievement of the year?
Enrolling in school and making all A’s
what was your biggest failure?
Hard to say. The last 2 years have felt like a giant failure overall. That makes it a bit difficult to pinpoint one specific thing.
did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, I had pneumonia. That was super awesome.
what was the best thing you bought?
I bought food. And electricity. And internet access. Hard to pick a favorite out of those 3.
whose behavior merited celebration?
My friend, Gayle. What a stroke of luck to meet her at the park!
whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Another friend of mine who shall remain nameless.
where did most of your money go?
Electricity and gasoline
what did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing 2 manatees playing in the river.
what song will always remind you of 2008?
compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? happier
thinner or fatter? fatter
richer or poorer? neither
what do you wish you’d done more of?
gone to the beach more
read to the kids more
what do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had done less stupid spending.
how did you spend christmas?
At the beach with the kids, riding bikes and throwing the football.
did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes. With a little black kitty, and my hubby and my kids.
what changes did you make to “green up” your lifestyle?
I bought a reusable grocery bag. And I started re-appropriating big people clothes for kids.
what was your favorite tv show?
Ghost Hunters and the Girls Next Door.
do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t have enough time in my life for that sort of thing.
what was the best book you read?
what was your greatest musical discovery?
what did you want and get?
I wanted a job that fit into my life and I have that right now.
what did you want and not get?
Our own place
what was your favorite film of this year?
The only film I saw all the way through was Sex and The City so that wins by default.
what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I didn’t do anything on my birthday. I turned 30.
what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Just knowing that we were making progress and getting back on our feet instead of slipping further down a financial hole.
how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
what kept you sane?
Knowing that even though my life sucked, it could be worse.
which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
oh, how i love me some brit-brit. girl is a spectacular disaster! (ok I am stealing JMP’s answer because I totally agree with her)
what political issue stirred you the most?
the economy, mostly because I felt directly affected by it.
whom did you miss?
who was the best new person you met?
tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Act as if.
quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can’t everyday be just this good?