Sunday, January 03, 2010

Year in Review - 2009

Well, a little late, but better late than never.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Delved into the world of Blackberry. I have had a cell phone for about 10 years but barely ever used it. I still rarely talk on the phone (even on a land line) but I'm a serial Blackberry user now.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My resolution last year was to stay more organized and declutter. I don't think it was something I did on a daily basis but I certainly did a lot of it at the end of the year. My resolution for 2010? Hmmm, to exercise regularly and keep healthier habits in general (e.g. sleeping enough, healthy habits, etc). Exercise helps my stress levels immensely so that is a huge reason too. I'd also like to get the basement in better shape for that eventual day we decide to finish it off.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but I know sooooooooooo many people due in 2010. And I am soooooo glad NOT to be one of them.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My maternal grandmother, Nanny in late March 2009. :(

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No particular date - but Caroline's first few days of kindergarten are fairly remarkable and memorable. Also when my MIL proposed doing daycare for us - we certainly weren't expecting a gift like that.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Successfully breastfeeding baby #3 for a year! Getting Caroline ready for and acclimated to kindergarten. Navigating the public school system as a parent for the first time.

8. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I really failed at anything except maybe getting into some bad habits.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thankfully no real health issues. Just kid sicknesses and a bunch of colds. Hoping to continue that trend since your health is one of your most valuable assets!

10. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn't buy it, but Jason did - my Canon XSi! I am so happy with it! Oh and my Blackberry. I love that thing!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Probably all 3 kids - they all did pretty well this year with Caroline entering kindergarten and doing really well, Bryce starting to go to "school" on his own, and Ms. Piper coming into her own.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one made me feel that bad!

13. Where did most of your money go?
Daycare, gas, and groceries - this doesn't change although we're spending considerably less on daycare now that Caroline is in school and my sweet MIL/FIL are doing daycare. We insist on paying them but it's still much less than we were paying.

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Not having to have all 3 kids in full time daycare!!!

15. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I've Got a Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas and Fireflies by Owl City

16. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Probably a little happier. I am done with the exhausting infant stage of Piper which including breastfeeding and pumping and while I'm a little sad she's growing up so fast, that extremely intense time is now behind me. To say I HATED pumping is an understatement.

17. Thinner or fatter?
Heh. Definitely not thinner. Going from breastfeeding to not breastfeeding is hard since you don't realize how many calories you burn doing just that. I need to get back to NOT eating like I was at that time and exercising more. I was in good shape before getting pregnant with Piper, so I can do it again.

18. Richer or poorer?
About the same - and that is just fine!

19. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise! Vacation!

20. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying (I seem to say this every year)

21. How did you spend Christmas?
6 different places - quite a whirlwind

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I'm already there.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Same as last year with the inclusion of my newest obsession - Dexter. OMG, I love it so much but after the season 4 finale I almost wish I knew nothing about it. I'm still haunted by it and can't wait for September for season 5. I've never had a show affect me like this.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate is a very strong word, so no.

25. What was the best book you read?
I don't even know if I read anything memorable this year. I know I read a book or two in the summer but they were obviously lackluster to have no memory. I will have more time to read in the future when my children don't interrupt me so often. Plus, I can't exactly read at work.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I wouldn't say it's a discovery but I do find that Lady Ga Ga to be pretty catchy. I'm not exactly a fan, but I have enjoyed a lot of her songs this year and I like her unique performances. Totally marches to the beat of her own drum and that's rare these days.

27. What did you want and get?
My Canon!!!

28. What did you want and not get?
Nothing really - that's pretty nice.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Hangover - definitely. Wasn't even that aware of it when I went to see it with my mom and sister which I think added to my surprise enjoyment of it. Totally hilarious and a good memory. Liked it so much, I took Jay to see it a few weeks later and gave it to him for Christmas.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Dug out of 20 inches of snow and went out for lunch with my family and parents at Red Brick Station. A quiet and nice birthday.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A 2nd week down in the Outer Banks!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Lands End - I love you. Pretty bland - just trying to stay as neat and together as possible for work.

33. What kept you sane?
Jason, of course. Oh and Facebook and blogging.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably one of my eternal favorites, Howard Stern. Love that guy!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Nothing really. Politics make me ill because it is mostly a bunch of people who don't know how to do anything except be a politician and make ridiculous policies and compromises that just add more red tape to our already confusing laws. They make all these promises that they have no way of actually making happen. The sensationalism of the media surrounding politics is even worse.

36. Who did you miss?
My maternal grandmother, Nanny, who died. And my paternal grandmother, MeeMaw, who was in the hospital over Christmas and is still there recovering.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I know I met some new people this year but none that I'm very close to.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Keep remembering how much you will miss your kids at these sweet ages when you are tired and want a break.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I'd like to make myself believe, that planet Earth turns slowly...."

Here is last year's: 2008

1 comment:

BJ said...

Looks like 2009 was a pretty good year for you! Hope 2010 is great for you as well.