1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Held a stingray; visited Grand Cayman, Honduras, Key West, and Cozumel; moved to Minneapolis; became a recruiter; started cohabitating with my better half.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did make some.
- Get a job. I DID! And it’s honestly the best job I’ve ever had.
- Find a new apartment. CHECK. I moved in February, and I’m moving again this January. We’re definitely staying in Minneapolis, though!
- Volunteer more. I didn’t; I think I volunteered less. We’re already talking about finding something we can do on the weekends once we get settled into the new apartment, though. I’ll add this to my list of 2009 resolutions.
- Read 12 books. I think I might have, but I couldn’t tell you what they are. I got a library card, too, so that should count for something!
- Take another community ed class. FAIL. Mainly because they keep canceling whittling every time I sign up for it. This can go back on the 2009 list, too.
- Bench press 150 pounds. Oh, man. I think you have to go to the gym in order to do that, which I failed to do for an entire awesome year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Rick and Brooke did. Twice.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I don’t think so.
5. What countries did you visit?
Grand Cayman, Mexico, Honduras.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A place to live with two bedrooms and a Nintendo Wii. Wait. Are these supposed to be non-material things?
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The night Obama got elected. The night I kissed The General for the first time. The night our cruise ship pulled out of Fort Lauderdale.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my current job and being so successful in it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I wouldn’t consider anything in 2008 a failure.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing worth memorializing on a list like this.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Christmas presents for The General and The Boy. All the packages are sitting underneath the tree and I think I’m just as excited as them to see them open everything.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The General’s. There was a lot going in The General’s life, which probably would have caused anyone else to just crumple up in a ball. Not The General. And, to me, that was impressive. Plus, putting up with me 24/7? That merits some major celebration.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled & depressed?
As usual for the last eight years, the current White House administration. Kevin McHale’s. Matthew at the Eagan Old Navy. Comcast and T-Mobile, as usual. And TAB Properties. I’m still bitter about not getting that apartment.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, dog food, and gas.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Cruise of 2008. Obama winning the election. My new job.
16. What songs will always remind you of 2008?
Anything by Daddy Yankee, The Cupid Shuffle and the Everybody Clap Your Hands Song.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier.
b. Thinner or fatter? About the same.
c. Richer or poorer? Richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending more time with friends, traveling, camping, and doing some sort of exercise that involves leaving the confines of my apartment.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about what people think, drinking soda, and letting the dishes pile up.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
The General, The Boy, and I are having a fantastic dinner tonight and opening presents. Tomorrow, The Boy is going to his grandma’s until after New Year’s, but not before we celebrate with an awesome breakfast with both The Boy’s parents. We’re planning on doing a little bit of nothing, and possibly going to see a movie.
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Clients and employees. And maybe my dad.
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I sure as hell did. And I feel like I keep falling harder and harder every day. (Gag.)
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
CSI: Miami, 30 Rock, The Office, Survivor, Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, and at least one or two of the various dating shows they have on VH1 throughout the year.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t really hate anyone anymore. I just don’t think about them and it seems to work.
26. What was the best book you read?
America’s Boy by Wade Rouse. I need to buy his other book, too, but America’s Boy was absolutely, hands-down my favorite. Also, Wade Rouse is my friend on Facebook, so there.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Daddy Yankee – at least I think that was this year. And the fine folks that perform the Cupid Shuffle.
28. What did you want and get?
A new apartment. A job I love. The continuing love and support of the most loyal, awesome friends in the world.
29. What did you want and not get?
A million dollars? And some way for my back not to hurt all the damn time.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
It’s neck and neck between The Dark Knight and Wanted.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30 and celebrated for about a week, including a trip to the Gay 90s, some hockey games, and probably some bowling, if I remember right.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A second bedroom in my current apartment, my current job all year long – both things that certainly didn’t make me sad not having.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Suits during the day, and jeans and t-shirts after I’m home.
34. What kept you sane?
My friends. The General. Riley Pants.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Supernanny. Crush on American Gladiators. Horatio Caine.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Nationally, the presidential election. Locally, the response to protestors in Minneapolis/St. Paul before and during the Republican National Convention.
37. Who did you miss?
My friends that don’t live in the Twin Cities that I haven’t been very good at all in keeping touch with. My grandma.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
The General. The Boy. Everyone at my place of employment.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Your real best friends are really your best friends; they don’t need constant reassuring or coddling – they just know that no matter what things are good. And 11 year old boys that are headed towards puberty can be super awesome one day and kind of a dick the next, but they never want you to feel bad at all about anything.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“Everybody clap your hands!”