A 2008 Retrospective

Stolen directly from Suzanne (Shalom! Suz on the Blogroll)

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Drove across most of the southern U.S.A. with my neurotic cat as co-pilot.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

I can’t remember having exact resolutions, but goals. I moved out of Florida and got a new job to meet two goals. I ran a 5K in a Santa costume for charity. Making more resolutions isn’t for me. It’s more about goals and finding an overall peace, contentment, and happiness.

Did anyone you know give birth?

I’m sure there is at least one, but babies really aren’t my thing!

Did anyone you know die?

Sadly, yes. Gertie and a few months later her husband Ernie. Many fond memories of the two of them.

What countries did you visit?

Canada. Canada. Canada. Canada. Canada. Canada.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

More of a social life and more money to pay for school.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 1st. The day I left for Montreal and started my journey and move into real information work.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Living in Montreal for 2-4 weeks at a time with a limited French vocabulary.

What was your biggest failure?

End of year motivation. There are many things left undone that need to be wrapped up.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Allergies. They’re worse in the desert than they are in the sub-tropics.

What was the best thing you bought?

I really didn’t buy too much. Nothing big. I guess it would have to be the Mephistos boots I picked up at the Zappos outlet a few weeks ago. Originally $330, and I paid $102. Squeee!

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Chris Turner for realizing where he needed to live in order to find happiness. Suzanne for hanging in there through the stress fractures and relationship fractures. You are both sources of inspiration!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My former roommate and landlord. ‘Nuff said.

Where did most of your money go?

School. And paying off the old school loans. And food. Yeah. Food is good.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Moving. Traveling. Running in a Guinness World Record attempt 5K with 6119 other crazy Santas.

What song will always remind you of 2008?

We Are Okay by Joshua Radin

Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder, thinner or fatter, richer or poorer?

About the same happiness, about 20 lbs. heavier, and a few thousand more in school loan debt than last.  Wow. That sounds like 2008 was not kind to me, but I’ve got no issues with it. It’s simply means new goals for 2009.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Seen my friends while I was traveling in the northeast. Schedules and work sucks.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Business travel because it’s really hard to eat correctly when you’re at the mercy of airports and restaurants.

How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent it with my roommate and her friend, cooking a turkey and filling and washing it down with some good wine!

Did you fall in love in 2008?

That’s a big ol’ negatory, good buddy!

How many one-night stands?

None, thank you very much. I’m not that kind of girl!

What was your favorite TV program?

I really don’t watch TV, so none. But I’ve been catching up on House and Grey’s Anatomy via the internet.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is such a strong word. Strongly dislike, yes, but things can be forgiven.

What was the best book you read?

Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Fleet Foxes

What did you want and get?

A scholarship from the Nevada Library Association.

What did you want and not get?

Ummm…. nothing really. My wants have really decreased over the past few years. Grad school tends to have that economic affect.

What was your favorite film of this year?

The Dark Knight. Batman. In IMAX. I still don’t see how the guy next to me fell asleep!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32. It was only a week ago. I think there was the obligatory morning shopping, then home working on scholarship applications, and Borders at night to find a 2009 calendar. Tons. Of. Fun.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Actually spending the 6 months in Montreal with the rest of the production team to get things set up correctly and train people.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Business casual with a touch of cat fur. And yay! Skinny jeans came back.

What kept you sane?

Sleep and the gym.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I’m not much of a gushing fangirl, but I’m finding Hugh MacLeod more and more inspiring every year.

What political issue stirred you the most?

California’s smackdown of Proposition 8.

Who did you miss?

My family and northeastern friends.

Who was the best new person you met?

Ohhh, so many. Charles Fergueson. John Hawkins. Jake Ludens. The rest of the Black Diamond Digital guys and First Friday gurus. The staff at the Summerlin Library.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

Eff it. If it works out, great! If not, add it to the history timeline for future reference.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Packed and all eyes turned in, no one to see on the quay. No one waving for me just the shoreline receding. Ticket in my hand and thinking wish I didn’t hand it in. Cause who said sailing is fine? leaving behind all the faces that I might replace if I tried on that long ride, looking deep inside but I don’t want to look so deep inside yet.

Sit down, sit down on the prow wave bye, there might not be another star, farther on the line. Look out, look out at each town that glides by, and there’s another crowd, to drown in crying eyes. And see how that light you love now just won’t shine, there might just be another star, that’s high and far in some other sky.

Lost Coastline by Okkervil River



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