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December 31, 2007

End-of-Year Meme

Linda always has the best ideas. And thus I meme.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I co-bought a house! That involved me becoming quite the little expert on mortgage intricacies and junk like that, and it was all very exciting and empowering. I was Homeowner Barbie.

Oh, I also peed on a stick and made the second line show up, which lead to a bunch of other firsts, including: first ultrasound, first IV drip, first awful miscarriage. I don't think they make a Barbie for that stuff.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Er, I don't know if I made any resolutions last year. If I did and kept them, it was purely by accident.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Simon's sister had little baby HJ in August and she's just the dearest little wee thing that ever was. My cousin also had a second kid, a baby boy, in January, and I still haven't met him.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Phew.

5. What countries did you visit?
We went to England in November for Thanksgiving and ate lots of chocolate while sitting at the dining room table, listening to the radio, and laughing at the baby in her door bouncer. It was awesome.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Gee, I couldn't begin to choose. Oh, I guess I'll just say "baby." Not that I care or anything.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 12 was the date of my LMP (TMI?), and I did so much Googling and message board stalking based on it, and then I had to report it to so many different white-coat types over the couse of a week, that I thought about tattooing it on my forehead. Something tells me, though, that I'll probably have forgotten the date in another month or so, which wouldn't be so bad.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buying our house was HUGE. I count it as an "achievement" because it took a whole lot of hard work (and luck considering the crazy Bay Area market).

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hrm. This is a hard one. Either I didn't fail in a big enough way that it left an impression or I am a Pollyanna revisionist and have wiped all failures from the record. I feel like this was a pretty successful year all around.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The trip to the emergency room sure sucked, but it could have been a lot worse and so I'm thankful that that whole process went smoothly, all things considered.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The house, of course. Have I told you about the treehouse and the zip line and the tire swing and the pond and the chicken coop and the rabbit hutch?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Simon is a champ all around. Yay him!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
All the starlets in Hollywood, I guess. What a waste of good looks and accidental fortunes.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The house sucked us both dry, but we still managed to travel a lot (again) this year--Vegas, Chicago, England, Salt Lake--and that cost a pretty penny. Also, I bought a brand spanking new car in February. No wonder my bank account is looking thin these days.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Simon saying, "So, what would you say if I told you I was ready to have a baby?" That was awesome the first time he said it, and it continues to be awesome in all its subsequent variations.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
"Fidelity" by Regina Spektor (because Linda always has the best ideas). I listened to this song a million and a half times.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? Definitely happier. Last year our house was unbearably cold. This year our house is bearably cold! b) thinner or fatter? Although my weight has been the same since, oh, I got my driver's license, I'm definitely spreading and softening in my old age. Time to get up off the couch, lady! c) richer or poorer? House poor, I think they call it.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I really wish I'd exercised more. It kind of fell by the wayside in the wake of house buying and gardening and, uh, television watching. I feel like a squishy slobby slug.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Probably sitting in front of the television. I've watched more hours of home improvement and decorating shows than is healthy for anyone; I really need to move on to a more constructive obsession.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas at home, just the two of us, carving pumpkins and eating sushi. It couldn't have been perfecter.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I fell in love with our house and garden and all that, but I also fell a little bit in love with Linus, our wee orange kitten, although he continues to test our patience daily.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Beauty and the Geek is a guilty pleasure for sure, but I haven't been able to get really excited (e.g., enough to schedule my life around the show) since Gilmore Girls went off the air.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Can't say that I do. I'm not a hateful person in general.

24. What was the best book you read?
Gone with the Wind knocked my socks off. I think I may have finished that in the final days of 2006, though, in which case I'll say The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. I love a good magical realism multigenerational epic.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Again, Regina Spektor. People had been telling me for years how great she was and I was all "meh," but then I actually sat down and listened to something and was instantly smitten.

26. What did you want and get?
For Christmas Simon bought me a sewing machine. A sewing machine! Can you believe it?! More on that later.

27. What did you want and not get?
(1) A baby, or at least a viable fetus. (2) A sample set of Philosophy products because I have recently decided that it's time to take better care of my appearance now that I'm not twenty-two anymore (and haven't been for quite some time). Simon went online and couldn't figure out which sample set I wanted, so it was the one thing I expected to find under the tree but didn't. The good thing was that I didn't even notice it was missing because I was too busy admiring the string of pearls he bought me. Pearls! I am spoiled!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I just checked the list on my sidebar and guess how many movies we saw in 2007? One hundred seventy-one. Do the math and then join me in weeping into your hands at all that time spent not doing something more worthwhile with my life. As for a favorite? The miniseries of The Forsyte Saga was completely awesome, but does that count since it was made for TV? Yes, yes it does.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
How embarrassing. I actually had to check my blog to see what I did. Apparently, I turned twenty-eight (gah) and spent the day alone because Simon was in England visiting his sis. I celebrated by reading Wikipedia, looking at my wrinkles, and putting the cat in a party dress. So, pretty much nothing out of the ordinary.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Obviously, it would have been nice had the pregnancy stuck. I could have done without the extra layer of paranoia that now coats all of my reproductive thoughts and dreams. Boo.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? As I've been filling this out, I realize that I'm having a hard time remembering anything before the last few months, so I don't know if this is an accurate answer to the question, but: I have been trying to buy more grown-up, "quality" pieces for my wardrobe instead of just the usual line-up of snarky babydoll T-shirts. Most of the time it's still jeans and tennis shoes, but I'm at least trying to get away from that a few days of the week, and that's better than nothing.

32. What kept you sane?
Having this blog always helps keep me sane and connected to things bigger than myself; I'm glad to have it (and you) in my life. Simon, of course, always keeps me sane, even when he's driving me crazy.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Fancy? I thought I was back in the states! This is kind of a dumb question, but I'll say that Ewan McGregor remains up there on my list.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
All the fundy politicians being caught in sex scandals. Hypocrisy really chaps my hide.

35. Who did you miss?
I've missed HJ, my proximal niece. Simon and I were so excited in the months leading up to her birth that it was a bummer not to be able to run out and meet her right away, what with her being an ocean away and all. After spending two weeks with her over Thanksgiving, it was hard to watch her drive away (we'll ride away), leaving us behind at Heathrow.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a lot of awesome people at BlogHer07. Hanging out with Kristin was a dream come true, and I was tickled to have made two new local friends through the blogosphere as well.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Good things come to those who wait. This seems to be something I learn year after year. As long as I keep being rewarded for my patience, I just might stop constructing the Ideal Timelines I am so attached to.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Argh. I hate this question because I'm sure there's a perfect answer out there, but I just don't have the brain power to plumb the depths of my iTunes. Let's say, "Our house is a very very very fine house." Christ that was lame.


Great wrap up. If I wasn't so lazy, I might do it too.

Happy new year!!

Mmm, Ewan McGregor.... Happy New Year from downunder, I hope 2008 brings you all you desire!

I didn't know you were a Gilmore Girls fan! Not that I had like a cake made on the day of the finale or anything. Because that would be sad.

I kept meaning to do this meme myself, but I've found everyone else's answers a lot more interesting than mine would be. I hope all of your dreams (baby) come true (baby) in 2008 (baby)!

Beautiful execution of A Year in Review.

I climbed aboard the Philosophy experience this year...well November this year...because I turned 30 and thought I should take better care of my skin because surely crows feet can't be far away and all
> that ;) Anyway, loving it...despite how crazy expensive it is here in Australia and that I can only get it through mail order but its all worth it...as long as I have the cash I wont be turning back :)

Happy New Year!!

You sound quite happy all-in-all, and that's just grand. Also: I'm going to be singing "Our House" at the top of my lungs now for at least two days. The dog thanks you.

This got me thinking. I realized how hard 2007 was for me, but I learned a lot (such as how strong I am). I have good feelings about 2008. It looks like you and Simon have big things ahead of you in 2008. Wishing you all health, happiness and prosperity!

I loved reading this YouYou about the past year.

Hey, I'm not 22 anymore, either!

Great answers. Did you see Long Way Around, by chance? It's a documentary of Ewan McGregor and a friend who ride their motorcycles around the world (London to New York, I think, but I could be wrong about the starting city). It's just incredible and it made me like him on a brand new level, and I already liked him quite a lot.

Meeting you and Simon was a huge highlight of 2007 for me, too. I think I shall do this meme, too.

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