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by Jen at 9:54 pm on 1.01.2009Comments Off
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i can’t decide if the fact that i started the new year without a hangover is a good omen or bad.

in the meantime, here’s a meme:

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Yoga! it became my addiction this year. Much to J’s dismay as I commandeered the lounge every day for an hour.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Hellz no. I leave things behind in the year past and look forward to the year to come. Anything else is a waste of time.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Amity had a lovely wee lad.

Did anyone close to you die?
Thank god, no. Please not this year either.

What places did you visit?
Vancouver, Istanbul, Boston/Cape, and Morocco.  Not enough!

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More time with friends and family.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
23 january – the day i took my citizenship oath.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Meeting my fundraising goal for UNICEF. I’m such a weenie about asking for money that really didn’t think I’d make it, and I was so very pleased when I did.

What was your biggest failure?
Failing to read more than a book a month. That’s pretty pathetic.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
my first trip ever to the emergency room. i thought i was dying. it was not fun.

What was the best thing you bought?
J’s birthday guitar. It’s pretty damn cool.

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
J’s – for putting up with my shit, day in, day out. The boy deserves a medal.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Bush, of course. But honorable mention goes to fucking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Every time I turned around she was forcing more patent lies down the public throat, and proposing even further civil liberties infringements. Ugh.

Where did most of your money go?
That’s a mighty good question. Where *did* most of my money go?

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The election of Obama. It still gets me all verklempt to think about the historic nature of his victory. There was much jumping about and screaming and crying.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2008?
time to pretend – mgmt. it was first song on my running playlist and never failed to get me going. which is good because i spent a lot of time running.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Thinner or fatter? I decline to answer
Richer or poorer? Richer in experience, about the same in money.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travel. And sex. More sex is always good.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Agonising about my shitty old job. I should have jumped ship long before I finally did.

What was the best book you read?
half of a yellow sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. love stories interwoven with nigeria’s civil war. incredibly well written and thoroughly engrossing.

What did you want and get?
a new hard drive! j’s birthday present to me.

What did you want and not get?
a tan. really – this summer was sucktacular.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
is it crass to say money?

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
“homage to jeans.” now that i can wear jeans to work, it’s damn hard to get me out of them.

What kept you sane?
Sanity is overrated.

What political issue stirred you the most?
the shameful media treatment of hillary clinton. i didn’t even see most of it, yet what i saw was truly repulsive.

Who did you miss?
all the usual suspects back home.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Change is good.

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