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2009 Kickoff! But mostly a retrospective…

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I am already out of the running for Blog 365– but, luckily, that is not one of my resolutions for 2009. But! Resolutions are for later. For now, I am beginning the new year with a look back at last year. (Thanks, everyone on the internets, for allowing me to tag myself!)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Spent more than 8 hours in Paris (and got engaged there– squee!), hosted a successful cocktail party, attended a record number of weddings of friends (seriously, six is a lot of weddings, and three of those were in August alone!)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Well, I didn’t really make any last year– none that were specific of anything. I suppose at this point last year, I was looking forward to quitting my increasingly demoralizing job, starting grad school, and hoping for an engagement ring…and 2008 definitely delivered in that respect. In 2009, I will plan and have a beautiful wedding, get healthier and fitter (while still managing an acceptable level of cheese in my diet, of course!), attempt to maintain my blog with some regularity, and strengthen and maintain my relationships (this counts for friends I see every day as well as my email-and-gchat-only friends!).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. But with all those weddings this year, maybe there will be some babies in the next few years! (At the moment, I am much more interested in borrowing the babies of friends than I am in creating my own)

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no. 2008 was successful in that respect.

5. What countries did you visit?
France! By the end of our stay, I was shockingly able to understand about 40% of the written language, like some sort of French toddler (maybe next time I’ll get to preschool-level!).

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A date for my wedding! Oh, and some money, please.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory and why? June 28, engagement day! Oh, and the election, of course. I am so excited for the Inauguration!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Starting grad school– it turns out they don’t just hand out advanced degrees.

9. What was your biggest failure? Becoming less diligent about the “on time, and in full” rule that GP and (up until recently) I have for our credit cards. But I am vowing that I will get back to zero balances in the first quarter of 2009, for reals.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nah, nothing besides a couple nasty colds and My First Kitchen Injury, where I lost a chunk of a ring finger (yes, it was The Finger! So tragic).

11. What was the best thing you bought? My very first wine club membership! At Savannah Chanelle, for a very reasonable $44 per quarter.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My little brother– now he’s all growns up, moved into his very own apartment, and moving up the mall-retail chain. Makes me feel old, but still proud.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The 52 percent of Californians who voted to pass Prop 8. We can do better, y’all.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Gas! Oh, and exotic spices that I ended up using only a quarter-teaspoon of. Thaaaanks, Food Network.

15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? The election, and my very first Christmas with GP–he’s been at his parents’ house the last two years, and this year they came out west to us! It was nice, but crazy-crowded.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? “Overboard” by Ingrid Michaelson

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
About the same…quite happy 🙂
Thinner? Again, same. Ew.
Richer? Decidedly poorer. Thanks, grad school.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Listening and forgiving, and spending time on the elliptical despite my gyrating teenage gym nemesis (seriously, she is horrid).

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Accepting criticism and judgment for things that were out of my control (hello, old job), and devouring cupcakes.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with mom, stepdad, brother, stepsister and her new husband (yecch), and GP. It was incredibly awkward, and ended even worse. I did not, however, expect anything more. Thanks, sis, and your complete moron of a husband (another resolution? Be more forgiving…). Christmas Day with dad, brother, GP, and his parents, who arrived in the early afternoon. It was definitely a full house! (Er, apartment.)

21. How will you be spending new years? Board games, champagne, a Barefoot Contessa menu, and fending off illness (unsuccessfully, it turns out).

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? Maybe more in love. Yeah, I’m gross. Get over it, we’re getting married.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program? 30 Rock, The Office, House, Law & Order (and SVU)…and I am quickly becoming enamored with Dexter. Also, got The Tudors on dvd from GP’s parents– I do love me some pre-Elizabethan England!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Well, seeing as I didn’t know Sarah Palin existed before she was announced as McCain’s running mate…I hate her, I really do. I want to kick her in the shins. Hard.

26. What was the best book you read?
I loved finally finishing Bel Canto and Suite Francaise.

27. What was your biggest musical discovery? She and Him, M. Ward…and Girl Talk.

28. What did you want and you got? A sparkly engagement ring! And a future husband, rather than a crummy old boyfriend (kidding, I promise!).

29. What did you want and not get? Washboard abs. Sigh.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? The Dark Night, hands down. A very close second– Wall-E!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? For my 25th birthday, GP took me to the Academy of Sciences. It was really, really fun…and I learned a lot!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Having Mrs. Palin admit that she is a complete idiot. Come on, lady…we know the score.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Hm. High/low? Old Navy jeans with schmancy tops. Occasionally, I even dress like a grownup…

34. What kept you sane? The dulcet tones of NPR. So sooooothing.

35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Besides my girlfriend, Tina Fey, I would like to hold hands with Peter Krause. I cannot get enough of Six Feet Under.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Props 4 and 8…and, of course, the historical election that I, little old me, got to witness and participate in.

37. Who did you miss?
Tim Russert. Because I am a nerd.

38. Who was the best new person you met? There are definitely friendships that became stronger in 2008– and of course, all my new friends on the internets! RA, Gretchen, EP…you guys are awesome.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: There is very little a quiet Sunday and a glass of Pinot can’t solve.

40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year:
“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones (thanks, Real Simple daily emails!)