1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Moved out of my mom's house without moving back home later.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Still don't really do those.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I'm not particularly close to my cousin, but she did this year. I just met the kid yesterday!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, I don't think so.
5. What countries did you visit?
Countries? I haven't been farther than New Hampshire.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A government of, by, and for the people would be a nice start.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
On October 29th 2008, I watched some baseball at home, turned off the TV, and ran down to Broad Street. I think I screamed the whole way. The rest of the week was pretty good too.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don't know; this wasn't a particularly high-achieving year for me. I guess I did a pretty good job with my volunteering for the NHC Institute? I just enjoyed the status quo a lot this year after moving.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Keeping the apartment clean.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Hypochondria? I've now had a doctor confirm that I don't have glaucoma, and another one tell me that I don't have throat cancer. Next on the list is a brain aneurysm.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Wow, so many people. Among those of you here, kazulrw and erin have shown strength I really admire. And then there were about 69 million Americans who pushed a button for change.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
All the California voters, and those who donated money, to support us going backwards on the path toward civil rights and equality for all.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent. Which was actually a nice change of pace.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Dada -- Dizz Knee Land. (It was randomly on soon after the Phils won it all, and now I associate it with the 2008 World Series. So random.)
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier!
Older or wiser? Older!
Thinner or fatter? About the same! (My excuse is that I didn't get the Wii Fit until December!)
Richer or poorer? About the same! (Surprisingly!)
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being decisive. (No, this isn't meant to be cryptic. I mean it.)
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Thinking about emails I need to write to friends. I should be writing them instead.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I was at the step family as usual, and then hit up my mom's birthday party for an hour.
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
The current plan is the early TMBG concert, followed by Dov's party.
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
What's wrong with love without falling?
23. How many one-night stands?
Three times as many as last year!
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, this was a rather hate-free year.
26. What was the best book you read?
I think the one I enjoyed the most was the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book. I don't think there was a "best" this year. I didn't read tons of books anyway.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Decemberists became even more of my favorite band than they were before. And I realized how awesome Great Big Sea was for the first time. But I don't think there's really a single band I'm so into that I didn't know about at all a year ago. The Felice Brothers are pretty good, I guess. (Sorry, Coral.)
28. What did you want and get?
Wii? Continual employment? Peace and love and happiness? Where exactly do you want this answer on the sappy-to-superficial scale?
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I saw two! Nick and Norah was a bit better than Traveling Pants 2.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Oh man. Um. I turned 27 back in January, and I think that was when I had my random quasi-birthday-quasi-housewarming party. 8 of us played Ticket To Ride. We didn't have a couch yet.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Every Friday off. With the same salary.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Khakis, cargo shorts if it's warm enough, t-shirts, and a fleece top or zipper hoodie if it's cold enough. Same as usual. Very few sweatpants; I believe it's the end of an era.
34. What kept you sane?
25 hours of down time every Friday night and Saturday. (Of course, most of the insanity happened every week in the hours immediately before sundown Friday...)
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
25 gentlemen in red pinstripes.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
All of them! Geez, I was glued to dailykos all year.
37. Who did you miss?
Everyone. I always wish I could be in 4 cities at once. Maybe this is the year I actually get to San Francisco and/or Seattle?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
groovyjew! (msschein would have been about tied for #1 but for the technicality that we didn't meet in 2008.)
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
The beauty of low expectations isn't always just about avoiding disappointment. It's also about how kick-ass things are when your expectations are genuinely exceeded.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I always hate this anticlimactic end, since I'm so bad with lyrics. So let's just go with the obvious: We Are The Champions by Queen. I don't need to quote the lyrics; you can all just hum to yourselves now...
Anyway, how are you all? Ready for 2009?