Friday, January 4, 2008

A New Years Meme

Hello, one and all. The absent blogger has returned for the moment. I felt like writing and since no brilliant inspiration has come instantly to mind, I am stealing this meme from my sister’s blog and answering the questions for myself. So, just in case you didn’t know these things about me (or just in case you care) here’s some “interesting” info about me and mine over the past year:

What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Went to Europe. Went to places I’ve never been and saw sights I’ve never seen. It was a revelation. I’m not sure what I expected, but it was so similar to being here only just a bit different. Different languages, narrower streets, strange flush mechanisms on their toilets, but in essence, people are people. Not much difference.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I learned quite a long time ago that, for me, New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. I don’t keep the resolution so why bother? Each year I try to do some things better than the year before, e.g. weight loss, but no actual resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, my nephew had a beautiful little girl and my niece is about to become a mother via adoption.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not this year. My dad passed away last October.

5. What countries did you visit? Italy, Croatia, Spain, Tunisia, Portugal, Mexico.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? An e-reader. I currently have a bid on one on eBay. I love the idea of carrying 200 books around with me in the palm of my hand. I can read anything, anytime, anywhere. I carry thousands of songs in my Ipod, why not hundreds of books in my e-reader? Makes sense to me.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 20. This is the day we left on our BIG trip. Our European vacation was definitely the highlight of the year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Winning grant money from my University to enhance my work. I have to work anyway, why not get paid extra money to make the work more fulfilling?

9. What was your biggest failure? Not losing as much weight as I would like. Not staying in shape.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not sure if my arthritis qualifies as an illness and therefore an answer to this question, however, assuming it does, my knees have gotten considerably worse this year. Knee replacement surgery is definitely on the horizon in the not too distant future.

11. What was the best thing you bought? A new laptop for The Spouse for her birthday. She LOVES it and I like making people happy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Mrs. John Edwards. Despite the return of her breast cancer, she has supported and encouraged her husband to run for the presidency. Now THAT’s spousal support. She’d make a helluva first lady. I hope she gets a chance to give it a shot.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I assume, as I did with the last question, that we are talking about a public figure. With that in mind, I must say that Brittany Spears appalls me with her behavior. She doesn’t depress me because I don’t know her, so I don’t really care enough to be depressed. But as a public figure, a mother, a singer, and a supposed “teen idol” she is a mighty poor excuse for a person.

14. Where did most of your money go? To pay the bills that maintain a lifestyle and keep us fed, clothed, sheltered and entertained. We saved some, but unfortunately not near as much as we should have.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Generally speaking, I don’t get “really, really, really” excited about much of anything. However, I did get pretty fired up about our European trip and cruise this year.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? I am truly horrible about remembering song lyrics and the names of songs. I know what I like when I hear it on the radio, but other than that, I’m hopeless. Therefore, I have no answer for this question.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier. Time really does help those wounds of loss. One year and three months ago I lost my Dad and a beloved dog. Therefore, at this time last year, I was still seriously grieving. Today, I’m learning to live with it. Do I have a choice?

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner by about 25 pounds. It should be about 50 but I’m not a good dieter. I love to eat too much. I’ll go back to my WW meetings when I return to California and get back on the weight loss path. (I’m currently visiting my Mom back East)

c) richer or poorer? A little richer. It would help if the stock market would stop going up and down like a damn yoyo.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Eating right. I really do wish I were 50+ pounds lighter rather than 25. My knees could use the relief.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Being lazy, as in watching TV, reading, playing golf, movies, napping etc. etc. I got really behind in grading papers and doing my schoolwork and I really paid for it at semester end. I had a non-stop grading marathon during Finals week. I won’t do that again. If too much work makes Johnny a dull boy, then too much play makes Johnny an idiot for not getting his work done.

20. How did you spend Christmas? With family and friends on both coasts. First one and then the other. I’m a lucky girl.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007? Nope. Already there. Don’t need to fall again.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Like my sister, we are also TV nuts at my house. We truly love “The L Word” and are thrilled that it is returning this Sunday. We have really missed Bette and Tina and the gang. They are our kind of people even though they definitely seem a bit higher on both the social and financial scale than we’ll ever be. However, it’s nice to dream. Since I am away from home and have no access to Showtime, I was beyond pleased and happy to discover that Sunday’s premiere episode is available on line NOW. This is the 5th year of the series and the characters remain as real and true as my next door neighbor. I may not BE these people, but I KNOW these people in my life. If you decide to check it out, be aware that it is an R rated program with plenty of sex, although the online version has cut out the f--- word. Also be aware that this is a very serialized show and if you don’t know what’s going on, it’s because we are 5 years into the adventure! (The first 4 seasons are available on DVD)

I could truly go on and on about TV because, as I said we are big fans. But at a glimpse, some favorite shows are Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy, Journeyman, The Closer, Bones, Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, The Amazing Race, Heroes, Big Love, Damages, Mad Men, Men in Trees, My Boys, Nip/Tuck, Private Practice, The Riches, The Tudors……see what I mean? BIG TV fans.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No hating. A few dislikes, but no hating.

24. What was the best book you read? My sister is right. That’s a tough one as I read a lot. I discovered Harry Bosch, the detective, this year and I consider that a great find. So I’ll go with Michael Connelly and all the Harry Bosch Novels – The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, etc. etc. etc.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? No big musical discoveries that I can recall, but remember me? I’m the one who never knows the name of a song, never knows who’s singing it or what the lyrics are. I only hum along and think “gee, I like that song.”

26. What did you want and get? A small thing, but then I’m easily pleased. A pair of Merrell Primo Chill clogs in red. Got them from OMAS for Christmas.

27. What did you want and not get? A lottery win. Sorry to sound greedy but we’re ready to make the move across the country to the family stomping grounds. We’ve been outcasts in the Far West long enough. However, everything is about money with a move like that and we just don’t have it. Not old enough to retire, not enough money to move across the country and start again with new jobs, not old enough for Medicare, not enough money to buy individualized health insurance, etc. etc. And then, of course, the lovely housing crunch. Perfect time to buy, lousy time to sell. Money, money, money. It really does make the world go 'round.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Sometimes having such a terrible memory is a real pain in the ass. I can barely remember what movies I saw this year but I think my favorite was “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Like my sister, I also have no memory so I don’t know what I did on my birthday. Since my birthday fell on a Thursday, we probably did nothing as The Spouse works on that night. Most likely we went out to dinner and a movie on the following weekend. As to age, I’m old enough to know better and young enough not to care. I do it anyway, whatever “it” may be.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Less work for my spouse. She works way, way too hard.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? I wear what I like, what’s suitable to my body type and what’s comfortable. If others don’t like it, tough. A fashionista, I’m not.

32. What kept you sane? Good question and hard to answer. My sweet hounds, my home, My Spouse, OMAS, Mom, my work, etc. etc. Lots of things keep me grounded and sane.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? If by “fancy the most” you mean “like the most”, I’ll go with Leisha Hailey from The L Word.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The presidential election.

35. Who did you miss? My wonderful Dad and dear, sweet, Bess.

36. Who was the best new person you met? Interesting people from my work life. Can’t name just one.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. People are people no matter what country they live in. We all hurt, we all cry, we all love. Everybody understands a smile no matter what language they speak.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Can’t do it. Reread #16.

And that’s the end of this meme. Feel free to copy it and put it in your blog with your answers and thanks for reading.

Happy New Year Everyone!!