Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 Questionnaire

I stole this survey from Linda over at Sundry Mourning:

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? I ran a mini marathon, got married, and bought a condo. I also changed jobs for the first time since being in a real grownup job. I did a LOT of things in 2007 that I had never done before!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My New Year’s resolution was to not eat fried food or fast food, and I made it pretty well right up until the summer. I was REALLY good about it for like 3 months, and counted calories like no one’s business. I lost 10 lbs, and then quickly gained like 5 back right after I actually starting eating normal again. But I am probably slightly smaller than last year at this time.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend Kacey had another little boy, Carter. And a coworker had a baby, but no one else.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no. But we had a close brush with my Dad having a stroke and subsequent heart surgery that gave us all a pretty bad scare.

5. What countries did you visit? None! I still haven’t been out of the NAFTA countries. I may visit London or Sydney in 2008 for work.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? Some free time ;c)

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 11 – Mike and I got married. September 14 – We bought our condo

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Financial well-being. We set a budget at the beginning of the year and have largely stuck to it. It helps that we are realistic and build in some “oops” items. I also volunteered to be a big sis through a local mentoring program, and that has been super rewarding as well. I lucked out majorly though, and I have a great little sib to mentor.

9. What was your biggest failure? I should probably be a lot nicer. I get kind of mouthy and annoying a lot. I also curse entirely too much.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I had a couple mini-marathon related stress injuries (strained hip flexors and plantar fascia), and then I caught the all-mysterious croup again in March and landed myself in the hospital for two days. The doctor finally diagnosed me with a highly sensitive nose (to smoke, fragrance, etc) and acid reflux. Add in a cold and it was a perfect storm of April-Can’t-Breathe. On the upside, when you can’t breathe they let you into the ER REALLY fast.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Condo! It is really GREAT to have a home of our own and not deal with the Evil Arch Nemesis that is the Enterprise Companies and their manager Tiffany the Awful. We also put in a security system on aforementioned condo, which allows me to sleep that much better at night.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My Mom and Dad, who put up with all the wedding mania and went far above my expectations when it came to organizing and paying for the event.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I think Britney Spears came out on top for this one for most people. I feel like I wouldn’t be AS appalled if girlfriend could even remotely dress herself. She always looks a hot mess.

14. Where did most of your money go? Wedding & Condo

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Honeymoon in Napa!!! It was the coolest vacation ever.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? Rascall Flatts’ Broken road (our first dance) and Kenny Chesney’s Me and You (my friend Amy sang it as we lit our Unity Candle).

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? A) Sadder in some ways, happier in others B) Slightly thinner C) About the same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Work out!

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry & complain

20. How did you spend Christmas? We visited with Mike’s family the weekend before Christmas, and then spent the actual day with my family. We woke up, had brunch, opened presents, played Guitar Hero, went to the movies, and then came home and had dinner and passed out.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007? I fell even more in love with Hubs, and fell in love with our new home.

22. What was your favorite TV program? How I met your Mother, hands down. Oh my gosh, Slapsgiving:

I also really like Heroes and Project Runway. Lately I have been loving Snoop Dogg’s new show Fatherhood, especially the theme song that plays at the beginning.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Not really. I try not to hate anyone even though I let people annoy me more than I should.

24. What was the best book you read? The Time Traveler’s wife

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? I am not that musically adventurous, but I do like T-pain a lot. And I am still loving the new Kanye CD.

26. What did you want and get? A condo, and great belongings and furniture to go in it. Our friends and family went ABOVE AND BEYOND with wedding gifts, and our family went above and beyond as well with Christmas gifts. My parents also came up to Chicago for my birthday, and that was a pretty great gift.

27. What did you want and not get? A new car

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Juno, I loved loved loved loved it!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 28, and on the day before my birthday my friends came over and we had chicken noodles (my mom always made that for me on my birthday). On the actual day of my birthday we went to the Black and White Ball for the Boys and Girls Club and had an outstanding night dancing and eating potstickers and drinking champagne.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I’m honestly not quite sure.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Target-licious. I buy so much of my clothing from Target!

32. What kept you sane? The hubs, most definitely. He is my rock and my foundation. I lean on him when I need someone to cry to, he bandages up my finger when I cut myself. He babies me and takes care of me. I don’t know what I would do without him.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I think it would still be Justin Timberlake.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? What didn’t? I think it would be the removal of our constitutional rights by this Administration. I read this this morning and it stirred me:

35. Who did you miss? My family, the way it used to be. I know that things will get better, but having them all stirred and riled up makes me feel very lonely.

36. Who was the best new person you met? Sweet little Gracie, my little sib.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. I don’t think that I learned as much as I should have! Maybe with the new job I learned that I could be happy outside of my old company, and also learned how to meet/get to know new coworkers. I also learned a ton about babies from my coworker. And I guess the wedding process teaches you ALOT about your friends and family, so there is that.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Change will do you good


Mich said...

I love it - I might just steal it later if I am getting bored at work (which is highly likely)!