Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Quiz

Here is the quiz that I've been doing for a few year's from Linda's website. I have to say, this year seems to be a bit of a blur. I knew it would be - I've been saying for months that I am going to look back at this year while Mike was in Detroit for work and think I was in a sort of fog. I'm not 100% without him, and I'm sorry if some of my answers suck because of that.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Went to Italy. Installed a tile backsplash in our condo kitchen. Painted all the trim. Housebroke dog (mostly!). Was my sister's matron of honor at her wedding.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My new year's resolutions were: to keep a journal (I gave up, I freaking HATED documented what I did daily. With a red hot fiery passion. At least I gave it a go and now I know that I hate it!), attend Digital Photo 2 (I ended up not doing this yet because I saved up for and just purchased a new camera. I want to do that class in the spring once I'm a bit more acquainted with the new camera), no caffeine (I do pretty good at this. I'll take a nip off Mike's diet coke every once and again but largely stick to my low-caf tea and water), buy paper shredder (done!), website and cart for name frames (website is done, cart notsomuch. It's harder than I thought and I have no idea how to finish it), quit candy (this one was woefully incomplete. I gave up pretty early in the year), and finish scarf (done! and I get many compliments on it!)

I am not sure what my 2010 resolutions are going to be.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Hmmm... our friends Andy and Michelle had their daughter Sam. A friend's wife had a baby, and a coworker had a cute little guy as well. Plus our neighbors had a baby on my Dad's birthday - they live the closest to us of anyone!

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

Italy (2 weeks with the parents and Mike - best vacation EVER), Australia (for work. 2 weeks there as well which ROCKED.. we were there for that wild crazy sandstorm!), Mexico (for my friend Dora's wedding.... nachos eaten at every meal)

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I'll call this one unspoken request #1

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 1 and 20 (keeping reasons to myself). On November 10 I turned 30 which was really actually quite nice contrary to everything I thought it would be.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I painted our entire condo, trim and all walls. Hubs and I installed a tile backsplash and we had new carpet put in. All the internal improvements to the condo resulted in a 12% increase in value of our condo and allowed us to FINALLY refinance!! We finally put a focus on saving money which I am very proud of us for.

I also feel that this past year with Hubs working in Detroit has really forced us to make our relationship a priority. And I think it's a great accomplishment that I feel that our relationship is stronger for the distance and the strife.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Lack of patience and a bit of jealousy. But the jealous thing is alot better right now, for some odd reason I have been content with me. Patience is something I still need ALOT more of.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not too much really. My colds are far fewer and farther between than when you could smoke in public places and before my acid reflux was diagnosed.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New Camera!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Hubs for being my rock. My girlfriends, who prove no matter what happens that they are there for me. My Mom and Dad for always listening to everything I say and making it all better.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Politicians because they just seem to like to argue rather than actually do their jobs.. Other than that, not really anyone.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage. Bills. Savings. I did save a ton of my allowance and birthday money to buy the new Nikon D300S. It's tha bomb dot com fo shiz.

15. What did you get really excited about?

My birthday. Any festivity in the summer. St Patty's day. Basically I had a good year celebrating with friends and having fun! Beating the dog to the door to be the first one to greet Hubs when he gets back every Friday.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus (so freaking sue me it is catchy). Best I ever had by Drake.

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

– happier or sadder? happier
– thinner or fatter? about the same. if you'd asked me a few months ago I would have had to say fatter!
– richer or poorer? richer

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

exercise and eat well

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

eat junky food. counting chickens before they are hatched.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

In Evansville with my family. Laughing at my niece Gracie who loves to chuck stuff on the floor and at people, and say "oooooohhhhh" and point. She also points at Milly and barks, but it sounds like a monkey "oof, oof!"

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Even more with Hubs. I feel like I fell a bit out of love with the city this year. I guess it's harder to manage city-living without Hubs around all the time.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

How I Met Your Mother. Top Chef (normal season and Masters). Glee (oh how I love Glee!!)

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. I can't say I really hate anyone. More like I really pity some people, people who do my loved ones wrong. Because they don't get to have the awesomeness that is my loved ones in their lives.

24. What was the best book you read?

Is it sad I can't remember what books I read this year? I read so many books that they kind of blur together. But I did get a library card finally!! I really liked Kite Runner and A Thousand Shining Suns, but can't remember if I read those this year or the year before.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I really love the Glee soundtracks and Glee in general.

26. What did you want and get?

A refinance!! New carpet! A tile backsplash! A beagle who doesn't regularly douse the hardwood floors.

27. What did you want and not get?

Unspoken request #1.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I really liked the Time Traveller's wife. And the Hangover still makes me laugh. Not you, Fat Jesus.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

It was a pretty normal day. I went to work. My coworkers and I went to Venice for lunch. After I came home, Hubs and I went to Flemings for dinner. It was my second Flemings birthday, and I would gladly spend every bday dinner there. A glass of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, Flemings potatoes, a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, surf and turf, topped off with chocolate lava cake. I am making myself hungry talking about it all! Plus I got to have Hubs at home for my actual bday, which was the best present ever.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Unspoken request #1. More exercising. Hubs being around more.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

My personal fashion concept is still cheap tops and expensive jeans. Although I did get some knockoff Sevens. I did finally give into the jeans tucked into slouchy boots trend, in addition to big fun belts and not-matchy outfit colors (brown boots with black shirts... how did I not get the memo sooner?).

32. What kept you sane?

Painting our condo (keeping myself busy). Really great girlfriends. Having my boss to chat at over the cubicle wall. I don't know if he even listens to me but it's nice to think someone is there to listen to my chatter.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Oh mah goodness, Ryan Reynolds is so pretty. Me likey.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Healthcare. No one should have to go broke because they get sick. I'm not sure what the solution is, but it's not what we have now.

35. Who did you miss?

Hubs!! Every week, Monday through Friday.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Andy and Michelle's daughter Sam. She's such a well-mannered little gal.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Happiness is a choice. I hope to learn in 2010 that dreams can come true. I bought a necklace that says that and everything.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

This is the question I like the least. I have no idea!!

Every year I think of the Green Day (maybe?) song "I hope you had the time of your life"... and I like to think that I make every year count. I have had the time of my life, every year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dora gets married!

Well we're back from Cancun and now I feel really ready to be in Christmas mode!!

My friend Dora got married this weekend so we made it a quick trip to Riviera Maya.... left Friday around 9AM and returned on Sunday night. Emily watched Milly - it was nice knowing that the furball was in good hands!!

Friday was quite the blur... we got to the resort and were all checked in by about 3. Then we ate lunch and took a three hour nap. Around 9PM we walked to the rehearsal dinner. We sat with the bride, groom, and three girls we knew from my former (and Mike's current) employer. It was great to catch up with the, and the bride and groom gave everyone presents! I got a cool Russian nesting doll (both bride and groom are from Russia) and Mike got a little carved wood box to put his cufflinks in. Sweet!

Saturday we slept in and then hit the beach. After the beach, the pool! I am now of the opinion that all pools should have have a swimup bar. Also, they had this tasty twist on a bloody mary called a Rojo Ojo (Red Eye) that had beer instead of vodka. After the day in the water and a quick nap, we cleaned up and headed to the wedding. I snuck a few pics of the scene before the bride arrived.

Once Dora got there we took some pics!
Look how pretty... my little Dora is all growed up!!
More of the beach scene at sunset... Wishing I'd brought my good camera and lowlight lens. But totally didn't want my good camera near water, sand, and alcohol!! All of which were plentiful.
The resort had all the palm trees wrapped in twinkle lights. Not sure if this was for the holidays or an all-the-time thing, but it was awesome.
As we sat waiting for the ceremony to start I joked that I wished I had my iphone on me. "I'd update my status to 'Just sittin here waiting for Dora to get murried.'" I joked. The ceremony was short and as it finished up Good Day by Black Eyed Peas (I think?) started playing as the wedding party danced back down the aisle. Fun!

We headed to a nearby building for the reception. Jewish weddings are super fun - everyone gets up and dances between all the courses. Here everyone is kind of dancing around in a circle.

Love the chair dance. Mike is always front and center for this. He's seen people almost drop someone too many times, and is all about taking responsibility for making sure people stay upright. This was no exception, as the groom was almost dropped like twice right at the beginning before Mike grabbed two chair legs and rested most of the weight of the chair on his shoulder. Ahhh, my big burly man!
More dancing in a group... this one, people stood in a circle while other people twirled around with linked arms in the middle. Does that even make sense?
Menis gives me the look that he is shocked I am taking pictures with such a large camera.
The night included alot of tequila so I figured this was a fitting last picture... Mazel Tov!
Overall the trip was great, even though it was quick, and I'm very glad we got to go. It's so great seeing my friend Dora so happy. She's such a sweetie with a good heart, and I love her!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Random thought

I wish I had the courage to post just half of the passive-aggressive Facebook status comments I think of every day.

I'm pretty sure I'd make a lot of people laugh, but the thought of making even one person feel sad or mad makes me keep my snark in check.

Getting a haircut tomorrow... what will happen? Brown, blonde? short? long? Who knows!! (pssst... it will probably be nothing that fun!)

Monday, December 07, 2009

We are such DINKS

DSC_0052 cropped, originally uploaded by agstratt.

Taking pictures of the dog for the holiday card, such a DINK activity.

The secret to getting Millicent to pay attention is to hold a piece of turkey dipped in gravy right next to the camera.

Look at that Christmas-tree Bokeh!! :)

Happy Monday....

I found this to be a very interesting read:

We've been busy bees over here. Taking lots of naps and getting ready for the holidays. Yesterday I cleaned the condo, wrapped all the holiday gifts we have thus far, and hit up Target. Saturday was a trip to Anthro and the grocery store along with a friend's birthday party!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Travelling plans

Winter is upon us, and with that is a boring April. I've been trying to work out at least 2-3 times a week and have been doing really well at the eating, so have lost about 4 lbs. My goal is to lose 10 by the time we go to Key West in February. Speaking of which, check out all these trips we have planned:
  • Next week we're going to Mexico to attend my friend Dora's wedding. Not quite ready to be in a bathing suit, but oh well
  • February we're heading to Key West for the weekend of Valentine's and Mike's birthday.
  • March we're going to Tahoe to ski with friends (we have a group of 20 people going! Yikes!
Mike is also really close to getting a companion pass on southwest so we're trying to figure out where else to go next year. Here is the short list, any input is appreciated!
  • Back to Napa, flying into Oakland
  • Seattle
  • Austin (dudes, I want to eat some BBQ)
  • Baltimore to visit friends
  • LA to visit friends
Where else should we go?! And on a related note, who wants to Milly-sit?!?