Swiped from Violet.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I had sushi for the first time. I know this is not big news for most people, but I discovered that I really liked it! Actually, I discovered that I prefer California rolls — or, better yet, cucumber rolls (my favorite). This, as I understand it, is blasphemy to true sushi lovers. I actually had a person refuse to eat at a sushi restaurant with me because I wouldn’t order “real sushi.” Sorry!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any resolutions, per se. I did set some goals — namely, to ride a motorcycle in 2008. I set the same goal in 2006 and 2007. Some day it’s going to happen. (I don’t even want to drive a motorcycle; I just want to be a passenger. [But not in one of those little sidecars.]) So I’ll put that on the list for 2009 as well.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, although my cousin Bailey still has a couple of days left in the year to birth that little tax write-off.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. No births and no deaths. Doing my part to keep the world balanced!
5. What countries did you visit?
I didn’t leave the U.S. Hell, I haven’t left the U.S. in 17 years. I think I left Arkansas only once in 2008. That’s pretty pathetic.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A humidifier. A work-from-home FULL TIME job. A pool boy. (Or girl. I’m not picky. I’m just tired of messing with the damn thing.) Dental insurance. New carpet.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can’t think of a single date that I will remember. Well, maybe a couple. I remember I got fired on March 31. And I remember Dr. Horrible debuted on July 15.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Further demonstrating my complete dorkitude, here’s the thing I’m most proud of: I’m ranked first and second on Facebook’s Addicted to Angel and Addicted to Buffy Trivia Games, respectively.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I suppose it’s that I wasn’t able to reconcile with Rocco. I regret not being able to come to some sort of agreement that would have at least left us on speaking terms.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. Healthy as a freakin’ horse. I have, however, had a wicked ear thing going on since October, and it’s just not getting any better. My daddy gave me a round of antibiotics, but I’m waiting until I’m REALLY sick.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane ticket to L.A., hands down.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I am very much relieved that Britney seems only a little bit crazy these days. I was also rather pleased with McCain and Obama, neither of whom came across as complete dicks at any point in the campaign.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Registered Democrats who moved their allegiance to the GOP because they were (a) pissed Hillary didn’t secure the nomination, or (b) thought Sarah Palin was pretty, and that pretty=qualified, or (c) both a and b.
14. Where did most of your money go?
If I’m not counting the obvious (rent), then it would be my online course, which was about $2000. I should be finished by the end of January!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I got to attend the Slayage Conference, which was right here in Arkansas! Dr. Horrible was pretty awesome, as was the DVD with the musical commentary. Chuck was renewed for a second season. I learned how to make bulgogi.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Hmm. That’s a tough one, because I don’t really listen to music because of my NPR addiction. I hate to keep going back to it, but it would have to be something from Dr. Horrible — probably A Man’s Gotta Do.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? – Happier. I didn’t know my work in the hotel business had eaten my soul until I realized I was happier going to work every day squeezing anal glands than I was doing room checks.
b) thinner or fatter? – The same. I’ve been all over the map this year, but I’m pretty much where I was 12 months ago.
c) richer or poorer? – Poorer. Much, much poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d spent more time on my online class in the last two months, because I had intended to kick off the new year with the new job. But then I got sidetracked by things like the wonder that is DVR and the magic that is Hulu. I wish I’d done more cardio. I wish I’d swam more often. I wish I’d blogged more. I wish I’d written more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I’d eaten less. I wish I’d eaten out less, especially.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Hanging out at Kim and Nathan’s, eating soup and waiting for Kim to finish birthing a baby so she could come home and we could open up the pressies!
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Chuck. Or maybe Mad Men. They’re totally different, so it’s hard to say for certain. Chelsea Lately ranks pretty high up there, too.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I think I’m done with hate. I’m still bitter and angry, but the hatred is gone.
24. What was the best book you read?
I’m fairly certain I read only one book, which was Running With Scissors. It was good!
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
Patio furniture. Trip to a WD party. A fish. Presidential election in which my vote matched the winner.
27. What did you want and not get?
A humidifier. A freelance career that lets me pay ALL my bills. Another boxer so Louise will have a friend.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I haven’t been to the theater in probably two years, and my attention span is such that I can pretty much stomach only programming that’s 47 minutes or less. I think the only movie I saw that was released in 2008 was Hamlet 2.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34. I worked that day, and I think Rocco and I ordered out and had cocktails.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Sex? Weed? Those are things I haven’t had in a while.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I continued my 34-year-long tradition of having no personal fashion concept.
32. What kept you sane?
Yoga. Reading blogs about people more pitiful than me. Baking lots and lots and lots of bread.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
My ongoing crush on Nathan Fillion did not abate, but I discovered Zach Galifianakis.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
This whole Palestine/Israel thing is scaring the shit out of me right now.
35. Who did you miss?
I don’t think I missed anyone this year. Sometimes I missed my old cat Rupert, because he and one of my new cats, Nigel, would be really good friends.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
That would probably be Rian/Tinkcat. I didn’t know her from Adam when she showed up at Cassy’s, but I’m so glad I met her!
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
If you do your boss’s job because she is incompetent and has no management skills, she will hire her daughter and then fire you FOR DOING HER JOB.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Not so much a song, but it is from a musical! (Predictably, yes. I KNOW!) “The world is a mess, and I just need to rule it.”