Friday, January 2, 2009

End of the Year Meme

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? went on a cruise

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't make resolutions...too depressing when I fail.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Paige, but we didn't really get to know Em much til they moved back to Texas. Pretty much everyone else in my Girls Night Out group.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No immediate family, but several spiritual mentors.

5. What countries did you visit? Mexico, Peru

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? organization & time management...wait, this sounds suspiciously like a new year's resolution...

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Hallie's 8th birthday, HannahKate's 13th and our 17th wedding anniversary

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? quitting my job

9. What was your biggest failure? quitting my job

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? no, and neither did my family, thank goodness; except my dad did have surgery

11. What was the best thing you bought? hmmm, maybe my PalmCentro phone, but that was an upgrade so I didn't really buy it...does that count?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? HannahKate, at times;

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Oprah, professional atheletes

14. Where did most of your money go? Wal-Mart

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? New York City trip

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? David Cook's Idol performance of "Music of the Night" love. love. LOVE David Cook and we saw "Phantom" on Broadway in October

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? a)happier, b)like I'm gonna admit that, c)financially poorer, but richer in contentment

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

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? procrastinate...hey, this also sounds like a resolution...

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas Eve & lunch with Joel's family; Christmas night with Joel, Paige, Elizabeth, Lee, and HannahKate's friends.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? more & more with BigJoel every day

22. What was your favorite TV program? American Idol

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? no, still loathing the usual suspects (just kidding)

24. What was the best book you read? The Shack

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Brooke Fraser

26. What did you want and get? metal-stamping kit

27. What did you want and not get? must not have needed it very badly because I can't remember

28. What was your favorite film of this year? possibly The Kiterunner; but I did enjoy the midnight premiere of Twilight although more for the experience than the cinematic greatness

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Sambuca with Elizabeth and Nancy; enjoyed family & friends; and if you really must know, I turned 41...ack!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? hypothetically, a million dollars, but realistically, not a thing

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? I spent as much time in my pajamas as possible without embarrassing my children in public.

32. What kept you sane? Jesus

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? David Cook; and I was intrigued by Sarah Palin

34. What political issue stirred you the most? the lack of respect for our current President

35. Who did you miss? my mother

36. Who was the best new person you met? Robyn! She rocks!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. There is a difference between saying you believe something and living out your beliefs.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I sing because I'm happy.
I sing because I'm free.
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me."

***I'm afraid I originally neglected to give credit where credit is due. I totally lifted this meme from Monica at Transplanting Me. I really enjoy stalking, er, following her blog.***


tracey fields said...

great post. should i know robyn if she rocks that much?

The Shepherd Family said...

yes tracey, you should:)

jennifer said...

I haven't seen this meme yet! How cool! And Your answers to accomplishment and failure because of quitting your job... that struck me as quite interesting. And I liked your last answer very much. Great song.

Happy New Year. I hope that 2009 is a blessed year for you.

Johanna said...

I know exactly how you feel on the greatest accomplishment/bigest failure thing. Still working through it as well. Hopefully we can move on and leave it as a happy memory where we made great friends and received many wonderful hugs but most importantly made an impact on so many little lives.

EEEEMommy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
This was a fun meme, I may have to steal it...

G Pierce said...

Hope you have a wonderful new year!

Ronnica said...

David Cook sure showed up several times, didn't he?

Happy 2009!