December 31, 2007

I don’t normally do these sorts of things, but a friend of ours has tagged us, so here we go. I’m going to answer for both of us.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I started exercising regularly, only 2 years after being advised to do so by a doctor. Better late than never. Her: Knitting

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t even remember my last resolutions, so it’s safe to say that I did not. Unless I resolved to forget them, in which case I rather did. E doesn’t make them at all.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ezmerelda brought us Buttercup in May.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
None. I went to China in 2006, though.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Camping gear. We aim to remedy this early in 2008.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2/21, the day I got called for the interview which eventually resulted in a promotion and transfer to a new city. 3/30, closed on the old house. 4/6, closed on the new place. 4/20, moved in. 5/5, Buttercup born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buttercup. The aforementioned promotion. Pancho learned to ride his bike.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Nothing worth sharing here.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I spilled my bike awhile back and broke my arm. Illness is a regular occurrence with six children. E. can’t recall anything specific.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Clifford the Big Red Van, a 12-passenger Chevy Express. This is cheating, since we actually acquired Clifford at the very very end of 2006. The bikes. The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The children.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving to a new city.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
The Numa-Numa song and those 2 tracks by Daft Punk.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, thinner, about the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Me: Yardwork. Her: Knitting.

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent Christmas with family in Atlanta.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
We don’t watch TV. We did rent the complete BBC version of The Office. I loved it, she didn’t.

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

25. What was the best book you read?
Me: Montaigne’s Essays. Her: The Keeper of the Bees. Also The Dot.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hmm. iTunes, I suppose. Does that count?

27. What did you want and get?
Health and a little more elbow room.

28. What did you want and not get?
Acreage with trees. A grain mill.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Us: The Prestige

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
E and I both turned 37 this year. On hers, we did take-out Thai. For mine, we went out (since we were in Atlanta and had free babysitting).

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Me: More time for reading. Her: No complaints re: schoolwork.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Me: Same as it ever was. Her: Comfy.

33. What kept you sane?
Me: Her. Her: him getting home before 5 most days.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No idea.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Me: some local stuff that would give away our location, so, sorry. Her: SCOTUS’ upholding of the PBA ban.

36. Who did you miss?
All of our old friends and family still in Atlanta.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Me: new manager, mentor. Her: Fr. M. at our new church.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Me: Siding is the world’s worst building material. Better to live in a goatskin yurt than in a house clad in siding. Unless it’s Hardie-plank or somesuch. Her: “…seek to understand more than to be understood.”

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“You don’t need a weatherman / to know which way the wind blows.”

This has no particular significance; it’s the first thing that comes to mind at the moment. If you made it to the bottom of this, consider yourself tagged and get with the program.


2 Responses to “Hmmm.”

  1. PeregrinJoe Says:

    Good stuff. Have a great 2008. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year and consider it one of my favorites. Since I was tagged I answered all these questions over at my site as well if you are interested.

  2. fosco Says:

    Ah, excellent. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2008 to you and the rest of the pilgrims.

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