December 31st, 2008

"Weary World Welcomes 2009"

MSN got the headline right, for a change. Let that door hit ya on the way out, ’08. Many times.

It’s time for the Year End Meme! So what if I'm the only person in the blogosphere who still does this? It's a tradition by now, dammit.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Drove to the NerdRents’ “beach house”. Yikes.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I’ll resolve to live life like I’m Rod Blagojevich. I don’t approve, but it seems to get results. (I’ll keep my hair, though, thanks.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. And let’s keep it that way.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Too many people close to too many people I love. Not the same, but sad.

5. What countries did you visit?
Kansas. Shut up, yes it is.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Highlights. I haven’t decided between blue and blonde.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February and September were both pretty much…yeah.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I gave a talk at MathFest that I think really made a difference for a few people.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I haven’t figured out what to do with my life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Physical, no. Mental, well,....

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m supposed to say Muse and the BoM, but I don’t think Muse finds wedding planning something to celebrate. chemwedding did throw the awesomest wedding I've ever attended, but I'm not sure if that fits

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Mmmm, Republicans.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Who has time to spend money? Well, except at iTunes and Amazon MP3.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Change I still believe in.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I rather like “Philadelphia” by Vancougar, this year’s one-hit Wunderband.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? even not happier these days.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, but I’m working on it.
iii. richer or poorer? richer. The upside of 16-hour days.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Running. The research will never go anywhere, and it will never make a difference.

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

(if anyone knows what 20 and 21 are supposed to be, would you clue me in? I seem to have lost them years ago. Or, you can make up a 20 and 21 and I’ll totally answer them.)

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Oy to the vey.

23. How many one-night stands?
Is this era of my life over yet?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Secretly? I’m sort of into “Privileged.” Mainly because I want that job.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I suppose not. But I have unresolved issues from the upstairs neighbors all the way to Hashem.

26. What was the best book you read?
Haruki Murakami’s “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.” (I agree with the review, by the way; I’ve needed some unremarkable these days.)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Midgie. Or perhaps the Free MP3s at

28. What did you want and get?
Midgie? Or perhaps the F-*-&-K candy-heart cross stitch from K.

29. What did you want and not get?
A new job. Any new job.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mamma Mia. Because I think I saw like four movies.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Everyone gave me beer for my 30th birthday. The prevailing message was “give up and become an alcoholic.”

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
TAs. Many.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
“It’s fifty (or 95) degrees in this office. I’ll wear whatever the hell I please.”

34. What kept you sane?
Frankly, I wasn’t. But magnesium supplements seem to be helping with the “crazy-in-pain” thing, which is a pleasant surprise.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, like every other liberal woman in America, I did a little November swooning. And I would totally pay a premium for a copy of this

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Go read the archives for October?

37. Who did you miss?

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm. Meeting Betsy for real was super interesting….

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
.No matter what, it’s not worth having your haircut “touched up” at a Great Clips

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "You get what you pay for, and I just had no, intention of living this way….” Counting Crows, “Raining in Baltimore”
(“The Wood Song,” by the Indigo Girls, is a close runner-up; I just can't isolate a line.)

Here's hoping 2009 is better, y'all. Have fun and be careful!