1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Um, no. I don’t think I kept any of them. But next year? Big changes, and I’ve got other people on board.
My resolutions for 2010:
Don’t buy new stuff.
Buy local food as much as possible.
Reduce food waste to 10% or less (40% is the normal American family’s food waste).
Drive 25% less than this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My minister’s wife. My sister-in-law is still in the running.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
None. Unless you count Arkansas.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A job that doesn’t make me cry every day.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There was that one Friday in April. That day particularly sucked.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Growing some fantastic tomatoes and herbs. And some various projects around the house that make me happy.
9. What was your biggest failure?
That whole losing my job thing. Actually, the failure was not seeing that it was about to happen.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing worth mentioning. A few cat scratches and a cold or two.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A basil plant at the farmer’s market. And a car.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My kids’. Daily. They’re the most amazing people I have ever had the honor to know.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The people for whom I used to work.
14. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage and food.
15. What did you get really excited about?
Excitement has been hard to muster. I have a job interview next month that has me pretty keyed up.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Pokerface by Lady Gaga.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Sadder.
– thinner or fatter? Thinner, a little. Sadness has that effect on me.
– richer or poorer? Financially poorer, definitely.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Asking for help when I needed it. Writing.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At the in-laws’ house. It was great.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
True Blood. Glee. I have trouble picking favorites.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Most certainly. About six people. I’m not proud of it, but I’m a terrible grudge-holder. And it’s truly amazing that I’ve not run into any of them since April. It would be an awkward moment.
24. What was the best book you read?
Good question. I’ve read a lot since April. I suppose “No Impact Man” was the most powerful.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lady Gaga. Rediscovering Brittney Spears.
26. What did you want and get?
A new car.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was just a few weeks after my job loss. I turned 38, and spent the day at a minor league baseball game with my kids’ school, then a picnic by the river with the family. Major sunburn. But a nice day.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing my job.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Oops, I wore my pajamas to pick up the kids at school again.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I got nothin’.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Healthcare in this country.
35. Who did you miss?
My parents, but that won’t be an issue soon, when they move here.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Hm. I dunno offhand. I like some of my kids’ new teachers.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Loyalty is rarely deserved.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
So what, I’m still a rock star!