Again, I'm going for the easy. 2009 is starting out as lazy as 2008 ended. I saw this meme at Ian's blog and it seems to be going around, much like the 99 meme I have sitting in my drafts.
So, the year in review - meme style.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I've become a psychotic basket case. The menopause? It is here baby! and that ain't good.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes I did. I resolved not to make resolutions since I never manage to keep 'em.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
God yes! They're having 'em like bunnies these days. I have no idea what they put into the Montreal water!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes again. Too many.
5. What countries did you visit?
Australia and parts of the US. We travel so much less since we've had the cottage.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
In the immortal words of George Costanza's dad Frank: Serenity now!
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 4 for obvious reasons.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Staying vaguely sane and not dumping my job.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmmm... I can't think of any spectacular failure this year. Nothing stands out particularly, maybe because I try not to dwell on those things.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well I always suffer some injury or other. I'm forever slicing off bits and pieces of finger and I usually have at least 10-15 mystery bruises. I have no idea where I pick 'em up.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Her plates read: VLD 666 aka Very Lively Demon aka our red Matrix
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mr. Jazz. He puts up with me and loves me despite it all.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Politicians. No getting around it. It's always them. The people we most love to hate. Sometimes I think we're not fair to them, hell I wouldn't take their job.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Taxes, and I'm highly annoyed at how it's being spent. Politicians again! I'd say poor them, but I hit my quota of sympathy for them in the last answer.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going back to Australia and the US election. It was the first time in my life I got really excited about an election and it wasn't even in my country. Sad isn't it?
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I can't think or any in particular. Unlike some people I know, I rarely associate songs with events or memories. For me it's mostly smells that bring back associations.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Pretty much the same, pretty much the same, pretty much the same. I'm very level I am.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Watching the world go by.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Veg in front of the TV
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Away. In the desert where I love to be, with a too short jaunt by the sea, my other love. In a perfrect life I'd have my feet in the ocean and my ass plopped down in the desert.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Every day all over again with Mr. Jazz
22. What was your favorite TV program?
On the English side, it's a toss up between Survivor (sorry BB) and 24 (which I wait to see on DVD though). Low brow I know, but c'mon this is me we're talking about. Would you believe me if I said it was some obscure PBS show? This being said I LOVE the Food Channel shows. But I don't cook. I'm certain the irony is not lost on Mr. Jazz.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate? I have no energy to hate people. I have only so much energy and I refuse to waste it that way. There's no point.
24. What was the best book you read?
I read so many books, they eventually all blend together. The English ones that stuck with me the longest are: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Funny enough, the last two are graphic novels and I rarely read graphic novels.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
The desert at Christmas
27. What did you want and not get?
An end to all that aggravating stupidity
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
The new Coen brothers movie (Burn after reading), though techically I saw it in 2009. In my defense it's a 2008 film.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Nothing that I can particularly remember and young enough that I would remember if I did something spectacular (i.e. 47)
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Seriously, I have no idea. It was a good year all in all.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Bizarre question. KISS - Keep it simple stupid. I try to apply that to as many areas of my life as possible.
32. What kept you sane?
Easy. Mr. Jazz. The cottage. Good friends.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Meh, none really. I mean, they're nothing special when it comes right down to it are they? They eat, they eliminate (to be polite) and they probably pick their noses in the privacy of their homes when nothing else will do.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I try to steer away from political issues. They depress the hell out of me. However, generally I'd say all the injustice wrought by political agendas. The little guys, the powerless always get bashed. They're the ones who always end up paying.
35. Who did you miss?
My Dad. Always.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Liam. Hands down. He's only a few months old, but I'm in love.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Make sure if you decide not to do it that you won't regret it for the rest of your life.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Happiness ain't at the end of the road
Happiness is the road