While lying in the dark in the wee hours of the morning, I came to the awesome realization that I tend to set myself up for failure this time every year, when I come up with lofty, yet flighty, resolutions. I mean, I have great intentions, but then life gets in the way. I always come up with the following: lose weight, get published, have more patience, stop cussing. And, I never seem to accomplish any of them for very long, so they never leave my list. They all have permanent permanence. And it is so disappointing to realize that by january 5th, I have eaten an entire box of oreos, gained 4 lbs. doing so, grown inpatient with my weight loss, grown inpatient with myself for the damn box of oreos, and cussed the whole damn time. So, this year, I AM REVOLTING. Screw the resolutions. I mean, I always have good motivation to better myself, and push myself to my potential, so why do I have to post it for the world to watch my progress, only to laugh in my face when I screw it all up before the first week of the year is over??? So....
No More (public) Resolutions!
I was reading a fellow blogger's post concerning her thoughts on the previous & upcoming years, and I decided that I would just do the same, so I feel a sense of accomplishment at having deep thoughts about myself. Here goes:
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Take a stand for myself, even when I was afraid to do so.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well, sorta. I did enter a poetry contest this year. It might get published, if I win. I did have brief periods of non-cussing and more patience. NO. MORE. RESOLUTIONS.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, 4 good friends had babies-1 girl, 3 boys.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness!!!
5. What countries did you visit? None. I didn't even leave the state this past year. Wow-I am one exciting chick.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More confidence in my writing & my ability to make sound decisions; more patience with my child; more (QUALITY)time with my husband
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March-met all the members of the band Blue October &; the beginning of April-when I finally sold my house, actually made it to closing, and moved out of my little house on the prairie; nothing else really stands out, as far as specific dates.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Having the balls to make a hard decision that made my life soooo much better.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Probably the fact that I continue to lack patience in many areas of my life.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? do the daily bumps & bruises of a chronic klutz count for anything? If not, I would say that my long bout of depression finally left in April.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Oh, this is such a hard question, but I would have to say my house was the best thing I bought this year.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My hubby's-he was more patient this year, and was much more motivated to be there for me when I needed him
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The media's. I'm sick of all the hype & drama about paris, britney, lindsay......Paris-drop dead; Leave Britney alone!-We all make bad decisions! Lindsay-ditto!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably to this house, and all the new stuff we bought to fill it. Ouch.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
There was more than one event, & they all tie for 1st place: Finding out someone made an offer on my house, & they didn't back out at the last second; Being surprised with Norah Jones tickets (awesome seats); going to see Blue October in concert (even better seats than Norah!!)
16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
that freakin' song 'bubbly' that the stupid radio stations will not stop playing. ugh.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
MUCH happier b) thinner or fatter? fatter (ouch!)
c) richer or poorer? personally-poorer; as a couple-richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I wish I'd spent more time exercising, forcing my husband to spend more fun time with me & our daughter, & wish I'd spent more time photographing my daughter
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
procrastinate, complain, grown inpatient
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Both Christmas eve & day at my house, with my mother, brother, sister, & in-laws, eating lots of cheese. :)
21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Well, with some books, music, & a few materialistic things. With people?-no romantic love here!
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Um, it's a toss-up: Grey's Anatomy or Samantha Who?
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?Nah, I don't think so.
24. What was the best book you read?
Impossible for me to say there was just one 'best' book, but I'd have to say that Swimming Towards the Ocean by Carole Glickfeld was phenomenal.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hmmm...Anna Nalick, Sorta, & Sick Puppies
26. What did you want and get?
A new job, this beautiful corner bookcase, some more inner peace (corny but true)
27. What did you want and not get?
Not going there.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
don't get to the movies much, but I would have to say that out of the ones I saw, I truly loved Kabluey! & The Heartbreak Kid.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 29, and I honestly don't remember what I did. Probably ate, drank, & cussed.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I'd been published, & definitely if I'd had a romantic vacation with my hubby
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Hmmm....'What in my closet still fits, looks decent, & doesn't make me look like I'm all boobs???'
32. What kept you sane?
by far, my mother.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Barack Obama & John Mccain
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
This freaking war.
35. Who did you miss?
My lovely friend Natalie who lives in Cali, my uncle who passed away a year ago in April, & my brother, who moved 3 1/2 hours away back in February
36. Who was the best new person you met?
A couple of business contacts who are awesome people!
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
No good deed goes unpunished.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I think it turned ten o'clock but I don't really know
then I can't remember caring for an hour or so
started crying and I couldn't stop myself
I started running but there's no where to run to
I sat down on the street, took a look at myself
said where you going man you know the world is headed for hell
say all goodbyes if you've got someone you can say goodbye to
I believe the world is burning to the ground
oh well I guess we're gonna find out
let's see how far we've come (right now)
let's see how far we've come
(How far we've come by Matchbox 20)
Anyone else care to answer these great questions? :)