Of shoes, ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings…

December 31, 2008

Inspired by Sweetney — a look back.


1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I dated a girl, on purpose.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can’t remember whether I made any resolutions.  I probably did, and it probably included something about losing weight.  And yes, yes, I will make more, and they will include continued weight loss and maintaining positive body consciousness.  And they will be in haiku form.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Jesus.  I am not picturing any babies, so… no?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Wow, no.  Not in 2008.

5. What countries did you visit?
Laaaame, I was domestic all year.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
I would like it very much if the people that I love could have some peace.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
When even am I.  I can’t remember anything.  Squeezebean got married on August 10th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Losing 25 pounds.  (By the way!  It’s 25 now!  I achieved my original goal!  I’d planned to get a tattoo to celebrate, but… now I don’t know.)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not trusting myself to be good enough, to have appropriate or meaningful answers, and staying silent instead.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not that I can remember.  OH I had walking pneumonia in February — god, that was exciting.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My iPhone!  Love it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jesus, I don’t know.  Oh, actually: my sister.  It’s been so much easier to talk to her, recently, and I love that we’re building an adult relationship.  It’s really wonderful.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
You know, I think this is the same answer as last year’s year-in-review — Boss-Lady’s jackass husband.  Fucktard.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, tuition, student loans, gas.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I attended one party in May that was just

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing — because of SB’s wedding.  Also, Ingrid Michaelson’s Be OK.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Probably a little sadder.
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
Richer.  Huzzah.  But not for long!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Comforting.  Hugging.  Learning.  Understanding.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating on my homework.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At church, at Megan‘s, at home and at Grandpa’s.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
All over again.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Is it terrible that I enjoy televisionwithoutpity just as much as I like the actual programs?  That said, I learned about the L word this year – it was probably my favorite new discovery.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nah.  I still really want to punch the same jerks.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Girls by Diana McLellan, and a bunch of other ones.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Wailin’ Jennys.

26. What did you want and get?
Tons of things.

27. What did you want and not get?
A peaceful resolution.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mamma Mia.  I know, cheesy, but you know what else?  Adorable.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25, and I had an AMAZING MURDER MYSTERY PARTY.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Wear it.  Put it on and go to work.

32. What kept you sane?
Lis, Meg, Cat.  Happy hours.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
You know… uh… well.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election.  Prop 8.

35. Who did you miss?
Grandma H.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I have many.  My sister’s new boyf is an awesome guy, and really excellent for her.  Also, New Blasphemous Pastor.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Academia is just the investment of time.  That’s all it is: time.  It’s easy.  Let the rest of it go, don’t worry about it — it’s just. Time.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok

-Ingrid Michaelson

2 Responses to “Of shoes, ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings…”

  1. […] by Yvanka, who was inspired by Sweetney, I […]

  2. ubuntumusic Says:

    You are wonderful.

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