Well, Internet, 2009 is hours from ending. It was a big year for me and the good doctor, with lots of changes. And, for the most part, I think I’ve handled things well. I’m excited for what 2010 has in store. Except for the whole “turning 29” thing. Which for some reason scares the bejeezus out of me. What is it about 29 that sounds REEEEEEEALLLLLLY old?
I found a little end-of-year survey on Jennifer’s blog. It’s old (I found it while digging through her archives). [Edited to add: Okay, so I’m not the only one resurrecting this old meme. You can read it on Kristina’s blog and Jennie’s blog. And if you don’t read their blogs already, I encourage you to do so. They are funny and smart and worth following.] [Edited again to add: And on Linda’s blog. Apparently this survey is ONLY new to me because all the cool kids have already done it.]
If you are feeling sentimental as the year ticks down, you may want to fill this survey out, too. It might make you feel good. Or bad. But hopefully good. I don’t know. Depends on how many kittens you kicked this year.
On to the survey!
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Spent Christmas away from home.
Started a blog.
Changed my name.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. Hey, if you do, good for you. But I’m not particularly good at making a goal just for the sake of making it, and then actually following through. There are things I’d like to work on. Namely, my writing. My fitness level. My temper. My tendency to procrastinate. Among other things.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes!! A dear friend from college had her first baby girl. Also – two more close friends are due in April and June. Yay!! Other people’s babies!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
For the first year in about five years, no. Thank goodness.
5. What countries did you visit?
Our Paris honeymoon was absolutely incredible. It was a week of relaxed, romantic bliss.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 18 – Our honeymoon!!
May 15 – The day my husband was awarded his MD.
August 12 – The day I became a freelance writer.
August 30 – The day my brother came home from Iraq.
December 12 – Our one-year anniversary.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got through Thanksgiving without dying or killing anyone.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I did not put money into savings every month like I vowed I would. It’s not like I spent all the money. It’s sitting in my checking account. But it’s not actually savings until it’s in my savings account.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from my normal mental illnesses (OCD, anal-retentive personality, etc), no! Thank the Great Spirit for smiling upon me.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
DVR. It has changed my life. And probably depleted my brain of millions of useful cells.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom’s. She spent dozens of hours on the phone with me this summer as I dealt with stress and frustration. She was unwaveringly supportive and kind. She has always been my biggest cheerleader. I love her so so so much.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The woman whose apartment we were supposed to move into. We found out a month in advance that she wouldn’t be renewing her lease. Then we found out we’d have to delay our move-in date by a week. Okay, that sucks. Especially since we had to stay in a hotel for that week while Husband began his residency.
But then she split town. And never moved out. The apartment complex was forced to evict her, which is a long, drawn out process. And we were forced to – at the last minute, literally three days before my husband began his intern year – move into the only other apartment available. Which faces north. Is on the first floor. And has the master bedroom squarely above the NOISY AS ALL HELL garage door.
14. Where did most of your money go?
To the IRS. Stupid estimated taxes. If your employer pays for half of your Social Security tax, COUNT YOURSELF THANKFUL. It is a bitch. A bitch that costs thousands.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The honeymoon, natch. Also moving here to the mid west.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Because I am a huge sappy dork, my fave song of 2009 was Forever by Chris Brown. I cry every time I see that YouTube video. It is just so joyful. That’s exactly the kind of over-the-top happiness that should be a part of ALL weddings. Obvs, I also cried when I watched the Pam and Jim wedding, also featuring Chris Brown.
Since I had to go look for those links, I had to watch both videos. And CRY. Hi, I’m a total sap.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Hmm. I’d say happier. Although I was pretty delirious last year at this time, having, you know, just gotten hitched. But I was also pretty shell-shocked by the whole wedding circus.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Sadly, I would say that even if I hadn’t been the thinnest I’ve been since high school last year at this time.
c) richer or poorer? Richer, I suppose. We may have estimated taxes and med school loans to pay back, but at least we have two incomes now! Whoo hoo!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At my in-laws’ house!
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Absolutely. I fell in love with my husband once in 2002. Then again this year, when he became my husband. I’m not talking about that moment when the pastor said “husband and wife.” I’m talking about that gradual shift from guy-I-love to man-I’m-married-to.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Oh my god don’t make me choose! I love Mad Men. The Office. House. CSI. CSI: New York. New Adventures of Old Christine. How I Met Your Mother. The Big Bang Theory. The Amazing Race. They are ALL so good.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not particularly. I’m not a big fan of our maintenance guys. But I wouldn’t say I hate them. Per se.
24. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot of books. Which I often want very much to write about on this blog. And yet… I have a hard time remembering them. I really liked Outliers. And The Tipping Point. And What the Dog Saw. Superfreakonomics was good. Also, I enjoyed Loose Girl. Somehow I can’t recall any other fiction that I read. But there was a lot of it.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I now understand why my parents loved to hear me tinker around on the piano when I was a kid. Because my husband does it, and I LOVE listening to him. Even if he’s making mistakes. Even if he’s playing the same four bars over and over again. It’s delightful.
Also, that I suck at Rock Band.
26. What did you want and get?
A beautiful creamy white jewelry box with pale blue suede interior. It makes me feel like a kid with a dollhouse.
27. What did you want and not get?
A kitty. Stupid allergies.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I can’t say that I’ve actually been to the movies this year. I enjoyed Funny People more than I expected to. And The Hangover was actually hilarious – not over-hyped the way I found Knocked Up to be. Are those even 2009 movies? Netflix makes everything seem new.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28. And I have absolutely zero idea what I did that day. Memory loss is a symptom of aging, and I am ANCIENT after all.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More friends who live in the same city.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
32. What kept you sane?
My mom, my husband, my long-distance friends, and copious amounts of TV. And, of course, you. It’s so nice to type up my feelings or general silliness and know that you are listening.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tie between Neil Patrick Harris and Dr. Gregory House. Yumsters.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Healthcare reform. I am not going to get into it, but the whole thing drives me BONKERS.
35. Who did you miss?
My brother and my parents.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
The adorable and sweet wife of one of my husband’s co interns. We are so much alike it is scary. Except that she is tiny, blond, and beautiful. And still in her mid twenties, as opposed to her late twenties.
And, of course, I’m so happy to have “met” so many new bloggers. I read your blog every day, when I can. I love when you comment here. I am so grateful to have you in my life.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Marriage – and to a doctor – is like being on a rickety boat in the middle of ocean. A lot of time, the water is smooth as glass and you can lie on your back and marvel at the endless sea and the clouds skidding across the sky. But there are storms. Big waves. Even sharks.
It’s wonderful. Worth it 100 percent. But hard work.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I’m on a boat motherfucker, look at me.”
Happy New Year, Internet! May 2010 bring you much joy, adventure, and good stories to tell.