1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Lived in this house. Ate a lychee. (Never again!) Um ... that's all I can think of. I need to be more adventurous in 2010.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't make specific resolutions this year. I'm planning to make a big five-year list of goals within the next few days, so we'll see how well I do with those.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? We're not very close, but one of P's cousins had a little boy called Landon.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit? None.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? More money and free time would be good, but realistically, I'd like more cooperation from G in day-to-day life. I should not have to fight with an 11-year-old over basic tasks like showering and brushing teeth.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? ... You know, I can't think of any. I'm probably missing something huge.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Keeping all the plates spinning at work and home.
9. What was your biggest failure? I let both of us get severely over-scheduled this autumn.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I had to have an emergency root canal in April. It was excruciating.
11. What was the best thing you bought? G's laptop -- it's helped her with schoolwork, provided her with hours of entertainment, and freed up MY laptop for my own use.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Hm, not sure.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The balloon boy's parents. What a pair of tools.
14. Where did most of your money go? Housing, food, various bills. On the entertainment side, books and going to the movies.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Nothing really.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? About the same in all three categories.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveling
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Procrastinating
20. How did you spend Christmas? At home with G and then visiting relatives.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? Nope
22. What was your favorite TV program? I don't really watch TV, but I did like Primeval on BBC America.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don't think I really hate anyone. Dislike, yes, but not hate.
24. What was the best book you read? Un Lun Dun by China Mieville. I'm also finally reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which P bought me for Christmas six years ago, and enjoying it.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? I don't think I made any new discoveries, but I remembered how much I like Peter Gabriel, who somehow keeps writing good songs even after 30-plus years.
26. What did you want and get? A bigger place to live.
27. What did you want and not get? A new digital camera.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? An Education
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I went to work and then took G to a Girl Scout meeting. I was 38.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More free time.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? LOL! I don't think I've ever had a "personal fashion concept" in my life. I did wear a lot more dresses this year, especially in the summer.
32. What kept you sane? The sheer force of my iron will.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Either David Tennant or Liam Neeson.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Health care
35. Who did you miss? P, of course.
36. Who was the best new person you met? I don't think I've met anyone at all this year, outside of work.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. How to identify and eradicate lice on a child's head. :)