Sunday, January 02, 2005

The List - AKA meme

Never done one of these before....another part of the hidden blog culture. I have spent way to much time this holiday break immersed in blogs..........but hey, it's been fun and aren't you supposed to indulge yourself during a vacation? Blog reading doesn't require getting on an airplane or spending money.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before? Went up and down the Passo dello Stelvio in Italy on the back of a BMW motorcycle -no hands! And started this blog to document it!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Well, I did loose the 15 pounds, then gained it back in Europe. Wasn't about to pass up all that wonderful cheese and pastry. Goal for 2005 - get rid of said 15 lbs, all of which seem to be attached permanently to my tummy! I'll make the same ones everyone else does - lose weight, exercise more. Will I keep them? Highly unlikely.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No thank goodness. I am eternally grateful that the Daughters are totally focused on their college educations and that they are both sensible enough to be on the pill.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No births and no deaths in the family - a very good thing indeed. Is it obvious I am in no hurry to become a grandmother?

5. What countries did you visit?. Holland, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland - thanks to the remodeling of a certain mall. Also Mexico, thanks to my school district.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? Less credit card debt and more self control to help reduce said debt.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I'm so bad with numbers so I can't remember actual dates. Events, however is another story. Gay Marriage in San Francisco, the Election, the family reunion in Holland, our trip to Europe, the Tusami in SE Asia, The Sox win the series.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Becoming one of 3 finalists for Teacher of the Year for my district. Elementary School librarians often get scant respect, so it was overwhelming to not only be voted the best by my fellow teachers but then to be one of three for the entire district. Didn't win - sometimes just because you dream it, it doesn't happen but it was a fun ride.

9. What was your biggest failure? Nothing major, but many pinpricks. Not writing thank you notes, not losing that 15 lbs, letting friends slip away, becoming more hermit like, opting for the womblike comfort of my computer and home, rather than going out. I didn't see one single movie!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Had my first surgery- just day surgery, to repair a middle finger tendon problem. Now I don't go around giving everyone the perpetual finger.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My Senseo Coffee maker. Everytime I have cup I feel like I'm back in Paris. ScoutPal, which has done wonders for my Amazon book selling business.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My kids...who are going to graduate in 2005. My Beloved's mother who came to my teacher of the year celebration and made us the most wonderful scrapbook commerating our trip.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted? The Republican Party the day after the election. Mandate from God my foot.

14. Where did most of your money go? University of Miami, Trinity University, Medical bills, Starbucks, assorted cars and cats, and many books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Travel!!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2004? still thinking about this one, I'm somewhat out of the loop when it comes to pop culture.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter...Unfortunately
c) richer or poorer? About the same, but a tad less in debt

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Socialized, slept, exercised, cooked

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Been a slug, rather than going to the gym, been a hermit & sugar!!

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve 2004? We spent it at home, and were in bed by 10pm. We can't help it, we're old and boring.

21. Did you fall in love in 2004? No but I stayed in love which suits me just fine.

22. How many one-night stands? None. Those days are far behind me, which given todays climate of AIDS and STDs makes me very grateful.

23. What was your favorite TV program? The L Word, Queer as Folk & Sex and the City.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, but there are people who really annoy the crap out of me though.

25. What was the best book you read? You mean I have to make a decision? I read so many! My best book is always the last one I just finished.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Norah Jones

27. What did you want and get? Wireless internet. Mr.Sass, aka Little Man Tate

28. What did you want and not get? District Teacher of the Year and a wining lottery ticket. If I had the latter the former would not have mattered. A Democrat in the White House.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? I didn't see one movie in the theater! Did however, indulge in some new to me BBC dramas - Anna Karinna, The Foresyth Saga and new production of the Wives of Henry VIII.

30. What did you do for your birthday and how old were you? 52 and I pretty much ignored the entire thing. My birthday always comes 2 weeks into the new school year and I'm to exhausted to plan anything.

31. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? Having shelves to organize my books on, as opposed to boxes - and not losing books that I'd just sold. I hate wasting time looking for misplaced stuff.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Thrift Stores R Us....Golf shirts, jeans and comfortable hasn't changed in years and most likely never will.

33. What kept you sane? My Beloved, my friends, my fellow teachers and librarians my List Servs and the lattes at Starbucks

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Teresa Heinz Kerry - for being who she was, saying what she thought and not giving a rats ass about what anybody else thought.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Gay Marriage

36. Who did you miss? Some friends I've let slip away.!

37. Who was the best new person you met? My 40+ cousins, second cousins, aunt and uncles in Holland. And the folks on BookThink.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004. There is never enough time for everything, try though you might. The trick is to not feel guilty over the things that aren't going to get done.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I'm growing older but not up My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck .
Let those winds of time blow over my head
I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead"
"I'm Growing Older by Jimmy Buffet

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