So this is what the last day of 2007 looked like for me. CB and I spent the weekend in VT and woke up on New Year's Eve to 6 inches of snow white powder just waiting for us to make new snow shoe tracks in. We were the only ones on the trail that day which made for the most amazing pictures and very hard snow shoeing. So Much Fun. The above picture is along the Mad River Green Path, we were on a little bridge looking up stream to the covered bridge in the background, so quintessential VT.
As a post to sum up the past year I'm taking a poll posted over at All and Sundry, a blog that I greatly enjoy reading up on. Here goes:
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Went to Texas, Georgia, Philadelphia and Mexico and Ottawa. I'd never been to any of those places.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I really don't remember what my New Year's resolution was last year, probably to lose weight, if that was my resolution I probably didn't do very good with it.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Oh, boy, yeah, Hilary had a baby girl and Kristen had a baby boy.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Uncle Arthur
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico and Canada
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Patience. Don't hold your breath on that one though.
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Geez - there isn't just one date.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I feel like such a slacker, this year wasn't big on personal goals for me...if I had to take a guess it would probably be that I became a much much more informed consumer.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Probably not making a goal for myself, so I didn't have anything to strive for.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Beyond the horrible episode of traveler's diarrhea in Mexico, no thank goodness.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Two things, our very first painting when we visited New Orleans, and a new couch for VT, because the old one harbored 20 years of nastiness.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
CB - he's always so calm and collected.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Cookbooks, clothes, travel, wine (not necessarily in that order)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time.
16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Rehab - by Amy Winehouse
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
c. same - wow maybe my goal should be to make more money
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relaxing - seriously, just sitting and not worrying about what I could be doing while just sitting.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about the things I have no control over.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family at my Nana's house, like every year since I was born.
21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
No, but my love of certain things was reaffirmed almost daily.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Ohh. Grey's Anatomy and Lost (please come back to prime time tv, you're my only guilty pleasure)
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, thank goodness.
24. What was the best book you read?
I have read so many books, the best being
Animal Vegetable Miracle
The Omnivore's Dilemma
The Autobiography of King Henry the VIII
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I really suck at musical discoveries...I'd have to say for me it was Regina Spektor.
26. What did you want and get?
An immersion blender - totally food porn present I realize.
27. What did you want and not get?
A Garmon GPS Running Watch - I've been asking for it for three years and CB says that my wrists are too small and I need to wait until they come out with a smaller version, otherwise it will be like running with a microwave on my wrist. Total Crap CB - MY BIRTHDAY IS IN 8 WEEKS AND COUNTING.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Lions for Lambs
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
CB and I made the most amazing carrot cake from ATK and then we spent the day with my family at a breast cancer fundraiser then at cake at night.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I actually looked good in my bikini in Mexico.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Buy as many clothes from Ann Taylor Loft as is possible and love them all.
32. What kept you sane?
Listening to classical music on my Ipod while reading on the train, to drown out all the stupid banter going on around me. It made my commute so much more tolerable.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Will Ferrell for his "Good Cop Baby Cop" and "The Landlord" videos which I watched no less than 50 times each.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
35. Who did you miss?
Michelle in Chicago
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I cannot place one.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Even if you're 82 you can beat breast and lung cancer, and become cancer free like my Nana did this year. You're never too old to fight.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Because you're mine, I walk the line.- - - Johnny Cash, "I Walk the Line"
"I think I'll go to Boston, I think I'll start a new life, where noone knows my name." - - - Augustanam "Boston"
That song got me every time I heard it. When I moved to Boston in 1999 I literally had nothing, no job, no money, I was moving into a place that I found on the internet, and none of my friends were local, I literally started over and it was the best thing I ever did. As far as the Johnny Cash song - I always think of that song when I have to travel from work and I'm away from CB, it just reminds me of him and how important fidelity is, and how it's so great that we have no jealousy in our marriage. Truly wonderful in this day and age.
New Years resolution for this year: To make weekly managable goals so that I acheive something every week. We'll see how that goes.