2007, in review.

I’m surprised I didn’t do one of these last year. 2006 was a good year, but 2007 was even better. Though we ran into many hardships (Scott’s surgery, the accident, paying off a ton of loans), we had a good year. Here’s to a great 2008!

  1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
    Drank Southern Comfort, purchased a new car, met a member of my favorite band, drove through downtown Chicago, ate apple pie, attended a college football game (go Irish!)
  2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    For the first time in a few years, I didn’t make any resolutions this past year. I have a rough idea of a few things I’d like to improve.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    My good friends Josh and Bekah introduced their son, Collin, to the world this year.
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No.
  5. What countries did you visit?
    I last left this country in 1999. I’d love to say I’ll be traveling overseas in 2008, but that probably won’t be the case.
  6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
    A laptop. I write a lot better when I’m not in my office area.
  7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    June 5; we saw BRMC in Indianapolis, they played my favorite song, and I met one of the members of the band.
    August 12; Meeting Linda in person after knowing each other for eight years!
    September 10; the day I started my new job.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Getting a new job. Making new friends.
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    Allowing myself to get so stressed around the holiday season. Not finishing my novel.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    I came down with a nasty cold at the end of May around our anniversary, but besides that, no. Scott, on the other hand, went under the knife in August to remove a cyst on his tailbone and was in a car accident in November. Scott had an eventful year, injury-wise.
  11. What were the best things you bought?
    My spinning wheel! Also, my new car.
  12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    Scott, for putting up with me this year through my bouts of stress.
  13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    One of my former boss’s.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Car payments, Scott’s surgery, and paying off our windows.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Seeing BRMC live twice, getting a new job, and buying a new car! Also, Nanowrimo, but I crashed and burned this year.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
    “Hold On, Hold On” by Neko Case. “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse (thanks to Guitar Hero III!). And, of course, all of BRMC’s new album, Baby 81, the song “Took Out A Loan” in particular.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    i. happier or sadder? Happier.
    ii. thinner or fatter? A little thinner.
    iii. richer or poorer? Richer.
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Cleaning the house. Standing up for myself.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Stressing over pretty much everything during the months of November and December.
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spent Christmas Day in my house with Scott, opening gifts from my family and from him. He baked me a cake and I roasted a mean rack of prime rib. I spent the 23rd and 24th with Scott’s extended families on both sides and spent the 29th and 30th with Scott’s parents.
  21. How will you be spending New Year’s?
    Scott and I went to a friend of a friend’s house; we drank wine, did some fondue (how do you phrase that, anyway? Did fondue? Had fondue?), and caught up with a few people I hadn’t seen in a couple months.
  22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
    No. I stayed in love.
  23. How many one-night stands?
    Zero. Shocking, I know.
  24. What was your favorite TV program?
    The Office, as always, but I also enjoyed Good Eats.
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    Nope, I still dislike the same people!
  26. What was the best book you read?
    Don’t laugh, but… CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Andy Budd.
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    This year my coworker introduced me to some new music I enjoy; Kaiser Chiefs and the International Noise Conspiracy. Scott and I also got into Muse at the very end of the year.
  28. What did you want and get?
    A new iPod. A spinning wheel. Local friends. A new job.
  29. What did you want and not get?
    A laptop. A more organized house. New kitchen cabinets! A finished novel.
  30. What was your favorite film of this year?
    2007 marked the first year I did not go to the movies even once. However, we did end up buying Superbad after it came out on DVD and we enjoyed it, so that’s my answer.
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Since my birthday’s on Christmas Day, read the Christmas question to see my answer. I turned 27.
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    More time off around the holidays and more time to visit my family.
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
    The same as always; funky tops paired with either dressy pants or jeans, depending on my setting.
  34. What kept you sane?
    My friends, Scott, writing, spinning, knitting; pretty much anything I enjoy doing.
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Hmm. None?
  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    I’m attempting to get into the primaries this year so I know more about the candidates running for President than I have in the past.
  37. Who did you miss?
    My family and friends from home.
  38. Who was the best new person you met?
    My new coworkers, and, of course, when I met Linda in person!
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
    Yeah. Stress? Doesn’t help things at all.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
    Life goes by so fast
    You only want to do what you think is right
    Close your eyes and then it’s past;
    (it’s the) story of my life
    -Social Distortion