What’s the end of a year without a little reflection on what’s happened, where we’ve been, and what we’ve done?
I filled it out last year, which you can find here, and now it’s time to look back on 2007.
Feel free to play along and let me know where to find you!
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Raised puppies from birth, dyed my hair, made Christmas cookies on a wide scale, used a cookie press, slept in a bed & breakfast (Hi Cherrye!), made money from my blog, became a professional blogger, sent out Italian Christmas cards, made hummus, made bagels, acted as an interpreter, wrote 25,0o0 words in a month.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Don’t make ’em; can’t break ’em. I might make some this year, though, just to mix things up. We’ll see.
5. What countries did you visit? Just Italia.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? More writing gigs as always, and a book contract wouldn’t suck either. Ooh, and a real vacation.
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? October 20 birth of the puppies. I think that’s all.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Probably the development of this blog and its amazing community. I’m also pretty proud of losing more weight and maintaining it–aah, and finding a pair of pants in Italy that fit me and that I like! Woohoo!
9. What was your biggest failure? It’s not really my personal failure, but I had hoped to be in the new house by now.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Only recently with a nasty stomach virus followed up by a sinus infection. Love being sick over the holidays!
11. What was the best thing you bought? My ADSL contract with Telecom (although it *does* have its issues).
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? I said my doggie Luna last year, and I’m going with her again but for different reasons. This year she accepted a new dog in the house followed by six puppies–all in stride. She’s such a trooper.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Going with the Bush administration again on this one. Can’t wait to have a new administration to be appalled and depressed by.
14. Where did most of your money go? Internet and phone bills (but so worth it), just like last year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2007? Geez probably the theme songs from, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Veronica Mars since they’ve served as my background noise most of the year.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? Hmm, I’d say happier, a few pounds lighter, and there’s money in the bank–I’m richer (although “rich” is a strong word).
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Yoga and fiction writing.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Anything other than fiction writing.
20. How did you spend Christmas? With P and his parents for the first half and then cradling my throbbing face for the second half. Fun times.
21. Did you fall in love in 2007? Have you seen the puppies?
22. What was your favorite TV program? Lost.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don’t hate the players, just the game sometimes.
24. What was the best book you read? Ooh, tough one. Eat Pray Love sticks out.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Adriano Celentano although it’s not so much a discovery as a more intense dedication. Love that voice.
26. What did you want and get? An expansion of my writing career.
27. What did you want and not get? To be in the new house by Christmas.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Haven’t seen anything new in a long time. Favorite new-to-me film? Pirates of the Caribbean. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Johnny Depp more.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 31 and honestly, I don’t remember what happened–a sure sign of getting old as it was only two months ago.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Same answer as last year: if someone in my family or close circle of friends from home would have visited or if I would’ve been able to go home.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Comfortable is key.
32. What kept you sane? My doggies, the Internet, fellow expats, blogs, emails, phone calls, and my writing.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I’ve enjoyed Milo Ventimiglia despite the fact that P won’t let me watch Heroes. Have to get my Milo fix via GG.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? The concept of universal health care versus how it’s carried out in certain (ahem) countries.
35. Who did you miss? My family and my girlfriends from home more than ever.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Lots of online buddies, of course, but in person, one of my students who has become a friend.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. A positive attitude positively makes a positive difference.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. With the risk of getting (a lot) sappy, it’s hard to put into words how much this past year of my life has been enriched by all of you who take the time to read, comment, write, and share your lives through these Internets. And so, from Natalie Merchant:
You’ve been so kind and generous
I don’t know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I’m in debt to you
For your selflessness my admiration
For everything you’ve done you know I’m bound
I’m bound to thank you for it.
And how was your year?
[tags] year end meme, memes[/tags]