Royal Blue

Thoughts of a writer, wife, mother, PhD, sister, crafty chick, program coordinator, homeowner, culture vulture, bibliophile, and blogger.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
2005 In Review

1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
Chose, bought and used colorful paint to paint rooms in our house (master bedroom, bathrooms, kitchen)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sorta---I did get back to exercising, but want to increase my visits to the gym in 2006.

3. Did anyone close to you have a baby?
Yes—high school friends-Tami and Vonda both welcomed baby girls into their families.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes—my dear uncle Paul, at age 67.

5. What countries did you visit?
My conference trip to Canada got cancelled when Paul passed away.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A regularly balanced checkbook. We’re trying Microsoft Money this year!

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I remember moments and seasons, not dates so much this year

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Losing the last of the baby weight!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Trying to keep my desk at work organized!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Threw out my back in July. Hellish weekend that was.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A semi-regular team of 2 to clean our house and save my sanity on weekends.
I heart Quality Maid.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Sean—for happily entertaining himself with cars and trucks for HOURS at age 2

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed or disgusted?
George Bush, who else?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage on our lovely home.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Molly going to kindergarten and painting my bedroom Majorican Blue

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
”LA County” by Lyle Lovett; we saw him in concert in November singing with a single guitar; beautiful.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Sadder (missing my uncle)
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Poorer (we’ve been going through our savings—eek!)

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
introspection; reflection; yoga

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
worrying about things out of my control

20. How did you spend New Year’s Eve?
Watching hilarious “40 Year Old Virgin” with my hubby in front of the fireplace and eating yummy Indian food.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Six Feet Under—so sad it is gone.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Is it possible to hate George Bush more than last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
Crimson Petal and White by Michael Faber

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Remembering how much we love listening to Christmas music at home while we puttered around as a family together

27. What did you want and get?
More time to myself

28. What did you want and not get?
More viewings of “The Daily Show”

29. What was your favorite film(s) of this year?
History of Violence—fascinating, meaningful

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
39—celebrated with family and weekend alone with my hubby

31.What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
A steady teaching gig for Ed

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Dump the old stuff; keep what you love, stop wearing stuff that’s too big

33. What kept you sane?
My husband, my colleagues, my children

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
the election, the war, Katrina

36. Who did you miss?
my uncle Paul

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Too many to mention—but one who comes to mind is Molly’s new teacher

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Don’t keep trying to make some of my outdated Michigan friendships work—make new friends

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

Not a song lyric, but a quote from my uncle Paul’s emails:

"Karma: the choices that we make come back to us in our character, magnified and in what we draw out of others by what we have become."


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