Bye-bye, Miss American Pie

Okay, the title has little to do with this post, but for some reason the lyric got stuck in my head. At any rate, the year is almost over, and I feel the need to do a retrospective. That takes time, however — so here’s a meme (after the jump) in the meantime.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I did the photography for a friend’s wedding. It was a lot of fun and the bride and groom were happy with the results!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Hm, now I have to go back to my archives to see if I really made any resolutions for 2009. Hang on. Okay – back. Apparently I did not make resolutions, but I had goals. Here they are and how I did:

  • Lose 50 lbs. I managed to lose about 48 lbs in 2008, and I want to lose at least that much before my 35th birthday. [Still working on this – did not manage it by my 35th birthday but did discover probably what the problem remains, after working with my doctor. Plateaued for first half of 2009, then gained some back in second half, but now I am down 13 lbs in a month. Go me!]
  • Eat healthier. This is an open-ended goal I try to keep every year; this year it includes planning and preparing more meals at home. I am an excellent cook and I can’t keep using the excuse of being too busy – planning ahead is possible. [Was pretty good about this in 2009 – still working on cooking at home more often.]
  • Reduce debt by half. It is too easy to nickel and dime oneself into spending way too much on personal indulgement and thereby saving way too little. To this end I will limit myself on technology purchases – no upgrades unless something breaks – and will completely audit my spending habits. [So I never did fully audit myself, but I have cut my spending. I still find small things that I could cut out of my spending that I’m not so good at doing. Impulse buys won’t be the death of me, but they aren’t doing me any favors.]
  • Sell extra furniture – two large pieces I’ve been storing in my spare room since I moved that I need to sell once and for all so that I can (a) get a little money out of it and (b) stop finding excuses for finally reorganizing that room. [Done, and done!]

I will make goals for 2010 – some similar to past goals and some with an eye looking to the future.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Hm…I think so, but I can’t think of whom, offhand. I know that at least two friends are expecting, one due any day. Oh yes, and at least one new baby to another church friend.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandmother passed. A couple people that I know but wasn’t especially close to. A Christmas miracle has thus far prevented the too young death of one of my fellow church members.

5. What countries/places did you visit?

No countries this year — went around Texas a few times, and got to Chicago in May.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

An SO would be nice. 😀 Perhaps a house.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 1st – the aforementioned wedding. There were a few other momentous occasions this year, but nothing that I have a DATE etched for.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting back into weaving. Oh, and shooting all the pics for a wedding. Have I mentioned that one yet? 😀
Also, surviving another set of holiday concerts – I love doing them, but wow it is a lot of work.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Failure to keep to enough of my goals for the year, I think. There were a couple disappointments in there.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Sort of  – one ongoing diagnosis that has a lot to do with the previous answer.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

That’s a hard question – I love buying gifts for people, but this year financially I didn’t do as great a gift buying job as I usually do. For personal items, it’s a toss-up between my Knitter’s Loom and my Silver Fox Crocs.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Since I don’t live with anyone else, I think I’ll pass on this one — there were a lot of instances to celebrate for one reason or another, but none that stand out at the moment.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The media.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Paying off debt.

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

The wedding, other friends who are planning marriages and births, my 35th birthday.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

BlackEyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Iggy Pop, “The Passenger”
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Maybe a little sadder – not much change I think overall.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same, I think I’ve gotten back to the balance point – just trying to get healthier.
c) richer or poorer? A year’s experience richer, but fiscally about the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Travel, visiting family, photography, singing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about finances.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With friends and family in the Dallas area.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

I’ve had a crush on a particular guy for years. No new love interest appeared in 2009.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Biggest Loser.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is such a strong and damaging emotion. There may be a person or two that I could let slide out of my life, but no-one I hate.

24. What was the best book you read?

Most of my reading was re-reading books I’ve been through before, so nothing stands out. I need to work on that.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Oddly enough, that I really like punk music. I don’t recall being that in love with it in the 80s or even early 90s, but I really love it now.

26. What did you want and get?

Plenty of vacation days.

27. What did you want and not get?

A trip to Europe, and perhaps one of these. Oh, and world peace.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Star Trek.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

This year I turned 35. I had intended a year ago to throw myself a big party, but that didn’t happen. I did take my customary vacation days and spent some quality time with family and friends. Not as much, perhaps, as I could have.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Turning 25.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Comfy but stylish (preferably embellished) jeans, Crocs, and stylish tops for work – the same with t-shirts for home. Texas business casual.

32. What kept you sane?

My faith and my friends.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Meh.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Currently it is healthcare – but there have been a number of hot buttons.

35. Who did you miss?

Pleading the fifth, in case they read this blog entry. I also miss friends and family I don’t see often, and friends that live nearby that I don’t get together with often enough.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Any baby born this year.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

You can’t do it all, and it is okay to say no.

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

This is one from a few years ago, but it is applicable – from Jennifer Knapp, “Undo Me”

I am wanting, needing, guilty and greedy
Unrighteous, unholy; undo me. Undo me!

Abba Father You must wonder why
More times than Peter I have denied.
Three nails and a cross to prove
I owe my life eternally to you!

And it’s time
To get down on my knees and pray
“Lord, undo me!”
Put away my flesh and bone
‘Til You own this spirit through me Lord,
Undo me

About Cyndilou

Just a diva dilettante who sings, knits, crochets, dances, takes photos, and generally has a good time while she tries to figure out what she wants to be when she retires from her technogeek job.
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