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The Year in Review Meme: 2006 Edition

January 1, 2007

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Climbed to the top of a lighthouse, toured a winery, became a SAHM who gets to spend part of the day at home all by herself, made butter, “saved” a baby bird, found a message in a bottle, enjoyed an art museum, saw the Newsboys in concert, and grew lima beans.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t really make resolutions. I do, however, assess areas of my life that need improvment and focus my attention on them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
None this year, unless you count the World Showcase at EPCOT Center.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
Discretionary income would be nice. Really nice.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 13 — the day we left for Disney World. September 23 — the day I turned 40. August 28 — the day Sophia started school.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing 300+ scrapbook pages. Now that I know it can be done, I plan to meet that goal every year. On a non-tangible level, I think my biggest achievement was spiritual growth and maturity.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing to lose weight despite my desire to do so. I know that it requires action as well as desire in order to make it happen, yet I just can’t seem to take that first step and stick with it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just some reflux that made me think I was having heart troubles.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My digital camera, for sure.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My daughter, who is just about the best behaved little girl I’ve ever seen (except when she’s tired). I fully realize that she is not likely to stay that way until adulthood, which makes me a little sad.

I also have a wonderful friend who has been so thoughtful and supportive at my most rock-bottom times that I can’t help but feel blessed to call her friend.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some people whom I thought were friends but were not. I was also appalled by my own actions because I had an inkling that they would turn on me long before they did and I ignored it. I should know better.

14. Where did most of your money go?
According to Quicken — not counting the big things like mortgage, utilities, etc. — it’s groceries at $4406 ($85 a week; not bad for a family of four).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Disney World; spending my birthday with Dan in Cape May.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
“Wherever We Go” by the Newsboys

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) happier
b) a little fatter
c) poorer (but thankfully it’s temporary).

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Believe it or not, housework. If I’d been better about staying on top of it, it would have been easier for me.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Complaining and worrying. No matter how little I do of either, it’s still too much.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home for most of the day, then to my mother-in-law’s house for yummy Italian dinner (ravioli & Italian sausage).

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Not with anyone I wasn’t already in love with.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
“Dead Like Me,” which I watched on DVD. For something current, I would have to say “The Colbert Report.”

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.

24. What was the best book you read?
Building Better Relationships: How to Put Love Into Action by Bobbie Yagel..

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Little Big Town.

26. What did you want and get?
New slippers.

27. What did you want and not get?
Coasters.

28. What was your favorite film this year?
There were a few — “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Inside Man,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
Went to Cape May, NJ with Dan.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Honestly, I have no complaints. I’ve been quite happy this year.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Whatever fits and is reasonably flattering.

32. What kept you sane?
Blogging and scrapping and getting together regularly with my firends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Clive Owen, of course.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I find the war in Iraq absolutely infuriating.

36. Who did you miss?
My grandparents.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Rebecca, a very mature and spiritually grounded young woman at my church.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
That nothing is as important as having true friends.

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

“I have been blessed
And I feel like I’ve found my way
I thank God for all I’ve been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed.”

(From Martina McBride’s “I Have Been Blessed”)

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One comment

  1. Woo! I love “Dead Like Me!” 🙂



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