New Year Meme

I caught this New Years meme from Nicole:

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Wait for a baby for 12 months.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not too big on formal resolutions, so no. I do plan to keep swimming regularly.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Our sister-in-law had a cute little one and countless of The Husband’s cousins had babies. They do that.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Luckily, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. In fact, I think the farthest from home we’ve been is Maryland ~ no more than 2 1/2 hours away. Pitiful.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
Our daughter. Very few headaches.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Memory? What memory?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Maybe (a little afraid to say this too loud) finding a headache remedy after 20+ years.

9. What was your biggest failure?
The Husband says it’s that I failed to learn to like mushrooms or even TRY to learn to like mushrooms. (Hate to say it, but he can count this in for 2007).

I think it was getting really worked up after talking to a local adoption specialist who told me that all children adopted after the age of 6 months will have serious attachment issues and pretty much be special needs kids. She really freaked me out and it took awhile and talking to a few other specialists to be convinced that she is probably over-personalizing her own experience. Even specialists can do this. Sometimes I forget specialists aren’t perfect. Oops. This isn’t to say that I won’t be able to deal with problems that may arise, but I don’t like the idea that our kidlet will have serious attachment problems and we should count on them. It just doesn’t fit with what we’ve seen, heard, and read. It seems to be the exception, not the rule. Attachment issues, yes. Serious attachment problems, no.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? A cough kicked me in the ribs after Christmas! Craziest thing ever. I’m still in recovery.

11. What was the best thing you bought? We got a lot of furniture. The coolest are the Iranian rug from Shiraz and the apothecary cabinet.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My clients on many, many occasions. I hope mine on at least a few.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Whiney people on adoption forums. I don’t go to them anymore or I avoid the whiney comments. One of them kicked me out. As I read on someone’s blog, “I don’t speak Whinese!”

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, bills, furniture, car payment….

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Probably iced coffee when I didn’t expect to have it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Don’t know.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) happier, b) same, c) richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Smile. I need to smile more. I’m happy, but I’m not sure it shows.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eat stuff I shouldn’t.

20. How did you spend the New Year night?
I went with The Husband to set up his grandmother’s new DVD and VCR, then home to watch a pay-per-view movie, then in bed by 11:30. Yup, we’re that boring.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Oh, a few times. Luckily I married him 3 years ago.

22. How many one-night stands?
Who do you think I am?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Dr. Who.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone. I pity a few people, but I don’t hate anyone. Pitying people makes it easier not to hate people if I’m tempted. I pity W.

25. What was the best book you read?
This is easy – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. She was a great discovery this year and I’m on my 4th of her books now!

26. What was the best movie you saw?
I really can’t remember. See #7.

27. What was the most beautiful day you spent during the year?
The day we went to Jim Thorpe, PA, wandered around, and bought the apothecary cabinet. That was a nice day.

28. Your best Christmas present?
Diamond earrings.

29. Your wish for everyone for the new year?
Good health, happiness with smiles, and babies!


4 Responses

  1. I can’t bring myself to like mushrooms either, unless they are really breaded and deep fried and dipped in a bunch of crap so I don’t even know they’re mushrooms!

    I hope the cough injury starts feeling better soon!

    We need to get together this month sometime!

  2. I LOVE mushrooms! It’s that weird texture… some textures repell me…. Mushrooms I love!

    I have found that the internet hosts a wide range of whiners. Before people would whine but the rest of the world didn’t have to know about it. Now whiners whine on all kinds of forums and chat rooms. I tell everyone, “Smile”… your brain must follow! Oh noooo! You have never seen just how bad….. yeah yeah…. whine away, I’ll be back in three hours!
    I think that in the next decade I’m going to be that”cranky old cat lady” simply because i cannot deal with anymore whining and cats don’t whine!

  3. Cats don’t whine? I forget you’ve never met Nicholas the Whining Cat. I love him anyway, but he is pitiful. And not in that “I pity you so I won’t hate you way.”I also remembered that part of the reason I don’t like W is that he is whiney. How could a country of mostly fairly intelligent people elect a whiner? Forget politics, the whining is just embarrassing. I just don’t get it.

  4. Also don’t like mushrooms. And love the line “I don’t speak Whinese”! I can’t wait to use that.

    Our cat whines too — whines for treats, whines for us to make shadows on the wall for him to chase, on and on….

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