Time for the end of year surveys!


Was 2007 a good year for you?
It was a crazy year. There were some definite ups and downs. The downs: I found out I owed a LOT of money in taxes when I was already drowning. My car got broken into and stuff got stolen, I began to really hate my neighbors, my writing wasn’t going well, my laptop computer died, I got (and still am) really sick. The ups: I got to travel a lot because my friends are generous, I got a new computer for Christmas, I got to see a Broadway play, Adam asked me to marry him! :)

Where were you, and who were you with, when 2007 began? And where will you be when it ends?
I was here in my apartment with Aidan. Tonight, I will likely be at Heather’s.

What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I went to New York City, Altanta, San Francisco, San Jose, and Dragon*Con. Tried bubble tea, and a deep-fried strawberry shortcake. Also a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Saw a Weird Al concert. Rode the NYC subway. Got stuck on a plane for hours in Cleveland because it was too foggy to land in Columbus (thank goodness that jetBlue has satellite TV on all their planes!). Met Wanda wlotus, Rosa meimeigui, and Katy drkangelmommy.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, I did not keep them. I won’t make any for 2008.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
A friend at work had an adorable little boy.

Did anyone you know die?
Yes. The receptionist at Zaner-Bloser.

Did you attend any weddings or funerals?
Yes, I attended Rosa’s meimeigui) wedding in May! :)

What countries did you visit?
I didn’t leave the USA.

Did you move anywhere?
No.

What sporting events did you go to?
None.

What concerts did you go to?
Weird Al.

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More money; unlimited time with Adam; the motivation, muse, ideas, and drive to finish writing a novel; a book contract

What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
September 13, 2007. The day Adam proposed to me. :)

What were your biggest achievements of the year?
Aidan!!! :)
No more debt!
Making it through the year with no accidents or speeding tickets.
Getting off Lexapro!
Reading 186 new books.

What was your biggest failure?
My writing “career”.

Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Chronic sinus infection. Still suffering from it. Ow. :(

What was the best thing you bought?
Sweaters.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Adam’s so patient with me.
Andy’s because he got me a new computer!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The fucktard who broke into my car and stole stuff.

Where did most of your money go?
Bills, taxes, rent.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Anytime I got to see Adam, New York City, RENT.

What song will always remind you of 2007?
The Rent soundtrack
Way I Are – Timbaland
Radar – Britney Spears
Forca – Nelly Furtado
Breakin’ Dishes – Rihanna

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? a little bit richer

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing good stuff.
Handwritten letters.

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

How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas with my mom and Greg and Adam at first, then I spent Christmas afternoon and evening with Adam. It was awesome.

Did you send out Christmas cards this year?
Yes.

Did you fall in love in 2007?
I’m already in love with my Adam.

How many one-night stands?
None.

What was your favorite TV program?
Big Brother

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. Still dislike the same people.

What was the best book you read?
Impluse by Ellen Hopkins, Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss, the Private series by Kate Brian, the Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye (LOVE LOVE LOVE!), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Cruxshadows. Love them!

What did you want and get?
A new computer, an iPod, a trip to New York, to see Rent on Broadway, a marriage proposal from Adam

What did you want and not get?
A finished novel out of me, a promotion at work

What was your favorite film of this year?
Juno

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33, and I hung out with Adam and went to see Juno.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finishing a book and selling it.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Sweaters and jeans, or tee-shirts and jeans.

Did you make any significant changes to your appearance?
Nope.

What kept you sane?
Adam, and writing on Live Journal.

Were you in school (any time this year)?
Nope.

How did you earn your keep?
Zaner-Bloser and one small freelance project.

Did you have to go to the hospital?
No.

Did you encounter the police?
Yes, when I filled out a report because of the break-in.

What did you purchase that was over $500?
Not a damn thing.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
n/a

What political issue stirred you the most?
n/a

Who did you miss?
I missed Adam. As always. And Aidan, whenever he wasn’t around me.

Who was the best new person you met?
My future in-laws. MacKenzie, at work.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
“Don’t wish your life away.” It’s hard, though.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
n/a

How would you rate this year with a scale from 1 (lousy) to 10 (excellent)?
I’m going to have to say a 7.5.

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IN 2007 HAVE I:

Hugged someone? Of course!!
Gotten into a fight? No.
Cried? Yes, far too much.
Smoked? A bit.
Drank alcohol? Yes.
Kissed someone on the cheek? Yes.
Reunited with an old friend? Briefly, just to say Hi or whatever.
Let something go? Yes.
Been whipped? No.
Learned any important lessons? Yes.
Got a kiss on the cheek? Yes.
Kissed someone on the lips? Yes.
Considered suicide? Not seriously.
Cut/dyed your hair drastically? No.
Flirted? Sure.
Been backstabbed? Yes.
Missed someone? Yes.
Hit someone? Oh yeah. >:)
Broken something really important to you? Yes.
Cuddled with someone? Yes.
Broken somebody’s heart? Doubt it.
Done something you really regretted? Don’t even get me started.
Laughed so hard that it hurt? Yes.
Cried so hard that it hurt? Yes. Too often.
Got cheated on? No.
Gone on a date? No.
Got dumped? Yes, by some “friends.”
Dumped someone? No. More like stepped back for a bit.
Made a new screen name? No.
Lost a friend? Yes.
Gotten any tattoos/piercing? No. Dammit.
Been in a love/hate relationship? Eh?
Loved someone so much that it hurt? Yes.
Been grounded? Nope, LOL.

FRIENDS:
Lost: I’m not going to list them because it doesn’t matter anymore.
Drifted: Can’t really say because friendships are so static.
Found: Adam, my writing friends. Friendships with others have grown deeper, like with Rosa, and Wanda.

BODY:
Weight: 110-115 pounds.
Piercing/tattoos: N/A
Height: 5’1″
Hair: Short.

BAD THINGS I HAVE DONE:
– Gossipped.
– As if I’m going to admit the others here. >:)

GOOD THINGS I HAVE DONE:
– Lots of traveling.
– Raised Aidan.
– Loved Adam.

THINGS I HOPE TO DO IN 2008:
– Write a novel.
– Sell a novel.
– Travel.
– Get a great job making good money.
– move to Chicago sooner than later.
– Have a beautiful wedding in November to Adam.
– Go back to a Disney park (honeymoon!)

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Looking Ahead:

In the year 2008…

Will you be looking for a new job?
Yes.

Will you be looking for a new relationship?
No.

New house?
Nope, Adam’s taking care of that end.

What will you do different in 2008?
I will try to be more positive. Try to write more. Try to write more in my paper journal. Try to have more faith in myself.

New Year’s resolution(s)?
a. Take better care of my teeth.
b. Going to bed at a decent hour.
c. Write a new book.
d. Stick to my budget, even if I start making more money.

What will you not be doing in 2008?
Spending gobs of money.

Any trips planned?
Not at the moment.

Wedding plans?
November 1, 2008! (http://booknerdsinlove.blogspot.com)

What’s on your calendar?
Wedding in November, moving sometime next year, Aidan starting KINDERGARTEN next fall.

What can’t you wait for?
see above.

What would you like to see happen differently?
I’d like to see things in a more positive light.

What about yourself will you be changing?
– I hope to become more assertive, less likely to freak out.
– I will be doing better financially once I settle down.
– I will be able to write once things settle down.

What happened in 2007 that you didn’t think would ever happen?
– I got to go to New York City.
– I got to see a Broadway show.
– Adam asked me to marry him.

Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
Yes.

Will you dress differently this year than you did in 07?
Doubt it.

Will you start or quit drinking?
I usually drink socially.

Will you have better relationship with your family?
*shrug*

Will you do charity work?
Perhaps.

Will you go to bars?
Doubt it.

Will you be nice to people you don’t know?
I usually am.

Do you expect 2008 to be a good year for you?
I hope so.

How much did you change from this time last year til now?
I changed a lot. I’m a little bit more optimistic now.

Do you plan on having a child?
Just the one I already have.

Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
Not sure.

Major lifestyle changes?
Oh yes.

Will you be moving?
Yes.

What will you make sure doesn’t happen in 2008 that happened in 2007?
I will NOT be robbed again!

What are your New Years Eve plans?
I’m heading to a party at Heather’s. Probably won’t stay late; I’m not feeling so hot.

Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
Nope. The guy I want to kiss is working tonight. Not to mention two states away. :(

Wish for 2008:
For success, happiness, love, passion, and positivity!! YAY!!

Happy New Year! :)

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