2009

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

Made time for creativity, being a project of my own or fostering Nate’s and coloring the walls of the shower with him. 

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

Yes, but my resolution was a word “today.”  I stuck to it pretty well, I’d say about 70% of the time which is a pretty good success considering my history with traditional resolutions. The goal with the word was to be present and get things done.  I don’t want to look back on my time at home as just clean floors and healthy meals, it needs to be about keeping myself happy and healthy as well as raising a well-rounded kid.  It really made a difference most of the time.  Do it TODAY! – I often did.  I will chose a word this year, too, and this year I’m cutting myself some slack since half of it I will be with child and the other half said child will be attached to my chest.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My youngest sister had a baby on Dec 17th- but, we are 9 years apart so while she is my baby sister we aren’t exactly bff’s.  There were a few Internet babies born to women I consider friends, I’d like to count them.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No!  Second year running- awesome.

5. What countries did you visit?

I wish that read counties- I didn’t travel outside of the US this year and don’t expect to for at least a few more.  Toddler’s and Babies have a way of  keeping you close to clean water- plenty of time for travel later!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you didn’t have in 2009?

An overnight away with Mike.  Even if we stay in Columbus- I’d love to sleep without one ear open and having to feed the cat at 6 am-  To just be us for a while.

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

November 5th- positive pregnancy test.  Aside from that – I will always remember this summer, Nate and I at the pool- our first and only just the two of us.  It was perfect.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Getting the long overdue help  for my PPD and Anxiety.  This was huge for me.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Getting pregnant a little overweight.  I gained a few lbs after I weaned Nate in January and then added on a few more over the year, I’d lose them and gain them back.  I hope to end this cycle once and for all after Olive arrives.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No injuries but defiantly from mental illness- my first case of food poisoning- and dude, morning sickness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our family weekend away- it was expensive as hell but we had a blast!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I have to say Mike’s he continues to work hard to keep his family afloat- thankfully, he mostly enjoys his job.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

ehh, pass- see #23

14. Where did most your money go?

the mortgage, groceries, trips (WA, FL, and the family weekend in Ohio) memberships for the pool, zoo and science center

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

When we finally decided to have another baby- then, finding out we were expecting.  Nate’s 2nd birthday party- Christmas.  

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Moby Dick (led zeppelin) Nate looses his mind when this song comes on- a family dance party immediately ensues.

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

Happier!- Fatter – Richer

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

Run, get real pedicures, sit-ups

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

 Diet Coke!  This is going on my short resolution list for next year.  Diet Coke is NOT part of the food pyramid.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

At home with my favorite boys- playing and eating and staying in our Pj’s all day long.  It was a prefect quite day at home.

21. Did you fall in love with 2009?

No, not new love at least-but, I love Mike more all the time.

22. What was your favorite TV program? 

Lost, Brothers and Sisters, The Office,  Design Star

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

I wouldn’t say I hate anyone but 2009 was a major time of cleansing.  No more toxic relationships. 

24. What was the best book you read?

I read a lot more this year than in the past few but admittedly it was a lot of fluff!  Chick lit, easy wind down reads.  But, right now I am reading YOU having a Baby and it is really good- not your typical pregnancy book- its more scientific and based on health, stress, exercise and genes.  It’s really fascinating.  So, maybe that.  Otherwise,I loved Certain Girls by Jennifer Wiener.-

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Man, this is a big FAIL!  Last year I hoped to have an answer this year and I don’t.  I rely so heavily on Mike’s I-Pod I don’t “have” to seek out my own finds.  I’m constantly playing his “just purchased” list and love most of it- while I love new music and discovering new bands it’s not up there on my priority list especially with Mike as my enabler.

26. What did you want and get?

The Eames molded arm chair- 

27. What did you want and not get?

A master bedroom total overhaul.   A laptop.  Boobs at least a cup smaller after weaning and for my thighs to stay magically thin after losing the automatic daily calorie burn.

28. What was your favorite film of 2009?

 maybe Sunshine Cleaning- that was the first that came to mind

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

We went on a DATE!  Just dinner and a movie but it was a huge deal since it was the first actual babysitter event. I don’t remember what we saw, but I wore my red wedge heals and skinny jeans! – I turned 32.

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

I’m always really quick to answer with Money but really it’s all I can think of.  I have the life I really, truly want.  I adore my husband and my son- what else is there?    Mike works a lot but takes a fair amount of time off- I feel like we’ve got things pretty well figured out at the moment- all I can think of is damn, id be nice if our house were paid off, we could buy new windows, a new car, fence the yard,  but that is all really petty.  I’m good.

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

Cute and oh, look, she’s a Mom!  I’m slowing getting the hang of what I want to look like and how to accomplish it- flat shoes, washable everything so lots of embellished t’s, dark wash jeans and cute shoes- a heavy accessory always- be it earrings, a necklace or a bracelet- something that makes me feel a little more dressed.  Oh, and a great bag.  It may be full of diapers, Thomas  and sippy cups  but damn if you can tell from the outside!

32. What kept you sane?

Saturday night dates at home!  Girl time with Carrie. Reading and for sure blogging.  Regular hair appointments.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Crap, I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have this year.  My commute use to be my NPR time and I’ve fallen behind.  I am paying a little attention to the health care bill- and get a little annoyed about Ohio Freaking The Eff out over getting a Casino- my word people.  You’d think gambling killed kittens or something.

34. Who did you miss?

for me this is like thanking people when you win an Oscar- I miss everyone!  I love having a life independent of our families but it comes at a VERY high cost.  I miss them all.  I miss my Village.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Two people, our babysitters!  Kourtney and Erin.  Holla!

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

Putting time and energy into a bad friendship isn’t worth it- you are only 50% of the equation- you can’t make someone meet you in the middle.  Let go. 

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

If it takes shit to make bliss, then I feel pretty blissfully. {modest mouse}

You can see my list from 08 here.

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One thought on “2009

  1. I love these lists. They’ve become a total favorite part of NYE to me.

    I love your “get more pedicures” answer – I may need to add that to my List.

    So excited to see what 2010 holds for you! Happy New Year! xoxo

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