2009: The Year in Review

I’ve been reading Sundry for the last several years and each year she does a great year in review survey. So I thought I’d shamelessly steal it from her and let you have a peek into my year. If you choose to do this on your blog, leave me a link so I can see what your answers are!

Wherever you are, I wish you happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2010!

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

This year wasn’t quite the milestone year that 2008 was, but I did have a few firsts. I went to a knitting retreat and held a lamb. I fell out of bed. I grew a garden. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I grew by leaps and bounds as a knitter, and finished my most complicated project to date.

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

I didn’t specifically have a list of resolutions last year. But if I had, the top of the list would have been getting a new job, which I did in April! It’s also amazing what getting a real paying job will do for your financial goals! Wes continued to challenge me to get more active and be more fit and I’ve been working out more this year than in previous years.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about my goals for this year.

* Continue to resist my urge to be a couch potato and get up and move!
* Use my money with a purpose. After not having any for the year I was out of work, this year I went a bit crazy with the spending. In 2010 Wes and I hope to buy a house, so I’m trying to avoid spending my pennies on instant gratification purchases and saving them for the bigger ticket items.
* Continue to hone my craft skills. Challenge myself with new projects and techniques!
* Live, laugh and love.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! My best friend Light had a gorgeous little boy in October. The owner of the LYS had a beautiful little baby girl in October, and another knitting friend gave birth a few days before Christmas.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

This year we lost my great-Uncle Sy. I will always remember him as fun, with a sly grin and a great sense of humor. My last contact with him was a beautiful note he sent me right before my wedding.

5. What countries did you visit?

This wasn’t a big travel year for us. Here’s to looking forward!

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

The big one is a home of our own. I’d like to be able to BELONG somewhere and to grow a little vegetable garden. To have a craft room, and a place for Wes to collect power tools and for us to build furniture and raise a family.

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

April 20, 2009 – The day I started my new job. Being out of work for almost a year, and working at Macy’s for several months in late 2008 and early 2009 made me appreciate starting a new job that much more!

August 8, 2009 – Our first anniversary!

August 17, 2009 – The day I paid off my credit cards from my year of unemployment!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Doing what it took to pay the bills until I found a job that I could love.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Finally having a good paycheck again, I went a little crazy in the yarn buying department. This will surprise exactly no one. I want to be more financially purposeful in my 2010 spending!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

2009 started off with a bang when I got cellulitis and made my inaugural visit to the Emergency Room. May 2010 not be nearly as eventful!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

No one thing stands out in my mind for this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

John McCain for his graceful concession to President Obama. Ted Kennedy for his tireless crusade for healthcare.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The list really is too long this year: Tiger Woods, Balloon Boy’s parents, Chris Brown…

14. Where did most of your money go?

Ahem. Four-letter word: Yarn. Oh, and our “House Down Payment” account, and paying off my credit cards (finally!)

15. What did you get really excited about?

I’m excited about starting a new year. And of course, I’d be lying, if I didn’t say that my knitting brings me more excitement and creative joy then I thought possible.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

I think 2009 is the Year of the Gaga.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Definitely happier.
– thinner or fatter? About the same. Hopefully a little thinner in 2010!
– richer or poorer? Richer. Having a job will do that to ya!

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

Spent more time with hubby, outdoors in the good weather, indoors in the bad weather. 😉

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

Spending time worrying about money. It always seems to worry about.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent Christmas snowed in with the in-laws. It was a great weekend.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Every day I fall in love with my husband more and more. I hope this lasts forever.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

This year Wes and I discovered The Big Bang Theory. That’s our don’t miss Monday night ritual now!

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

Not that I know of!

24. What was the best book you read?

My reading has really taken a hit since I spend most of my time knitting! I tore through the Harry Potter series this year (I’m late, but I get there eventually!), the Twilight series. I also read, and greatly enjoyed, The Namesake.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m pretty hooked on Glee, as it has renewed my love for a capella. I spent another year listening to Pandora, creating my own radio stations to groove to at work!

26. What did you want and get?

A new job. A wonderful first year of marriage with my husband. Time with family and friends.

27. What did you want and not get?

I consider myself lucky this year to have had a job, food on my table, shelter over my head, and healthy and happy loved ones. I couldn’t ask for more.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

No one movie stands out in my mind. We just saw Avatar and the special effects were amazing. Inglorious Basterds was the most enjoyable to see in the theater. The Reader for the incredible acting.

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

This year I turned 31. We celebrated with our annual dinner at Piropos!

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

Achieving our financial goals.

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

Pretty much the same as the rest of my years…tragically neither hip nor funky!

32. What kept you sane?

My wonderful husband. Knitting and my amazing group of knitting friends. Laughing!

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

No celebrity crushes to speak of this year!

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

It was the year for healthcare – I finally had decent insurance where I didn’t get turned down for treatment, denied covered and didn’t have to pay a disproportionate part of my income to be able to see doctors when I needed to. I hope the same will be true for everyone one day.

35. Who did you miss?

I miss all my Los Angeles friends (especially Ndef and Bel!) and Light who is on the east coast now!

36. Who was the best new person you met?

This year I met a fabulous group of individuals online – some of whom I will be meeting in 2010 face to face!

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

Even though I will always worry, things usually work out somehow, so the worry isn’t really necessary!

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

It isn’t 2009, but it’s our song: My Baby Just Cares for Me


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