Year in Review

Stolen from Susan

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1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Traveled to both coasts--New England and Kalifournia.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any, so yep.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
One of the founders of our church died, but no one too close, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
United States of America. New England ("That's, like, in America, right?")

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A hobby.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
10 February -- my daughter's first birthday.
17 September -- 3rd Anniversary!
01 October -- sold my White Elephant. Gave up being a car guy.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning to love my family and live a genuine life free of contempt.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Gaining 15 pounds.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yeah, various colds, flu, stomach stuff.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Time with Denise.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My wife's.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Every political and financial leader.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, vacations, food...usual stuff.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- Buying upgrades for the BMW. Selling the Camry. Wait, that was in August.
- Buying a motorcycle and going on rides with my Dad.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2008?
Katie Perry's "I Kissed a Girl"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier/sadder,thinner/heavier,richer/poorer?
much happier, heavier, richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise. Played with my kids.

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?!
Family and in-laws.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
My wife.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

23. How many one night stands in this last year?
Gaah! None!

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy, House.

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

26. What was the best book(s) you read?
Uh..."Programming ActionScript 2.0" :-(

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That current music sucks. That I'd actually PREFER listening to the Backstreet Boys than anything currently on popular radio.

28. What did you want and get?
an iPod Nano

29. What did you want and not get?
a motorcycle.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?

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

32. What's one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Actually buying a dang motorcycle! (Provided I didn't crash & die)

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
business casual--Izod shirts and docker pants.

34. What kept you sane?
Prayer. My wife & kids.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Sarah Palin.

37. Whom did you miss?
Friendships that, in hindsight, never existed.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Probably Tim or some of those very hardworking guys in CPD Firmware. Great guys, impossible mission.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Your attitude is your choice. You may choose joy or misery--rest assured no one cares which. They will celebrate and feel affirmed if you remain mired alongside them; they will throw stones should you espouse joy and optimism. Choose again: Choose not to care. Choose to change regardless. Find reward in each smile and each genuine moment of friendship, caring and love.


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