Survey Schmirvey

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One of my happiest days in ’07

Happy New Year! Today is the last day of Holidailies. I’m kind of sad to see it end. But also relieved. Posting for the sake of posting (as I did so many days in the past month) is not what I set out to do when I started blogging.

So for for the last time, here’s an obligatory post – just to fulfill the quota. Feeling sort of in a List Mood, so when I came across this survey at another Holidailies blogger’s site, I decided to copy. Thanks, Margaret.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Participated in a marathon as a walker.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn’t have any in ’07 that I can remember. In 2008 – for each hour I spend blogging, I will spend an hour writing material for a book.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Andy’s sister.

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

5. What places did you visit?
Started ’07 in D.C., went to Chicago in June, Maryland in August, Santa Fe in November.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More free time to write. Seems doubtful due to changes at work & my desire to train again for a marathon – but I’m going to will the time into existance with my amazing powers of intention. And that won’t involve leaving the job all together, either.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

June 3rd – the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego
June 18 – had a really fun time in Chicago with Andy
August 18th – Andy and I had an amazing time in Ojai
August 31st – had a wonderful reunion with my Mom & Dad
September 1st – had a great day with my family back in Maryland
December 25th – sharing Christmas with my family was very much a big gift

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Walking in the marathon; somewhat of a career change; going back to WW & started losing weight again; helping to plan my H.S. 20 year reunion even though I was unable to attend.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I may have missed out on some opportunities to be a better friend, girlfriend, sister or daughter.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thankfully no. I don’t think I even had a cold. Pretty cool.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A clean bill of dental health.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I prefer that celebrations not be contingent upon behavoir.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and distressed?
Once or twice, my own did. And I agree with Margaret – the Bush administration and some assassins definitely inspired distress and horror.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off old debts to dear Mr. Citibank. Getting free feels good.

15. What did you get really really really excited about?
Being in the marathon; starting to blog; seeing Kings of Leon with Andy; editing DVD slide shows for family.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Anything by Kings of Leon.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you

a. happier or sadder? Less happy due to work stress.
b. thinner or fatter? Thinner! Yes!
c. richer or poorer? Richer financially and in self-confidence.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had read more books. I wish I had kept up with lifting weights.

19. How did you spend Christmas last year?
As in last week? It was (ironically) our first Christmas in California. It used to be we’d go to my brother’s home in Maryland every year. However, this time around, his family vacationed at Disneyworld resulting in our staying put & having Mom & Dad join us here.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
There are several (which I watch on DVD so as not to miss a glance or grimace offered by any character at any time) – Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Veronica Mars, 30 Rock, Homicide . . . and recently completed Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

21. What did you do for your birthday in 2007?
Andy took me out for an incredibly romantic dinner at Loews.

22. What was the best book you read?
I really enjoyed “A Northern Light”, which I read in order to decide what to give my niece for her birthday.

23. Did you make some new friends this year?
Yes – via 30Voices and blogs it lead me to. Also made some new friends at work and church.

24. Whom did you miss?
Grandma & Frank.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Doing good = feeling good. Doing bad = feeling bad. It’s not always that simple, but often times, it actually can be that simple.

I have to say, I know what doesn’t come down to merit – comes down to luck. And I do feel damn lucky. The cars around us on the freeway stayed in their lanes. We didn’t hate our jobs so awfully much that we were disgusted into quitting. My parent’s doctors didn’t make any fatal mistakes. The children in my immediate circles were safe.

So much of daily comfort comes down to dumb luck. And so far, luck’s been on my side. I’m so very thankful.

I wish you all a safe & happy 2008. Thanks for reading. And to my writing sisters, thanks for sharing your work with me.

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