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An Ode to 2007...

or, you know, the yearly meme...

[1] what did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
go on a business trip, see San Fransisco

[2] did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do resolutions, but my motto for the year was "no bullshit in 07" and I think I stuck pretty well to that. And I'm quitting smoking in 08. I've had enough.

[3] did anyone close to you give birth?

[4] did anyone close to you die?
thankfully, no.

[5] what countries did you visit?
Actually, I stayed firmly within the borders of our nation this year.

[6] what would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
ha. Less chaos? A general plan for life? An actual boyfriend?

[7] what date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 17th – the flood
August 18th – My 30th Birthday Celebration

[8] what was your biggest achievement of the year?

[9] what was your biggest failure?
not actually subletting for the summer? Lucky for me I have kick ass friends.

[10] did you suffer any illness or injury?
stupid banana-peel upset has ended my year on an ouchy note with the sprained wrist, etc

[11] what was the best thing you bought?
my gorgeous gown for Audrey's wedding

[12] whose behavior merited celebration?
Audrey & Adam tying the knot, my family for pulling together, Jed & the Ingber-Stearns for their hospitality

[13] whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
esurance for screwing over my dad

[14] where did most of your money go?
California? Ha, and I suppose re-building my wardrobe...

[15] what did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Napa, the Upwelling getting signed.

[16] what song will always remind you of 2007?
The National – Mistaken for Strangers it just… fit this year somehow.

[17] compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
happier I think.

ii. thinner or fatter?
about the same

iii. richer or poorer?

[18] what do you wish you'd done more of?
running. I kept getting derailed by completely unrelated injuries, but I was enjoying it.

[19] what do you wish you'd done less of?
living out of boxes

[20] how will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with my family. Lots and lots of family :)

[22] did you fall in love in 2007?

[23] how many one-night stands?

[24] what was your favorite TV program?
Friday Night Lights!

[25] do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
no. and I feel really good about that.

[26] what was your favorite book?
wow, I read SO much this year... I may have to give it to Harry Potter by default.
Otherwise – Pamela DeBarres' "Im With The Band". Loved it.

[27] what was your greatest musical discovery?
so much of 07 was about new albums from bands I already loved. But I'll go with Mika.

[28] what did you want and get?
for Audrey and Adam to have an amazing wedding day

[29] what did you want and not get?
my life to settle

[30] what was your favorite film of this year?

[31] what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had an amazing weekend of shows and drinks and bbq, and an amazingly beautiful dinner with some of the best friends a girl could ask for. And I was 30.

[32] what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I would have liked a second date.

[33] how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

[34] what kept you sane?
the beach

[35] which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Riggins. Yum.

[36] what political issue stirred you the most?
the utter lack of a presidential candidate that "stirs" me

[37] who did you miss?
Lawrence – who I feel like was MIA for a lot of this year, and Motor.

[38] who was the best new person you met?
Did I meet anyone this year? I guess Aigner. It was good to finally meet him.

[39] tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
in the end, all the "stuff" we hold onto doesn't matter as long as we have our memories. also, we accumulate a lot of CRAP

[40] quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"We expected something, something better than before. We expected something more."