December 26, 2006

Hello from the southern Oregon coast, where it has been raining like a sonuvabitch ever since we arrived on Monday. If we all wash away in a muddy avalanche of rainwater and half-deflated holiday lawn decorations, will somebody please pick up Cat from our Bellevue vet and give her a good home? She will make a fantastic pet, especially if you enjoy animals that sit around plotting evil schemes and stroking their tiny diabolical beards all day.

We had a great Christmas, over at JB’s brother’s house in Eugene. Everyone had a fun time visiting and opening gifts, and Riley was vastly entertained by all the activity. I hope you all had a good holiday, too.

Some pictures:

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Christmas morning. I wear that damn sweater every year.

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How you doin’?

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Crazy-huge waves on the coast at Shore Acres park. That’s JB standing at the edge of the cliff.

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More giant waves, captured while we stood there getting soaked with saltwater.

I’ve mentioned before that JB’s brother Joe is a funeral director; well, on Sunday he got a call and I found myself asking if he’d mind if I watched him work. I’m pretty sure this is the first time anyone has ever made that request to Joe, and he was more than happy to oblige, so I came along to the funeral home and watched him embalm the body of an elderly woman. It was really interesting and creepy and I’m going to post a whole entry detailing the experience, which I will give you fair warning about in case that’s not the sort of blog-reading you signed up for.

So there’s that to look forward to, here at sundrymourning.com (what do you mean you are not on TENTERHOOKS), and my now-annual New Year’s meme/thing, which I am hoping you participate in on your own website. Here are the questions, and if you post your own answers please let me know so I can link to you.

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? 
b) thinner or fatter? 
c) richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
27. What did you want and get?
28. What did you want and not get?
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
36. Who did you miss?
37. Who was the best new person you met?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Okay, enough housekeeping for now. I’ll be posting this week over here (mmm, contractually-obligated frequency), so come say hi.

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wordgirl
15 years ago

Those pictures of the waves are completely awe-inspiring. As for the funeral director observation…I think I’d be curious myself. The mechanics of death, whether we choose to observe them or not, are real and necessary. I can’t wait to read about your observations.

Pete
Pete
15 years ago

The wave pictures are just great. Any chance of you posting a larger size for a wallpaper? After Six feet under it would be great to hear something else on the process (pix ?).

Happy Holiday

Cassie
15 years ago

I am excited to read about the embalming observations. I’m going to do the meme, but not post it until New Year’s Eve.

Tracy
15 years ago

Those waves are crazy! Great pictures.

Also – answered the meme. Apparently I need to start paying more attention to the books, movies, and music I listen to over the year…

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Shana
Shana
15 years ago

I answered your meme and posted them at my website.

Your little boy is getting so damn cute. And those wave pictures are absolutely awesome!

Pete
Pete
15 years ago

I got tired of designing a database schema so I thought I would answer your meme/thing

1. Traveled cross country in a fifth wheel
2. If you don’t make’em you can’t break’em
3. Nope.
4. Nope.
5. Canada. (Does that count?)
6. Congress oversight
7. None
8. Didn’t get pissed and quit my job
9. Didn’t get pissed and quit my job
10. No
11. 30 inch monitor
12. ??
13. ??
14. The money pit called our house.
15. Nothing (pretty sad)
16. ??
17. The same
18. Rode my bike
19. Worried (I’m a parent)
20. On my Visa card
21. Many times.
22. Only in my dreams
23. House
24. The Republican Party
25. Shogun
26. IPod
27. Democratic Congress
28. Impeachment
29. None that stand out
30. Ate candy (Halloween) 49
31. IPO
32. Blue jeans and Hawaiian shirts.
33. Counting the days until retirement
34. Al Gore
35. Long list.
36. Older kids (out of state)
37. nobody, I gotta get out more.
38. Don’t die
39. You can’t always get what you want (no) But if you try sometimes you just might find You get what you need

briar
15 years ago

I had nearly forgotten about your yearly meme!!!! This is now my third year doing it — It’s a fabulous meme, and about the only one I can stand doing :)

Your family looks so beautiful this Christmas! Hope you have a happy new year, too.

Alex
15 years ago

I answered. :)

I, too, am looking forward to the dead people post.

Gertie
15 years ago

Greetings Sundry!
I answered your meme in my journal.

JennB
JennB
15 years ago

I’ll be answering your questions in my journal:

http://www.opaqueprintproduction.com/jbblog

Bring on the embalming! I have a sick interest in that kind of stuff. Happy holidays to you and your family!

Dawn
15 years ago

I just did that yesterday! It’s like I’m psychic or something. Also, those waves are insane.

Alexandra
15 years ago

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Caving – my sister flew in from Australia and we spent a weekend in June at Mammoth Cave, KY. Wow, I could so make a tasteless joke about something called Mammoth Cave KY … better not.

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

I did and I have the same continuing one – try and do the best things for you, not what seems like a good idea at the time. I have another that might a little easier to define – pay off my Mastercard.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Neither figuratively nor literally.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

I went to Australia for three weeks earlier in the year, then also went to KY and TX this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

Self-acceptance.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t think I had any days that significant this year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Another year of raising a bright, happy, well-adjusted three-year-old.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being about to resolve my inner-conflict about my recent divorce.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had the flu for thr first time in my life – I literally had to lay on the couch for two days .. it hurt to brush my hair!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

2004 Ford F-150

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Charlotte’s willingness to share and be polite – unheard of in the more-terrible threes.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Most of the city government of Memphis, TN indicted in the Federal Tennessee Waltz scandal.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, bills, same old stuff – oh and various trips this year.

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

My sister’s visit in June.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Like We Never Loved Before – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

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

Depending on the day I swing between happier and sadder, but I am thinner and richer, so I should be happier!

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

Home improvement stuff

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

Working on weekends and late at night.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Charlotte (the bug) and I will be at home quietly anticipating Santa.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?

No.

22. How many one-night stands?

None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Office.

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

The only person I hate I have hated since November 15th 2000 – I don’t imagine anything is going to change that … although there may be some resolution coming.

25. What was the best book you read?

I don’t have a lot of time for reading but I really enjoyed “Candy and Me” by Hilary Liftin (light) and “Burned Alive” by Souad (heavy).

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

No musical discoveries this year … oh, wait a minute, does K-Fed count? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ugh

27. What did you want and get?

Respect from my workplace peers …. oh, did you mean for Christmas? DVD of To Kill A Mockingbird.

28. What did you want and not get?

To be able to accept my own decisions / actions ….

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

This is a hard one – I saw some good movies this year. First that comes to mind is The Departed.

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

I was 34 and I don’t remember – birthdays aren’t a big deal to me.

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

Actually gettting around to committing to paying for and laying hardwood in my living room (I don’t really have a lot to complain about do I?)

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Buy things that flatter your figure (as it is, not as you wish it was); not things that are “in fashion”.

33. What kept you sane?

Charlotte

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

Matt Damon / Joaquin Phoenix – it’s a toss-up

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

I can’t vote, so I try not to dwell on those things … because I’m not a citizen, not because I’m a felon.

36. Who did you miss?

Clare the most, especially after she left.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Wow – I woudl have to say Marti.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

Things don’t always work out the way you hope they will – but that doesn’t mean you failed, not completely anyway.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year

If you’re going through hell, keep on going – Rodney Atkins

Ang
Ang
15 years ago

WOW! Those waves!

Glad you had a merry Christmas; we did too!

jonniker
15 years ago

I’ll meme this on New Year’s Eve. Goddamn, those pictures are gorgeous!

Rae
Rae
15 years ago

I totally followed the pack. My meme is on my site. :)

Amy
Amy
15 years ago

Is that kid STILL holding the Burt’s Bees??? Has he ever put it down? ;)

erica
15 years ago

I did the meme on my site, too.

I bet Christmas was way more fun this year now that Riley’s old enough to be aware of what’s going on. It’ll probably be even better next year.

When I read about you watching Joe work, all I could think about was “They start with the noses.” Did her cat eat her? heehee!

Amy
Amy
15 years ago

Those waves look pointy sharp! So cool. Merry Christmas.

LMR
LMR
15 years ago

Well here is my meme, thanks for making me think about things and for those incredible wave photos, and for being a great blog all year.

1.What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Went to the big island in Hawaii

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions other than just to try to be better

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Adrienne

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bunko

5. What countries did you visit?
None

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
the ability to quit worrying about making everyone happy

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Election Day 2006 – finally a Democratic congress

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
working out pretty consistently until the holidays hit

9. What was your biggest failure?
failing to live in the moment and take things one day at a time

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
just the flu

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a Prius

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Richard Branson for pledging $3M to fight global warming, Americans for finally getting fed up with the status quo

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
GW Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc

14. Where did most of your money go?
mortgage, day-care, random consumer crap I probably didn’t need

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
my son learning new things – writing his name, reading signs, riding a 2 wheel bike

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
maybe Ooh la la by Goldfrapp

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?a) happier or sadder? ?b) thinner or fatter? ?c) richer or poorer?
I’m about the same in my personal life – happy, sadder since seeing An Inconvenient Truth, not much thinner, but in better shape, poorer since buying a more expensive house

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
spent more time with my son, taken more vacation days, enjoyed the moments with my son and husband while they were happening

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
we spent Christmas at home just my husband, son and I for the first time ever

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
no – I stayed in love

22. How many one-night stands?
none

23. What was your favorite TV program?
embarrassingly there were lots – Battlestar Galactica, Rome, Entourage, Heroes, the Amazing Race

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
not that I can think of – same old hates

25. What was the best book you read?
World War Z

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Candyman – I never thought I’d love a song by Christina Aguilera

27. What did you want and get?
a Prius

28. What did you want and not get?
new windows for our house

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I think I’ve only see Casino Royale, so that’s it

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 37, don’t remember what I did, mine gets lumped in with my husband’s which is a week later and our anniversary which is just after that

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more vacation time

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
for work generally classic things that will be acceptable for more than 5 minutes, for home, whatever is comfortable and fits

33. What kept you sane?
my husband, my son, good books, good TV

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Al Gore/Daniel Craig

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
global warming, the war in Iraq

36. Who did you miss?
Bunko

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I don’t think I’ve met anyone new this year – that should be a resolution for 2007

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
at work the philosophy is what have you done for me lately, so I’d better keep doing things

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
No song lyric, but my favorite quote that describes most of my life is: Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor to compensate him for what he is

Melissa
15 years ago

As a first-time commenter, I would just like to say that your blog is fantastic. And I found your yearly meme a few days ago while perusing your archives (and also avoiding doing work). I stuck my answers here. Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

Mychal
15 years ago

I’ve read your yearly meme before, but this was my first year answering it for myself. Here it is. I almost always enjoy looking back at a finished year.

Chataine
Chataine
15 years ago

Wow, I can’t even comprehend waves that big. Awesome pictures. Also, I love your yearly meme, and did it on my site. I’m with Tracy – I didn’t realize how hard it would be to remember all of that stuff (music, books, etc.).

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warcrygirl
15 years ago

I don’t remember if I did this last year, but I did it now. http://warcrygirl.com/?p=380

Awesome pics of those waves, btw.

Melissa
15 years ago

Happy Holidays to you & your family. :)

My beloved baby boy napped long enough for me to do the whole meme! Woohoo!

Lawyerish
15 years ago

THE WAVES. Holy crap.

I apparently have a problem with impatience, so instead of waiting until New Year’s Eve, I went ahead and answered the meme on my site today. My answers are painfully boring, I’m afraid, and mostly they demonstrate that I have some kind of progressive amnesia and/or senility. Music? Movies? Wha…? Also, you’d think from my numerous “Felicity” references that I am living in 1998 (maybe I should send some love letters to Keanu Reeves while I’m here!); but no. I am just behind.

http://www.lawyerish.com/lawyerish/2006/12/best_year_ever.html

Roz
Roz
15 years ago

Delurking to comment…my father was a mortician. We owned (actually, I still have part intrest in) a funeral home. I sewed up my first autopsy when I was 9 (my father never thought the corner did a good enough job, despite what you see on CSI). This seemed totally normal to me…it was not until I was in Jr. high that I realized how many folks were totally grossed out at the thought of dead bodies, and no person more so than the man I married! My parents lived across the street from the funeral home they owned and I don’t think he stepped foot inside more than 3 times in the whole of our 25 year marriage before they passed away. My brother now runs it…and he has never been back since the day we buried my Dad. (Mom went a few years before). It is all in what you grow up with…Re…the other posting at the other site….if Riley grows up with the butchering thing, it will be normal…as it is to your husband…yes, I would let him if your husband was there and he was so inclined…the meme thing I will have to think about…is fun, but I’m just not sure I have the energy to even THINK that much! Okay…back to lurking…with great enjoyment!

Orange Peacock
15 years ago

I can’t link to my blog, but I’m definitely going to further infect the world with your meme. It’s a good one.

Those waves are both beautiful and TERRIFYING. The kind of stuff I have nightmares about.

Jo
Jo
15 years ago

Right, here goes:
1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
– Moved back in with my parents after my 4 year relationship ended.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
– Never make them really but if I did they’d be the usual-eat less crap, exercise more, swear less etc
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
– No
4. Did anyone close to you die?
– No
5. What countries did you visit?
– I didn’t leave little old NZ but will be in 2007
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
– A trip overseas
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
– 12th November (when I got told that ‘I love you but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with you’ – ouch)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
– Getting a promotion at work
9. What was your biggest failure?
– Putting up with far too much shit from L (the now-ex)
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
– A couple of colds but nothing major
11. What was the best thing you bought?
– 4GB blue ipod nano and my first pair of flash sunglasses
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
– My parents and friends who’ve been my strength over the last 7 weeks
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
– L, he’s not the person he was and too many tears have been shed over him
14. Where did most of your money go?
– Rent, bills, saving for overseas trip plus the obligatory coffees and trashy mags
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
– Can’t actually think of anything, how sad! I’m excited about bigger and better things in 07 tho
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
– Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
– a) sadder ; b) thinner-being dumped is helping my jeans become looser; c) richer maybe by a tad
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
– Sitting back and relaxing
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
– Work!
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
– I spent it with extended family at my aunty’s house, drank too much & ate too much as per usual
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
– No, I fell out of it if anything :(
22. How many one-night stands?
– None
23. What was your favorite TV program?
– Greys Anatomy, Prison Break, The Amazing Race
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
– L, and apparently we’re still sposed to be friends, tell me, does that ever work?!
25. What was the best book you read?
– The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
– Snow Patrol, Keane
27. What did you want and get?
– A challenge in my job
28. What did you want and not get?
– More money, to be able to end the year with an intact relationship
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
– Borat, POTC 2
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
– I was 24 and I took a day off work and had a girly day shopping and lunching with my Mum :)
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
– Still having a happy relationship with L (are we noticing a theme? sorry, it’s all a bit raw!)
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
– Dressy casual, wearing jeans wherever possible
33. What kept you sane?
– My friends
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
– Wentworth Miller (I refuse to believe perezhilton.com that he’s gay!) and Johnny Depp
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
– The Iraq War
36. Who did you miss?
– My grandparents
37. Who was the best new person you met?
– Kim
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
– People change
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
– “And it’s beginning to get to me / That I know more of the stars and sea / Than I do of what’s in your head” and “We need to feel breathless with love / And not collapse under its weight / I’m gasping for the air to fill /My lungs with everything I’ve lost” from ‘It’s Beginning to Get to Me’ by Snow Patrol. And the whole song of ‘Better Be Home Soon’ by Crowded House

Oh, and without wanting to sound too fan-girlish, your blog rocks! I love reading it and seeing your awesome photos (wave pics are stunning and Riley just keeps getting cuter). All the best for 2007 Sundry and all my fellow commenters!! J :)

Phew, that was long, sorry!

SaturnCat
15 years ago

My take on the meme/thing is up, here:

http://saturncat.diaryland.com/061228_62.html

Thanks!

Erin
15 years ago

I did the meme, but I did it on my site instead…

Happy Holidays! :)

Mrs. Why
15 years ago

I did it, I liked it, Happy New Year.

GoingLoopy
15 years ago

I’ll probably answer the meme (even though I think that’s a silly word)…and I love the Oregon coast. It’s incredible. I want to live there and see those waves out my window every day.

nstig8r
15 years ago

if you thought visiting joe’s place of work was interesting perhaps you should check out the book “stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers” by mary roach. i picked it up at a yardsale & it was great! she has a mildly sick sense of humor, which made it a better read for me, but it really is an interesting look at a subject that i didn’t know hardly a thing about!

Jessica
15 years ago

I did the meme too. Riley is so grown up now!!

kimblahg
15 years ago

I done did it and I’d do it again.

MLE
MLE
15 years ago

I did your meme, Sundry. Good questions.
(also, awesome ocean pictures. I miss the ocean.)

filakia
15 years ago

December 28, 2006

Here’s a go at the 2006 meme:

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

An intensive foreign language program; learned to salsa and merengue. A little.

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

I never make specific resolutions. I just make a general promise to myself to try to become a better person — but always to try to work harder at school and lose some weight.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My former boyfriend (of three years) and his wife had a beautiful little girl.

4. Did anyone close to you die

My grandfather (father’s father), in Feb. But he was in his 90s and had lived a long and healthy life.

5. What countries did you visit

Canada

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006

ABD status

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The time I spent in Canada this summer, because it was an important experience for me in many ways.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

My very good placement and performance in the Presidio run I did in November.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I hope it won’t be a delayed-onset failure, which would be that I failed to devote adequate time to preparing for my comprehensive exams (scheduled for the spring).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Suffered some kind of strange knee sprain in mid-autumn. It’s getting better, though, and I’m still not sure how it happened in the first place.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I didn’t buy it myself, but the best consumer product purchased this year was my iPod Nano. Love. It. How did I survive without it?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Perhaps Steven? For being, as far as I know, a devoted partner. Otherwise, I can’t think of anyone in particular.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Eric’s.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Shopping. Way too much!

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

Nothing got me “really, really, really” excited in advance; maybe our trip to San Francisco at Thanksgiving . . . but after the fact, I am really, really, really excited about my iPod!

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”

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

I think I am happier; I know I am thinner (hope it stays that way!!!); and I am defintely poorer, thanks to some very expensive car repairs and some shopping excesses.

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

More schoolwork. I still worry it hasn’t been nearly enough.

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

Slacking off. Watching tv.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

My parents came to visit, and they just left. It was a good visit and a nice Christmas.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Not exactly. But I enjoyed an intense infatuation.

22. How many one-night stands?

none

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The only network show I watch regularly is “Lost.”

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

No one new, exactly.

25. What was the best book you read?

I just don’t have time to read books for pleasure; time spent reading better be spent reading academic books.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I love the Scissor Sisters.

27. What did you want and get?

Many items of clothing. Bare Escentuals make-up. Beautiful weather in CA when we visited at Thanksgiving.

28. What did you want and not get?

Adequate friendship and affection — and basic respect — from a particular person.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Departed.

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

I turned 35, and Steven and I both were sick on my birthday. (He had been sick first and kindly shared it with me. Happy Birthday!) We shuffled out to dinner, just for a little salad, at a neighborhood restaurant. That’s it. A fancier dinner was supposed to be rescheduled but never was.

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

See the answer to #28. That whole incident was really the downer of the year.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Ha! I wish I had a personal fashion concept. But I find I’ve gotten a little “edgier” — if a person whose wardrobe comes 98% from the Gap, Banana Republic, and J. Crew can be considered in any way “edgey.” But I’ve worn things, like Goth-purple nail polish, and skinny jeans tucked into high boots, that I wouldn’t in the past have considered trying.

33. What kept you sane?

Running. Esp. with my iPod.

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

None. Jude Law has lost his appeal, thanks to Nannygate.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

I’m not very political, but Israel’s bombing and invasion of Lebanon infuriated me, as does Isreal’s general treatment of its Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians.

36. Who did you miss?

Steven

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Joanne

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

It’s not a lesson, per se, but I have to keep reminding myself to try to let go of things that bother me, instead of stewing and stewing over things — epsecially people — I can’t control. Also: be careful of who you trust.

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

“I remember . . . when I lost my mind. There was something so pleasant about that place; even your emotions had an echo in so much space.”

Tiffany
15 years ago

I did the meme!

Schnozz
15 years ago

You know, I liked you before, but the fact that you asked to watch someone get embalmed lifts you like sixteen rungs on the Schnozz Respect Ladder.

LLL
LLL
15 years ago

Glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas (even if it was raining like hell here in Oregon). Her’s the link to my meme answers, I like this “traditon”: http://www.littlelively.blogspot.com

Jennifer
15 years ago

Here’s my .02, Merry New Year!

Jenny
15 years ago

Am starting on meme-thing now at d-land. Thanks.

Katie
15 years ago

I did the survey-dealie at my website as well: http://pedanticmusings.blogspot.com/2006/12/my-first-survey.html

velocibadgergirl
15 years ago

My Midwestern mind is totally blown by those waves. Holy kamole.

I’m also doing the meme over at my blog. :D

Angela
15 years ago

Just wanted to say thanks to whichever of your readers recommended Fingersmith! I read it and it was fantastic.

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Trader2699
15 years ago

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing! Long time reader, first time commenter…

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? I became 29!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t make ’em, and if I did, I wouldn’t keep ’em, just to buck the system.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
5. What countries did you visit? Stayed in the US of A and enjoyed it.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? More bad television, more fun times.
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 31st, finally finished my degree, and Sept 1st, started my new job.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Not killing the yappy dog next door. I love dogs, but when it’s constantly a surprise that I’m pulling into/out of my own driveway every single day, I thing mutticide might be in order.
9. What was your biggest failure? I accidentally crashed one of our servers here at work. Of course it was an accident, quit looking at me like that…
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just a chest cold that snuck in here at the end, can’t seem to shake the cough.
11. What was the best thing you bought? The XBOX 360, it is almost as good as a wife.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My wife’s for not killing me when I mentioned #11’s answer in front of some friends.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Mine. Every. Single. Day.
14. Where did most of your money go? Computers, peripherals, games….let’s not forget clothes, food and shelter as well.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? See #11.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006? “Sugar We’re Going Down” -Fall Out Boy
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? Excercise, time with family, playing guitar.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Sitting and watching TV, eating horrible food.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? At the parent’s house, dinner, presents, egg nog!
21. Did you fall in love in 2006? Yes, just like I have every single day since 1999.
22. How many one-night stands? Zero!
23. What was your favorite TV program? Deadwood….that counts right?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Still hate the same people.
25. What was the best book you read?”1984″ by Geroge Orwell, I reread it in March.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? That I can record and mix my own music on my mac.
27. What did you want and get? The Superman Ultimate Collectors Edition
28. What did you want and not get? Nothing at all.
29. What was your favorite film of this year? V For Vendetta, without a doubt.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 29, and the wife and I had a nice bottle of bubbly and went out for a steak.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More money, more toys, health and happiness to all, yadda, yadda…
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Simple, comfortable.
33. What kept you sane? Bourbon and good cigars.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Do people stil say “fancy?” j/k, none of them, really.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? Anything W says or does, really.
36. Who did you miss? People i didn’t see enough of, the list is too long.
37. Who was the best new person you met? My boss. A great guy, and a master of the dirty joke.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. Always do whatever’s next.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “in the sought for matter when the words blame you
in a blood red summer I’ll give you” Coheed and Cambria

Josh
Josh
15 years ago

Holy fruitcake Batman. Santa was good to me but I wasn’t anywhere near lucky enough to watch an old lady preped for decomposition. I’ll be looking forward to seeing an in depth, graphic description of your adventure. Spare us no details, the squeamish can leave whenever they want.

And on a side note, how close to those crazy wave shore-cliffs can you get without serious danger of death? Because that looked pretty awesome.