Ah, this old thing. Just as scintillating as it was in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Mmmm, smell the excitement!

I posted my own answers first (SELFISH!), and if you sent me a link to your own answers, they are at the bottom of this questionnaire.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Embarked upon a sane exercise and diet program to lose weight in a healthy manner (and oh man those pictures make me a little snivelly right now, in my current engorged state). Experienced pregnancy while parenting a toddler. Lived through a kitchen remodel. Nothing too exotic, obviously.

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

Here’s what I wrote last year: I guess my resolution will be this: to go into my goddamn garage (a whole twenty feet from my house) at least ONCE a week and punish myself on our equipment so I don’t feel as bad when I eat an entire bag of cookies in front of the TV.

For a while back in the spring, I exceeded that particular resolution. Then I got pregnant and the whole exercise thing went to hell.

I also wrote: I hope I continue to be motivated to pursue writing in various forms, and I want to improve my parenting skills with patience, education, and trusting my instincts.

Yes on the writing, and “eh” on the parenting stuff. Have my parenting skills improved? Probably by trial and error, but I wouldn’t say I’ve been entirely successful in those particular areas I mentioned.

As for 2008 resolutions, well. I have a feeling this is going to be a very tough year—rewarding, to be sure, and hopefully filled with many joyous and happy times, but I do foresee lots of challenges. I hope I get back in a fitness routine, I hope I take on lots of exciting new writing assignments, and I hope I can embrace the new level of parenting we’re about to experience . . . but I also want to stay sane in the process. I think my only resolution is to try and go with the flow and do my best.

(Is that a totally chickenshit resolution, or what?)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend Sarah, who never updates her blog EVER, had a lovely little boy this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank god.

5. What countries did you visit?

Canada—specifically, Tofino—back in October. You should go there too.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

More clarity and motivation in my career, more patience and confidence as a parent.

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

No one single date comes to mind this year, which is the same thing I said last year. BO-RING.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting in shape, definitely, because even though that didn’t turn out to be a year-long endeavor, it taught me I do have the ability to get healthy when I make it a priority. The runner-up would be getting pregnant again, although that certainly required less day-to-day effort.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Here is what I wrote last year: I don’t think there was one incident or issue, but I definitely feel like there have been times over the last year where I didn’t bring it, parenting-wise. I’ve been impatient, bored, and willing to disengage from Riley at times, and I regret that. I want to feel like I am being a great mom most of the time (no one can do it all of the time, let’s be real), even if the circumstances are trying.

Second verse, same as the first. I have the exact same regrets this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Can we count pregnancy as an “illness”? No? Then no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Well, I didn’t buy it, exactly, but the best thing we’ve invested in this year has been the remodel. It’s been worth every single headache, which is something I sincerely doubted I’d ever say. From the miraculous ice-dispensing whatsit on the new fridge to the warm and cozy TV room, it’s improved our domestic lives in many, many little happy ways.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Dog, whose world has become a far less enjoyable place since Riley’s arrival back in 2005, and yet she never complains, always shows love, and never once has taken a much-deserved bite out of the child.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Britney Spears, and myself for giving a shit what Britney fucking Spears does.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Overall, I’m sure our biggest yearly expense would be house payments. Other paycheck-munchers: savings, car payments, daycare, groceries. The usual suspects.

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

I’ve been alternating between dry-mouthed excitement and bowel-loosening terror about this pregnancy since I peed on the damn stick back in June. Sometimes, excitement wins!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?

I think maybe that Salmon Dance song by the Chemical Brothers. It’s not like I listened to it a lot, exactly, it’s just that I’m sure whenever I hear it in the future I’ll remember JB and I dancing around the house singing some of the non-offensive lyrics to Riley: “By the end of the night, everyone was on my team, and the whole club was dancing like a salmon floating up streeeeeam!”

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

a) happier or sadder? Boy, I’m really not sure. About the same, I think.
b) thinner or fatter? More pregnant-er, but maybe less fat still? Ah, wishful thinking.
c) richer or poorer? Financially better off.

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

More hiking, more weekend outings, and more getting out of the house in general. Also, I wish we’d gone camping as a family even once.

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

Feeling impatient and frustrated over everyday parenting challenges, and griping about problems instead of trying to fix them.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Here at our house with JB’s family, followed by a short trip to Port Angeles to see my family. Perfect combo.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

Yes, with my heated kitchen tiles. Oh, and my little family, of course. And the delicious combination of vanilla ice cream and persimmon pudding cake.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

If I am going to be 100% truthful here, I think the program we have most enjoyed this year is . . . oh my god, I’m so embarrassed . . . TMZ. We also watched a lot of Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Weeds, the short-lived and annoying-yet-compelling John From Cincinnati, 30 Rock, and despite its increasing crappiness, Survivor.

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

No, I don’t think so.

24. What was the best book you read?

I think the one that sort of stands out in my memory is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I don’t know if it’s the best book I read all year, but I certainly couldn’t put it down while I was reading it.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Jesca Hoop, maybe. Arcade Fire. Spoon.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted to get pregnant, for REASONS THAT CURRENTLY ESCAPE ME (oh not really) (but kind of? Because jesus do the last weeks of pregnancy ever suck), and lo and behold, I did.

27. What did you want and not get?

Nothing in particular comes to mind, other than “a new president”.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I want to say No Country For Old Men, but that may be because I saw it so recently. I should mention Shoot ‘Em Up, because it was kicked ass and I’m sure it won’t make anyone else’s top film list.

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

We went to Bend to celebrate my birthday, and I turned a sprightly and dewy-skinned 33 this year.

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

If parenting was my dream job.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

In the latter half of the year, I’d say it’s been “Embrace the Belly“. Before then, “Whatever the Hell Fits and Is At Least Marginally Clean”.

32. What kept you sane?

The magical hours between Riley’s bedtime and my own. Caffeine, and lots of it. Friends, family, and everything good about blogging.

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

I’ve never been sure what this question means, but if it means whose earlobe do I want to tongue like a crazed garter snake, I’ll be predictable and say Mr. Clive “Hot Stubble” Owen.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Here’s something scary and depressing, what I wrote one year ago is the exact same thing I’d say today: Maybe the one where we keep bullheadedly persevering in this shitty-ass war where people are dying in droves every day? Or the one where every time Bush opens his mouth I feel frightened for our country and Riley’s future? I can’t choose.

35. Who did you miss?

My boy, when he was at daycare and I was at work. I should clarify that statement with the word “sometimes”, though.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I think I met Ashley within the last year, which I’m immensely glad for. I had the pleasure of meeting some fellow bloggers in person, like Mona, Geeky Mama, and Emily. And there are a lot of people who I haven’t technically met, but have made my year better in a thousand different ways (I’m looking in your direction. Yes, you).

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.

Improving your physical fitness will improve every aspect of your life. Judging other people’s personal choices is poisonous. Children are the best things in the world, even when they’re being shitheads. Let the bad moments go and move forward towards better ones.

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

This is the fourth year I’ve struggled over this damn question. This time, let’s turn to the Talking Heads and some creative interpretation of their classic song “Once in a Lifetime”.

And you may ask yourself / Well, how did I get here?
And you may ask yourself / How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself / Am I right? Am I wrong?
Letting the days go by / Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by / Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
Into the silent water
Once in a lifetime
(Same as it ever was)

All right, and now to your answers, which are least 395% more interesting!

Mandy at iheartchocolate

JennM at dreams

Roseann at living dead girl

Alex at Happily Ever Now

Lawyerish

Alyson at Alyknitsandknits

Eleanor Q.

Gertie at Destination Unknown

Emily at A Little Bit of Me

The Crying Lab

Jonniker

Ashley at Splendid Sustenance

Andrea at Love Is In the Details

Emily at The Omnivore

Tomika at A Balanced Lot

wilddreemer at Tales of a Misguided Mommy (heads up: audio)

Elissa

Christina at Matthew’s Technicolored World

Starr

Eclecta

LauraH at I Promise Not to Laugh During the Seance

Jeanne at Knitty Banter

Jennfer at the overnite note

Kath at A Three Year Plan

Jeanette at Net On the Net

Penny

Mychal at Persistent Teacup

Orange Peacock

Erica at All Dressed Up

Kristen at Hello Jello!

Dillierama

Maya

JennB at productionMaven part deux

Anais at Through My Looking Glass

Carolyn at In the Ocean State

Jill at Fish Needs Bicycle

Bleeding Espresso

Emblita

FishyGirl

Saturn at Brain Fluff Theater

Bethany at . . . That’s Not Great

Jamie at Feet Firmly Planted

Warcrygirl at The Cure for Boredom

Tiffany at Chickeny Goodness

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Nichole at esmon.net

Super Sarah

Average Jane

Dapbim

Jess at Du Wax Loolu

Three Dog Kitchen

Sara at It’s Not About That Anyway

Suebob at red stapler

Ladyloo at Ladyloo Land

Shawna

Leah at A Girl and A Boy

Eliza at Elizalou

Babs at Just Babs

Fairy Dog Mother

Sarah at It’s All In My Head

Kalisah at I Am Not My Hair

Bri at Under the Arch

Melanie at This Mel’s Life

Susie at Susie Songbird

Mona at hello insomnia

Laughing Mommy

velocibadgergirl at Pardon the Egg Salad

Whew! Okay, go read, enjoy, and comment! (Also, many more responses are posted here.)

Happy New Year’s, everyone. I hope 2008 is your best yet.

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SaturnCat
14 years ago

Thanks for the link, lady. And word on #32, especially that part about the magical hours between your child’s bedtime and your own. I’m able to live two lives in a day, practically, thanks to the 8p-11p ‘Me’ block.

Hope 2008 brings you everything you want, and more.

Naomi the Strange
14 years ago

I enjoyed reading your answers! Happy new year!

Amy M.
Amy M.
14 years ago

Yay for being back at work & reading blogs! Thanks for the answers & have a happy new year!

AndreAnna
14 years ago

I peed on Spoon’s tour bus. Well, not ON it, but IN it, I suppose. Swear.

One of my best friends has known the percussionist/keyboardist for years and we went to a show in Philly where said event occurred.

An interesting night to say the least.

warcrygirl
14 years ago

SQUEE!!! Thanks for the linky goodness! Hope your new year brings you many, many rewards. And remember: don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.

Erica
14 years ago

I am inordinately excited about my name and link being on your page. I held up my laptop for my husband to see and literally shouted, “Do you see THAT?? THAT is MY name on SUNDRY’S BLOG! ME! ON SUNDRY’S BLOG!”

And I’m not the tiniest bit ashamed, either.

fairydogmother
14 years ago

Mine is posted over at my blog too. I thought I was being so crafty by waiting until today to hit “publish” and it still showed up as if I published it on Friday.

Maybe I’ll make a new year’s resolution after all: learn to manipulate, or break up with, Blogger.

babs
14 years ago

Thanks for inspiring us all to do this! Here’s mine that I just posted:

http://justbabs.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-years-meme-part-deux.html

Look forward to reading yours and others…

telegirl
telegirl
14 years ago

Loved reading your responses; I’m too lazy to respond but I will say that I am working on becoming fit after having had my baby last February. I am sick of still wearing maternity pants. Gah! I just bookmarked your link to last June’s entry as motivation. Thank you for that and have a very Happy New Year!!!

PS) Does anyone else find the juxtaposition of the two photos of Linda’s belly and Riley above it oddly fascinating?!

workout mommy
14 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your answers and can completely relate with the “magical” bedtime hours. (but why, oh why, do they go by so fast?!)

Happy New Year!

Jeanette
14 years ago

Thanks for that meme. It was fun to do and fun to read other peoples, although any time I read one it made me want to go back and change my answers for better, more enlightened ones!

Matt
14 years ago

Your responses were infinitely cooler/better/more awesomer than mine. Hope this year is as great as the last, I’ll be in England for the first half, so it should be pretty interesting..:-)

kalisah
14 years ago

really? you want to go camping with a toddler? are you mad woman?

I must’ve missed the post asking for links (I thought you were supposed to be on a bloggy vacation??) but I stole this from you last year and, alas, repeated it this year, too.

http://kalisah.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-year-in-review.html

Bri
Bri
14 years ago

SueBob told me to let you know if I did this meme on my blog, so this is me, letting you know. Cheers!
http://stlouistravelphotos.blogspot.com/2007/12/one-more-for-road.html

Yams
Yams
14 years ago

Enjoyed reading your responses and Happy New Year!

Telegirl: neat observation.

Melanie
14 years ago

Got mine in under the wire – http://melwadel.diaryland.com/endof2007.html, Happy New Year to all!

Susie
14 years ago

Thanks for sharing the meme — I really enjoyed reading your responses. It kind of taxed the functional part of my brain, but I played along too:
http://sbdrichard.wordpress.com/2007/12/31/2007-year-in-review/

Happy, happy New Year!!

b.
b.
14 years ago

It only took me a dog’s age to finish it (I’ll pull the Unfair Mommy Card and blame the children!), but I, too, played along this year. :)

http://bandorapress.com/blog/2008/01/im-sundry-lemming.html

laughing mommy
14 years ago

Mine’s up. Thanks for doing this every year. It is so fun to play along!

Lesley
Lesley
14 years ago

You are so right when you say “Improving your physical fitness will improve every aspect of your life”. It’s something I lose sight of when I’m overweight and feeding my junk food habit every day. I keep telling myself that a journey of a thousand pounds begins with the first workout. The one I keep putting off until tomorrow. Looks like tomorrow has arrived once again!

Thanks to your review of Punch Kick and Jam, I acquired several of Chalene’s videos. They really do kick one’s ass back in shape. Another good one I discovered along the way is Kathy Smith’s Kickboxing Workout. Like Chalene’s videos, it takes a little time to master the moves, but her instruction is very good and the time flies by. It’s a kick ass workout that must burn at least 600 calories.

A heads up about one of the films you mentioned liking: No Country for Old Men is a book by Cormac McCarthy. I wonder if he wrote the screen play. I’m dying to see the movie. I highly recommend this book of his: Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness.

Katja
14 years ago

Mine is up and running as well! Thanks for doing this!

Tessa
Tessa
14 years ago

Is anyone else DYING for Josh’s responses?

velocibadgergirl
14 years ago

Coming in late, but I did mine: http://velocibadgergirl.blogspot.com/2007/12/dead-reckoning-linda-at-all-sundry-has.html

Happy New Year, everyone!

fairydogmother
14 years ago

Tessa, YES! I keep checking the comments hoping to see that he has chimed in.

In the meantime I’m spending the morning watching bad movies on Lifetime and meandering my way through the list of everyone else’s responses. I woke up with a fever and a sore throat, and I figured if I have to be sick today I might as well be totally lazy so I really can “enjoy” it.

jonniker
14 years ago

Happy new year, my friend.

Mary
14 years ago

I know I’m late, but I did it! Yours reads much more interestingly than mine, but that’s to be expected when you answer every question with the word “wedding”.

Amber
14 years ago

Mmmm Clive Owen. He does have considerably drool-worthy stubble. Mmm.

lizshaw
14 years ago

I have no doubt that you’ll be able to pick up the exercise and healthy diet thingy again in no time. You’ve proven already that you can do it and you will. Can’t wait for the baby!!!

A shameless plug for my meme:

http://mommydawgsfamouschili.blogspot.com/2008/01/end-of-year-thingy.html

claire
14 years ago

Did mine, too. But i might be too late.

http://somethingsarcastic.blogspot.com/2008/01/2007-year-end-meme.html

Thanks!

Donna
14 years ago

Here’s a link to mine, hope I’m not too late.

http://dmc-donnasblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/reflections-of-time.html

Robyn
14 years ago
Heather
14 years ago

Apparently I am supposed to tell you I did this too ? Happy New Year !

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