2007 MEME

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

Well for starters, I gave birth and went on maternity leave. All very new for me.

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

I made a resolution not to make and/or keep any resolutions, so yes, I guess I kept that.

In the new year, I’d like to become more patient and understanding.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one extremely close but I met someone through chlidbirth class.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandfather just died a couple days ago.

5. What countries did you visit?

I did not leave the country this year due to pregnancy and lack of funds.

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

More confidence in myself and more push to find a career job instead of just a job job.

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

August 29th, when my son as born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Well, as if you already weren’t sick of hearing about it, I think birthing a kid was a pretty big achievement. Personally, making it through his first six weeks was a pretty hard time.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I guess along the same lines as my new goals, I felt like I wasn’t very patient or understanding when it came to my husband and family.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major, thankfully.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I don’t put too much stock in material things but I guess I am pretty happy with all the stuff we got to remodel the room for the baby.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Ash, because he had to learn the ropes of new fatherhood and do a lot of things that pregnancy and birth would not allow me to do myself.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Half of the people we keep reading about in the media. But other than that, no one.

14. Where did most of your money go?

The normal bill-type things and a lot of lattes.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was really really excited the moment this child exited my body because it was finally mine again!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?

Hmm, I think “Crazy for you”by Madonna. Sure it’s not new but I sang it to Elliot a lot in his first few weeks on this planet.

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

a) happier or sadder? I think happier
b) thinner or fatter? fatter but it’s pregnancy weight.
c) richer or poorer? Financially better off.

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

I wish I had exercised more during pregnancy and that I had read more to Elliot when he was a tiny baby.

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

Less worrying.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

My parents came up before Christmas, then my in-laws were here, and then the family on my dad’s side got together for a funeral. Not the best way to punctuate the holiday but it was good to see people.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

Yes, with my newborn son. The moment I laid eyes on that tiny little alien that was thrust upon my chest all gooey and new, I was deeply in love.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Seriously? I got way too addicted to all the baby shows on TLC.

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?

The best book I read was probably Watchmen. Do graphic novels count?

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Hmm, Dragonforce or rediscovering Air Supply.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted a healthy baby boy and… voila.

27. What did you want and not get?

Nothing, I suppose. Some of the things I want are too silly to even think they’d actually happen.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I think the best film I saw this year (and it was on TV) was Everything is Illuminated.

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

I was 28 and I don’t think we did a damn thing. Well, we went to dinner.

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?

For when I was pregnant: “Everyone in Polos” and afterwards, “Rediscover the sweatpant”

32. What kept you sane?

Walking with my new friend once the baby was born, little bits of caffeine when pregnant, ham, egg and cheese biscuits from a bakery on the way to work, and lots of reading.

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

This year, I don’t think anyone.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?

I don’t get all fired up about that stuff because it stressed me out.

35. Who did you miss?

I missed the people from work and how they’d randomly come into my office to talk.
36. Who was the best new person you met?

I guess, Joanna, from childbirth class.

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

Be patient with your children and appreciate every single moment you share with them because they change right before your eyes.

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

And someone is calling my name
From the back of the restaurant
And someone is playing a game
In the house that I grew up in
And someone will drive her around
Down the same streets that I did
On the same streets that I did

Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it
Smile like you mean it 

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