Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Year in Review 2007

Managed to get it up before the end of the month!

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before? Whitewater rafting (on the Colorado River), helped build a house

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I think I did worry less about what people thought of me, but I didn't finish the workbooks I wanted to finish. I prefer "goals" instead of resolutions (it has a more holistic feel as opposed to something that has to be started on January 1st) and this year I'd like to graduate, pay off my car, and open an IRA.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Lauren (to baby Jacob) and Pam (to baby Alicyn)

4. Did anyone close to you die? not this year

5. What countries did you visit? Just the US this year

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? My PhD and a new job

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? October 23rd, because something in lab actually worked.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting into cancer camp finally

9. What was your biggest failure? still labwork, yeesh

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just the usual neck pain that I always seem to have, and a bit of a sunburn from the beach

11. What was the best thing you bought? the Nintendo Wii for Matt's Christmas present

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Mom

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The Hopkins Business Office

14. Where did most of your money go? Old Navy and Starbucks

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Cancer Camp, beach vacation, VaCo concert

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" and just about anything by The Clintons

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? about the same
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? slightly richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Succeeding

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Failing

20. How will you be spending Christmas? We spent Christmas at home, finally!

22. Did you fall in love in 2007? Do you have to fall out of love to fall back in love?

23. How many one-night stands? I still can't think of anything funny to put here.

24. What was your favorite TV program? I watch so much TV, it's hard to say. Carpoolers was funny. And I still like House.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Hate? No way. Don't miss? Probably.

26. What was the best book you read? Memoirs of a Geisha

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Clintons, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Granian

28. What did you want and get? A tempurpedic mattress and American Eagle shoes

30. What was your favorite film of this year? The Bourne Ultimatium

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 26, and Matt got some people together to go bowling. And bought me a pink and green ice cream cake.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? a shorter commute and successful western blots on the first try

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? My personal fashion concept has not changed in like four years. But my closet keeps getting more crowded.

34. What kept you sane? still God, I don't think there's any other explanation

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Paul Adelstein and John Krasinski

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Bush's veto of the appropriations bill that would have properly funded the NIH

37. Who did you miss? Sean and Jen

38. Who were the best new people you met? Ted, Alix, Josh, Ed, Heather, Trevor, Bernadette, Fed, and EVERYONE else at Cancer Camp!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007: You can accomplish anything with enough WD-40 and a good wrench.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: Sticking with the Relient K theme, as usual. "And sometimes I think that I'm not any good at all. And sometimes I wonder why, why I'm even here at all. But then you assure me I'm a little more than useless, And when I think that I can't do this, You promise me that I'll get through this And do something right, do something right for once."

(YIR 2006, 2005)

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