Happy New Year!
Here’s my 2009 recap, swiped from Linda and Kaitlyn. Happy, safe holiday to everyone!
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Had a baby, became a step-mama, and I loved my job. I learned to surf. And in Costa Rica, I leapt off a really tall platform hooked to a bungee cord and swung through the rainforest like Tarzan.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I had any for last year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Loads of people gave birth: Jen, Greg(‘s wife), Amy, the other Amy, Nancy, Liza, Allyson, Quinn…
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Costa Rica and Australia.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
My creative mojo, and my old body. As soon as I got pregnant, I stopped feeling inclined to write creatively, even though I went to my writing group religiously. And… I’d like to feel fit and in shape again.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Oh, December 10 comes to mind. Welcome to the world, baby Lydia!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Well, I grew and delivered another human being, which has more to do with the miracle of biology than my own personal efforts. And one of my poems was selected for a pretty competitive publication, and I’m proud of that.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I’m struggling with breastfeeding, though I have my lactation consultant’s number on speed dial. It’s slowly improving, but so far I feel like I’m failing at that.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had some nasty bug last spring that involved projectile awfulness in mass quantities.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
An upgrade on our honeymoon cabin. Oh, and one of these. Freedom! Do you know what a pain in the ass it is to have to hold those godforsaken breast-pump cups up with both hands for 20 minutes several times a day? You can’t even scratch your nose, much less change the channel or type while you pump. Not that I’m pumping and wearing one right now (in leopard print, no less) while I’m typing. But, er, yeah, NEXT QUESTION.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband’s. He found out early this year that he has a nine-year-old daughter, and he handled that situation with grace, maturity and love. He’s become a fantastic father to both Mil and our new baby Lydia. And my God, I was a hormonal train-wreck many times this year, and he took outstanding care of me.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Student loans, savings and maternity pants with those elastic waist-bands that stretch all the way up to your boobs.
15. What did you get really excited about?
I decided on a whim to go to Australia—and WOW that was a fabulous decision. I skipped the whole end of a Minneapolis winter. Of course, I was psyched about the baby…
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Lullaby by Dan Wilson, and Porch Light by Brianna Lane.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier
– thinner or fatter? Fatter
– richer or poorer? Richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Cry. Totally all hormones, not circumstances.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my parents and older sister, husband and new baby at our place. It was lovely.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes. Her name is Lydia Elise.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hm. Pretty sure I hated all the same people the year before.
24. What was the best book you read?
Pain Free Childbirth.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
To get pregnant, which happened really quickly for us. To build my business and publish some articles.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Precious. Devastating and brilliant.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
33. Pedicure and dinner with friends.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If Scott had come to Australia with me, that would have been fabulous.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Rotund. It included far too much elastic, much larger sizes and bigger bras.
32. What kept you sane?
Knowing that at the end of the pregnancy I’d get to bring home a new baby. And sleep—napping is good.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Healthcare. Everyone (EVERYONE) should have healthcare.
35. Who did you miss?
All my long distance friends in Portland and Australia.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
There are more than one—all the people in my writing group. Nearly everyone in there is at least 1 generation older than me, and I adore them.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
I learned how absolutely big the heart can grow.