As seen at Hilaire's and Dr. Crazy's:
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
-Had a baby!
-Taught the SAT
-Taught at a community college
-Lived in a travel trailer at a campground for five months.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions last year. For 2009, I'd like to keep up some daily or near-daily or at least regular progress (darling baby makes daily anything impossible) on my research/academic writing. I'd also like to get into writing essays, a long-promised goal.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME! In addition to me there were blogfriends, somewhat distant but very loving friends, and family of friends who all gave birth this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My folks' family cat.
5. What countries did you visit?
Shockingly, none. But after 2007's adventures, staying in one place was enough.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Money. Much more regular income. And enough of it.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 22: Absurdist Baby's birth!
October 10-11: his due date
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Is having a baby an achievement? Really just getting through the incredible stress of working so hard for so little was a huge achievement. Not getting more depressed than I got after my c-section was a huge achievement. Somehow managing to be on the market and teach two classes while pregnant and then in the first weeks with a baby -- I really don't know how I managed that.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being more gracious.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a minor form of preeclampsia. I also had an unplanned C-section. I did have a terrible cold at one point that taught me that you can cough so much you throw up. I went in to check out a breast lump.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I did not make any fabulous purchases this year.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Absurdist Lover, at least in the five or so months. The world's: we received a lot of needed items like furniture through the whims of fate. One Tired Ema, whose mailed gift makes my continued working life possible. My sister, who has been fabulous.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Judgmental and Rigid Former Friend. When a very good friend of mine told her about some of my life's developments, JRFF said some really hurtful and terrible things, the kinds of things that you don't say about a friend and call her a friend. These things inevitably got back to me (especially since I told my very good friend that I didn't feel I was a good enough friend to JRFF), but when she wrote to me, she was all kindness. Yet I know what she really thinks of me. I've thought often of addressing it, sending her an email telling her I know what she really thinks. But I haven't.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent and bills. Vitamins and supplements for pregnancy. Medical expenses.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Oh the baby, what else? And that I got four interviews at MLA. Christmas.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Probably the MASH theme song, just because I watch that show virtually every day.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, I think, thinner, poorer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I'd written more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas cutting fudge for presents, being with Absurdist Lover and Baby, and then went to my folks and ate Christmas dinner.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Only with Absurdist Baby.
22. How many one-night stands?
Zero, thank you very much.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Judgmental and Rigid Former Friend.
25. What was the best book you read?
I've read very few books this year. Early on in the pregnancy, I could only focus on mysteries -- so I reread Agatha Christie's and read an Elizabeth George. Then I started Middlemarch and was reading it for six months in tiny drips. But I listened to both Steve Martin's Born Standing Up and Barbara Kingsolver et al's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Kingsolver et al get my vote -- yes, even over Middlemarch. (I prefer nonfiction to fiction. I don't mean to. I wanted to be a novelist, for goodness sakes. But there it is.)
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I am totally behind the times and made no musical discoveries this year. In fact, I listened to classical music throughout the pregnancy.
27. What did you want and get?
A very healthy baby. Interviews.
28. What did you want and not get?
Financial stability, though with Absurdist Lover having gotten a full-time job recently, I think our financial position is changing.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Would you believe that even though Sex and the City and Mamma Mia came out this year, I have not seen either. The only movie I saw in the theater this year was The Dark Knight.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
36 (gulp). I took care of the baby and then went out to dinner with the fam.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Financial or romantic stability.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
As long as it covers me up, it's okay.
33. What kept you sane?
34. What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
36. Who did you miss?
Maude. Jane D. All my friends in Grad City.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
My midwife. I also felt like I met my sister all over again.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Nothing happens the way you want it to, but that's okay. Also, having a baby puts you more in touch with your own childhood and sense of wonder.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.