It’s that time again, kids. I never post on this damn thing anymore, but damned if I’m not gonna do my Year In Review Madness.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
BOUGHT A FREAKIN’ HOUSE, been in a car accident in a rental car, strongly considered suing someone, visited Alabama, visited Florida, stayed in a resort hotel, camped in a Non-Utah state, installed a turlet, bought a fishing pole and used it to (attempt) to catch fish, used (and bought) a Android-based phone, combined finances with KLynne, visited the Little White House, saw Flogging Molly, Disturbed, Blink-182, and Sick Puppies in concert, things that won’t be listed here because I either don’t want to or can’t remember them.
2. Did you keep New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, I did not. Not at all, sadly. I will make more next year and I hope I stick to them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Shantelle had an Abby!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Unfortunately, my Grandpa Hansen died in January, my great-grandma Adams passed away, and both Curly and Shemp (the last of my childhood dogs) passed on this year, too. It hasn’t been a good year for that.
5. What countries did you visit?
None outside of the US.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
All debts I owe but my car paid in full (as always), a new job (please?), formal education or certifications (still), a trip to Vegas, that one thing taken care of— you know the one.
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day that KLynne and I closed on our house. August 6th, 2009.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being able to survive Grandpa’s passing on. It was rough as hell.
9. What was your biggest failure?
(copied verbatim from last year…) Not leaving this dead-end job. It may pay a lot of money, but I’m miserable here and the effects that it has on my emotions and physical health are showing more than they have before. I need a fresh start… and the balls to actually MAKE that fresh start.
Also, I need to be better with the exercise and the weight loss with the sweating and the cursing and the friction and the things and the stuff.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The Psoriasis (no longer the Skin Thing of Doom, if I don’t call it by its name I give it power, just like Voldemort) continues to ravage my body and make me an itchyguy. Another Death Cold at the end of the year and a bad nasal infection in the fall.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
KLynne’s, as usual. I’m lost without her.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Politically, most of the people in Washington DC. Personally, the Powers that Be at my job.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, rent and mortgage, shit that I don’t need, and interest payments for the shit that I don’t need.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The new house. My various vacations / roadtrips. Christmas and Halloween. Seeing Robin Williams and the concerts we went to.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
“You’re Going Down”, by Sick Puppies. It’s symbolic to me of a) becoming a fan of the band itself, and b) reminding myself that I’m not going to be felled by anything. I will not yield.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? A little sadder.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Damn being fatter.
c) richer or poorer? About the same. Some debts are bigger, some are smaller. Sunrise, sunset, et cetera.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cooking. Stopping to think before acting. Showing KLynne how much I love her.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Freaking out about little things. Acting BEFORE I thought. Making impulsive decisions. Getting angry.
20. How (DID I) spend Christmas?
I was in Savannah with KLynne, her mom, and Frank. We visited her grandmother on Christmas Eve for lunch and had a German Christmas Eve with Frank’s Mom that night (bratwurst, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut… GOOD STUFF) and opened some presents there. We opened presents on Christmas morning and I got a shitload of awesome things, and so did KLynne.
21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?
None. Or at least none on my friend list.
22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I continued to stay in love.
23. How many one-night stands?
None. Although I do wish that I could afford an actual night stand.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The favorite new show I was introduced to this year? How I Met Your Mother. We don’t have TV so I don’t really watch much that isn’t on DVD or Netflix.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
YES. I hate the rental car industry and their fucking criminal “diminution of value / loss of use” bullshit. I’d be in such a better position financially if I wasn’t paying that fucking loan…
26. What was the best book you read?
I think that has to go to Duma Key (sorry, KLynne).
27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
A house. Tickets to the concerts that I saw.
29. What did you want and not get?
A few DVDs that I can easily buy myself. Paid off credit cards.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
That’s a tie between Star Trek and Up.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26. I had a Karaoke Showdown for my birthday and dinner at Saigon Gourmet.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finding a new job.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
The “Shit, all of my shirts have to be 2XL?” look.
34. What kept you sane?
KLynne and Wellbutrin XR.
My friends and family.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None, although Christina Hendricks makes me feel funny in a happy place.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The birthers / Teabaggers / other idjits.
37. Who did you miss?
My friends, dogs, and family.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Not sure on that one. I’ll have to think on it for a while. Did I even meet anyone new this year?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
A home improvement project that doesn’t end up in a fight isn’t a home improvement project at all. Or something.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
One day I feel I’m on top of the world
And the next it’s falling in on me
I can get back on, I can get back on
One day I feel I’m ahead of the weel
And the next it’s rolling over me
I can get back on, I can get back on…
(Far Cry, Rush… because what’s a Year in Review post without a Rush Lyric to close it?)