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Final Resolution Update of 2008

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Time’s up! Here’s what I’ve accomplished:

Read 10 non-fiction books – FAILED – The Dip by Seth Godin, A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut
Create a system for keeping track of my own medical records – ACCOMPLISHED Made a binder with a calendar and some other medical-related stuff in it, January 24.
Take my cats to the vet – FAILED
Go camping – FAILED
Go fishing – FAILED
Go surfing – ACCOMPLISHED – Went surfing several times in July. Stood up for my first whole wave, July 13.
Go snowboarding – ACCOMPLISHED – Went snowboarding at Snowshoe, January 10-12.
Take a whole week off work – ALMOST – I only worked half a day the Monday before Christmas!
Don’t call my ex-boyfriend – FAILEDCalled my ex-boyfriend, February 18. Befriended said ex-boyfriend again, April 19.
Find a good gynecologist – ACCOMPLISHED – Found an awesome gynecologist, January 25.
Don’t complain as much when I’m sick – ACCOMPLISHED
Go horseback riding – FAILED
Get a raise – ACCOMPLISHED – Got a raise, April 1.
Write more – ACCOMPLISHEDFinally started writing my novel! Up to twelve pages, April 30.
Sell more stuff on eBay – ACCOMPLISHED – Sold DDR on eBay, May 22.
Make $100 off my CafePress.com store – ACCOMPLISHED – Got a check from CafePress for $25.16, May 17. Got a check from CafePress for $33.56, July 15. Got a check from CafePress for $32.56, September 15. Got a check from CafePress for $36.61, October 15.
Finish gluing Swarovski crystals to my other brown flip-flop – FAILED – I had to throw those out. They got messed up.
Get a TiVo HD – FAILED
Get a Nintendo Wii – ACCOMPLISHEDGot Nintendo Wii, May 9.
Get Guitar Hero – ACCOMPLISHED – Got Guitar Hero, May 10. Got Guitar Hero Aerosmith, August 10.
Get Dance Dance Revolution – ACCOMPLISHED – Got DDR, May 10. (Sold DDR on eBay, May 22.)
Hang out with The Big A – ACCOMPLISHED – Hung out with The Big A in Richmond, February 1. Hung out with The Big A in Virginia Beach, August 26.
Frame my college degree – FAILED
Volunteer for something  – ACCOMPLISHED – Volunteered as a bier frau at the Noblemen Oktoberfest, October 4.
Make at least five new friends – ACCOMPLISHED – John D., John W., Sarah R., Dave S., Jef w/1 F, Brigid, Lauren D.
Use my wetsuit – FAILED
Finish painting my condo  – ALMOST (still need to do the ceilings)Painted the trim and three doors in my hallway, March 9-10. Painted the kitchen and the dining room, May 16. Painted the master bathroom (again), June 30. Painted the living room walls and ceiling and finished painting doors and trim, October 18.
Put down wood floors in my condo – FAILED
Look hot in a bathing suit this summer – ACCOMPLISHED
Do something that scares me – ACCOMPLISHED Asked BC to hang out, August 2. (No, he never called.)
Go to an orthodontist, even if it’s just for a free consultation – FAILED
Go see some places I’ve never been before – ACCOMPLISHED – Went to Snowshoe, January 10-13. Went to Minneapolis for work, May 20-23. Went to Nova Scotia for work, July 29-31.
Go ice skating – FAILED
Go roller skating – FAILED
Go to at least one VT football game – FAILED
Frame some of the photos I’ve taken and hang them up in my condo – FAILED
Go see Katie & Adam’s new house – FAILED
Baby-sit for at least one my friends’ kids – FAILED
Visit Aunt Kim, Uncle Franky and my cousins in Pennsylvania – ALMOST – They came to Virginia Beach, June 23-28.
Get a Crock-Pot – ACCOMPLISHED Got a Crock-Pot, February 9.
Have a party – ACCOMPLISHED – Had a Superbowl party, February 3. Had a Wii Party, May 10.
Open a new savings account with CJ – FAILED
Go to the gym a lot – FAILED
Play my oboe – ACCOMPLISHEDPlayed my oboe, December 22.
Buy Kerri dinner – ALMOST – I didn’t get a chance to buy her dinner, but we hung out at the mall and I bought her a pair of Lucky jeans instead, December 28.
Play the Rich Dad CASHFLOW 101 board game – FAILED
Do something exciting on my birthday – ACCOMPLISHED – Went to Cheeseburger in Paradise with a bunch of friends and then played Guitar Hero at Cabo Cafe with Amy, April 10.
Do 58 sit-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Do 21 push-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Run 1.5 miles in 14:15 – ACCOMPLISHED – Ran 1.5 miles in 13:02, February 7.
End the year with a positive net worth – ALMOST 
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year – ACCOMPLISHED
Make a new resolution every month: – ACCOMPLISHED
January: Have an awesome time with my boyfriend on our trip to Snowshoe! – ACCOMPLISHEDHad an awesome time at Snowshoe, January 10-13.
February: Don’t complain as much and cry less than 10 times this month – FAILEDComplained less, but cried WAY more than 10 times.
March: Cry less than 10 times this month – FAILED
April: Plan a trip – FAILED
May: Go out on at least three dates with at least three different people – Um, I can’t remember May. It’s July.
June: FAILED because I didn’t update the LJ!
July: Get Guitar Hero Aerosmith – FAILEDI got it in August, though.
August: Get the dent out of my car door and replace the dented fenders on my beach cruiser – ALMOST Replaced the fenders on my bike, August 4. Didn’t get the dent out of my car door.
September: FAILED because I didn’t update the LJ!
October: Learn how to use Dreamweaver – FAILED. I dabbled in it a little, but I’ve been trying to learn more about Photoshop instead.
November: Take John to NYC – Took John to NYC, November 28.
December: Organize the rest of my music on my computer – ACCOMPLISHED – Music organzied.

Another one bites the dust. That’s 23 FAILED, 5 ALMOST, and 25 ACCOMPLISHED – not too shabby!

Year In Review

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I filled this questionnaire out in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003, too!

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Cut people off immediately and indefinitely when they "broke up" with me – boyfriends and best friends!

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t keep as many as I would have liked, but yes, I’ll make more. What would my LJ be without them?

Did anyone close to you give birth? Candice Hayden gave birth to Alyssa on September 22. 

Did anyone close to you die? Yes. Kevin Younkins passed away at the age of (almost) one year on February 18. Grandma Tillie passed away at the age of 91 on December 3.

What countries did you visit? I visited a little bit of this one – Minneapolis, Outer Banks, Snowshoe, NJ. I also went to the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia, Canada a few times for work.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A vacation!

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?  April 12

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finding the coolest boyfriend ever, finally starting my book (the jellyfish chapter is almost done)

What was your biggest failure? Gaining 15 pounds

Did you suffer illness or injury? Surprisingly, hardly at all!

What was the best thing you bought? A beach cruiser and a new laptop

Whose behavior merited celebration? John’s – he put up with all my confusion over the summer, and he’s done countless things that merit celebration (i.e., helping me paint, fixing my bike, setting up my computer, cooking me countless dinners, and cheering me up when I’m stressed out or sad).

Where did most of your money go? Mortgage payments, lingerie, drinking

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Riding my new beach cruiser!

What song will always remind you of 2008? That Green Gentleman – Panic at the Disco

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Thinner or fatter? Fatter
Richer or poorer? Richer

What do you wish you’d done more of? Working out

What do you wish you’d done less of? Stressing out

How will you be spending Christmas? I spent Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa Bassani’s house with my parents, my brother, Joelle, Cricky, Aunt Angel, Uncle Cricket and Uncle Johnny. On Christmas morning, Stephen and I opened presents under the tree. I got new sheets, an Entertainment Book, a BaByliss straightening iron, luggage and an outfit from Banana Republic. We drove up to Uncle Vinnie’s and Aunt Debbie’s for appetizers, and then went to Aunt Debbie’s and Uncle Sal’s to hang out with Christina and Rosie and have dinner. On the 26th, I spent the afternoon catching up and shopping with Kerri, and then I went out to dinner with Kristy and Frank, and we went outlet shopping. I flew back to VB on the 27th to have Christmas with John, and he gave me All-Star Cheer Squad for the Wii, perfume, a jacket, tickets to the Reel Big Fish concert, and the Betsey Johnson lingerie I’ve been wanting since September. I gave him a magnetic bulletin board, cologne, pajama pants, a 16GB USB and tickets to Avenue Q.

Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes!

How many one-night stands? 0

Who were your best friends? Kristy, Amy, John

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? I tried harder to pay attention to other people’s problems and thoughts this year instead of just monopolizing conversations all the time. Oh, and I bought Amy a bike for her birthday. And I helped John Williams pick out a bike for Heather for her birthday. And I helped Kristy pick out bikes for her and Frank!

What was your favorite TV program? Heroes, Chuck, Desperate Housewives, SNL

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate’s a strong word, but I’m getting there.

What was the best book you read? A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut, Tell No One by Harlan Coben

What was your greatest musical discovery? Vampire Weekend

What did you want and get? A beach cruiser, a new laptop, Adobe Creative Suite 3, the rest of my condo painted, a tan

What did you want and not get? An SLR camera, a vacation

What was your favorite film of this year? Forgetting Sarah Marshall

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 27, My co-workers decorated by cubicle at work with streamers and Hawaiian leis. Amy, Corinne, Allison and Tammy all took me out for dinner and drinks at Cheeseburger in Paradise. It was also my one-year anniversary with my fish, Captain Sea Jay Lewis.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not gaining 15 pounds on Paxil

What kept you sane? Paxil, Amy, John, Bud Light

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Tina Fey

What political issue stirred you the most? The economy, health insurance.

Who did you miss? Kristy, CJ (for a little while), Kerri, Andrea, Grandma Tillie

Who was the best new person you met this year? John Dunzweiler

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: I’d rather be around people who want to be around me.

Quote that sums up your year:
"You can never escape, you can only move south down the coast." – The Counting Crows

Final Resolution Update of 2007

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There goes another year! After twelve months, here’s where I stand on my resolutions:

In the year 2007, I will:
Take a whole week off work – FAILED
Paint the rest of my condo – ALMOST Painted Kristina’s bathroom, June 15. Painted Kristina’s bedroom, September 23. Painted the hallway, October 18.
Take Mele to the vet – FAILED
Get a Nintendo Wii – FAILED
Do yoga – ACCOMPLISHEDDid hot yoga, November 27. Did hot yoga again, December 4.
Visit Kerri in Grenada – FAILED
Run more – ACCOMPLISHEDI ran on the beach a lot in the spring and summer, and I’ve been running on the treadmill at the gym since I joined. I also ran in a 5K this year – which isn’t much, but I didn’t run in any races last year!
Eat out less – ACCOMPLISHEDI’ve definitely cut back on spending so much money eating out. Chris and I go food shopping together and cook dinner for each other a lot! When we do eat out, I try to use my Entertainment book and other coupons.
Adopt another kitty – ACCOMPLISHEDBrought Kona home, January 3.
Take a class – FAILED
Organize my room – ALMOSTI reorganized some of my cabinets and cleaned off my dresser a few weeks ago, but my room is sort of a mess right now.
Get a massage – ACCOMPLISHEDGot a reflexology massage, February 17.
Begin writing a book – FAILED
Frame my college degree – FAILED
Make $25 off my CafePress.com storeACCOMPLISHED – Received a check for $38.52 from CafePress, October 17. 
Cook something new – ACCOMPLISHEDCooked French dip roast beef sandwiches and asparagus and green beans with lemon tarragon dipping sauce, January 18. Made lasagna, March 1. Cooked bruschetta chicken bake, March 28. Cooked ravioli, May 1. I keep cooking new things, but I’m not keeping track anymore. Cooked crabcakes and coconut shrimp, August 5.
Hang out with my little cousins I used to live with in Vegas (Kristin, Courtney, Sammy and Franky) – FAILED
Reformat my hard drive – FAILED
Eat at the restaurant that used to be Chef Ed’s – FAILED
Bowl a 200 – FAILED
Play the Rich Dad CASHFLOW 101 board game – FAILED
Go horseback riding – FAILED
Rent a car – FAILED
Visit Charleston, SC – FAILED
Get a flat screen TV – ACCOMPLISHEDGot a 40-inch Samsung LCD flat screen TV, December 30.
Stop being late to everything (especially work) – ACCOMPLISHEDI’ve been much better about being on time, especially to work.
Ice skate – ACCOMPLISHED Went ice skating at MacArthur Center with Amy, January 12.
Take Chris to New Jersey (Bring him to Bar A and Brave New World) – ACCOMPLISHEDTook Chris to New Jersey, June 29. Brought him to Bar A and Brave New World, June 30.
Belly dance – FAILED
Get my surfboard back from Rich – ACCOMPLISHEDGot my surfboard back from Rich, January 22.
Take it in the ocean – ACCOMPLISHEDTook surfboard in the ocean, June 18. Went surfing again, June 19. Took surfboard in the ocean, August 12. Took surfboard in the ocean, August 22.
Stand up on it (in the ocean) – ACCOMPLISHED Stood up on my surfboard twice, August 12.
Make 10 new friends – ALMOST Jessie Caretti, Heather Wilkie, Teresa Jordan, Michelle Smith 
Set up a filing cabinet at home – FAILED
Get a sewing machine – FAILED
Use my AirTran ticket to fly somewhere – ACCOMPLISHEDUsed my AirTran ticket to fly to Ohio (and back) for Tara’s wedding, May 24-26.
Hang out with The Big A – ACCOMPLISHEDHung out with The Big A at Wintergreen, February 11. Hung out with The Big A at Wintergreen again, February 24. Hung out with The Big A at Homecoming, September 28-29.
See at least 10 cool concerts (including Jack’s Mannequin and Reel Big Fish) – ALMOST Huey Lewis & The News @ the Oceanfront, June 1. 1964, The Tribute @ Harborfest, June 8. Badfish @ The NorVa, June 9. Jimmy Buffet @ Nissan Pavilion, June 28. Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Streetlight Manifesto @ Ram’s Head Live!, July 14. Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Streetlight Manifesto @ The NorVa, July 20. The Shins @ The NorVa, October 20.
Eat sushi – ACCOMPLISHEDAte two California rolls with Chris at Otani (with salmon eggs in them – gross!), January 27. Ate sushi at Chris’s dad’s house, May 27. Got sushi to go from Blue Fin and brought it over to Chris’s house to surprise him, August 31. As of November, I eat sushi all the time now for lunch.
Watch a Jenna Jameson movie – FAILED
Ride my bike – ACCOMPLISHEDRode my bike, March 13.
Get a dustbuster – ACCOMPLISHEDGot a dustbuster, February 4.
Go to California – ACCOMPLISHEDWent to California for work (San Francisco and Oakland), October 8-12.
Fix the CD player in the Malibu (or get a car with a properly functioning CD player) – ACCOMPLISHEDBought a 2002 Ford ZX2 with a functioning six-CD changer, January 14.
Buy a lottery ticket – ACCOMPLISHEDBought a lottery ticket (didn’t win anything), October 16.
Get a goldfish for my desk at work – ACCOMPLISHEDBrought Captian Sea Jay Lewis the betta fish (my birthday present) to work, April 12. Even cooler than a goldfish!
Write someone a letter – ACCOMPLISHEDWrote Chris a letter, December 9.
Use my wetsuit – FAILED
Revamp my LJ – FAILED
Read at least 15 books – ACCOMPLISHEDCat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach, Women & Money by Suze Orman, Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut, How Nancy Drew Saved My Life by Laura Baratz-Logsted, The Clue in the Old Album by Carolyn Keene, The Bay At Midnight by Diane Chamberlain, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain, The Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain, Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain, Her Mother’s Shadow by Diane Chamberlain, A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett, The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Where is Joe Merchant? by Jimmy Buffett, Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Make something I can wear – ALMOST I started gluing Swarovski crystals to a pair of flip-flops this summer, but I only finished one.
Spend a day in New York City – ACCOMPLISHEDSpent an evening in New York City (ate dinner and saw Avenue Q on Broadway), June 29.
Get a raise – ACCOMPLISHED Got a raise, March 30.
Make my fireplace look pretty – ALMOST I moved my loveseat in front of it, so now it doesn’t matter what it looks like. Does that count?
Sell something on eBay – ACCOMPLISHEDSold two items on eBay, February 3. Sold an item on eBay, February 27. Sold three items on eBay, March 7. Sold one item on eBay, March 28. Sold two more items on eBay, April 1. Sold two more items on eBay, June 21. I keep selling stuff on eBay, so I’m not keeping track anymore! As of August, I’ve turned selling stuff on eBay into a profitable hobby.
Do something exciting on my birthday – ACCOMPLISHED Went to PF Chang’s with Chris, Scott, Amy, Corinne, Laurie, Grant, Tom and Christine for dinner and then hung out for a bit at Gordon Biersch for the Maibock tapping party, April 10. Chris sent me beautiful flowers that lasted for three weeks and gave me a betta fish for my desk at work.
Win money playing poker – FAILED
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year – ACCOMPLISHED
Do 58 sit-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Do 21 push-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Get my wisdom teeth out – ACCOMPLISHED Got my wisdom teeth out, April 4.
Re-read Hawaii by James Michener – FAILED
Buy more real estate – FAILED
Go to Busch Gardens – ACCOMPLISHED Went to Busch Gardens, October 21.
Not cut my hair short again – ACCOMPLISHED
Have a party – FAILED
Get a keyboard – FAILED
Write a song – FAILED
Get a picture in front of the VT bush – ACCOMPLISHEDGot a picture in front of the VT bush with Andrea, September 29.
Run in a race – ACCOMPLISHED Ran in the Kiwanis Town Center Races 5K, November 10.
Take clothes to the consignment shop – FAILED
Volunteer for something – FAILED
Play my oboe – FAILED
End the year with a positive net worth – FAILED
Make a new resolution every month – ACCOMPLISHED
January: Give Tara the $100 I owe her – Wrote Tara a check for $115, January 13.
February: Learn to snowboard – Took a snowboarding lesson, February 11. Read a snowboarding book while icing by bruised knees, February 12. Bought a snowboard, February 13. Went snowboarding again (and did AWESOME!), February 24.
March: Go running more as the weather gets nice (at least 10 times) – Went running 10 times.
April: Sell my loveseat – Failed.
May: Plan a cruise with Chris for our one-year anniversary! – We didn’t plan a cruise, but we’re planning a trip to an all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean for this December, and we opened a joint savings account to save up for it, May 27.
June: Paint Kristina’s room – Almost. She still hasn’t taken her furniture out of it, but we painted her bathroom, June 15. Painted her room, September 23. 
July: Get a tan – I spent alot of time at the beach this month! For all intents and purposes, I’m tan. Maybe not as tan as everyone else, but tan for me. Chris even said I was tan!
August: Slim down and tone up a little, so I don’t have to waste money on bigger fall clothes – Failed. I think I’m fatter. Accomplished, September 30.
September: Join a gym and run 1.5 miles in 14:15 or less – Joined the rec center with Tara, September 5. Ran a mile and a half in 13:47 on a treadmill, September 11.
October: Find a new hobby – Surprisingly, my new hobby this month was hanging out with my friends more.
November: Plan a holiday dinner with friends (since I’m always out of town for Thanksgiving and Christmas) – Failed. I planned it, but I never actually sent out the invites. I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough money to have a party.
December: Don’t use a bunch of money from my savings account to buy Christmas presents – Accomplished. I still have plenty of money leftover after Christmas, and I only bought presents for my immediate family and my boyfriend.

Well, out of 75 resolutions, thats 36 ACCOMPLISHED, 6 ALMOST, and 33 FAILED. I say that’s pretty good, considering how many resolutions I made this year!

Year in Review

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I filled this questionnaire out in 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003, too!

What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Had surgery, opened a joint savings account with a boyfriend, was a bridesmaid in a wedding

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept a lot of them, and of course I’m going to make more!

Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes. Kristen gave birth to Kevin Younkins on February 20; Lauren gave birth to Kyle Flora on April 4; and Allison gave birth to Caroline Harper-Bahr on December 17.

Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? I was supposed to visit Mexico, but it didn’t work out.

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? A vacation!

What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory? April 16

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Changing my spending habits so that I could save up some money

What was your biggest failure? Settling into a job that doesn’t really challenge me

Did you suffer illness or injury? I had an awful allergic reaction to Bactrim (an antibiotic). I broke out in hives and had to go to the emergency room! I had countless other silly things happen to me, too.

What was the best thing you bought? A snowboard!

Whose behavior merited celebration? Chris’s again – he took care of me when I had my wisdom teeth out; he’s always so understanding, he helped me paint some of my condo; he took me to the emergency room at four in the morning; he’s become more open with me, and he’s just an amazing person. Also, mine – I’ve been pretty cool to a lot of people that I wasn’t sure liked me this year, and in return, I think most of them think I’m fun to hang out with now.

Where did most of your money go? Mortgage payments, savings accounts, car payments, doctors and pharmacies

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Planning a vacation with Chris (we didn’t end up going, but I was still excited!)

What song will always remind you of 2007? Today – Joshua Radin

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Thinner or fatter? Thinner
Richer or poorer? Richer

What do you wish you’d done more of? Surfing

What do you wish you’d done less of? Itching

How will you be spending Christmas? I flew home to New Jersey. When I got there on the 22nd, Stephen and I had dinner at Mom’s Kitchen with his girlfriend. On the 23rd, we spent the entire day baking cookies. We spent Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ new house in Manchester. Uncle Cricket, Aunt Angel, Cricky, Joelle and Uncle Johnny were there. On Christmas Day we went up to my Aunt Debbie’s house to have dinner with her and Uncle Sal, Christina and Grandma Tillie. I cooked chicken marsala all morning on Christmas Eve for us to eat on Christmas day. It was my first holiday dinner that I cooked for a bunch of people, and it was delicious! Santa brought me a new snowboarding jacket and pants and a $350 gift card to put towards that flat screen TV I’ve been wanting. Chris and I opened presents on the 26th. I gave him a programmable coffeemaker, a few shirts, the next kitesurfing instructional DVD and an IndoBoard. He gave me a really cool iPod speaker dock, a Spa Phoenix gift certificate and a beautiful Mandarin pearl necklace and bracelet.

Did you fall in love in 2007? Every day

How many one-night stands? 0

Who were your best friends? Kristy, Chris, Tara

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? I tried to jumpstart my friends’ cars when they wouldn’t start, but it never worked. I also tried to communicate better with people and be more open and honest – even if it was via MySpace.

What was your favorite TV program? Big Brother 8, Survivor, Chuck, Desperate Housewives, Saturday Night Live

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No

What was the best book you read? A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett

What was your greatest musical discovery? Colbie Caillat

What did you want and get? A snowboard, a new car, a vacuum and a fish

What did you want and not get? A new digital camera, a flat screen TV, and wood floors in my condo

What was your favorite film of this year? Superbad

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 26, Chris sent me some beautiful flowers while I was at work, and that night, a bunch of my friends (Amy, Corinne, Scott, Laurie, Grant, Tom and Christine) all met up with us at P.F. Chang’s to celebrate. Then we had a few drinks at Gordon Biersch, and Chris gave me my fish – Captain Sea Jay Lewis.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Going to Cancun, having a computer with a functioning soundcard

What kept you sane? The Employee Assistance Program, Quicken, TiVo, Mele, Kona, Andrea, CJ, the gym, the beach, a few weekend trips to the Outer Banks, pharmacies and hydroxyzine

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Kristen Bell

What political issue stirred you the most? I hate political issues.

Who did you miss? Kristy, Allison, Andrea, my family and CJ (for a few weeks)

Who was the best new person you met this year? Michelle Smith

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007: Saving money up for big stuff later is better than spending it on little stuff now.

Quote that sums up your year:
"It’s The Fray!"
"The Fray?"

Final Resolution Update of 2006

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The year is  over.  Can you believe it?  After twelve months, here is where I stand on my resolutions:

Go ice skating – ACCOMPLISHED Went ice skating at Chilled Ponds, March 8. Started ice skating lessons, March 28.
Get my wisdom teeth out – FAILED
Buy a house – ACCOMPLISHED Bought a condo with Kristina, August 28.
Go horseback riding – FAILED
Hang out with my cousin Joelle – ACCOMPLISHED Hung out with Joelle, December 24.
Have a party – ACCOMPLISHED Had a Pampered Chef/Housewarming/Halloween Party, October 29.
Start my own business – ALMOST Allison and I unofficially started our business, January 15. Brainstormed about a new business idea with Jennifer Yoder, June 30. Opened a CafePress.com store, October 30.
Play poker in Vegas – FAILED
Go to Busch Gardens – FAILED
Get a picture in front of the VT bush – FAILED
Go for a boat ride – ACCOMPLISHED Had dinner on the American Rover, June 13.
Learn to drive a stick – ACCOMPLISHED Chris taught me to drive a stick, December 31.
Visit Nauticus – ACCOMPLISHED Went to Nauticus with Tim, February 19. Went to Nauticus with Kristy and Joe, August 26.
Be nicer to Allison’s dog – ACCOMPLISHED I was pretty nice to her…after she moved out.
Read a bunch of Kurt Vonnegut books – FAILED
Drink more water – ACCOMPLISHED
Bring back Dr. Martens – ALMOSTI wore mine a few times, but I don’t know if that can be considered “bringing them back.”
Buy a new car – FAILED
Begin writing a book FAILED
Spend a day in New York City – FAILED
See a play – ACCOMPLISHED Saw Rent at Chrysler Hall with Mike, Allison and Brandon, February 17.
Sing in public (not karaoke) – ACCOMPLISHED Sang “Happy Birthday” in public bowling alley (not karaoke), March 8.
Take a vacation – ACCOMPLISHED Went to Seattle, August 30-September 4.
Acquire health benefits – ACCOMPLISHED Acquired health benefits, March 1. Acquired health benefits again, October 1.
Learn a new skill – ACCOMPLISHED Started belly-dancing class, April 27.
Join a gym – FAILED
Finish reading the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels – ACCOMPLISHED Read all the Anita Blake novels up to Danse Macabre, September 4.
See Reel Big Fish, Aerosmith and Green Day in concert – ALMOSTSaw Reel Big Fish with MxPx at the Norva, July 17. Saw Aerosmith with Motley Crue at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, October 21. Green Day wasn’t playing anywhere.
Board an aircraft carrier – ACCOMPLISHED Mark took me to visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), December 31.
Eat more pineapples – ACCOMPLISHED
Join some sort of club or organization – FAILED
Go roller-blading – ACCOMPLISHED Went roller-blading, March 12.
Grow my hair long again – ACCOMPLISHED Put my hair up with a pencil (official sign of it being long), October 9.
Write a short story – ACCOMPLISHED I did write a short story one time on a plane. I just don’t remember what day it was.
Make 10 new friends – ACCOMPLISHED Tim Thurston, Alex Rodriguez, Chris Jordan, Brooke Simpson, Rolla Rabi, Amy Morris, Corinne Monacci, Tyra Sanchez, Candice Hayden, Kerry Nigito
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year – ACCOMPLISHED
Volunteer for something – FAILED
Frame a picture I take and give it to someone as a gift – ACCOMPLISHED Framed my Belmar Marina photo and gave it to my dad, December 25.
Make someone a CD – ACCOMPLISHED Made Mike a book of eight CDs. Finally gave them to him, April 18.
Do 58 sit-ups in two minutes – ALMOST Did about 45, December 30.
Go running at Mount Trashmore – ACCOMPLISHED Went running at Mount Trashmore, March 4.
Run in a race – FAILED
Draw a picture – ACCOMPLISHED Drew a picture in pencil from one of my favorite photographs, March 1. Gave it away as a birthday gift, March 8.
Be more motivated – ACCOMPLISHED
Do 20 push-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Visit Charleston, SC – FAILED
Play my oboe – FAILED
Take a class – ACCOMPLISHED Modern Rhetoric (ENGL 669) at ODU, January 11.
See the Grand Canyon – FAILED
Save up some more money – ACCOMPLISHED Enrolled in the company 401(k) plan, October 25. Despite ending the year with less than $5 in my savings account, since October 25th, I have saved approximately $169.18 in my Employee Stock Ownership Fund (in which I will be 25 percent vested on January 24) and $285.92 in my 401(k) plan – a grand total of $455.10. Not too shabby – keep in mind I bought a house…
Bake someone a birthday cake – ACCOMPLISHED Baked Mike’s birthday cake, March 7-8.
See Lifespeed at Bar A – ACCOMPLISHED Saw Lifespeed at Bar A, November 26.
Visit my long lost stand partner in Ann Arbor – FAILED
Make a new resolution every month: – ACCOMPLISHED
January:
Go running at least 10 times this month – Went running on January 13, January 21, January 28, January 29, January 30 and January 31. Damn. That’s only six times.
February: Generate income from a source other than TranSystems Corporation – Earned $12 for articles published on AssociatedContent.com, February 3 and 19.
March: Go to Saddle Ridge and McFadden’s – Went to Saddle Ridge (participated in the Thursday night Booty Shakin’ Contest) and peeked inside McFadden’s (it was pretty empty in there) for Laurie’s birthday, March 23.
April:
Go to New Jersey – Failed. I did not make it to New Jersey this month. But, I give myself permission to earn credit for this one when I finally do make it up there. (Went to New Jersey, May 26-29.)
May:
Eat out less than 15 times this month (unless someone else pays for it) – that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! – Accomplished. I ate out 14 times this month (except for times other people paid for it) and spent a total of $103.04 eating out. That’s still a lot of money.
June:
Clean the Malibu and replace the disgusting old stickers on the back window – Cleaned the Malibu (inside and out) and scraped off the disgusting old stickers on the back window (and on the gas tank cover), June 17. I haven’t replaced them yet, but I’m not sure I want to – the car looks better without them. I did, however, re-stick Robb the Hula Man to the dashboard.
July: Put air in bike tires, see fireworks, fix button on Abercrombie skirt – Air in bike tires, July 4. (Thanks, Chris.) Saw fireworks at the Oceanfront, July 4. Abercrombie skirt does not currently fit, therefore this resolution has been deferred to August.
August: No fast food! – Accomplished, I didn’t eat any fast food this month. Sewed button on Abercrombie skirt, August 8. (Abercrombie skirt still does not fit. So much for giving up fast food.)
September: Move – Moved the last of my stuff out of the apartment, October 1.
October: Have a housewarming party – Had a Pampered Chef/Housewarming/Halloween Party, October 29.
November: Get my surfboard back from Rich – Failed. Rich is nowhere to be found.
December: Install Quicken on my computer – Installed Quicken on my computer, December 3.

Out of 54 resolutions (not including the monthly ones), that’s 32 ACCOMPLISHED, 4 ALMOST, and 18 FAILED – not too shabby.

Now it’s time to party. Stay tuned for the new list tomorrow!

Happy New Year!