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Year in Review

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I filled this questionnaire out in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003, too!

What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Played on a kickball team!

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I completely failed at keeping track of my resolutions this year, but I did keep a lot of them. I promise to get back on track w/my resolutions in 2010.

Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

Did anyone close to you die? Yes. Captain Sea Jay Lewis (my fish) passed away on October 22

What countries did you visit? I visited a little bit of this one – just southern California, Las Vegas and NJ.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A new car.

What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory?  June 17

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting a new job at ADS, opening an IRA, starting a new blog

What was your biggest failure? Not losing the 15 pounds I gained last year, leaving my iPod on a freaking airplane, not updating my LiveJournal.

Did you suffer illness or injury? I had a pretty bad cold or the flue or something in January or February. I definitely diagnosed myself with many rare disorders on WebMD. Don’t go on that website.

What was the best thing you bought? My new glasses with my TranSystems FSA money (because I didn’t actually pay for them), my first stock, tailgating decorations for the Jimmy Buffett concert

Whose behavior merited celebration? John’s for being the best boyfriend ever. Gabby’s and Amanda’s for helping to plan Kristy’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, and for making her wedding the best one ever. My dad’s for listening to me complain about my mortgage all the time.

Where did most of your money go? Mortgage payments, clothes, airline tickets

What did you get really, really, really excited about? My birthday, vampires, the Jimmy Buffett concert, and my trips to San Diego and Las Vegas

What song will always remind you of 2009? I’m on a Boat – The Lonely Island, Right Round – Flo Rida

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

What do you wish you’d done more of? Running, writing, listening to music, playing poker

What do you wish you’d done less of? Working, sleeping, sitting around

How will you be spending Christmas? John and I exchanged Christmas gifts on December 22 before I flew home to NJ. I gave him a Tumi wallet, a leather watch band, a Sigg water bottle w/a betta picture on it, a Jack Black gift set, and a Calving Klein zip-up cardigan. He gave me a Camelbak water bottle, two tickets to see Jack’s Mannequin at the Norva in March, and a beautiful white gold open heart pendant necklace w/a diamond in it. I flew home on the 23rd and went shopping w/my dad all afternoon. I spent Christmas Eve at my parents’ house with my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my grandparents, Joelle, Cricky, Aunt Angel, Uncle Cricket and Uncle Johnny. My mom and I baked a chocolate peppermint cake Christmas Eve morning, which we brought around with us and ate for dessert for three days! On Christmas morning, Stephen and I opened presents under the tree. I got pajamas from Anthropologie, a navy blue jacket from Nordstrom, lots of awesome makeup from Sephora, Bumble and bumble shampoo and conditioner, an Entertainment book, a Pampered Chef pan and spatula, and lots of other great stuff. 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 had breakfast with Kristy at Perkins, went to Freehold Mall with my mom, and then we went to Uncle Bobby and Aunt Gail’s house to spend time with my dad’s side of the family. I flew back to VB on the 27th and slept all day because I was so tired from my hectic trip!

Did you fall in love in 2009? Nope – still in love w/the person from 2008. Duh. 🙂

How many one-night stands? 0

Who were your best friends? Kristy, Kelley (for a few months), Kerri, John, Heather

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? I worked with Kristy’s bridesmaids to plan her the best wedding ever! When Kelley moved here at the beginning of the year, I introduced her to a bunch of people and helped her find a place to live. I let Kerri stay with me for a few weeks while she was looking for a job. I helped Kristen set up her website and a Cause on Facebook for her non-profit organization, The Kevin Patrick Hands to Angels Foundation. I also threw a few sweet parties at John’s house, and I had the balls to tell a good friend that her boyfriend was cheating on her…even though I knew it would cost me our friendship.

What was your favorite TV program? Big Brother, Jeopardy, Heros, Chuck, Desperate Housewives, The Vampire Diaries, So You Think You Can Dance

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Not really.

What was the best book you read? The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, The Host by Stephenie Meyer

What was your greatest musical discovery? Owl City

What did you want and get? A Vitamin A bikini, a Nanette Lepore dress, a Michael Kors purse, Diesel boots, a new job, two vacations, a Tolani scarf, Tahitian pearl earrings, a Lucky bracelet, and an awesome birthday party

What did you want and not get? The house to myself (i.e., no more roommate!), the mortgage refinanced out of my co-borrower’s name

What was your favorite film of this year? The Hangover

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 28. All of my friends joined me for dinner at Il Giardino, and then we went to Waterman’s for Orange Crushes (the moratorium was lifted!). After that, we headed to 15th Street to see a band. It was a great night. John gave me new beach chairs and a pair of Tahitian pearl earrings.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Losing 15 pounds

What kept you sane? Getting a new job

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

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

Who did you miss? Kristy, Kerri, Heather (until she came back from Charlotte), Kelley, Dave, Grandma Tillie

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

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009: Never pay full price for anything.

Quote that sums up your year:
“I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.” -Kurt Vonnegut in The Sirens of Titan
“People who are late are often happier that those who have to wait for them.” – a fortune cookie?

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?"