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The Year In Review

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I filled this questionnaire out last year, and the year before, and the year before that, too!

What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? Highlighted my hair, got a cat, bought a condo, belly-danced

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? No

Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? Just a little bit of this one – but not very much at all

What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? A new car

What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory? August 28th

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Buying a condo

What was your biggest failure? Not running for a long time, not eating healthy and gaining eight pounds

Did you suffer illness or injury? I burned my hands a few times cooking.

What was the best thing you bought? Taupe suede Diesel boots (and my condo)

Whose behavior merited celebration? Chris’s – he’s the most thoughtful, generous person I know. He took me surfing and put air in my bike tires, and he really helped me out a lot when I moved into my new place. 

Where did most of your money go? Rent, clothes, paying my new mortgage, eating out 

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Seeing Rent with Allison and Mikey Q in February, getting Mele in April, flying to Alabama in June (which didn’t happen, but I was still excited!), seeing Reel Big Fish in concert in July, going surfing with Chris all summer, moving into my new condo in October, and getting my new kitten Kona this week

What song will always remind you of 2005? Dark Blue – Jack’s Mannequin

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? Running

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

How will you be spending Christmas? I flew home to New Jersey. My grandparents stayed with us and we had Uncle Cricket, Aunt Angel, Cricky, Joelle, Uncle Johnny, Toni, Olivia and Dario over for Christmas Eve. I hung out with Kristy after that (even though we skipped midnight mass). On Christmas day, we drove up to Aunt Debbie and Uncle Vinny’s house for dinner, and then I watched The O.C. on TiVo with my mom. I got some cool presents, including a new 30GB iPod and a starburst mirror from Pier 1. I played a lot of Nintendo Wii while I was at home. After spending a long time at the Newark airport, I finally made it back to Virginia Beach, and Chris and I opened presents together last night. He gave me a really pretty painting that I’m going to hang in my hallway, a 250GB external hard drive for my laptop, and a gift certificate to the spa! I love them. I gave him some Diesel shoes and a Ralph Lauren winter jacket, some jeans, some boxers, some shirts, a book and a CD. I loved Christmas shopping this year!

Did you fall in love in 2006? Surprisingly, yes

How many one-night stands? 0

Who were your best friends? Kristy, Mike, Allison, Chris

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? I adopted my two kitties. I’m sure that’s pretty meaningful to them. I baked cookies and cooked dinners and tried to be a good listener for my friends when they needed to talk to me.

What was your favorite TV program? Love Monkey, The OC, NCIS, Saturday Night Live, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, Big Brother All Stars, Veronica Mars 

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

What was the best book you read? The Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter novels by Laurell K. Hamilton, Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki 

What was your greatest musical discovery? Jack’s Mannequin, Joshua Radin, Paste magazine, Lily Allen 

What did you want and get? Real estate, a 401(k) plan, an awesome boyfriend, a new job (which I left to return to the old one), a super-fabulous new hairstylist

What did you want and not get? Diesel jeans

What was your favorite film of this year? The Last Kiss 

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 25, Mikey Q made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Doing something exciting on my birthday?

What kept you sane? TiVo, Mele, ice skating, belly dancing, music, Why Men Love Bitches

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

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

Who did you miss? Kristy, Tom, Mike, Allison, Andrea

Who was the best new person you met this year? CJ, but Amy Morris is pretty cool, too.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006: Maybe working in restaurants isn’t really as fun as I used to think it was… 

Quote that sums up your year: “Lisaaa. Thanks for, uh, spillin’ the beans with that whole bullshit thing that you fuckin’ pulled on me when I’m sittin’ in el recliner just chillin’ like a villain, and next thing you know you’re all, ‘SHABLAAM! Prove it you can kiss,’ and I’m like, ‘Wow this’ll be really, really fuckin’ awkward and weird.’ You’re like,’What-the-fuck-ever,’ and you looked at me and you’re like, ‘Ahheeeeaaaahhh,’ and you just fuckin’ kiss me and I know you were fuckin’ turned on by it. You’re like, ‘Oh, I’ll never tell Mike.’ Oh! Guess what. I already knew you were gonna use that fuckin’ leverage against me. The second that things became–you had some sort of turmoil between you and Mike, you’re had to throw that in his fuckin’ face you kissed me just recently again, and guess who called me – Mike. ‘Hey, Mark dude, when’d you make–when’d you kiss Lisa again?’ Oh, yeah. Again. Yeah, that’s why I hate women right now. I hate you, Lisa. I fucking hate you. And I fucking hate all of the women. Right now. And you’re like, ‘I wonder why.’ And you are the Cunt Master. You are Captain fucking Cunt Master. You know why I came up with all that shit? Because I fuckin’ know goddamn right that’s what you really are. And you just proved it. I’m that good. I’m fuckin’ that good. I know what you really are. You’re a fuckin’ huge fuckin’ cunt. That’s what you are. You’re a cunt. And far be it from me to ever be–to ever talk to you again. Yeah. Whatever. Cunt. Cunt. Cunt. Cunt. Cunt. That’s what you are. And that’s the biggest fuckin’ word a woman never wants to hear is the fact they are that person. And you are. You’re the biggest cunt I have ever met – you and Allison. I hate you both. That’s why I don’t talk to either one of you. Because you’re the fuckin’ epitome of the fuckin’ women around here. You play–Allison fuckin’ plays games with gir–like, guy’s minds. And you’re just a bitch. Some guy in a Porsche is nice to you, and you’re like, ‘He’s not my type, I fuckin’ hate him.’ Oh. Sorry that some guy has a couple flaws. God forbid you learn to deal with it and maybe actually learn to like him. Whatever. Fuck you. I hate you. Uh-buh-bye. ” ~Infamous voicemail left by Mark Heustis, March 8, 2006. Priceless.

Final Resolution Update of 2005

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After 12 months, here is where I stand on my resolutions:

Visit Hawaii – FAILED
Get my wisdom teeth out – FAILED
Make chocolate anchors – ACCOMPLISHEDMade chocolate anchors, December 29.
Run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half MarathonACCOMPLISHED Ran in the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon, September 3. (My goal was three hours and I finished in 2:51:44!)
See a few decent concerts – ACCOMPLISHEDMaroon5
and The Donnas, March 28. Green Day with My Chemical Romance, April 22.
Carbon Leaf, May 13. Hoobastank and Velvet Revolver, May 20. The
Wallflowers, June 16. Reel Big Fish, July 11. 311 and Papa Roach,
August 25. 106.1 Winter Meltdown (Natasha Bedingfield, Tyler Hilton, Kaci Brown, Lifehouse, Fall Out Boy), December 14.

Visit my cousins in Las Vegas (and have Holly cut my hair while I’m there) – ACCOMPLISHED (Three times!)February
17-22. (Haircut with Holly, February 18 – I think it’s the best I’ve
ever gotten. VIP at Rain, February 18. Took the little cousins to
SkyZone to jump on the trampolines, February 21.) April 7-11. (Whiskey
Bar, April 8. Haircut with Holly, April 9. Partied at Ra with Robbie
for my birthday, April 9/10. Birthday dinner with my cousins, April 10.
Lunch at the House of Blues, April 11.) November 30-December 5. (Haircut with Holly, December 1.)

Go back to Weight Watchers to lose my last few pounds and become a Lifetime Member – ALMOSTAlthough
I did attend a meeting on January 8, it was the only one I went
to.  However, I did keep a journal and count my points for awhile
over the summer and I did manage to lose enough weight on my own this year that I am now below my original Weight Watchers goal weight..

Write a book – FAILED
Volunteer for the USO – ACCOMPLISHEDVolunteered at the AMC Air Terminal, January 5.
Start my own business – FAILED
Work at least one waitressing job (even if it’s only for fun) – ACCOMPLISHED (Four times! I am going to have so many tax returns to fill out next year.)A.J. Gators, January 11-26. Kelly’s Tavern, February 8-12. YNot Pizza, June 17-October 10. Chef Ed’s, July 1-3.
Make 10 new friends – ACCOMPLISHEDTom
Valentine, Steve Robinson, Tara Wilson, Stacey Lebo, Mark Heustis,
Buzzy Nielson, Jonathan Wallace, Kristina Partlow, Laurie Whitesell, Harmony Heuwitt
Go on a road trip – FAILED
Reread Hawaii by James Michener – FAILED
Get my digital camera fixed – ACCOMPLISHED (Three times!)FedExed it to Olympus, January 20. Camera returned and fixed (for free!), February 8. Broke my camera again, October 2. Bought a new Canon
PowerShot SD400 digital camera, November 20

Go onboard a Navy ship – ACCOMPLISHED (Three times!) Tom
took me to see his submarine, the USS Norfolk (SSN714), February
5.  Laurie took me to visit Grand aboard the USS Barry (DDG-52),
December 21 and 28.

Go surfing – FAILED
Visit Nauticus and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk – ALMOSTVisited the Chrysler Museum, December 7.
Go to Busch Gardens – ACCOMPLISHED Went to Busch Gardens with Allison, Mike and Mark, October 2.
Eat more pineapples – FAILED
– I can count the number of times I ate pineapples on one hand.  I
definitely ate more pineapples in 2003 and 2004 than I did in 2005.
Visit a few states I’ve never been to before – FAILED
See Lifespeed at Bar A – FAILED
Write a poem – ACCOMPLISHEDWrote a poem, May 31.
Save some money – ACCOMPLISHED
Visit my cousin Joelle in California – FAILED
Sing karaoke at a bar – ACCOMPLISHEDSang “Heartbreaker” by Simple Plan at Scooter’s, June 24.
Drink more water – FAILED
Do 20 push-ups in two minutes – FAILED
Taste a food I’ve never had before – ACCOMPLISHED (Seven times!)Lobster
and sake at Sumo, January 29. Pasta para duros (some weird Mexican
snack food) at work, February 11. Fried calamari at the Roadhouse in
Vegas, February 18. Catfish at Shuck’s in Vegas, April 8. Fried goat
cheese at Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant in St. Louis, November 16.
Golden beets at Charlie Gitto’s in St. Louis, November 16. Efes beer
(imported from Turkey) at Paymon’s Hookah Lounge, December 4.
Get a massage and/or a facial – ACCOMPLISHEDGot a facial, December 29.
Take a picture in front of the VT bush at Virginia Tech – FAILED
Get a new car – FAILED
Grow my hair long again – ALMOST – I wouldn’t say it’s long again, but it’s past my shoulders and well on it’s way.
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year – ACCOMPLISHED
Visit my long-lost stand partner on the Southern Coast of Oregon – FAILED – Not totally my fault – she moved to Michigan.
Make one new resolution at the beginning of every month – ACCOMPLISHED (I even kept 11 out of the 12!)
January: Beat my 13:28 mile and a half run – ACCOMPLISHEDRan a mile and a half in 12:36 at Gold’s Gym, January 27.
February: Watch the movie St. Elmo’s Fire – ACCOMPLISHEDWatched it, February 3.
March:
Finish the book that Robbie loaned me in November – ACCOMPLISHEDFinished Sea Legs: Tales of a Woman Oceanographer by Kathleen Crane, March 31.
April: Go out on dates with three new boys – ALMOST Only got two – Date #1 with Tony, April 5. Date #2 with Ron, April 14.
May:
Buy an iPod – ACCOMPLISHEDBought a green iPod Mini, May 13.
June:
Find another part-time job – ACCOMPLISHED –  Server at YNot Pizza, June 17.
July:
Get new running shoes (really good ones for that 1/2 marathon in September!) – ACCOMPLISHEDAsics, July 10.
August:
Refrain from quitting either one of my jobs – ACCOMPLISHEDStill employed at both, September 1.
September:
Go country line dancing – ACCOMPLISHEDWent country line dancing with Allison and Mark at The Banque in Norfolk, September 30.
October:
Find a sweet Halloween costume – ACCOMPLISHED (Twice!)I aced this one – I had two sweet Halloween costumes! Sexy referee, October 28 and October 31. Naughty school girl, October 29.
November:
Rectify all of my problems with electronic devices at the new apartment (Internet, phone, digital camera, TiVo) – ACCOMPLISHEDPhone
fixed, November 3. TiVo up and running, November 14. Bought a new Canon
PowerShot SD400 digital camera, November 20. Discovered how to steal
Internet from the dining room table, November 21.
December:
Go to a hookah bar, find a date to my company Christmas party and find something awesome to do for New Year’s Eve – ACCOMPLISHED
Went to two hookah bars – Paymon’s Hookah Lounge in Vegas, December 4
and Gazuza in D.C., December 18. Mark was my date to my Christmas
party, December 17. New Year’s Eve plans:  party like a rock star
with The Big A (the original rock star), Mike and Reagan.

FINAL COUNT: 16 FAILED, 4 ALMOST, 27 ACCOMPLISHEDOh, just admit it.  I’m awesome.

The Year in Review

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I filled this questionnaire out last year and the year before, too!

 What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before? Ran a half marathon, visited the Outer Banks, went country line dancing

 Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept a lot of them and I will definitely make more

 Did anyone close to you give birth? No

 Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? Just a little bit of this one

What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? A new car

What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory? May 10th, August 26th

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in under three hours

What was your biggest failure? Still not having any health insurance

 Did you suffer illness or injury? I
hurt my knee running, a few burns waitressing at Ynot Pizza, a couple
of nasty hangovers, and I spent one day in October throwing up

What was the best thing you bought? An iPod

Whose behavior merited celebration? Andrea’s – she’s hard-working, rational, understanding and a great friend

Where did most of your money go? Rent

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Robbie coming with me to Las Vegas in February, seeing Reel Big Fish in
concert in July, going to Busch Gardens in October, going to the
VT/Miami game in November, and spending New Year’s Eve at Webster Hall
in NYC (which probably isn’t happening, but I was still excited!)

What song will always remind you of 2005? The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service

Compared to this time last year, are you:
      Happier or sadder? Sadder

      Thinner or fatter? Thinner

      Richer or poorer? Richer

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

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

How will you be spending Christmas? I was a little sad that my grandparents moved away to Las Vegas, so I didn’t get to spend Christmas Eve like I always do
I spent Christmas Eve at my Aunt Debbie’s house with my parents, my
brother, two of my uncles, three of my cousins, my uncle’s girlfriend
Toni and her two kids, my aunt’s exchange student Saki and Saki’s
friend Nora.  It ended up being a lot of fun. I spent Christmas
Day at my dad’s cousin’s house with a whole bunch of my extended
family, then I met up with Jamie, Buzzy, Jenni, Mary Jane and Stacey
and Adriane at the Boathouse afterwards.

Did you fall in love in 2005? No

How many one-night stands? 0

Who were your best friends? Robbie, Allison, Kristy, Stacey, Andrea and Mike

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? Gave them rides to and from airports and tried to be a better listener

What was your favorite TV program? The OC, NCIS, Saturday Night Live, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, Big Brother 6

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

What was the best book you read? Hocus Pocus and Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and the Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter novels by Laurell K. Hamilton

What was your greatest musical discovery? The Postal Service, Adam Richman

What did you want and get? An iPod, new running shoes, a digital camera, a Tumi purse

What did you want and not get? A new boyfriend (a nice one!)

What was your favorite film of this year? Garden State (It didn’t come out in 2005, but I watched it a lot.)

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 24,
After grabbing dinner at In’N’Out Burger, I spent the night before my
birthday partying at Ra (the club in the Luxor) with Robbie.  I
kissed my roommate in his hotel room bed.  I had lunch at Jersey
Mike’s subs, spent the afternoon at Red Rock with Robbie, ate dinner at
my aunt’s house with all my little cousins and hung out with Robbie in
the hot tub for a few hours at their house.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not having to move out of Banyan Grove

What kept you sane? Running, beer, Robbie (until May) and Tom

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

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

Who did you miss? Robbie, Mike, Tom

Who was the best new person you met this year? Laurie

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:  You cannot control all situations, but you can control your reaction to all situations.

Quote that sums up your year: “The 2 prime movers in the Universe are Time and Luck.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

The Year In Review – Part 5

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Well, here we are — December 31st, New Year’s Eve, the end of 2004. I’m a little sad that this year is over. While I was busy putting all those miles on the Malibu trying to figure out what to do with my life, I actually started to enjoy the ride. The year’s been tons of fun – I’ve seen a lot of crazy places, met some crazy people and done some crazy things.

I guess my story of the year has a happy ending. I found my job, I found my apartment, I found my roommates. I even got a few decent haircuts.

Along the way, I spent the best times ever with four of my little cousins, I lost eight pounds, Virginia Tech won the ACC, I was certified to serve alcohol in the state of Nevada, I ran a lot of miles and I illegally downloaded a lot of music.

This year was full of surprises. I’m not sure 2005 can measure up. I guess anything is possible though — I mean I never dreamed I would have done half the stuff I did this year, so who knows what I’ll be doing by next April, next August, and next December. I guess we’ll just have to see — starting tomorrow.

As for today, the main goal is to find a cute shirt and some shiny silver shoes to go party like a rock star in Norfolk later. Bring on the champagne.

Happy New Year, everyone!

The Year In Review – Part 4

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So, how do you possibly top a year during which you visited 25 U.S. states? I mean this was the year I got to see San Diego, Las Vegas, Savannah, Charleston, Richmond, Amarillo, Albequerque, Norfolk, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Vail all within 12 months. I’ve been to the top of Pike’s Peak and the bottom of Walnut Canyon. I’ve had my feet in the Pacific Ocean and gone swimming in the Atlantic. I’ve shopped at the Diesel store in Las Vegas and in New York City. I’ve driven across the middle of the country twice and up and down almost the entire East Coast this year. I’ve been on five-hour plane rides and 50-minute plane rides. I’ve driven over the San Diego Bay and under the Chesapeake Bay. I’ve seen beaches and mountains and prairies and buttes. I’ve lived in four houses and one apartment in three states. I spent a week in southern California in January, three crazy months in Vegas, a drunken summer at the Jersey Shore, and the past four months in Virginia Beach. I’ve been, literally, all over the place.

So, I keep saying that 2005 is going to be my best year yet, but how am I possibly going to pull that off?