Lifted from a friend’s blog.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Drove parts of the Lincoln Highway.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t make any resolutions last year, and I probably won’t make any this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My little sister had another boy in December.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Scout slipped away from us in March.
5. What countries did you visit? Just my own. But I explored parts of it I hadn’t seen before.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? More patience, and perhaps another marathon.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Dates only matter when you are counting years. I choose not to.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? My students posted the highest EOI test scores in the building, and the third-highest in the district. I’m not sure how much of that I can claim as my own achievement, though. The kids did the work; I just facilitated.
9. What was your biggest failure? I still haven’t broken my terrible swearing habit.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not that I can recall.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Spray paint for my car. 🙂
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Bob Waldmire, who faced the prospect of death exactly as he faced life: on his own terms, and with his usual good humor.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? No one. I see no reason to give negative people the right to depress me.
14. Where did most of your money go? My classroom.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Walter!
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? “Here, There and Everywhere.” It flew under my radar until I bought a copy of Revolver a few weeks ago and realized it fit into the life of a fictional character I’ve been working with for years.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) Happier or Sadder? Neither. I’m sadder when I think of Scout and Bob, but happier when Walter is curled up on my chest, purring his heart out.
(b) Thinner or Fatter? Neither.
(c) Richer or Poorer? Richer. I’ve added several new friends and an art car to my life.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Studying and reading the Journal and the Sentinel.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Swearing.
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2009? Watching Jamie and Hazel open presents.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? Stayed in love.
22. How many one-night stands? Zero.
23. What was your favorite TV program? I haven’t watched TV in almost a decade.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. I don’t do hate.
25. What was the best book you read? Probably The Road.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? A few Beatles albums I hadn’t listened to before.
27. What did you want and get? A cat.
28. What did you want and not get? A Karmann Ghia.
29. What was your favorite film of this year? Was Gran Torino this year?
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Birthdays are against my religion.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Elevating my thought.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Whatever works in the classroom.
33. What kept you sane? Walter and Riggy.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I’ve been largely ignoring celebrities.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? Immigration reform. This directly affects some of my kids, and it hacks me off to no end to see people turn their lives into a political football — or, worse, an excuse to indulge vicious xenophobic tendencies.
36. Whom did you miss? Scout.
37. Who was the best new person you met? Too many to list. I meet 150 wonderful new people every year.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. When we depend on individuals for our happiness, we are vulnerable to loss. When we recognize them as expressions of God, we never have to live without them. It wasn’t new information, but I had to live it this year.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “Every silver lining’s got a touch of grey.” — The Grateful Dead
40. What are your resolutions for 2010? None. Resolutions impose artificial deadlines on healing — and give error room to operate through guilt when those deadlines prove unrealistic. I’m not going there.