31DSC04780 (flickr) Now, at 11:30, it’s still coming down. Rumor has it, it’s supposed to stop around noon and clear up, then start coming down again tonight. We had plans for tonight, but now it’s all going to depend on whether it clears up and how the roads are. I miss Maine a lot, but I don’t miss the snowstorms. I don’t miss them much. It is awfully pretty out there, though. 31DSC04784 (flickr) Right now I’m wishing like hell I’d brought the good camera with me. I didn’t because I didn’t want to have to lug it through the airport (and given the fact that NorthWest has a one-carryon rule, it’s a good thing I didn’t!) but I would have some kickass pictures of the chickadees in my parents’ back yard if I had. I should go shopping for a bag that would hold my laptop and the camera for my next trip. Y’all got any (cheap) bag suggestions? 31DSC04785 (flickr) Okay, it being New Year’s Eve, I suppose I oughta do the end-of-the-year meme everyone else is doing. 1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Lived alone in the country in my dream house with a bunch of cats. Fred and the spud were 20 minutes away. It only lasted a little while, but it was still too long for me. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t believe I made any resolutions last year. This year I resolve to start being a little kinder to the environment, so to that end I bought a couple of Sigg bottles (to cut down on the number of plastic bottles I have to recycle every week) and purchased a bunch of environmentally safe cleaning products. 3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope. 4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope. 5. What countries did you visit? Not only did I not visit any other countries, aside from Alabama, Tennessee and Maine, I didn’t visit any other states. 6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? More little bitty baby kittens! I’d love to have another bottle-fed kitten this year. 7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 11th, the day the spud left for Rhode Island, and our nest became empty. 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing the inside of the house and making it into a home. 9. What was your biggest failure? Not planting a catnip or herb or bulb garden. There’s always next year! 10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I hurted my knee, but it’s all better now. Which means I can get back to exercising! Woo…hoo? 11. What was the best thing you bought? I can say without a doubt that the Sony A100 kicks ASS. I’m hoping I can say the same about the Roomba, but since I haven’t used it yet (it arrived the day before I left, and I wanted to wait until I have time to truly bond with it before opening it) I can’t wax poetic about its awesomeness yet. 12. Whose behavior merited celebration? I’m going to nominate Fred, the hardest working person at Crooked Acres, who has no idea how to spend the day relaxing and would a thousand times rather be outside building something than sitting inside on his dead ass. In second place is Newt, the squirrel-killingest cat who ever did live. 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Someone who hugely overestimated his importance in my life and should feel free to fall off the face of the earth. 14. Where did most of your money go? To the usual bills, to wood and fencing, and most of all to building our savings account back up, which took a hit with the whole owning-two-houses and home-renovation thing. 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Selling the house in Madison and becoming owners of only one home. Moving into Crooked Acres. Seeing (and eating) an egg laid by one of our very own chickens. 16. What song will always remind you of 2007? I don’t know. 17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? Happier. b) thinner or fatter? A bit thinner, I think. c) richer or poorer? Richer. 18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Stripping and repainting the doors in the house – which I didn’t do any of at all. Maybe in 2008! 19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Fretting. Feeling anger over the actions of people who really don’t have any effect on my life. 20. How did you spend Christmas? In the morning we went to Fred’s sister’s house for breakfast; in the afternoon we opened gifts, I talked to my parents and sister, and we napped. 21. Did you fall in love in 2007? I fall more in love with my husband, my home, and my life every day. (STOP making those gagging noises!) 22. What was your favorite TV program? Weeds. Dexter. Jon and Kate Plus 8. Real Housewives of Orange County. And we “discovered” Arrested Development and love it. 23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Not really. Wait! Oh, yes I fucking well do. You can read about him – I called him That Jackass in this entry – but have lately started referring to him as Assface. I think he is a blight to all humanity and just thinking about him makes my blood boil. I have a special Assface-centric entry planned for the future. 24. What was the best book you read? It would be a tie between Eating Heaven, Daughter’s Keeper, and The Shell Seekers. 25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Hairspray! 26. What did you want and get? A Roomba! 27. What did you want and not get? A new car. Let me take a moment to pat myself on the back for that decision. Fred was willing to let me trade in my Reno for a Hyundai Accent and I was thisclose to doing it, but decided it would be idiocy to trade in a car that’s paid off – and less than a year old – for a car that would necessitate a car payment (a small one, but still). In the end, I opted to stick with the Reno for the time being, and maybe in three or four more years when I’m ready for a new car, Toyota will offer the Prius in yellow! 28. What was your favorite film of this year? I really liked Superbad; that’s the one that comes to mind immediately. 29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 39 (40 in 10 days, woohoo!) and I couldn’t remember what I’d done, so I went back in my archives and read that I had a very nice, very relaxing day wherein I did not much at all, just sat on my ass in front of the computer, ran a few errands, and then went out to dinner at Outback with Fred and the spud. 30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I’d won ten trillion dollars or become the Queen of the Universe; either would have been equally fine with me. 31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Same as it ever was: comfy. 32. What kept you sane? Fred, my sister, the cats, all y’all. 33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? The brothers of Journeyman. HUBBA HUBBA. 34. What political issue stirred you the most? It’s hard to pick just one. 35. Who did you miss? No one, really. 36. Who was the best new person you met? I’d say Nance, except I think I actually met her last year. Oh, I know! That adorable little bitty Kathy. Very cool to meet someone in person that you’ve only talked to online and Kathy did not disappoint. 37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. I don’t know that there were any valuable life lessons for me in 2007. Maybe “If you’re having excruciating pain in my lower left side, just ignore it. It’ll go away.” It did! 38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Ugh. I hate this question and I respectfully request that it go fuck itself, thx.


Previously 2006: No entry 2005: No entry 2004: No entry. 2003: My year in review. 2002: Are you jealous of my readers? You should be, because they ROCK! 2001: What if? 2000: No entry 1999: Total potty mouth at the drop of a hat. ]]>