The year is almost up, and that means that once again, it is time! Time for Re-cap Mania! Everyone will be recapping! From Keith Olbermann to Joel McHale to Barbara Walters to Hulk Hogan!
Here is my recapathon, as I did last year, stolen from my pal Librarisaurus Rex. As usual, I am encouraging you to steal it, make it your own, and then let me know so I can come peep your’n.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
As you know, I think that the true stuff of life is made from the small stuff, so let me start this one by saying this. I had the most spectacular, funkariffic slam dunk fall, while rollerskating. I have had many a spectacular fall in my day, but oddly enough, never when rollerskating. I made up for that lack like crazy this year, all with one fall. Oh how I wish I had footage to share with you. It was like a Nascar crash, except without a car. I think there may have been flames and everything. I also spent an inordinate amount of time on Facebook. And I now have a friend who has pulled a plane around, and really, how many people can say that?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well since I didn’t make any I technically didn’t fail at my new year’s resolutions. I kept all zero of them. Also, I am resolving to not make any again this year. See how I set myself up to succeed?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Um, I don’t think so. I’m feeling all kinds of anxiety about saying that. If you gave birth this year, and I am forgetting it right now, I am so sorry. This is just the sort of faux pas that would be typical for me. You had a baby? Oops! I hadn’t noticed! Pass the Ginkgo!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, a dear friend of mine. It’s weird to talk about it on a blog, so that’s all I’m going to say about that.
5. What countries did you visit?
You know this question always chaps my ass a little every year. I stayed in America, ok? My meager travel funds are allocated for me to go visit my parents as much as I possibly can. LAY OFF.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Oh, I don’t know. What did I lack in 2008? I can’t think of anything significant. A dishwasher would be nice. Oh, I know. A winning lottery ticket. Sign me up for one of those.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
Many fine things happened in twos this year. Two fine couples and friends of mine got all hitched up had dang fine hootenannies to celebrate. I went to two especially nice birthday parties for my wee friends who turned one year old each. My two relatives from New Zealand came to visit me, which was tres exciting. It was the year of number 2. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
Oh, and November 4 was kind of big. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Staving off loneliness via my cocoon of friends and family that love me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing is all about goal-setting, and goal-setting is not my strong suit. I failed to post 30 times in November for NaBloPoMo. Good enough answer? I also entered into a coat-buying contest with BioGirl and my other friend Borgsmith, which I failed miserably because I didn’t even complete the contest. But really, who enters into a contest about buying a coat with their friends? I deserve to fail, just for doing that.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, I made it through unharmed for another year, despite rollerskating crashes.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Supplies for a brand new roof. I keep telling you that a brand new roof is more exciting than it sounds. Perhaps some day you’ll believe me.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My friends Neighbor H and Lil’ R had all sorts of firsts this year. They are walking around on their own, and communicating with words and charades, and eating more and more grown up foods. These two are little one-year-olds, by the way. In case you were confused.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Two words. Prop 8.
14. Where did most of your money go?
To this question I offer you another question. What year will it be when the answer to this annual question is NOT “mortgage?”
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
So, I don’t know if you heard, but I have this friend named BioGirl. I’m sure I must have mentioned her at some point, but in case you missed it, we are two peas in a pod. And for the past five years she up and left me to go get her a fair piece of book learning. This year was the year she finished all that education nonsense and moved back home where she belongs. The excitement on this was OFF THE CHAIN, yo.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
You Are Free, by Mates of State. I think I listened to that song all year non-stop. Also, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. I went to a lot of parties with dancing this year, and that song was always on the playlist.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same, I guess. I don’t know.
c) richer or poorer? A tad better off than last year. Baby steps, you know.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Seeing my moms and pops.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Lying awake at night.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with a whole lot of Nordic Boy, a whole lot of relaxation, a whole lot of snow, and it was a whole lot of awesome.
21 is missing. Time to take a breather…
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yep, over and over and over again, all with the same dude, which is rather lucky when you think about it.
23. How many one-night stands?
None, but I did have a 365-night stand. Oh baby.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Usually I get my news from newspapers and the interwebs and NPR, but this year I watched a ton of news on tv. BBC news and CNN news, mostly. I wouldn’t call that my “favorite” though, but it was oft-watched tv. My favorite program, if I am going to be dead honest with you, was So You Think You Can Dance. Don’t you judge me.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hatred levels constant, sir.
26. What was the best book you read?
This question was so not written for a librarian. But, if pressed, I will list the following…Last Night at the Lobster, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Pete and Pickles, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Blackstock’s Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant, Out of Place…ok, stopping the list now.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I got into Helio Sequence more this year. I am behind the times, I know this.
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
Even more time with the peeps.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I re-watched a bunch of William Holden movies, and they were delicious.
31. What did you do on your birthday?
BioGirl and Nordic Boy threw me a birthday party! There were cupcakes, and billiards, and dressed up fancy guests and EVERYTHING. It was a grand affair.
32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I wished that I could have seen my friends Alli and Map this year. Our annual trip didn’t happen and I missed them like crazy.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
To quote Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl: “tights are not pants!”
34. What kept you sane?
A hearty diet of laughing, silly dances, and talking nonsense.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I have had an ongoing girl crush on Kate Winslet since Heavenly Creatures in the early 90s, and she was everywhere this year, yes? Hi Kate! Call me!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Did you hear about a little vote we had here? For President? No? I’m not surprised, it wasn’t covered much in the media.
37. Who did you miss?
A lot of people. Too many. I hate this question.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I re-met a lot of very cool people this year (thanks, Facebook!). “Reunited and it’s understood! Reunited and it feels so good!” …Sorry, just felt the need to sing a little Peaches and Herb there. Also! My friend Borgsmith (even though he challenges me to coat buying contests that I can’t win).
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Keep looking for a stylist until you find The One.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I’m a living sunset
Lightning in my bones
Push me to the edge
But my will is stone
Fools will be fools
And wise will be wise
But I will look this world
Straight in the eyes -Ben Harper
I feel like I have to say something profound. That’s kind of a lot of pressure. Listen, let’s just say that 2008 was a year full of things I’d never thought I would see, both good and bad, and things that I know to be true holding fast. I thank my lucky charms (purple horseshoes and all) for what I’ve cobbled together. 2009 is on deck! Let’s knock it out of the park.