Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: The Scott In Review

It's the last day of the year! Time to reflect, via utterly arbitrary web-meme questions. Here goes:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Went to India, danced in Qatar, dabbled in ShortStory-oke, realized that my job is no longer how I define myself, stopped a driver-less minivan from rolling into a gas station.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had to go back to see what my resolutions were last year (nice, right?). I kept Two and Three, but am unsatisfied with One, which is really my main goal for 2009: get fit by cooking more at home (which will probably be easier with a roommate, which 2009 will bring) and finding a physical activity that I enjoy and will look forward to.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a couple somebodies. Katie had a Monkey, and Sandi had a Peanut. And we're gearing up for Beth to have a Deuce.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
India, Qatar (airport), almost Mexico (but we stayed on the Yuma side of the border).

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Greater self-confidence and financial abundance.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
None, really. I typically don't remember dates, and since no blood relatives were born this year, no dates really stick out.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Accepting what is, and planning for what will be.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Broadway United Methodist Church.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No more than normal.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmm, my new cell phone, I guess, since that's the only thing that stands out as a thing I bought.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Madelynn, again. She's awesome.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
See #9.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, car payments, eating out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The fact that I can do Whatever I Want right now.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Let It Rock
by Kevin Rudolf or Dare To Live by Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? WAY happier
b) thinner or fatter? About the same
c) richer or poorer? WAY poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Free things. Exercising. Working toward the goals that were important to me, not to others.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about what other people think.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Semester Family Christmas was the week before actual Christmas. We went to my brother's house and had a nice dinner and traded presents and watched Madelynn play with her new stuff. Christmas Eve was with my folks -- we had a nice dinner and then went to church. Christmas Day was at the home of my brother's in-laws -- we had a nice dinner and played Wii.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yep, with a minilop rabbit named Milo, who is awesome.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Probably It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Criminal Minds. Not NUMB3RS, as others may attempt to lead you to believe.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The soundtrack to the Broadway musical [title of show].

26. What did you want and get?
Independence, and a better sense of myself.

27. What did you want and not get?
A jackpot lottery ticket.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
The only movie I remember seeing this year was Mamma Mia, so I guess I'm going with that. The movie I wanted desperately to see but didn't (but the DVD is pre-ordered, thanks to an awesome Christmas present from my brother) is Shark In Venice and I cannot wait until January 29, 2009, when it is scheduled to arrive.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35, and on my actual birthday (a Monday), I took the day off from work and saw a movie (the aforementioned Mamma Mia) and made a list of the 35 things I've learned so far.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
See #27.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Aging preppie, same as 2007.

32. What kept you sane?
New friends through Twitter and Smaller Indiana, an always-open invitation to have dinner with my parents, and the view of the pond lake loch from the condo.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Last year the theme was "alliteration." This year, I'll go with "A.B." Ashleigh Banfield (Canada) and Alexandra Burke (UK).

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Landscaping in the Hidden Bay condo complex. (Just kidding, mostly, sort of.) I think U.S. international leadership was my hot button this year. We've got a lot of stuff to work on here at home, but we can also do a lot (with a lot less money) overseas, and I'd like to see us grow back into the positive side of being the superpower again.

35. Who did you miss?
My St. Luke's family. I'm glad to be back and looking forward to getting more deeply involved again.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
KT's nephew Trevor, who is seven years old, almost 8.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I'd rather be 9 people's favorite thing than 100 people's ninth favorite thing.


JL said...

So Brother Otis is reading a book by Brother Lawrence? That's fitting!

Scott S. Semester said...

I forgot all about Brother Otis. I wonder how that old Mormon son of a [gun] is doing!