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2008 [Dec. 26th, 2008|04:04 pm]
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
worked in an office, wore a pencil skirt, made red velvet cupcakes, ate ethiopian food, moved to new york, trudged through the snow in a city, baked a pie, had a boyfriend, bought tights and rain boots, waited in line to get INTO a grocery store, posed naked for a painting, hailed a cab, had a tea party on a roof, went to St. Croix, spent the holidays away from my family, bought a bed, installed an air conditioner, had a skylight, spoke and presented a powerpoint in front of my entire company, voted the first black president into office

2. Did you keep your new year's resolution, and will you make more for next year?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada. Oh Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The ability to honor my deadlines as much as I honor other people's deadlines, to make that a priority and give it equal, if not more significance. And ice skates.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 14, 2008

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Navigating through the corporate financial world successfully and still maintaining the core of my personality and character.

9. What was your biggest failure?
ending my relationship with Elisabeth and Money Camp in a very messy way. Still not being over it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My bed--pillow top, memory foam, 300 thread count sheets. Three pencils skirts from Express that have pulled together every outfit I came up with in my 7 am stupor. My ipod, on which I listen to Dan Savage for eight hours while doing more of the mind numbing tasks of my job.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Barack Obama's campaign team. Truly ran a clean, classy, and high-road minded campaign that refused public funding, relied on grass roots organizing and small individual donations, and inspired a new body of people to go out and vote. America at its finest. And honorary mention to the endearing John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats for being so genuinely delighted by his rockstardom.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Wall Street. Bernie Madoff. The crookedness and lack of remorse from all of it. The government bailout. Being inundated with all of it at a time like this is fascinating, but I am so disillusioned. It makes the uphill battle feel slightly more daunting and impossible, but also more urgent and necessary.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food and travel. Moving. Winter clothes. New furniture.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Birthdays. Cupcakes. Surprises. The weekend. The new episode of the Office. Jurassic Park. Snow. Montreal. Turkeys. Furry hats. Voting. Vibrators. Fall coats. Leopard print umbrellas. Gluten-free snacks.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Chicago, Sufjan Stevens. Up to the Wolves, the Mountain Goats. King of Carrot Flowers, Neutral Milk Hotel. Home to Me, Madeline. Us, Regina Spektor.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a.happier or sadder?
b.thinner or fatter?
c.richer or poorer?
d. beginning to see things as less black and white than before? yes.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Went to more parks, listened to more new music, done more writing, read more books

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
less wishing I was working harder than I was, less feeling like I needed to have and do everything even though I just moved to a new city, less complaining about the things I felt like I should have been doing

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
I'll be around.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

22. How many one-night stands?
Still none.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

24. Did you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Oh lots of people, I'm sure.

25. What was the best book you read?
Freakonomics. Women and Money.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Having an ipod and putting a soundtrack to my life.

27. What did you want and get?
A furry hat with ear flaps.

28. What was your favorite film of the year?
The Karate Kid. Oh Ralph Macchio. Bestill my heart.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turquoise peacock feather dress. Had dinner reservations at 5:30 pm with Brian at an Ethiopian restaurant, left after an hour, slightly confused, walked towards Broadway making off-handed guesses about where we were going next, walking into the theater where Rent was playing, walking up the stairs to our seats, seeing Rent the last weekend before it closed (surprise!), getting home to people decorating the living room with streamers and balloons and having everyone turn around and yell, "Heeeey... surprise!" Party captain sash. Flourless chocolate cake. Dance party a-go-go. Having Maggie distract me with Max Brenner the next day and coming home to a surprise tea party on the roof. Gluten free carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. 23. Epic.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I have no complaints.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
As one co-worker described it, "you always come to the office dressed like could meet someone for drinks and dinner right afterwards and wouldn't look out of place in either setting." Triumph.

32. What kept you sane?
Buses, planes, and trains.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
US Economics during a recession. Watching before my eyes once-mighty corporations and financial institutions crawling to the government for a bailout. Waiting to see how this new level of government involvement and intervention into a private sector that so desperately attempted to keep government out will change the relationship between business and government

35. Who did you miss?
My family.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
We know so much more than we did last year and we have so much more to know than we do now.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"It's 16 miles... to the promised land, and I promise you, I'm doing the best I can..."

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