Year End Meme, Abridged

I’m not usually a meme-r, but a few of the questions from the year-end meme looked interesting. See Grace’s blog for a full set of questions.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Understood on an emotional level how some people feel threatened by their adopted child’s biological parents. I can’t imagine someone else having experienced my baby’s first few minutes, hours, or days instead of him being with me. (I’m not saying this to judge anyone, just saying I could finally viscerally understand how it might feel.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No. Yes. Kind of. A woman at work was my “pregnancy buddy” and we did bond over all the ups and downs. Her son was born about two months after ours. However, I’m not sure she and I would qualify as close. I think we’re close the way a lot of men are close to the other men with whom they bond during recreational activities.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

Full meals every day without fear, January through June. (You knew I had to sneak in something bitter about being pregnant!) On a more positive note, a pass to SXSW Interactive and enough time to see all the panels I want.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 12th we moved into this house. January 28th I started to feel quite ill. March 17th I left the house for the first time since January 28th to do something other than work or go to the doctor. July 26th through 29th was BlogHer, where I spoke for the second time but was disappointed in how well I did – but it was also the first time since January 28th that I went an entire day without feeling nauseated. September 11th I had the baby. That’s about it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Tie:

For failure in actions, it would be sticking my foot in my mouth with friends and family. For example, I bring up weight with my friends who struggle with body image. Need. To. Stop.

For failure in judgment, it would be getting a four month old puppy while I was pregnant. And I desperately do not need to hear anyone else tell me they agree that it was stupid. Thanks though. I promise that I am paying for it now.

14. Where did most of your money go?

House. We have paid as much on this house as my initial student loan balance. We now own 20% of it after living in it one year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Gardening.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I can’t think of any, which makes me sad. New music used to come into my life regularly, through mix tapes from friends or new boyfriends’ CD collections. Then KGSR introduced me to a slew of new artists. Now I hate everything they play, and there are no more boyfriends or mix tapes. (I don’t miss the boyfriends, in case you were wondering.)

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

Having painted at least some of the rooms in our house before getting pregnant. They’re all ivory, which is better than white, and I don’t actually know what colors I would have wanted, but still.

32. What kept you sane?

C-Man taking care of me, and the internet.

35. Who did you miss?

Beth. My sister. Both deeply and painfully. I meant to travel in 2007, after the legislative session ended, but I couldn’t except for BlogHer. So I didn’t get to see them (until my sister showed up last week).

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.

The most important things are often quite tedious.

3 thoughts on “Year End Meme, Abridged

  1. Shane Taylor

    For musical discovery, I am still a true believer in radio (and podcasts can count as radio). But this has not been a year of new radio finds, though I still appreciate KNON and KHYI out of Dallas.

    As a consolation for you lack of musical discovery, I offer my recent favorite: James Booker. Classified is the disc I have been playing incessantly.

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