40 Questions for 2009

Time for my annual reckoning — in question form — of the year that was. This is my sixth year for this list — wow! really?

  1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
    Attended a presidential inauguration, toured around the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, read a book in the New York Public Library reading room, visited Hyde Park, visited Rhode Island, grew a tomato (about 14 of them, in fact!)
  2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Of course I didn’t keep my New Years’ resolutions, but I’ve already made about 34 for next year. A sample: I will wake up by 7:00 am every morning, I will walk to work at least one day a week, I will read a biography of each of the 43 U.S. presidents, I will go to two movies a week, I will start yoga lessons again, etc., etc., etc.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    A member of the bridge club had a lovely daughter, and co-worker friends adopted a son who is too cute to be allowed.
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
  5. What countries did you visit?
    Ireland, Canada.
  6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
    A healthy routine.
  7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory?
    January 21 — the Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. I was on my feet for more than 12 hours straight in 20-degree temperatures, but it was worth it.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Um, did I already mention I grew a tomato?
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    I quit yoga classes even though I really enjoyed them because I couldn’t get out or work early enough to make it on time. This really sucks, since all I was trying to do was leave at 4:30 one day a week. It seems like no one cares if you come in a half hour late, but try to leave a half hour early, and good luck to you. Am trying again later this month with a later class.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nope, another illness- and injury-free year, touch wood.
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My new car, a Psion xA. It’s fantastic! It’s purple with a tan racing stripe down the side. It looks like a 1970s track suit. It’s the first time I actually purchased the car that I had a car crush on.
  12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    Every year I answer this question last! What does that say about me? I’ll say President Obama, because I remain hopeful that he knows what he’s doing.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Whoever the hell organized those “tea party” ass-hats who went around this summer calling President Obama a Nazi and a communist and a granny killer.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Usual stuff: mortgage, electricity, Internet access, trinkets.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    The World Series, though it didn’t end to my liking.
  16. What song/album will always remind you of 2009?
    “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    * happier or sadder? The same. * thinner or fatter? Fatter (sigh). * richer or poorer? The same.
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Blogging. Running. Going to movies.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    Down in the ‘burbs with the ‘rents.
  21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
    it’s a close call between Mr. Goddess and my mother and father.
  22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
    I fell in love in 1990, and it took.
  23. How many one night stands in this last year?
    This year marked the 19th year of my one-night-stand dry spell.
  24. What was your favourite TV program?
    Have loved loved loved season 4 of Dr. Who this year, and am indecently excited about the series finale tomorrow! Will dearly miss David Tennant.
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    I don’t “hate” anyone who I actually know. I hate people in the abstract. People like Glenn Beck and Tiger Woods.
  26. What was the best book(s) you read?
    The Illustrated Elements of Style, by Strunk and White
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    I have to say Glee. If it weren’t for Glee, my knowledge of both the Beyonce and Wicked oeuvres would be severely limited.
  28. What did you want and get?
    A Palm Pre!
  29. What did you want and not get?
    A repeat Phillies world championship.
  30. What were your favourite films of this year?
    As usual I haven’t yet seen most of the “important” movies this year, but if we’re going by movies I enjoyed the most, I have to say Up, In the Loop, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Star Trek, An Education, and Another Harvest Moon.
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 38 this year, and was in Levittown vising the parents and Mr. Goddess who had a summer job as a park ranger at Independence Hall this year.
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A much better healthcare reform bill than the one it looks like we’re ending up with.
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
    Dark jeans, long sleeves, high-heeled boots, shorter and shorter hair.
  34. What kept you sane?
    Mr. Goddess, that long-suffering man.
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    It’s a toss-up between David Tennant and John Barrowman. I love me my androgynous British sci-fi guys.
  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Healthcare. Don’t even get me started.
  37. Who will you miss?
    Harry Kalas. “That ball is ………. outta here!”
  38. Who was the best new person you met?
    I met a bunch of great Twitter people in real life this year — most at the HighEdWeb 2009 conference. Including @Robin2go, @rachelreuben, @lanejoplin, @TImNekritz, @KarlynM, and @tsand.
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
    It’s a lot harder to get away with mediocrity these days. You *must* be awesome, or you will be called out. This is both a good thing, and exhausting.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
    Take up your arms
    Sons and daughters
    We will arise from the bunkers
    By land, by sea, by dirigible
    We’ll leave our tracks untraceable now
    –”Sons and Daughters” by the Decemberists


  1. TimN says:

    Hooray! I made the “best new person” list! All the other people on that list I’ve met are quite awesome. Pleasure meeting you as well. All the best to you in 2010!

  2. LoriPA says:

    Thanks, and the same to you — #drivewaytweetup, FTW!

  3. Yorkshire Pudding says:

    First question “What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?” Didn’t you mean 2009? A most inauspicious beginning – let’s hope it is not an omen.

  4. LoriPA says:

    YP — Yipes. Maybe I should add “stop copy-and-pasting” and “a little copy editing never hurt anyone” to my New Years resolutions.

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