Archive for January 2011

40 Questions for 2010

For the seventh year, it’s time for my annual reckoning — in question form — of the year that was. I do love a good list at the start of a new year!

  1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
    Camped in Shenandoah National Park, presented at the Penn State Web Conference, got a tattoo in Kentucky, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, attended a University of Rochester football game, had a 3-way chili in Cincinnati, visited four president’s homes in three days.
  2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Of course I didn’t keep my New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve already made more for 2011. What’s a new year without new plans. I want to lose 11 pounds, get Obama arms (Michele, not Barack), be a friendlier friend, and I *still* want to read a biography of each U.S. president (I keep getting hung up on Madison).
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    After racking up seven nieces, my sister gave birth to my first nephew.
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No.
  5. What countries did you visit?
    This year was spent entirely on American soil.
  6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
    A system for keeping my various modes of communication organized.
  7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory?
    Hmm, well this is sad. I don’t really have an answer to this one. I guess it turns out that 2010 wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable one either. Have to fix than in 2011.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    I got accepted into the Master of Library and Information Science program at Syracuse University. I deferred admissions for a year, but still — it feels nice to have options.
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    A few work-related failures are bugging me. The updates to our templates, second-level pages, and mobile site continue to lag as the urgent stuff continues to push aside the important. <sigh>.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nope, another illness- and injury-free year, touch wood.
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    I bought a Nintendo Wii, and it’s brilliant. I’m not a big gamer, but it’s so fun and watching Netflix through it is a cool bonus.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    I’m going to say Jon Stewart. He was one of the few public figures this year who actually seemed interested in getting to the truth, all while being funny as hell.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    The mainstream news media, who just seemed to give every politician a free pass this year instead of, you know, asking questions.
  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?
    My summer “magical history tour” vacation through Virginia. And the Harry Potter movie.
  16. What song/album will always remind you of 2010?
    Probably, “Hey Soul Sister” by Train, just because it was so inescapable.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    * happier or sadder? The same. * thinner or fatter? The same. * 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?
    Worrying.
  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 2010?
    I fell in love in 1990, and it took.
  23. How many one night stands in this last year?
    This year marked the 20th year of my one-night-stand dry spell.
  24. What was your favourite TV program?
    Really loved the short-lived PBS series Sherlock, and cannot wait until the next series comes out in the spring, along with the new Dr. Who. Raising Hope is also a hoot, and The Sing-Off provided some unexpected cheesy fun.
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    I can’t think of anyone specific who I actually hate. Hating is hard work, and I’m just not that industrious.
  26. What was the best book(s) you read?
    Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow.
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    The force of nature that is Lady Gaga.
  28. What did you want and get?
    A Nintendo Wii! A Kindle! A nephew! (not necessarily in that order).
  29. What did you want and not get?
    A third consecutive trip to the World Series for my Phillies.
  30. What were your favourite films of this year?
    Tops has to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, followed by The King’s Speech, Inception, and The Social Network.
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 39 this year, and had cake and ice cream with Mr. Goddess, the parents, and siblings in Levittown, PA.
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A slightly less depressing result in the midterm elections might have helped.
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
    Sweater tights, knee-length skirts, and novelty T-shirts.
  34. What kept you sane?
    Mr. Goddess, that long-suffering man, and Sunday morning coffee.
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    The new Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch is quite fanciable, as is the new Doctor, Matt Smith.
  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The thing that pissed me off the most was the extension of all the Bush tax cuts, and the fact that the Republicans were able to get away with almost comic-book villainy in holding unemployment benefits, healthcare for 9/11 first responders, and pretty much everything else hostage to their demand that the richest 1% of U.S. families continue to get the tax breaks they’ve enjoyed for the past eight years, all the while playing lip service to deficit reduction. Yep, that’s it.
  37. Who will you miss?
    Our neighbors moved to New York City. They were a lot of fun, and I hope we get to visit them in the Big Apple some time.
  38. Who was the best new person you met?
    The best thing about Twitter is how it seems to extend the circle of people you get to meet in real life, and this year was no exception: @cliffyballgame, @radiofreegeorgy, @dylanw, @mallorywood, @epublishmedia.
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
    Every source of stress in my life can be traced back to putting things off instead of facing them as soon as possible. Nothing gets better if you ignore it.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
    Nothing ever happens
    Nothing happens at all
    The needle returns to the start of the song
    And we all sing along like before –”Nothing Ever Happens” by Del Amitri