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Thursday, January 08, 2009

2008 Recap - 2009 Resolutions

NewYearsEve So we are back in Connecticut and back to reality. I wasn't too happy to face the cold and an ice storm the first day back but hey what can you do ? The first day back at work was hectic as expected but not quite as horrible as I imagined. So far today is okay as well so let's hope it stays that way.

It's weird that it's January and 2009 already. Somehow I always feel like January is a clean slate somehow and you get all renewed chances to start over and try to change things you didn't get to do the year before. Some of the things I would like to do in 2009 are use my Rosetta Stone software to learn Spanish, exercise more/be more active, cook more at home, keep reading a lot, drive more, organize some more of the clutter in our bedroom/livingroom/kitchen, etc.

Mail update. Since the last update letters went out to: Emilia/Finland and Kimber/Canada. Received letters from/still owe replies to: Jetta/Finland.

I finally filled out the End of the Year 2008 survey so if you are interested take a look.

2008 End of Year Survey

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Go to the Austrian meet-ups in NYC and the German meet-ups in West Hartford, CT

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I managed to de-clutter my closet/bedroom/livingroom/kitchen for the most part and read quite a bit. Didn’t really follow through with exercising more, taking a class (maybe a language or a cooking class) or cooking more at home. I will probably make some more resolutions for 2009 and try again.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friends Sharon & Ann-Kristin

4. Did anyone close to you die? my Austrian cat Stupsi

5. What countries did you visit? Germany, Denmark, Austria & Canada

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? less stress & less worrying

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? not sure

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? not sure … maybe being more social & going to a bunch of meet-ups .. doesn’t sound like a very big achievement though

9. What was your biggest failure? Not practicing driving enough

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? nothing major

11. What was the best thing you bought? A new bedset from Austria

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Barack Obama – he really inspires me 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed? The way the Republicans behaved during the presidential election

14. Where did most of your money go? Our broken oil tank & cleanup & new oil tank

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Finding Café Steinhof (an Austrian restaurant in NYC), Karl Ehmer’s (a German deli in Danbury that sells Hungarian salami) & Whittard’s (tea shop) in Boston

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? maybe Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? same
b) thinner or fatter? about the same
c) richer or poorer? about the same
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? just relaxing

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Stressing about work and other things I have no control over

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Spent it with Mike’s family here in Connecticut

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? no, already in love

22. How many one-night stands? none

23. What was your favorite TV program? CSI NY

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? don’t think so

25. What was the best book you read? the Outlander series by Diana Gabalon

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? mmm .. not sure

27. What did you want and get? vacations, fun weekend trips

28. What did you want and not get? a car… ha ha

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Ratatouille (even though that came out in 07 I think but I didn’t see it until 08)

30. What did you do on your birthday? Was at work but after work we went to TK’s for free wings and a nice get together with some friends

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? less stress in general

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? not sure I have one

33. What kept you sane? Mike

35. What political issue stirred you the most? the presidential election

36. Who did you miss? my family and friends all over the world

37. Who was the best new person you met? Met some lovely people including Lydia, Giota & Tizz

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: Try not to let everything get to you so much (although I already knew that I think – it’s just hard to keep in mind sometimes)

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “Don’t worry – be happy”

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