I have been writing this blog for only a few months now, so this is my first New Year's as a blogger. Which makes this a milestone. And marks my first annual year-end summary o' crap:
1- What did you do in 2009 that you had never done before? Lots of stuff - got engaged, started process of custom building a house, started this blog, went to Hawaii.
2- Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Didn't make any this year, have some ideas percolating now for 2010 -- that may become another post, or they may conveniently self-destruct and mysteriously disappear into the sky.
3- Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
4- Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
5- What would you like to have next year that you missed this year? A regular exercise plan. Okay I had an exercise plan this year, I just fell off the wagon. Repeatedly. Frequently. For 2010 I need to live it.
6- What countries did you visit? Only the USA this year - Hawaii, Connecticut, New York.
7- What from this year will remain etched in your memory? With K - getting engaged, planning our lives, house, wedding, jewellery that goes with said wedding. And on a much less personal scale --- Obama being sworn in, Kanye West being a douchebag, the USA debates over gay marriage, the media frenzy over the sad end of Michael Jackson, Lindsay Lohan destroying the legacy of fashion house Ungaro, the Tiger Woods scandal, the homophobic uproar over Adam Lambert's AMA performance.
8- What was your biggest achievement of the year? Not sure - something touching and all-encompassing about surviving in what has been a difficult economy and difficult year for everyone? Letting down my guard and working on those issues and proactively becoming part of a lifetime couple? Eating more Licorice Allsorts than anyone else in the western world?
9- What was your biggest failure? Falling off the exercise wagon - both running, which I love, and going to the gym, which I don't love, slipped dramatically this year especially the latter half of the year. In a totally unrelated bit of trivia, my suits have also failed by mysteriously shrinking.
10- Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing serious.
12- What was the best thing you bought? Kindle. New laptop. Green Etro manbag. Prada bag for K. Yes I like stuff.
13- What was your best secret guilty pleasure this year? Can't think of a real secret here -- the guilty pleasures are crappy tv, crappy magazines, more crappy tv, pizza, more pizza.
14- Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Glenn Beck because he is a freak and a homophobe. Sarah Palin because she is a hypocrite. Tiger Woods because he is a skank. David Letterman because he banged women who worked for him. Courtney Love because she is Courtney Love.
15- Where did most of your money go? No f'ing idea, it just seems to vanish... copious amounts of Coke Zero. Dog toys. CDs. Popcorn. Planning house and wedding.
16- What did you get really really excited about? Love, marriage, new house, Alfie the world's cutest havanese. Oh, and the election of Barack Obama, until that turned out to be all hope and hype and no progress.
17- What song will always remind you of 2009? So many, as music is such a part of my everyday life. First thoughts --- "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson, "It Happens" by Sugarland, "I Look to You" by Whitney Houston, "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, "For Your Entertainment" by Adam Lambert.
18- What celebrity did you fancy or admire the most? Tina Fey because she is smart and funny and seemingly unaffected by fame. Whoopi Goldberg because she is sane and compassionate and doesn't put up with crap. Kathy Griffin because she has a good heart wrapped up in a bitter funny judgmental package.
19- What political issue stirred you the most? Same-sex marriage. Never said I was objective, people. It's a basic civil right, and I am tired of liars, bigots, adulterers, and 4-times-married Rush Limbaugh talking about protecting traditional marriage from those of us who want a legally acknowledged truthful loving respected lasting union.
20- Who do you want to shake? While I don't believe in outing people, I do so wish gay celebrities would strap on their balls and come out, showing people the positive role models that we never had as kids. And don't wait until you are 130 years old like Richard Chamberlain. And no, I am not thinking of anyone in particular. And it certainly doesn't rhyme with Banderson Booper.
21- Who do you want to never hear about again? Anyone and everyone named Gosselin. And anyone and everyone they have ever banged.
22- Who was the best new person you met? I would have to say all the blogosphere people I have met online these last few months - this is a whole new world for me, and I am meeting smart and funny and warm and opinionated people who are amazing. Keep it coming!