Monday, December 15, 2008

A Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I took a shower. Just kidding. I mean, I'm not kidding about taking a shower. I really did shower this year. I'm just kidding about using that as my answer.
Ummm, I did a lot of things! I walked the red carpet in L.A., I took all my kids to Disney World, I wrote a book, I saw Oprah with Mimi and Michelle, I went to New York, I stayed up way too late most nights - oops, that's not really different than any other year.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sure, sure I did. OK, well I kept them for like 4 hours. That's gotta count for something. And of course, I’ll make some new ones next year. A girl needs goals she’ll never live up to, right?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ha, this would be fun if you were a labor and delivery nurse or a midwife or OB. OK, ok, my sil gave birth to my little niece.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that I might jinx things.

5. What countries did you visit?
Let's see, there was Mexico, China, Norway, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Yes, I know they were all in Epcot. I think it should still count. No? Well, I watched the Olympics. That's gotta count for something.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
I should probably have some great, profound moments that are indelibly written on my brain, but alas I'm bad with dates. Probably because dates include numbers and we all know how well I do with math.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I sold 2 books. Eeee!

9. What was your biggest failure?
The diet. I still weigh about as much as a Sumatran Rhino.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, thankfully, everyone is healthy!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Dansko clogs. Or toilet paper. One of those two.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
"Behaviour"? Oooo, where did this meme originate? Not in this country.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I was going to write, "my kids", but I realized there was far worse behavior out there. Like stupid Blagojevich.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Disney World

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Have I mentioned that I touched Matthew Perry?

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2008?
I don't listen to music too much. I may be the only person in the country who doesn't own an MP3 player. I really don't know, but I'll tell you what song reminds me of 1985!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier/sadder,thinner/heavier,richer/poorer?
happier, richer, the same stupid weight.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
play with the littles

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
time spent on my computer

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Party at Dawn's house - relatives, food, presents, and chaos abound!

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
My awesome friend, Sue! Or the automated voice hell at AT&T.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I don't think so.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?
A dozen. Kidding! Just kidding! What kind of crazy question is that? How many people do you think answer it truthfully?

24. What was your favourite TV program?
Do reruns count? If so, it's a toss-up between Seinfeld and Friends.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book(s) you read?
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines....
Clearly I don't have time for much reading.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
"Musical discovery"? Like the time I discovered the lost symphony of Beethoven buried beneath that old church in Germany? What the heck is a musical discovery? Are they asking if I'm responsible for discovering any major talent?

28. What did you want and get?

29. What did you want and not get?
pink gel pens

30. What were your favourite films of this year?
The only films I saw in the theater were Indiana Jones and Space Chimps and they were definitely not favorites. I can't even remember any movies that came out this year! We recently rented that new Batman one. I only watched it because Heath Leger was in it, but he looked all freaky-like, so I stopped watching after the first 4 1/2 hours. I saw Get Smart on the plane and liked it. Oh yeah, and I saw Sex and the City and really liked that one too! Oooo, oooo, and I saw Fireproof which was also really good.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
For real? That was back in March! I don't remember anything that happened in March!

32. What's one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can't say.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I'm pretty sure you can't use the word "fashion" to describe jeans, t-shirts, and clogs.

34. What kept you sane?
ROFL! Oh that's a good one! Me, sane! Hee hee hee!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Which celebrity did I "fancy"? Seriously, from where did this meme originate?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't know that it "stirred" me, but I'd have to say the election.

37. Who did you miss?
My friend Erica

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a TON of people this past year! I can't pick just one.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Don't put your cell phone next to your hotel key.
The chicken crossed the road because a bat farted on it.
Lying is bad because you could be hung over a pit of lava.
A disturbing amount of people land on my blog after googling "bat poop".
95% of people have no clue how to use Google.
If your kids say they're going to play Indiana Jones, make sure your health insurance is in order.
Don't buy Happy Birthday signs at the dollar store.
The smallest dog in history was a tiny Yorkie from Blackburn, England. At 2 yrs old, he was 2" tall and 3" long. He weighed 4 ounces!
Do not let Brooklyn pour parmesan cheese on her spaghetti by herself.
When a toddler sticks a Tic Tac up their nose, just plug the other side and have them blow.
When Clayton says he feels like throwing up, listen to him!
Brooklyn can indeed, live on ketchup and chocolate syrup for a week.
Wombats are hilariously funny.
99% of the world's population has (or has had) plantar fasciitis.
13 year old boys need to be reminded to wear shoes when they go to church.
Dry ice should be kept out of the hands of children AND husbands.
I'm not cool enough to eat lunch with my kids at school.
Mammograms aren't really all that bad.
Colposcopies are.
If you need to renew your license, plan on spending at least 4 hours days at the DMV.
No one knows what Uniqua is.
It's not a good idea to step on those little blue "balloons" that wash up on the beach of Padre Island.
Eggs should never be put in the microwave for 55 minutes and 55 seconds.
If you're going to steal your brother's video camera, don't turn it on and tape the crime scene.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight." Quick, who said this on what sitcom?


Anonymous said...

You're just awesome. That's it. You have the best answers and can pull it all together (what did you learn in 2008). You amaze me with your wit.

MJ's mom said...

Song lyric: Ross on Friends!

Amanda said...

Chandler said it on Friends. :)

Also, what IS Uniqua??? I have to sit through that stupid show ever day and have yet to figure it out.


Kaitlin said...

Isn't Uniqua from the Backyardigans? Or are you referring to something else?

Froggie said...

Response to #40
Chandler on Friends?


Liz's Random Thoughts said...

"Or the automated voice hell at AT&T."
Did you mean 'hello' or that hell is at AT&T?

Caroline said...

I'm pretty sure it was on Seinfeld--was it Kramer? (the Wang Chung quote)

Loved the list of things you learned this year. The tic tac one is a good tip--also works if your two year old sticks a bead up her nose!

kari said...

It is from England no doubt and I'll happily tell you whom I fancy! My husband! :) My favourite boy! lol!

Jennifer H in SC said...

No one knows what Uniqua is.

Isnt she the pink thing from the backyardigans?


Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, Now you have me googling the meaning of " Wang Chung" as I bet others are doing too. I know the answer but that would spoil everyone else's searching fun. Tee Hee. Kristine in Michigan.

Steff said...

Chandler on Friends? Tarzan Boy takes me back to the summer before my senior year of high school- I was on a People to People ambassador trip to Europe and we thought we were "all that" dancing to that song in the discos in Spain. Thanks for the memories!! I have to guess the meme originated in the UK- I spent a semester there in college and a lot of the words "fancy" "merited" "immeasurably" are used frequently there.

Anonymous said...

#40 = Frasier Crane on Cheers!!!

Amy Flippin Blankenship said...

#40. Was it Chandler Bing on Friends?

I LOVE Tarzan Boy. Makes me want to pull out my MP3 player (because I have yet to jump into the year of the IPODS) and listen to all my 80s songs! :)

Anonymous said...

CHEERS! Frasier said it at his bachelor party!

Jennifer in Wisconsin said...

That video is now forever burned in my corneas. I do still love the song but just laugh watching the early MTV videos. Did he make that video in 3 hours or something? Love the life lessons learned. Happy Holidays.

Karen in Rockland, Ontario said...

Every once in a while people try to tell me that the '80's ROCKED and the '70's were awful.... After viewing Baltimora's Tarzan Boy (thanks for stirring up those ghosts) I have to say.."What the heck were we thinking in the '80's??? Wow, that was bad.

Amy W said...

Dawn, from one busy mom to another, thanks for cracking me up on a regular basis. "Everybody Wang Chung tonight" was said on Cheers. Just to let you know, you're not the only person in the country not to own a MP3 player...I don't have one either! I am very technologically challenged and our budget is limited so we don't spend much on that stuff. By the way...I'm very jealous that you touched Matthew Perry! Merry Christmas! Amy W

Anonymous said...

lol.. good post I'm sitting here listening to the backyardigains right now when I read your no one knows what uniqua is lol.... sasha

scarlett said...

Frasier Crane on Cheers.

Andi said...

Number 39 had me rolling. And I am grateful to have met you in 2008, or was it 2007, either way, I still love that I met you and we are on Facebook together.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chuckle today! Your's is the only blog I read, but I think I've turned into an addict! Must have my daily dose of Dawn! I thought I was the last person on the planet without an MP3 player! I probably AM the last person without a cell phone, but glad to know I'm not alone on the MP3 player!

Margee said...

Wang Chun? I'm guessing Chandler in Friends.

Kelly Strei said...

I'm literally laughing outloud to your answer to question #26. We love the Madeline books at our house too.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I believe that was said by Chandler on Friends.

Michelle in PA

Rebecca Goodwin said...

Frasier on Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video! Nothing like an bad 80s video to put a smile on face in the morning. :)


Anonymous said...

Ahhh...Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers. (Yes, I did have to call upon the genius that is the internet.)

Danny, Sherri, Sammi, and Lawrie said...

Didn't Fraiser say that on "Cheers"??? At least, that's the one I remember.... :-)

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I think I know the answer to #40 --- was it Frasier on Cheers?

-Chris in Atlanta

Megan said...

I believe it was Phoebe (or maybe Chandler?) on Friends.

Tracy said...

Frasier on "Cheers"!

Patois said...

Now that's one heck of a long meme. You done good, though.

Tiffany said...

Chandler said that on Friends.

And uniqua is a totally new, never seen before creature. She's 'unique', hence her silly name.

Anonymous said...

You are not the last one on Earth w/o an MP3 player. I don't have one either. Love the answers to #39. I know who Uniqua is but I have no idea if the name is anything real. Do you? I just thought it was something shortened, or made cute, from Iguana.

Merry Christmas!
Anita in Indiana

Decembermum said...

Well I did think it originated in the UK but then programme is spelt with only one 'm' - discuss!

Heather said...

I live in the UK (in Scotland) and "behaviour", and "fancy" are definite words we use here. (But I wouldn't it past those Aussies to use those words too!)

Thanks for the Tarzan Boy video - happy memories. I think you could make a better video with your software than was possible back in 1985.

And your answers to the (very long) meme made me laugh. :) Might try it myself.

Brenda said...

Oh oh oh Ross on Friends!! I have to admit I couldn't remember most of the answers about myself for a lot of those questions. Sad but true.

Alana M said...

Frasier on Cheers

Anonymous said...

#40 - Okay Dawn, which is it? Frasier on Cheers or Chandler on Friends? Or both?!

Larisa said...

Thanks for the happy memories and being a bright light in my already happy day.

Mary G said...

My kids swear that Uniqua is an ant. Although why she only has 4 limbs, I have no clue.

AlaneM said...

Cool the 'woah' song - love those 80's baby!!

BrainLint said...

Well, I copied and answered your questions :) If I read a book THIS year, it's gonna be yours.

Veggiemomof2 said...

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, thankfully, everyone is healthy!

How many kids wore casts this year? lol

Becky McVey said...

Dawn, I bet you get 100 pink gel pens from your readers now!

Tammy said...

I'll take Chandler on Friends for $1000, Alex.

And who in the world doesn't know Uniqua? The Backyardigans rock and are a staple in my home (with a 3 and 5 year old, of course)!

Love your blog...thanks for sharing a great year with all of us.

Lucille said...

I either spend too much time reading your blog or we are sisters separated at birth!

I can't believe how that video took me back - I believe I was on Spring Break in Daytona Beach in a white strapless bikini! OH MY GOSH _ the things I will NEVER let my daughter do!

Oh and yeah - it was ROSS on Friends right?

AS always - you are the most famous blogger of all my dear Rudolph!

Thanks for the smiles before bed!

PS_Are you getting as much snow as we are? I can send you some!

The Roberts said...

First, isn't that from Friends? Second, I'm shocked Dawn!!! Don't you know that Uniqua is from the Backyardigans? I guess it's pretty sad that I know that, but I'm surprised you don't! :]
Amanda R.

majikfaerie said...

AFAIK, there are no Rhinos on Sumatra, and therefore your weight is non-existent :)

Anonymous said...

How long has it been snowing on your home page? :-)

Anonymous said...

Your answers were awesome, Dawn! I love when you share those memes with us!

Thanks for bringing me back to senior year in high school with that song! Who do you suppose did that guy's makeup?? lol

Wasn't the Wang Chung quote from Frazier?

As for Uniqua, I don't think SHE even knows what she is!! lol

Donna in PA :)

Rebecca M. said...

Loved the list Dawn.

To answer the Uniqua question....she is not any particular creature. She is Unique. The creators of the show wanted a character that was not able to be defined by what creature it was. They were trying to appeal to the many children and families of mixed races....ones that cannot say that they are one particular ethnicitym but rather a mix of many. That is why Uniqua looks like several different bugs. much of a mystery as that has been, to me the biggest mystery in children's shows is "where are Max and Ruby's parents??????"

Anonymous said...

Dawn you have learned a lot this past year. I did know the object stuck up the nose trick already but only recently learned about the parmesan cheese thing with my three year old. What's with the cell phone and hotel key thing?

erika325 said...

Uniqua!! ha. And very true :)

And Tarzan Boy...I love that song, much to my husband's chagrin ;)

Merry Christmas!

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MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Uh hello! Number 38 ... I know you didn't want to hurt Matthew Perry's feelings by putting MY name down, so that's why you wrote the politically correct answer of:

"I met a TON of people this past year! I can't pick just one."

But really, he wouldn't have minded if you just wrote: MANIC MOMMY!


Michelle said...

I'm way late to the party here, but ummm what's the deal? 65 comments? Dawn, I'm shocked! Sorry I'm so behind, but it's been a really long and not so good week. Add in the snow day from today, and that tops it off nicely....

But I'm also really really glad that I didn't make the list as someone you hate now ;)

Oh and ummm you do NOT weigh nor look anything like a Sumatran rhino. You're far too hard on yourself.

I'm so not going anywhere near this meme!

Shellie said...

6 and 7 are totally my answers too. 39 made me laugh; thanks to you I learned all those things too.

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