Year in Review
Well, Internet, it’s that time again, believe it or not.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Brought forth a baby from the ol’ brewster. Bent to peer pressure and joined fucking Facebook, siiiiigh.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? According to last year’s post, I made some “private resolutions” to myself…aaand I have no fucking idea what these were, so I’m sure that means they were a rousing success. Jesus. Anyway, I get weirdly embarrassed sharing resolutions (PLEASE NOTE: sharing details about boobs = OK, sharing resolutions = embarrassing), so let’s just move on, shall we?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My vagina.
4. Did anyone close to you die? My soul, a little bit, each time I hear a Miley Cyrus song.
5. What places did you visit? Wow, I was seriously lame in this department. I didn’t see anywhere outside of West Virginia or Pennsylvania in 2009. I am somehow totally fine with this (note to self: 2009, the year I became a hermit).
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Some sort of fucking compromise in my work situation that will allow me to stay at home one day a week.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 11th, natch. Please see the bulk of this fucking blog for explanation.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I feel weird referring to Sadie’s birth as an achievement of mine, but I am really proud of the fact that, you know, I like this whole mother gig, and I feel pretty fucking good at it.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not being able to resolve stupid, annoying, ongoing family drama. And giving Sadie a piece of spaghetti last week that was too long and resulted in a gag and barf at the dinner table.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Daycare brought many a joyous virus into my world. And let us not forget the time that cream-colored ponies pranced from my warm woolen mittens.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Personally, I am loving these new boots I got thanks to my mother-in-law handing me her credit card and telling me to buy myself a little Christmas. The most awesome thing I bought for Brad, though, has to be Lego Fallingwater. And buying Sadie a stuffed Grover was a good move, because every day she will hug it and give it huge, open-mouthed baby kisses. LOVE. But the new camera we splurged on this fall is also at the top, because it indulges my need to document every damn second of this child’s life.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Brad, always.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Certain family members, certain asshats in the workplace, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck.
14. Where did most of your money go? HOLY FUCK, right to the baby. Diapers, daycare, formula, food, and wine for her mother.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Guess what! The baby. Also: drinking wine again, our first baby-less weekend getaway (which involved drinking lots of wine), wearing non-maternity clothes (and drinking wine again), and watching Brad be the awesome daddy I always knew he’d be. (Also: wine.)
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes. I love this song, and it was actually running through my head while I was, uh, pushing the baby out. Sorry. I don’t really know how else to refer to that situation. Also, “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear. Didn’t push anyone out to this song, I just like it (and the link is to an awesome fan video that some insanely talented guy created). Oh, and pretty much anything by James Taylor and Nick Drake, as these are the guys we listen to when we’re rocking Sadie to sleep. I’m a little worried that grown-up Sadie will pass out cold whenever she hears “Sweet Baby James” on a drugstore muzak somewhere.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner, as one would expect, now that I don’t have another human being swirling around in the ol’ uterus.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer, thanks to daycare, my favorite viral buffet.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? This is tricky, because I missed being able to read (without falling asleep), cook (before 9pm at night), and participate in theatre of some kind, but I don’t really wish I’d done more of those, because that means I’d be wishing away the reason I didn’t accomplish those things, a.k.a. the fruit of my loins. I will say that I wish I’d ventured out with Sadie more in the warm weather, because I was just too new and nervous at this whole mothering gig to really take her out as much as I would have liked. I also think I am forgetting how different it was to go out with her when she was smaller. Now, if she’s hungry or tired, she can pretty much maintain, but back then? SHE SCREAMED. Not really fun “lunch with friends” behavior, you know?
(Also, could my responses be a little longer? Christ.)
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying, as always.
20. How did you spend Christmas last year? Being large and in charge and gazing longingly at delicious cups of eggnog and bourbon.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? And then some. Holy shit.
22. What was your favorite TV program? 30 Rock is still a favorite, as well as Parks & Recreation. Although, if we’re being honest, 16 and Pregnant (and the subsequent Teen Mom series) kept me glued to the screen for a fair amount of the year.
23. What did you do for your birthday in 2009? I had Christmas cookies for breakfast (yay), went to work (boo), then came home & opened gifts in front of the tree with Brad, Sadie & Tootsie (yay). Pretty perfect day, as far as I’m concerned.
24. What was the best book you read? HA. As I confessed to FoST, I did not read a SINGLE FUCKING BOOK this year. I’m pretty embarrassed about this, but whatever. Coincidentally, FoST got me this book for Christmas, so I should AT LEAST be able to get through that.
25. What did you want and get? Healthy baby.
26. What did you want and not get? Approval to switch to part-time status at work. Still trying to make it happen, though.
27. What was your favorite film of this year? I haven’t been to a movie since April (by CHOICE, all you baby-horror-story-tellers out there), but fortunately all the movies that came out earlier this year are now on Netflix, so I’ve been catching up. Let’s see…some were downright awful (Paul Blart, Transformers, He’s Just Not That Into You [UGGGH]) some were perfectly fine (Sunshine Cleaning, Adventureland, Away We Go, Up), but I can’t think of anything that really knocked my socks off. I have high hopes for Moon and 500 Days of Summer, though. They’re on our queue.
28. Did you make some new friends this year? Thanks to the Internet, yes.
29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Resolving family drama. Having a 4-day-work week. More burritos.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Before April: That One Maternity Sweater That Doesn’t Make Me Look Like the Side of a Barn. April-October: Things That Accommodate My Massive Rack. October-December: Hey, I Can Button These Shirts Again!
31. What kept you sane? Brad and Sadie. Coffee. The Internet. This blog. You guys.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Shit, I don’t know. I kind of hate this question. But I have to say that I think Lady Gaga is pretty rad. It’s not like I adore her music or anything (although I do like it), but I think it’s pretty admirable that she (unapologetically) puts herself out there, comes up with all her own stuff, and rose up through the ranks on her own merit. I always appreciate a good “I got where I am because of me” story.
33. What political issue stirred you the most? Gay marriage, again.
34. Who did you miss? My friends and family, some of whom haven’t seen Sadie yet, and that makes me sad. Why don’t all you fuckers move to Pittsburgh?!?! Geez.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. God, I don’t want this to sound unbearably cheesy, but I don’t think I can avoid it: I learned how much one little person can change your heart forever. I totally underestimated (or maybe just couldn’t imagine) how I was going to feel about her.
*She totally doesn’t. Case in point.