2009 in Review

The lovely Laura posted this questionaire, and I decided to play along.  Feel free to join in, too.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

  • We decided to have a baby, and got pregnant.
  • I learned to use a pressure canner.
  • I had a student teacher.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make resolutions for last year, I made plans for an apple orchard, berry patch and chicken coop.  We planted 6 apple trees, about a dozen berries, and didn’t get the chickens.  I’m planning to put together a list of goals for next year, and you can bet that a chicken coop will be on it!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A few of my friends had kids, but nobody in our family.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no.

5. What countries did you visit?

Just this one…  We’re home bodies.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Our little boy! Oh, and chickens :)

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • June 25, the day that Isabelle the baby horse was born.
  • July 5, the day we found out we’re having a baby.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Professionally, my biggest achievement of the year was receiving the “Women Taking the Lead to Save the Planet” award from the local Women’s League of Voters. 

9. What was your biggest failure?

I’m happy to say that I don’t feel like I had any real failures, but taking time off from my second MS degree is something that I’m not entirely happy about.  We just decided that with our baby on the way, we had more important ways to spend time and money.  And I plan to go back to school.  Really, does a teacher ever stop going back to school?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I cut off the tip of my thumb back in September, and I’ll probably always have a scar and a misshapen thumb.  But it was minor in the scheme of things.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

This was a pretty non-consumeristic year for me.  Good thing, because it looks like 2010 will be the year I get a new car.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I’d have to say my husband.  He’s always supportive of me and my ideas, and he is my constant companion on this journey.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Nobody that I care about.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage and taxes

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Our baby, could you tell?

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Big Green Tractor

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
happier

b) thinner or fatter? oh, about 21 lbs fatter

c) richer or poorer? the same, but on the verge of getting poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Cleaning (but not really…)

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Rushing around

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With our families

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

I continue to be in love with Ed.  Eight years and counting.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

This is embarrassing… I love 18 Kids and Counting and Big Love.  Also really like Big Bang Theory.

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

Nope

24. What was the best book you read?

I really liked Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Uh, I don’t think I had one.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted a baby, and now I’m expecting.  Can you tell that’s a recurring theme?

27. What did you want and not get?

Haha… chickens!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I’m a big fan of Food, Inc. and I also just watched and really liked Julie and Julia.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I can’t remember what I did for my birthday, probably low-key dinner with the family.  I turned 28.

30. What’s the one thing that made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The baby on the way…

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Ha! Eco-friendly meets whatever’s in my closet meets Walmart meets whatever’s in Ed’s closet meets maternity clothes.  For example, right now I’m wearing velour maternity pants from Walmart and Ed’s John Deere sweatshirt.  It was not such a good year fashion-wise.  But then again, I’m not a fashion icon to begin with.

32. What kept you sane?

Pie.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I respect Toby Keith a lot for speaking his mind, and plus he sings some really great songs and puts on a great concert.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Two: climate and healthcare.  I’m pretty annoyed that we can’t get our act together politically when it comes to the climate, especially when so many people are making amazing strides on an individual level.  As for healthcare, I really believed it would be wonderful to have reasonably priced insurance for hard-working people who don’t get it through work, like my husband, dad, and brothers.  However, the capitalist in me is pretty ticked that the health insurance I work hard to obtain is considered a “Cadillac” plan and according to the current bills, I’m going to end up paying big taxes on it to fund what?

35. Who did you miss?

I miss friends who have moved away, but I’m glad I get to keep in touch through the internet.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I don’t think I can say for sure.  I meet a lot of great people through work and through the blogging community.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Be patient.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“And it’s funny how it’s the simple things in life that mean the most.  Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes.  There’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I’ve come to know.”

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8 Responses to 2009 in Review

  1. OK, I was in tears reading that last lyric!

    Thanks for the year in review; how fun!

    I think I may even be more excited than you about your new baby, if that’s even possible!

    Love and best wishes for the New Year!

  2. This was fun to read! I love the part about pie.

  3. Lizz

    “32. What kept you sane?

    Pie.”

    First of all, amazing and brilliant answer.

    Second, I forgot to tell you that on Thanksgiving, my cousin’s girlfriend announced to my entire family (who is very snobby about our apple pie, I should say) that Rose Orchards has the best pie around. She bought one for each of her sisters. Made me smile!

  4. Happy New Year Abbie! I really enjoyed this questionnaire. It makes me smile to think that it’s been 8 years that Ed and you have been together . . . and now comes baby! :-)

  5. I remember what it felt like to have a baby coming. We have our second due in March and I had the crib up six months ago and today the changing table will be ready.

    With the baby coming and your care for the environment you may be interested in this book a fellow college peer of mine wrote.

    http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-naturally-frugal-baby/7921974

    The downloadable version is a free pdf.

    ps. love the snow background.

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