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It's That Time Again . . .

It's been quite a year.  I kind of lost my innocence.  After antidepressants had turned me into a bit of a Pollyanna, this was the year I learned that not everyone is good inside.  There are some people with whom you can't negotiate.  There are some people you can't make happy.  There are some people who have no redeeming qualities whatsoever.  There are some people who genuinely enjoy being miserable and will go to great lengths not only to keep themselves that way, but to make sure everyone around them is as well.  These were hard lessons, but not really bad ones.  I have a much more solid sense of self than I did a year ago, and a much stronger sense of what's important and exactly what and who is worth my time, energy, and emotion.  I value my friends and family more than I ever have before.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I had an epic wedding to a fantastic person, took up CrossFit, and fired people.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any, but I have some in mind for this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my (now former) teammates had a little boy.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
i stayed in this one.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I would like a stronger sense of who I can trust.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
10/31- Todd and I got married.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I pulled off a wedding while really learning to delegate, and got the new store open- both occurred in the same span of two weeks.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I totally fell apart emotionally every time I got injured.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Holy crap did I ever.  Fractured an ankle, collapsed a lung, assorted unpleasantries with my wrist, and smashed my shin.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My membership to SPC CrossFit was one of the best purchases I've made, ever.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom's- in the face of a whole lot of business-flavored bullshit, she held it together.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Several people's- this was the year I learned some people are actually just plain rotten to the core.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Wedpocalypse '09- I must say it was a beautiful wedding, though.

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?
I was beyond excited over the wedding.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths- it was our first dance at the wedding.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
It's a more solid type of happiness.
b) thinner or fatter?
About the same size, but I've put on more muscle.
c)richer or poorer?
RICHER.  Making a little more money, and no longer having a wedding to pay for.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Sewing and having sex.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Listening to people's lame bullshit.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Made food, had family over, went to Chase and Sarah's for a party later.

21. What was your favorite month of 2009?
November was just so relaxing- wedding was over, we had lots of nice gifts, and we just were so happy to have each other.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fell in love with Todd all over again as he said his wedding vows to me.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero- I'm getting old.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
!!!!!!!!!DEXTER!!!!!!!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
In fact, I do!

26. What was the best book you read?
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'd always sort of liked Morrissey, but Todd is a huge fan and we saw him live in April.  After I finally re-adjusted my face due to it having been rocked off, I had a whole new appreciation for the guy.  I don't care if he's fifty and gay, he brings the sexy as well.

28. What did you want and get?
Married!

29. What did you want and not get?
To bout in derby- I couldn't seem to stop getting hurt long enough to get my skills together.  Ah, well.  It's a new season, I've passed all my tests, and my body seems to be holding together this time.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I really liked Inglourious Basterds with my baby's daddy, Eli Roth.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Twenty-nine- dinner and presents, then a scrimmage.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not getting hurt so much would have been great.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Same as usual- corpgoth.

34. What kept you sane?
Meds, derby, working out, Todd, and my mom.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I've decided that Eli Roth and I are going to have fantastic, twisted babies.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The birther movement- seriously, people?  Like, for real?  Seriously?

37. Who did you miss?
The same people as usual, some of whom should CALL ME TO GET TOGETHER WHEN THEY ARE IN TOWN LIKE THEY KEEP SAYING THEY WILL.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
We've gotten some new girls in derby whom I really like.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
There are some truly horrible human beings out there.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I'm-a do the things that I wanna do,
I ain't got a thing to prove to you,
 . . . 
I ain't gonna wear the clothes that you like,
I'm finally dandy with the me inside,
One look in the mirror and I'm tickled pink,
I don't give a hoot about what you think."

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