2007 Year in Review

This is a Christmas present a friend of mine sent me a few years ago. I think the last time I filled it out was 2005. But I thought I'd give it another go this year. Anyone else interested in filling it out is welcome to, I love reading them just as much as I love filling them in.

2007 Year in Review Survey

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Learned how to waltz

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I dont make new years' resolutions
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
just the US... but I did go to Las Vegas for the first time

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
some new shoes, i hate shoe shopping

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 25th because I found out I was pregnant. Also Dec. 11th because I finished grad school

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing my masters degree

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not graduating with a 4.0 (I got 1 stupid B+ grr)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had the flu for a week in January, that SUCKED. Plus I had nearly 4 months of morning sickness, which was pretty much the same as having the flu, only it lasted forever.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
the Jetta, and a locket

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Not to be too stuck on myself, but I'm gonna go with me- finished school, handled being pregnant, worked in DC the first half of the year. Also matt, for putting up with all my "behaviors that merited celebration."

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
people who home school

14. Where did most of your money go?
school, house, cars

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
not having to go to school anymore! seeing Wilco and the White Stripes live

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Either Way by Wilco

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or Sadder?: Happier
ii. Thinner or Fatter than last year?: Fatter (by A LOT)
iii. Richer or Poorer?: richer

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

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
spent it with the family
22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
stayed in love

23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Office
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
not really

26. What was the best book you read?
the Twilight books... the 4th one is due next fall... the wait is killing me

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
guitar hero for the wii
29. What did you want and not get?
a suede jacket... because I wouldnt be able to fit into anyway
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I guess I would have to say Knocked Up
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26. matt took me out for lunch, then I worked. birthdays just arent as exciting as they used to be

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
i think it was pretty satisfying overall

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
beginning of the year-- business (because of where I worked), middle of the year-- casual, end of the year-- maternity
34. What kept you sane?
my friend Melissa :)

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
hmm... not sure i had one this year

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
probably none really, i dont pay too much attention to politics. I can go with global warming though just so I dont leave this question blank

37. Who did you miss?
I think I was able to hang out with everyone a little bit

38. Who was the best new person you met?
a girl I currently work with... because we get along and have so much in common (born a week apart, married a week apart, husbands have same name, both currently pregnant... it's kinda creepy)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007?
Life doesnt operate according to my plan, so learn to let go and accept it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Maybe the sun will shine today
The clouds will roll away
Maybe I won’t be so afraid
I will understand everything has its plan
Either way"


Awesome You Tube Video

Okay, so a few years ago I read a book of Essays and Lectures by composer John Cage. I wrote a post about it here: Old Post of Mine. But I'm revisiting that post because this morning I got an email for a You Tube video from my friend Harmony. It's of a full orchestra performing John Cage's famous 4'33''. Definitely worth checking out to get the full Cage experience.

(Hopefully this video will still be there when you try to view it. You Tube clips from TV tend to have a fairly short life span in my experience.)


snow snow snow

Yay, the first snow of the year is here! Unfortunately this was the day I had planned to go to DC. I didn't end up going. Not because I thought the roads would be too treacherous (with all of the inch and a half we got), but because I didn't want to have to deal with slow metros (which I got emailed about) and lots of traffic. So now it looks like I'll be going Friday before work instead.

By this time next week, I will no longer be a student! I'm so excited that I can hardly keep myself focused on the remaining work I need to do. Not only that but I'm throwing myself a graduation party next week and I find getting ready for that much more interesting than trying to write research papers.

I just can't believe I'm almost done with school (hopefully forever this time). I feel like my whole life has been consumed by it for the past year and a half, its going to be weird when it's all over. I'm hoping that it will feel like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. I definitely think going back for my masters was a smart decision (because I will now be employable... yay!), but the actual information I learned and the act of being back in school weren't quite as awesome as I expected. My favorite class was the Music Research class I took in the Spring, and that's probably because it was an actual music class... not a library class. But I'm looking forward to a future where getting a job will no longer be impossible. Of course now that a baby is on the way, that future is just a little more distant than I had originally planned. But I'm ok with that.


Good Pregnancy Resources

Being the wonderful librarian-type that I am, I have mostly relied on my own research to find out everything I need to know about being pregnant. Which really isnt that hard, since there's plenty of info out there on the subject. Some of my most commonly used sources:

1- The Nest. This is the follow up to The Knot, a well known wedding website. Mostly I use this site to read message boards posted by other "real" pregnant women. It's nice to see what other people are really going through so I dont freak out or worry too much. Though I stay away from any post that asks about how much weight people have gained because I think the only women who respond to that are the ones who dont gain any weight (sorry, but finding out that people were losing 5 pounds during the first trimester just wasn't very comforting). Also they tell me how much longer I have left in the pregnancy... as of today there's only 118 days to go. That seems longer than I want it to be.

2- The American Pregnancy Association. A little more authoritative. I dont visit the website too frequently anymore, but I did sign up for their weekly progress email. So now every Sunday I get an email from them telling me what week I'm in (23rd) and what is going on with the baby at this point as well as what is going on with me. This is where I learned about the Round Ligament pain I mentioned in an earlier post. My news for this week is that the 23rd week should be one of the most comfortable weeks of the pregnancy because I'm long done with the first trimester sickness, and not yet big enough to be physically uncomfortable. Which I think is true, when I look back all that throwing up doesn't seem so bad. And other than some back aches and occasional sciatica pains, I'm not too uncomfortable yet. But I feel it coming on... bending down to do things like put my socks on and pick things up off the floor isnt' as easy as it used to be.

3- What to Expect When You're Expecting. A classic book. I got it as soon as I found out I was pregnant. They cover pretty much every topic I need to know about. And at this point I've read pretty much the whole book. I have to admit, I have yet to even look at anything that has to do with delivery. But I plan on taking a class on that (and hopefully Matt will be there to catch me should I pass out when they start talking about epidurals).

Those are the main ones. There are lots of other websites I looked at early on, but I dont really feel the need to go back to them.


It's a Scrabulous Life

My newest outlet for all things entertaining, procrastinating, and time killing? Playing Scrabulous (Scrabble) on Facebook. It can be very addicting. And I'm not as terrible at it as I expected, though that's largely due to the fact that you can look up any combination of letters to see if it's a word while you're trying to make your move. I have played the regular, non-digital Scrabble (sans dictionary) at work a few times (with teenagers) and my scores dont get quite as high, but then again, neither do theirs.

Only two weeks left of school!!! Remaining assignments: a group problem set due tomorrow (done), three booktalks on Tuesday (havent even started), an exhibition review due next week (still need to go to the exhibition, then write the 4 pg review of it), and a short research paper on the differences in how librarians read to children and how parents read to children (I have a collection of resources for my research, but I havent actually read any of them yet). So I have my work cut out for me. Nothing too major, but it should keep me busy right up until my last day (2 Tuesdays from now). The only thing I've been seriously dreading is having to go to this exhibition... we can pick which one we go to (it's for an arts class though, so it needs to be somewhat related to that). Unfortunately I think that means I have to hike it out to DC this Wednesday. I'm trying to decide between going to a very small exhibit of West Side Story at the music reading room in the Library of Congress (which would be more interesting to me) or going to a Book art exhibit at the Women's Museum (which I think might be easier for the assignment, and probably more interesting for the teacher). In the end though, I'm really leaning towards the LoC... I dont think anyone in my class will think to go there, and since I'm sure it's small, it probably wont take me too long to get all the info I need. But I still dread having to go all the way out to DC for this. I just keep telling myself that in a few more weeks I'll never have homework again! That seems to get me through.