1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? A triathlon, a masters swim meet and a 5K.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t remember set any specific ones. Last New Year was our first full day in Iowa and I was surrounded by boxes, living in a new place and about to start a new job. I probably resolved to try to get unpacked and organized. Maybe something about working out more too, which I have done. I don’t think I’ll set any specific resolutions…just try to finish this 12 races challenge.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Um, no, I don’t think so. But ask me this question next year and you’ll get a very different answer as several of my closest friends are currently pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. What places did you visit? Kansas, home (Arizona), Chicago.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? More money and a sense of stability. My husband and I both have some uncertainty about our current jobs in the next year (I am in a grant funded position and the grant runs out in August) so I’d like at least one of us to find something permanent.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? The inauguration. As the mother of a biracial child, married to someone who was born when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states, that was a really inspirational day. It was also the first time that the candidate I voted for in a presidential election actually won and took office, so that was neat too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing the tri and doing, I think, a good job with the two biggest work projects of my professional life.

9. What was your biggest failure? Ending the year with credit card debt after having a long time (like years) without carrying a balance.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major, besides one really nasty bout of stomach flu and a minor procedure to check some moles for skin cancer.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Plane tickets for my step-sons to visit. And a set of racing nuns for Mr. Monkey’s office (so he can challenge professors in the nearby religion department to races). Probably all the fitness related stuff as well.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband is pretty great as a person, a father and a spouse. My little monkey was a lot of fun this year too.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Pretty much any pundit. People who enjoy being mean-spirited. Anyone who actually believed that there would be “death panels” if health care reform passed.

14. Where did most of your money go? Our house in Arizona that we can’t sell, our stupid lemon of a mini-van, and fitness related things like running tights and race fees. Guess which of the three I am not bitter about.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Most of the new stuff the boy learned to do this year: crawling, walking, running, jumping, talking, etc.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Defying Gravity, both because I saw Wicked for the first time and because it is my favorite song on the Glee soundtrack, which may have been the only actual CD I purchased all year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Right now, sadder. Miss my friends in Arizona and am having a hard time with the Iowa winter.

b) thinner or fatter? Hmm, maybe a little fatter? I stopped breastfeeding, gained about 20 pounds, started training for the tri and lost about 15, have been sluggish in December and have gained back maybe 4 pounds. So a bit fatter, I guess. But more fit for sure.

c) richer or poorer? Poorer, but not as much as we could have been if we had stayed in AZ. I am optimistic that the answer to this question will be different next year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Training. Breastfeeding (wish I could have done it a bit longer than 6 months). Going to church.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Eating candy at my desk at work when stressed. Wasting energy being annoyed at a person at work. Reading crap instead of writing or engaging with my husband.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2009? Very quietly. Just the husband and the baby and me. Mr. Monkey left the day after for conference, so we just puttered around the house and tried to get the baby to open presents (he is still a bit unclear on the concept).

21. Did you fall in love in 2009? Yep, more in love with all my guys (husband, step-sons and baby).

22. What was your favorite TV programFriday Night Lights, The Amazing Race, The Office, 30 Rock, Community, and In Treatment were high on the list this year.

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2009? I have absolutely no recollection. Went out for breakfast, maybe? Hmm. I need to do something more memorable next year.

24. What was the best book you read? Nothing knocked my socks off, though I did enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series for cheesy, light weight reading. I read a lot, but nothing amazing.

25. What did you want and get? I wanted to get a job that was a step up the ladder and I got that, for sure. I also got a lot of the fitness stuff I wanted, because I don’t really do a good job of saying “no” to myself sometimes (poor kid syndrome. Grow up with no money and you have a hard time not spending the money you do or don’t have as a grown up)

26. What did you want and not get? Three things: to get rid of our house in Arizona (which I knew we wouldn’t be able to), a new car (maybe this year) and a treadmill (we lack both money and space for that right now)

27. What was your favorite film of the year? I’ve never gone to the movies less than this year. I think I saw one movie in the theatre. From Netflicks though, I liked Up and Away We Go and a bunch of good documentaries,

28. Did you make some new friends this year? Yes, but not any real close ones yet. Need to work on that this year.

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Better ways of handling stress and anxiety.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Ha. Um, if it fits, wear it? I am afraid I am in a very frumpy phase right now.

31. What kept you sane? My husband, far and away. Also, running, talking to my big brother again after a long time of sporadic contact (helps me make sense of our family and gives good cycling advice), seeing the world through the little monkey’s eyes.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I think Michelle Obama is a great role model (the brains! the arms! the kids! the clothes! all of it), I think George Clooney is aging like a fine wine, and I think that I now root for the Pittsburgh Steelers because their coach is handsome.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? The economy and health care.

34. Who did you miss? My friends in Arizona and elsewhere. My step-sons. One of the hardest things about adulthood is knowing I will never again have everyone I love in the same place.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. Almost everything seems better after a good run. Almost nothing seems better after a hurriedly eaten Snickers bar.

And you? If you have a blog and are answering these questions on it, please leave me a comment so I can read yours too.

*Should note that I got these questions from this blog. The answers I got from inside my head.

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