I’m just hungover enough that composing thoughts on globalization doesn’t seem like a good idea. Instead, I’m half-watching the Badgers in some bowl game and writing another self-absorbed list. We’ll save globalization and the other deep thoughts in my head for later.
Grabbed from Erika:
2. What did you do this year that you’ve never done before?
I spent time at an all-inclusive resort, attended a jazz festival, and had relatively serious discussions about making babies.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions, and I won’t make any this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my dear high school friend Adrianne, in October, to Aaron Christopher.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Jamaica and Mexico.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
I would like to have repainted my loft/family room and bought some decent furniture.
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 23rd, 2006 – Fermin’s visa interview in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the start of our immigration-related separation.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making the leap out of the restaurant business.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting the stress of my old job and the sedentary nature of my new job be an excuse for gaining a little weight.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new business-casual wardrobe? This hasn’t been a year for big purchases.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The Senate for not passing legislation similar to the House’s deplorable immigration bill. The nation’s immigrants who went to the streets to make their voices heard and presences known.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
President Bush and company, no question.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Countrywide Home Loans, Hyundai, We Energies, ATT, etc.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Spending 10 days in Mexico with Fermin in December.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
”How to Save a Life,” because of it’s ubiquitous presence on television, radio, etc.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier about life in general, sadder that I can’t see my husband every day/fatter/richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d baked more bread, done more work around my house, and of course, I will always wish I had traveled more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I already spent it, with family.
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Umm, I already am in love.
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t think so.
25. What was the best book you read?
That’s tough. Most memorable were Erik Larsen’s “The Devil in the White City” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “Love in the Time of Cholera.”
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The recommendations feature on iTunes. I’ve found some good stuff through that feature.
27. What did you want and get?
A new job.
28. What did you want and not get?
Some kind of device that will play music from my iPod in my living space, ie the Klipsch iGroove.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, for something mellow, independent and interesting, and Dreamgirls, for something exciting, big and decadent.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27, but that was about 11.5 months ago, so I don’t remember what I did. I was probably working, which I will do this year as well, but this year I’ll probably have dinner and a few drinks with friends too.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having to write a letter to the Department of Homeland Security about how separation is a hardship on my marriage and Fermin not being forced to stay out of the US for nine months.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Slightly more stylish than 2005.
33. What kept you sane?
Friends, family, and an insatiable curiosity about the world.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
36. Who did you miss?
Fermin, half the year.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Any number of women I interacted with through immigrate2us.net.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Be proactive. Consume wisely. Don’t buy everything interesting you find on sale at Target.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I need to think more about this one.