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it was a good year - susie
it was a good year
2007 has been some year for me, so I'll do an end of the year survey.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before? got married, graduated from college, other things also.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? i didn't make one last year, and i probably won't this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? no, but my sister-in-law is pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die? yes, my grandma.

5. What countries did you visit? none.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? a job. i'm working on it.

7. What date(s) from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? march 1. the entire month of june, everything leading up the the wedding on the 30th. the first week of july, our honeymoon. december 8, when i graduated. october 16.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? graduating, i suppose that's a big achievement.

9. What was your biggest failure? i don't think i've done much failing this year, and it's hard to anyway when you've got someone keeping your eyes open and your heart warm.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury? no, nothing worth mentioning really. i threw up last night.

11. What was the best thing you bought? the dress that i wore on valentine's day, the curtains in our living room, my wedding dress, all of the records, who could choose.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? it seems like mine did, a couple of times, or ours, rather.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? normally this is where i would mention my dad, but he's been nothing but generous and downright pleasant for a really long time now.

14. Where did most of your money go? rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? what didn't i get excited about??!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? "our love is here to stay" as performed by emily gimble, obviously.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? so much happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? they keep saying thinner.
iii. richer or poorer? richer, although it wasn't until very recently that i would feel comfortable saying that.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? exercising, visiting grandma bobbie, reading.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? messing around on the internet. it'll suck you right in.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? with all of the three families.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007? yes, every single day.

23. How many one-night stands? zero.

24. What was your favorite TV program? the office.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? no.

26. What was the best book you read? moderato cantabile, by marguerite duras, or the age of reason, by sartre, and i'm really, really liking atlas shrugged, by ayn rand, although i'm less than halfway through and have no hope of finishing by the end of this year.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? i don't have any idea. i've been listening to the new stuff of old favorites.

28. What did you want and get? all of it. an engagement ring, a perfect wedding, a couple great semesters, such a great husband.

29. What did you want and not get? nothing. maybe something like an iphone or a new tv, but i didn't want those things real bad anyway.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? 3:10 to yuma. the darjeeling limited. superbad. eastern promises.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? i turned 22 and i'm pretty sure i went out to dinner, but wasn't there something else?

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? what more satisfaction could anyone possibly wish for?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? oh, i don't know. lots of solids, dark wash jeans and flats. i cut my bangs straight, that was pretty fashionable of me.

34. What kept you sane? everything.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? oh i don't know.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? the same ones as always.

37. Who did you miss? all of the family we didn't see enough of, the friends i don't see as much of anymore.

38. Who was the best new person you met? i don't think i met anyone new who has stuck.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007: being in love is easier than you want to make it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

you right in front of me
now i can clearly see
all your greatness
but it separates this
from what i ever heard
you've been holding me like a bird
in your heart and
you've kept it guarded
now that i clearly see
you standing next to me
my loneliness has finally found an ending

i can't believe
that you're such a part of me
and after all this time
you got through
with your loving ways
and these have been the kindest days
that i've known since i met you

oh a love that gets underneath my skin
it goes in and shows me the things i've been missing
all i know is i want it now
i think about the days when i won't feel pain.
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