December 31, 2009, 10:52 am
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I don’t blog enough, but reading this survey from Sundry inspired me. Also, it’s a cop-out blog post, but from someone who doesn’t blog much (and regularly feel guilty about that) it’s better than nothing.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I spent months job searching to no avail, and hence felt like a complete failure for the first time in my life. I eventually got my first (sort of) grown up job. I learned to swallow my ego and realize that sometimes, I don’t get what I want handed to me immediately, and that’s ok. I decided to get a PhD. I went to San Francisco. I put a diamond on my ring finger and said, “Yes!” I moved into our first house.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t really make any resolutions last year. I am resolving to swim laps once per week to help with stress, over all health, and remaining trim for that wedding of mine.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

I went to California. That’s practically a different country to me.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A husband.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8/5/09: day Kevin took me to a park, wandered around in circles while the dog bark furiously into the bushes and then eventually proposed to me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Other people might say, “earning my master’s” was an achievement but considering what a joke library school is, I don’t think it’s that much of an achievement. Realizing that I am capable of real graduate work outside of library school, and completely changing my career goals: that’s a damn achievement in my book.

9. What was your biggest failure?

My lack of patience when it matters the most.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Amazingly enough, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The house!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My puppy, Katie, for turning into such a good dog. One who can be trusted to run freely off leash at the dog park, one who can be mostly trusted alone in the house, one who is curled up next to me sleeping.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Our esteemed Mayor Lukey-pants Ravenstahl: his purchase of $1000 trash cans with his name on them; his threat of the tuition tax; his inability to get his own head out of his ass; the break-up of his marriage, the cause of which he admitted to be because he would rather be mayor than a good husband. And of course, the voters of Pittsburgh who stupidly voted for him once again.

14. Where did most of your money go?

MY money is going towards wedding expenses. “OUR” money goes towards debt payments of various forms, and savings.

15. What did you get really excited about?

Information retrieval and usability principles. And human-computer interaction.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

“Defying Gravity”, both the Glee version and the original. Discovered it right around the time I discovered that I could get a PhD.

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

– happier or sadder? happier.
– thinner or fatter? Same weight.
– richer or poorer? Richer, what with that job I didn’t have last year.

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


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


20. How did you spend Christmas?
In Reading with my family. First Christmas with Bear. We ate a lot of beef.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

With a person, not so much. With a new grown-up life, yes.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Good Wife.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


24. What was the best book you read?

“The Pillars of the Earth”

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Well, a piano showed up in my house one day. That was a surprise.

26. What did you want and get?

An engagement ring. A house. A clear path in life.

27. What did you want and not get?

The ideal medical librarian job immediately out of graduate school. A front porch. The fellowship program down in DC.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

“Up” and “Julie & Julia”

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I went to dinner at Sarafino’s. I turned 23.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Finding all of those missing halves of sock pairs. I’m more convinced than ever that socks are the larval form of hangers, because I have a pile of unmatched socks, and an overabundance of hangers.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

More grownup on a daily basis, what with the requirement to Dress Like a Grown Up at my Grown Up Job.

32. What kept you sane?

Getting enough sleep almost every night.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Jane Pitt, of thatschurch.com

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

I should say something grand on the national scene, like ‘health care’ or ‘Obama’ but meh. What really got my goat is the fact that Pittsburgh is once again screwing itself in its own butt by voting ONCE AGAIN for a pile of filthy, cheating, lying, goatfucking turds who have no interest in improving Pittsburgh, but only improving their own bank accounts and stroking their own egos. Despite all evidence to the contrary of the past 85 years straight, they seem to think that Democrats are the best choice.

Also, the G20 and how everyone and their mother seemed to think it was such a blessing to Pittsburgh, and shouldn’t we all bow down at the feet of Obama for choosing us. I found it to be a major pain in the ass, one that ended up being a stain on our image, with the police state and the vacant downtown and the crack down on students on their own campus. It also royally screwed up traffic. All for what? So 20 world leaders could have a series of photo ops and make vague, nebulous commentary on world issues without actually doing anything productive? GEE THANKS. What a privilege. What a waste of our time, resources and energy.

35. Who did you miss?

My grandma, who at 95, finally started to decline significantly. I miss her knowing who I am.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

My sweet elderly neighbors across the alley, who give us free tomato plans and free alcohol and free dinner and generally are awesome. I want to be just like them.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

That I can go through hard things, and come out on the other side, a different person but still whole. I am stronger than I ever thought, and I have a wonderful family, a wonderful fiance and a wonderful dog who will help me through it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Time after time/I tell myself that I’m/So lucky to be loving you. – “Time After Time”, Frank Sinatra