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Wow, it's been a while since I've updated. Let's start out with a VERY photoshopped picture of the Ring of Brodgar.




Why yes, I did get some new software and toys to play with.

I worked at the store and on Base pretty much right up to the holidays and shortly thereafter. Didn't go anywhere. I did get out for a nice walk on Christmas day with my neighbor. Mom sent me some nice gifts, including candy cane JoeJoes from Trader Joes (yum), a pretty slate pendant from Wales, generous gift cards for a variety of places, a book written by David Ross (the Scottish historian who travels with the band Albannach), and lots of other thoughtful items. My aunt and uncle sent me a check, which paid for the aforementioned software and toy (a computer tablet).

Actually, New Year's was so quiet that it could almost be considered lame. I was in bed last night a little after 9:00. Seriously. I picked up Chinese food and a 6-pack of Corona on my way home from work yesterday and spent the evening surfing the net. Guess I'm not the party animal I used to be...

[livejournal.com profile] etainwilson called this evening to do a Wheel of the Year reading for me. Overall, it's very positive, and indicates some changes coming - some that I will need to take the initiative on, others that will present themselves in some way.

The rest of this weekend will be spent working at the store (tomorrow night and Saturday morning) and printing photos for the Scotland album, which I am still working on.



And now, for your reading pleasure, a 2008 quiz-thing:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
*** Drive on the left side of the road.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
*** I kept some, but not all. I haven't decided on this year's yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
*** [livejournal.com profile] genevieve2006 gave birth to Timothy James in March

4. Did anyone close to you die?
*** Yes... :(

5. What countries did you visit?
*** SCOTLAND!!!!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
*** A REAL relationship

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
*** April 25 - put my beloved Boomerang to sleep. Hardest damn thing I've ever done. May 17 - arrived in Scotland. November 21 - heard the word "Congratulations" from my Master's committee.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
*** After 9 years, I got my Master's of Science in Biology from George Mason University.

9. What was your biggest failure?
*** Not losing the weight/inches I wanted to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
*** Not really...

11. What was the best thing you bought?
*** The "best"? The computer tablet is pretty cool, but my favorites are the silver Ring of Brodgar ring and the Sheila Fleet pendant I bought in Scotland.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
*** Barack Obama.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
*** John McCain (specifically his choice of running mate)

14. Where did most of your money go?
*** Scotland and the mortgage

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
*** Scotland! Duh!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
*** Can't really think of one...

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? *** Happier
b) thinner or fatter? *** Same...
c) richer or poorer? *** Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
*** Scrapbooking and exercising

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

20. How did you spend Christmas?
*** See above.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
*** Nope.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
*** There was a reality-type program I watched a couple of times in Scotland that I loved, about a couple who would live within a specific time period for a week, dressing and eating the part. Similar to the PBS "1900 House" show that was on a few years ago, but a hell of a lot funnier.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
*** No

24. What was the best book you read?
*** Didn't get to read too much other than sea turtle articles, so by default, it would be "A Passion for Scotland" by David Ross

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
*** I discovered the kazoo. Just kidding. No real discoveries this year...

26. What did you want and get?
*** I wanted and got my Master's degree.

27. What did you want and not get?
*** I wanted a real relationship.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
*** Like the books and TV show deal, I didn't see many movies. I did see Mamma Mia!, which was cute.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
*** I turned 39, and I spent time and money at the vet's office, working out at the gym, and running errands.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
*** A significant other

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
*** Comfortable

32. What kept you sane?
*** Thoughts about my trip to Scotland (both before and after) and American Family Fitness Center

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
*** I wasn't over the moon for any of them.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
*** Election Day, and the amazing turn-out at the polls.

35. Who did you miss?
*** Lots of people.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
*** Brett

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
*** Shit has an annoying habit of piling up.

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

"High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maiden's eyes.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave."

Date: 2009-01-02 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etainwilson.livejournal.com
That IS a cool picture!

That photo!!!

Date: 2009-01-02 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genevieve2006.livejournal.com
OMG...the possibilities are endless with your new toy! That photo is amazing1 I LOVE what you did with it. Looking forward to seeing more more more!!!!
Miss you oodles...xoxo

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