Meme snagged from Mer:

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Published a few poems. Knit colorwork.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I made any, really, except the usual “Be nicer to Ted”, which I probably succeeded on about as well as usual. (Could probably do better, but he seems to like me.) Will probably repeat this one, as next year will inolve a lot of separations and it’s always weird coming together again.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. Well, a couple male colleagues had kids. One female one might give birth before the end of the year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yup. (Still not resigned.)

5. What countries did you visit?
Sweden, Malaysia, US, Australia, Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More free time, and more of a social life.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My brother’s wedding, August 29. I’m not good at remembering death dates, but my uncle died around October 3 or 4.

8. What are your biggest achievements of the year?
Poems published, patterns published, interesting job offered to me.

9. What were your biggest failures?
I probably could have been more effective at work – but isn’t that always true? Also, I’d really hoped to see Northern Lights while at the Ice Hotel – and they were out one night, but long after I was asleep.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing unusual. Fortunately I managed to wad off a sinus infection just before my brother’s wedding.

11. What were the best things you bought?
Two things bought for me: my Kindle and iPod Touch.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Ted’s, as always. My little brother and new SIL did a surprisingly great job at wedding planning. Also, Vicki’s behavior toward my parents continues to merit celebration. (I’ve seen a few too many guys marry women who tried to separate them from their families instead of building a new joined one.)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Well – no one who surprised me by it.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel and also savings. (I have no retirement plan here and don’t earn Social Security while working here, so it’s a necessity.)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Ice Hotel, Alex’s wedding, Word Masters Games, Tasmania.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Nothing I can think of.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?

A little sadder, though there’s been good things to balance it. Also, last year just now I was enjoying the in-laws visit, and this year I’m angry about not getting any time off.
ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same.
iii. richer or poorer?
Slightly richer if you count retirement savings.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Talking to my uncle, though I did do a lot.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Keeping extra weight on?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Working from home. Not getting much work done, since all of the people I need to work with are in countries that take off for the holiday.

21. What was the best holiday for you in 2009?
Maybe Chinese New Year, since we spent that at the Ice Hotel.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Stayed in love.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I don’t watch much. (Don’t get many shows in English! I have been watching downloads of Queer Eye and Fame (the 1980s TV series) so I guess those.

24. What was the best book you read?
Gosh. Hardest question yet, because there have been some awesome ones. The final Percy Jackson book, Flora Segunda and Flora’s Dare, Diana Wynne Jones’ House of Many Ways, Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel (not new but new to me)…

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Don’t know if I had any. The thing I listened to most this year was Librivox, but I think I discovered them in 2008.

26. What did you want and get?
The Kindle, last Christmas.

27. What did you want and not get?
A plan to move back to the US in 2010.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mamma Mia. (Not sure if it came out this year or last, but I saw it this year.)

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Not much, as I was home alone. We did go out to a fancy place several days before it. I turned 42, but was saddened to still not know the answer to life, the universe, or everything.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A cure for cancer, preferably in time to help my uncle.

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

32. What kept you sane?
The Internet.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t think I really relate that way to celebrities.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Same-sex marriage and health insurance.

35. Who did you miss?
Again, my uncle, since early October.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
My new SIL, Vicki.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?
No new ones, but I’ve relearned a but of old ones – like “do the stuff you want to do now, because you never know what the future will bring.”

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

To every thing, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.