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I had every intention of putting together a thorough retrospective of 2007 (especially since I didn’t really start blogging until July), but then I came across a meme that I thought would adequately sum up what transpired this year.

Before I get to the questions, I have to say that 2007 was sincerely one of the best years I’ve ever had.  My marriage is stronger and more fun than ever.  My family and loved ones are healthy and secure.  The little brown dog loves me even when he gets fed a little late.  I had the opportunity to travel to fantastic places and try lots of new things.  Unfortunately, good almost always comes with bad and it was no different for us.  TTO’s grandpa passed away in November and it was very difficult for everyone.  He will definitely be missed.

Now, on to the questions.
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Went to Twins spring training, tent-camped in a state park, acted as an usherette in a wedding, climbed a bluff, ate sushi, rode ziplines through the jungle, went snorkeling, and more that I just can’t remember.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
In 2007 I really wanted to “try new things” and I think that was accomplished. We could have done MORE, but I’m satisfied with where we ended up. Instead of traditional resolutions for 2008, I’m making a checklist of all the things I want to accomplish in the next year. For me, that seems more accomplish-able than setting vague resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
It was the year of the baby. We had no less than 10 couples that we know get pregnant or have babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, TTO’s grandpa. My favorite aunt’s mom also died very recently.

5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico – Playa del Carmen

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More confidence in my abilities and overall self-acceptance.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No one single date comes to mind.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving outside of my comfort zone and trying lots of things I previously would have said no to.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not living up to my work ethic.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I’m a klutz. I had lots of minor injuries. I had a few colds, but nothing too major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’ll probably say this a few times, but the laptop and new internet connection. Aside from that, our trip to Mexico was so, so worth the money we shelled out for it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
TTO. He has been my rock. He deserves a great big party for putting up with all of my craziness.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Britney Spears, but more depressed than appalled. We saw repeats of her SNL hosting gigs and it was just so sad to see how she used to be compared to where she is now.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Besides our mortgage and other bills? Traveling.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The new computer and high-speed internet. All of our trips. The new roof and deck.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Settlin’ by Sugarland. Yes, it’s country, but it really set the tone for what I wanted out of life this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or Sadder? Happier. I had my low moments, but the happy definitely outweighed the sad.
b) Thinner or Fatter? Honestly, about the same. Hopefully GaGA will change that.
c) Richer or Poorer? Richer, in every way.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Work around the house/yard, been engaged at work, spent time with my whole family, gone on adventures

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

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The day before Christmas TTO and I had our own little Christmas extravaganza. Christmas Eve we divided between both extended families (too much, next year we will choose one) and went to a beautiful candlelight church service. Christmas Day we spent the morning with TTO’s parents and his brother and the afternoon with my parents, my sister and her boyfriend. It was a lot for just a few days, but overall we really enjoyed ourselves.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
You may want some crackers, this will get cheesey. In 2007 I fell more deeply in love with my husband than I thought was possible. We didn’t have the awful first year most couples experience, but as we looked back on our first two years in July we found that we have definitely come a long, long way. TTO is everything to me. I can only hope that I am half as good to him as he is to me.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I watch a lot of TV. Trying to pick a favorite is impossible. While I fully agree with it, I am very sad about the writer’s strike.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. There lots of people I was annoyed with, but I try really hard to not hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read?
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I still need to write that review).

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I’m not sure. It wasn’t a great music year for me.

26. What did you want and get?
Health and happiness for my family. High speed internet, a new laptop, a great vacation, an iPod, a label maker and the 24 count pack of colored Sharpie markers. I got a lot more than I probably deserved this year.

27. What did you want and not get?
A new job.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Juno. If you haven’t seen it? Go. Now. You will laugh, cry and want to see it again.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to work, ate Chinese food with TTO, admired my new golf clubs and visited with my parents. I was not a girl, not yet a woman at the ripe old age of 27.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not worrying so much about what other people think.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
“Trying Harder” I’m still not as well-put-together as I’d like to be, but 2007 was a better year.

32. What kept you sane?
TTO, caffeine, eating lunch in my car instead of at my desk

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Matt Damon. I’m fully supportive of his “Sexiest Man Alive (with the exception of TTO)” award.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The fact that the 35-W bridge collapse was politicized so quickly instead of focusing on the people that were involved and doing what was necessary to take care of them.

35. Who did you miss?
TTO’s grandpa, my grandparents, Auntie Doris. Our families, when we went too long without seeing them. Gus, when we were in Mexico.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I’ve (virtually) met so many great new people through this blog. It’s been such a great outlet for me. I never intended for people to actually read what I write.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Sometimes the attempt is just as important as the accomplishment.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I ain’t settling for just getting by. I’ve had enough so-so for the rest of my life.” Sugarland

Stay tuned for tomorrow when instead of posting resolutions, I post my list of 108 things I want to accomplish in 2008. 

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2007 was a good year for Gus.

During the holidays our family was commenting on how mellow he’s become. TTO and I have known this was his true nature all along, but it’s nice to see it recognized by others. I think he’s really moved out of the puppy stage and into his dog days. Initially I thought I would be sad about this, and sometimes seeing pictures from when he first came to live with us makes me nostalgic for puppy Gus, but I wouldn’t change a thing about him right now.

Here are a few of my favorite Gus photos from 2007.

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This face? Kills me.

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He looks calm enough, but those ears are on high alert.

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Enjoying his first trip to the river on the 4th of July. What a smile.

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The new deck offers a much better vantage point for hunting wabbits.  He looks so huge here!

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Thanks for a great year little brown dog.

First, I have to say thank you to all of you who said that staying home alone does not make me a loser!  In fact, you all made such great cases for it, I’m now really looking forward to it.  I can watch movies only I would like and eat food only I want to eat.  I’ll let you know how it pans out.

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Now, on to tonight.  One of TTO’s good friends was in town with his wife and we all went out to dinner.  JP and E are so much fun.  We always have a great time with them.  The only black mark on their report card?  They live four hours away.  It’s so refreshing to be around people that we both like.  People that share our interests, have a similar lifestyle AND make us want to learn more about things while being genuinely interested in us and our lives.  Over Mexican food and margaritas we learned that they are seriously considering a move back to the cities late this summer.  I could not be more excited.

Even better?  They feel the same way about us!  E and I were talking and she told me how whenever they leave our company they can’t stop talking about how much they enjoy being around us.  Such an ego boost and so nice to see that our feelings are reciprocated.  I’ve posted before about my friendships and how I’m looking for THAT friend.  The one that just gets it?  Well, I really think E could be that friend.  I hope that their stars continue to align and that they’ll be a more consistent presence in our life starting next fall. 

I guess I don’t have much more to say.  It was just so great to see them and the thought of having them close makes me very, very happy.

I know I owe you pictures of the Christmas Queen’s castle and I also have a Christmas Recap post planned, but in the meantime I need a little help.

I have a small dilemma regarding New Year’s Eve.  I’ve never been one of those people that gets super excited about this particular holiday.  For me it (along with Valentine’s Day) will never live up to the expectations set for it, so it’s best to not have any expectations at all.  In years past, the most common NYE celebration for me has included a movie marathon, gluttonous amounts of food and drink, and a few good friends or family. 

Unfortunately this year TTO has to work on New Year’s Eve.  He’ll be gone from 6pm to 6am, leaving me to my own devices.  It looks like my options for the evening are as follows:

1.  Stay at home with Gus and partake in the above mentioned movie marathon and food consumption alone.  Possibly load the dog in the car so we can go and visit TTO for a kiss at midnight.  Good?  I get to choose ALL of the movies.  And the food.  Bad?  I’d feel like a loser.

2.  Go to my parent’s house and do the movie marathon with them.  However, they generally go to bed early on New Year’s so I would essentially be alone at midnight anyway.  Good points?  My parents are awesome.  Bad?  If I decided to try and see TTO at midnight it’s a much farther drive on roads that will be filled with yayhoos.  

3.  Horn in on someone else’s celebration.  It sounds as if most of my friends will be doing the stay-at-home thing as well this year.  No one seemed too interested in getting together, opting instead to get in quality time with their spouses or kids.  Good? I won’t be alone. Bad? Being a third wheel somewhere will be more depressing than being alone.     

What do you think?  Any other suggestions?

I’m leaning towards #1 simply because it seems to make the most sense.  Does it make me a complete loser to spend NYE alone?