Wednesday, March 3, 2010

M is for Music

I haven't done a Meme in quite awhile and I'm sure y'all miss them so here's one to make-up for not posting them all the time. hah!

Actually, this meme is kind of cool and I totally ripped it off of Joshilyn Jackson's blog. It's all about what you did last year. I should've put this up in January but I kind of forgot about it. I put in a couple of videos and at the end is a lovely picture for those of you who make it through the whole post (or those that skip to the end).


1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I went to Portland, Oregon for the Sock Summit. I've only ever driven through Oregon before and it's so beautiful it makes me want to pack immediately! I've never spent any real time there and I can't wait to go back!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No and no. This year marks the first time in a very long time that I haven't made New Year's Resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but my good friend Donna is due this April!

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US last year.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A way to make money from knitting!

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August when I was at the Sock Summit. Can't remember the exact dates, how sad is that?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making 5,000 Stitch Savers in two months. I knew I could do it and I did! My back hates me but I did it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not selling 5,000 Stitch Savers. sigh.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope! Yay!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
These really great sweats. They look like yoga pants but they are nice thick fleece-on-the-inside sweats and I love them.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My boys. They had to move away from their school and their friends and they were little champs. They are the best little guys in the whole world! They still get along famously with each other and they still do great in school. I loves them.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Pick a reality show. Any of them. When will America's obsession with rewarding whomever acts like the biggest douchebag end?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Sock Summit. Or just yarn in general.

15. What do you get really, really, really excited about?
Whenever T or D2 get in the van after school and say, "I have a surprise for you in my backpack!" So far these surprises have all been good ones; no dead mice or anything. I love surprises!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Anything by Green Day since we saw them in concert last August.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading. I've nearly stopped reading altogether compared to how much I normally read. It's because I'm always too tired and stressed out to try to concentrate on a book. I used to always read right before I went to sleep. Now I just want to go to sleep!

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

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Favorite show that started brand-new in 2009? Castle. The Mentalist is good, too.

24. Do you hate any people now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I think I hate the same people I hated this time last year.

25. What was the best book you read?
I re-read The Hobbit last year and it's just as amazing and wonderful as it was when I read it in the 6th grade. I also really liked Shutter Island.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
For me, one of the best bands that have come out in the past ten years is System of a Down. My favorite song from them is Toxicity. Here's the original video....

Dave showed me this woman who is PHENOMENAL! Also (and this is for BeckyKnits) she does all her own scores. It's especially cool, for me anyway, because System of a Down is one of my favorite groups. Enjoy...

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to sleep soundly and regularly.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Just the Basics. I've always been a jeans-and-t-shirt kind of girl. With really great shoes.

33. What kept you sane?
My family. Without them, I would have been in a rubber room long ago. And yarn. Yarn always helps.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Shaun White. He's so pretty! BUT, he's only 23 so I wouldn't want to mess with him as he's way too young for me. I would, however, love to brush that gorgeous red hair of his. For about an hour. That's not creepy, right? (I've always been a sucker for a redhead!)
Here he is on Letterman talking about his wipeout during the X-Games...

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably the whole health care thing. We've spent way too much money on health insurance and, knock on wood, we are all really healthy and never use it. It seems like it should be more affordable to people like us that are self-employed. It also disgusts me to hear that people are losing their homes because of medical bills. In a country as modern as America, that should never happen.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Anna Zilboorg. I only spoke with her very briefly at the Sock Summit. Twice. And both times she made me think and made me laugh at the same time. I'd love to take her to lunch!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Facebook can be useful for more then just playing Scrabble. I had two people that I hadn't heard from in over ten years find me and that's just cool.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
You've got a mortgage on my body and a lien on my soul.
End of Meme

Now for the other bit of luck that came my way recently. I forgot to put this in my last post but here it is. A few days before Valentine's Day, Dave and I were kicking around the house when the doorbell rang. It was the guy from the Water Dept. sent to change out our water meter. Great. Then about two minutes later the doorbell rang again. It was the box of padded envelopes I bought off ebay - the ones I use to mail my Stitch Savers. yay. Then about 5 minutes later the doorbell rang again! This time a UPS guy hands Dave a big box from Dave looks at me suspiciously and hands me the box. I said, "Did you get me flowers?! Yay!" He said, "No. I didn't. hmph."

I look at the address on the box. It's our address but someone else's name! So I go upstairs, find the companies phone # on their website and call them to tell them there's been a mistake. The woman I spoke to was very sweet and, also, sadly, very surprised that I called to tell them about it. It makes me sad because it never occured to me that someone wouldn't call and tell them about it! Anyway, she said it was my lucky day and that I could keep them!

Here's what was in the box (only, picture them fresher and standing upright - I took this pic a few days after we got them)....

A glass vase and some tulips! Tulips are my second favorite flower and this was a lovely bit of luck!

Wishing I could play the piano, Ruth!

P.S. What happened to #4 you ask? There wasn't one!


Anonymous said...

That piano player was AWESOME! Thanks for that, I will capture it to my HD tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth!

It sounds like 2009 wasn't too bad a year. Any year that's even a half a notch higher than "It sucked!" is a good year.

Sandy in Tucson