I’m not a huge one for memes, but I liked this one (found via Red Scharlach). Happy New Year, everyone!
- What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
I learned how to use a SMARTBoard.
- Did you keep your New Year’s Resolution(s), and will you make more for this year?
I don’t recall that I made one last year, but I sort of made one this year: to do more cooking at home to save money.
- Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, that was last year. But I have friends who are expecting in 2007.
- Did anyone close to you die?
Most people might not consider a great-grandmother close, especially since I didn’t grow up living near her or visit her often, but yes, my great-grandmother Lucille Willis Thurman died.
- What countries did you visit?
Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel at all this year; I haven’t been to any foreign countries since I was 11.
- What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
- What dates from 2006 will remain etched in your memory and why?
I don’t know that specific dates will, but moments will — going to the Schools Attuned class in June, the new school building opening, the orange-leafed tree I saw on Azalea Dr. back in November.
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m not sure. Maybe the fact that I stayed much more organized at work than I have been in the past.
- What was your biggest failure?
That’s tough. I need to think about that.
- Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was sick for the month of November, but not seriously — just a cough.
- What was the best thing you bought?
It’s a toss-up between my Jeff Buckley Grace CD and my Jim Burke Teacher’s Daybook.
- Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m sure there are plenty of people I could think of, but the first bunch that came to mind is my senior English class, who created a great wiki for Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
- Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Where to start? President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong-il.
- Where did most of your money go?
Bills and food.
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Using technology in education.
- What song will always remind you of 2006?
Probably none. I don’t listen to much new stuff, really.
- Compared to this time last year are you: a) happier or sadder; b) thinner or fatter; c) richer or poorer?
a) about the same; b) about the same; c) poorer.
- What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading. Although nothing’s stopping me, I guess.
- What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating fast food.
- How did you spend Christmas?
I went to my parents’ house in Macon.
- “There is no question 21.”
Yes there is — but it’s labeled 22.
- Did you fall in love in 2006?
- How many one-night stands?
Given that I’ve never had one, period, it is safe to say there were none in 2006.
- What was your favorite TV program?
- Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate’s a pretty strong word, but there is someone I dislike that I used to like OK.
- What was the best book you read?
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
- What was your greatest musical discovery?
Jeff Buckley. Was that this year or last?
- What did you want and get?
The director’s cut of Amadeus. A new van (woot!).
- What did you want and not get?
- What was your favorite film of this year?
I guess Cars, as I didn’t see anything else that actually came out this year. I don’t get to go to the movies much.
- What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I didn’t do anything, and I turned 35.
- What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
More money. Just enough not to worry.
- How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
The same as it has been for about 10 years now. I am not a fashion plate, I guess.
- What kept you sane?
- Which celebrity or public figure did you fancy the most?
I can’t think of one. I don’t really go in for celebrity crushes.
- What political issue stirred you the most?
Eminent domain. Our school was threatened, and I think as a result, I will always vote against measures to expand eminent domain. If the government ever lets us vote against it, I will.
- Whom did you miss?
My grandparents. They are still living, but in Colorado.
- Who was the best new person you met?
Melody, our new English teacher who is also my department head. I love her!
- Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
When it comes right down to it, you have to depend on yourself.
- Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I hate this sort of thing. I don’t have a proper answer. I don’t tend to apply song lyrics to my personal life. Just to be morbid, the line of poetry that comes to mind is “Do not go gentle into that good night / Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” In other words, keep on truckin’.