Sunday, December 28th, 2008 • 3 Comments on 2008 Q and A
Where did you begin 2008?
On my couch, recovering from a cold.
What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Alone. (Jay was still in Rhode Island at that point.) I went to dinner with my grad school friend, Lynnell.
Were you in school (anytime this year)?
Yes. I took a graduate screenwriting class in the spring (oddly enough, I ran into my screenwriting professor while I was having dinner on Valentine’s Day) and enrolled in two Women’s Studies classes in the fall, but dropped the first week.
Did you have to go to the hospital?
Yes, unfortunately. Twice.
Did you have any encounters with the police?
Many. But since he’s my friend, I don’t think it counts for the purposes of this question. I did talk to a police detective on the phone in July when my wallet was stolen.
Where did you go on vacation?
St. Augustine, Florida in July to meet Jay while he was on deployment.
What did you purchase that was over $500?
I don’t think I purchased anything over $500 in 2008.
Did you know anybody who got married?
Did you know anybody who passed away?
Did you move anywhere?
Also no, thankfully.
What sporting events did you attend?
What concerts/shows did you go to?
Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It was the fifth time I’ve seen Billly Joel in twenty years and my first time seeing Springsteen. I wanted to see Springsteen again as soon as the concert was over. I also saw Margaret Cho for the third time, Garrison Keillor for the second time and The Nutcracker.
Where do you live now?
The ‘burbs, where I’ve been living for the past eight years.
What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2008?
Be in the pit for a Springsteen concert. It was incredible. Teach in the classroom (college level humanities). It was a challenge.
What has/have been your favorite moment(s)?
FInishing teaching an in-person class (as opposed to online) and getting positive evaluations from my students. Seeing dolphins at Back Bay on my birthday. St. Augustine with Jay. Two little pink lines on a pregnancy test. Springsteen. Watching Barack Obama win the election. Thanksgiving week with Sheri. Seeing the publication of my first novella.
What’s something you learned about yourself?
I’m stronger than even I imagined.
Any new additions to your family?
Not this year.
What was your best month?
July and November.
What music will you remember 2008 by?
Magic, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.
Made new friends?
Yes, several new writing friends (online) and one new female friend, who happens to be my veterinarian. That should tell you how often I’m at the vet.
Favorite Night[s] out?
Dinner on the balcony of a St. Augustine restaurant (whose name I can’t remember) with Jay. The Springsteen concert in Richmond with Nick.
What do you want to change in 2009?
My attitude. It’s rather gray right now.
Overall, how would you rate this year?
A year of many losses. Tough as hell, but nothing I couldn’t handle.
What would you change about 2008?
Jay’s grandmother wouldn’t have had a stroke. Jay would have been home more. My wallet wouldn’t have gotten stolen. My dog wouldn’t have needed surgery. I’d still be pregnant.
Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
Have any life changes in 2008?
Yes, for about seven weeks.
Change your hairstyle?
Get a new job?
Not really, but I did teach a new class on campus.
Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
I’m working on several.
Did you do anything embarrassing this year?
I don’t think so. How boring of me.
Buy anything new from eBay?
Nope. Didn’t buy too much of anything in 2008, really. I guess I was anticipating the recession.
What was were your favorite purchase[s]?
Get married or divorced?
No, but thanks to the Navy I was separated for over eight months.
I’ve never been arrested. It’s a goal of mine.
Be honest – did you watch American Idol?
Nope. I despise reality television.
Did you get sick this year?
Yes. I had pneumonia in March.
Start a new hobby?
Not really. I started messing around with more creative crocheting projects this fall.
Are you happy to see 2008 go?
Oh, yes. Of course, I said that about 2007 and 2008 was mostly not a good year. Knock on wood that 2009 is better.
Drank Starbucks in 2008?
So much that they know me by name and the company sent me a gold card for free.
What are you wishing for in 2009?
More happy days than sad. More writing days than not. More writing sales than rejections. More friends, more laughter, more vacations, more adventures. Two pink lines again… and a healthy baby nine months later.
(Borrowed from my friend Alana.)