25 January 2009

am I too late?

1. What did you do in 2008 that you've never done before?
Bought a lot to build a house! Now I just have to sell this one.... any takers?

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any last year. Never do. It would just be the same stuff year after year. Besides the classic eat better, exercise more resolutions I will say:
-meal planning. Not just cooking more or trying different things, but actually planning what to buy and what to cook when. It's been going good the last few weeks.
- 15 minute clean up. Every night after Roman is in bed before we crash on the couch. Me and Brad, 15 minute tidy up. (He doesn't know he is involved yet!) This way I will have a head start on getting going with cleaning the next day.
And here is a random one, I want to learn to make fondant cake icing. Any tips?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me. And just about every other person I know. There were 4 baby boys in the last 6 months in Brads family.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not close to me, but close to people that are close to me.
Lins and Dereks mom.
And Casey. Kinda throws you for a loop when it is a husband around my husbands age.
And a few kids at work. Won't get into that.

5. What places have you visited?
Does "visiting" Lethbridge a few times a week count?
Trips to Calgary to see Steph.
The usual summer trips to the Lake.
Pretty low key. Gunna stay that way too with the house building coming up.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More patience. More patience to be a better mom. I am working on it . I have moved from just yelling to yelling while telling myself in my head to stop yelling because I am being totally irrational. In my defense I was pregnant half this last year. Crazy emotionally pregnant with a full of life toddler. But I need to be a more patient mom in the heat of the moment.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched in your memory and why?
September 4th. My sweet little Finn came to cuddle with me.

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?
I worked enough to get another paid maternity leave. Being a working mom is hard.
Brad made a career change - sort of. Teaching has been put on the back burner so to speak. He still subs, but not a ton. He is all about the finishing carpentry business with his brother. Ironwood Millwork and Cabinetry. He owns a portion of the business. He LOVES his job. I love that he loves it. I love that I will have sweeeet finishing work in my new house. It's working out really well for us right now. We will see what the coming years bring. Teaching would be a good job too one day if it comes to that.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. We had a good winter last year. Only one cold each.
This years not looking too good. Me and both kids are sick right now.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
A lot to build a house on.
A treadmill.
Lost of cute material. I heart material. Brad does not. He got a new tv.

11. Where did most of your money go?
We paid off our student line of credit and credit cards. And saved a big chunk o change to put towards building a house.
Also house renovations. Let's hope it pays off and helps our house sell.

12. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I think I am getting old. I don't listen to new music much. We got Sirius radio and I am a huge 90's alternative nerd.

13. What do you wish you would have done more of?
Besides the obvious answers... um... maybe thinking of creative things for Roman to do. And I need to find some boys his age for him to play with more. I'm not really a play date type of gal, but I need to get Roman around other kids more often. Anyone brave enough to have us over?

14. What do you wish you would have done less of?
Baking sugar cookies. And eating them.
I know everyone says less tv, less internet. Not me. All is done in moderation. Brad and I work hard all day and watch tv together at night. What's wrong with that.
I wish I would have done less worrying. But that will never happen.

15. What was your favorite TV program?
How I met your mother. It makes me laugh out loud by myself. Acording to Brad I smile the whole time I watch it.
Chuck. Samantha Who. 24. ANTM. Sadly the list goes on and on.

16. What was the best book you read this year?
Finished the twilight series. I liked The Host. Loved bend the rules sewing. Read more, but nothing really that great jumps out at me...

17. What was your favorite film of the year?
Don't remember the last time I went to a movie. Watched a lot at home, but can't think of one in particular that stands out. I liked Kung Fu Panda, until I had to watch it 1000 times with Roman.

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
No idea. 28. Turn 29 in less than a month.

19. What political issue stirred you the most?
I can't stand when people want to privitize health care in this province on beliefs that are unfounded or just plain wrong.
I did vote this year. Canadian election, not American.
I am also very annoyed with everyone jumping on the Obama bandwagon. I think I am the only person in blog land who isn't gaga over Obama. If you know the issues and his platform and you like him fine. But don't be all about Obama when you have no clue what he stands for. How can you be a hard core PC, would die before you vote Liberal, but then love Obama. I'm not a Bush lover by any means. That said I hope Obama can do some good and make me eat my words.

20. Who was the best new person you met?
Wow, what a great question to offend someone!
I am super glad Jill moved back to Raymond.
I like the girls I sew with.
I am glad Christal moved to my ward.
I am glad Crystal is in my preschool class.
Roconnected with lots of awesome people I already know this year.


marisajbaines said...

oh, i am right there with ya... everything in moderation.. i LOVE tv...i dont watch it in the day.. much.. and then me and chris watch OUR shows..
next time you make sugar cookies bring me some.. oh and when finn gets older him and parks can have lots and lots of play dates...!!! but only if you bring food..ha

Blondie said...

You are not the only one in blogland who is not all gaga over our new president! Often I feel like the lone blogger who isn't nuts for him, either... I was really excited about Palin (but yeah, I know it was really McCain that I voted for!)

Arringtoness said...

You are an interesting gal! And also a talented one. could you go ahead and whip me up some of those amazing quilts and dolls and cookies and aprons etc. etc. etc. thanks a whole bunch!

Christal said...

{ You are so sweet! I just have to stop subbing in primary eh! Gee!!}
Don't worry your not the only one who's not gaga over Obama {bin ladin} either its actually kind of scary how many people are! We shall see I guess!
Love your list! We do have alot in common although I don't sew but don't hold that against me please ha ha! You are one talented girl I'm already learning a ton from you! Good luck with the building and selling too fun times eh!
Well get better all of you and just so you know I have a sugar cookie problem too! Good thing I have a treadmill too eh! well have a great week ttys

LindsayB said...

i love that last one, it IS a great to offend someone! and just get a renter in the basement and you'll think twice before yelling at your kids. and oh the obama lovers, dear oh dear.

Tisha said...

Great post! I have a great recipe for fondant, but its in storage. I'll have to see if I can dig it up. And a play date would be great fun! TJ definitely needs more social interaction. Hes not too keen on other kids, just other adults!

Susie said...

I love Obama! Seriously he's a BIG deal, did you know he is black and is making history? Ok now i can be offended if you visit Calgary & don't see me okay maybe not really I never did see you in Raytown. One day friend one day I will see you again.

Susie said...

"I got pop"
-it's a good line I thought it would get you to my front door step

Tyler and Kristin Smith said...

hey - why doesn't Roman come over one day? I'm sure Brody and him would actually get along great. What Preschool class are you signing up for? I'm trying to decide which one I should go to...
loved this post by the way!
p.s. I hope you don't care I read your blog...because I do!

Just Rhonda said...

Great answers!! Loved reading it all! (and I think the Obama bandwagon is funny. I have no feelings on the guy but a lot of people sure love him!)