Archive for January, 2010


My fuzzy theology doesn’t know what to do with this massive tragedy in Haiti, a country still reeling from four hurricanes in 2008 and suffering from poverty like few other places in the world. Of this, however, I’m certain: the least I can do is give.

If you feel the same way, consider Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, Partners in Health, Mercy Corps, The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders…. anything helps.


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I got this quiz from one of my lovely Jennys, and thought it looked like fun!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Right out of the gate, and I’m truly stumped. If anyone can remember anything I’m forgetting, let me know. Apparently it wasn’t a year for firsts.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I tend to make resolutions at my birthday instead of on January 1st, which feels like the middle of the year to me.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes! Julie and Julie both had beautiful baby girls. And in 2010 there will be at least five more!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not last year. I’m grateful.

5. What countries did you visit? Mexico, amigos! Also Texas, which may as well be its own country.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A little more organization in my job from day to day.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? January 20th. Need I explain?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Yep, I got nothin’.

9. What was your biggest failure? My therapist has taught me not to “should” on myself, so again, I got nothin.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing serious, thankfully. No swine flu, no broken bones, no ER visits.

11. What was the best thing you bought? A ukulele!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? I have a whole load of people who deserve to be celebrated in my life! Moms in particular are high on my list.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Politicos, pundits and pricks who compared providing the least among us with health care to Nazis. Appalled, depressed, embarrassed and enraged.

14. Where did most of your money go? Isn’t that the eternal question? I ate out a lot, travelled a bit, and indulged in my love of books pretty regularly.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The new administration, my ukulele, visiting Mexico and DC.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” I sing it every morning to three darling faces.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Alas, fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Richer, but only on paper!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveled, maybe?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Jumped to conclusions about people.

20. How did you spend Christmas? I shared a delicious meal with stunning friends on Christmas Eve, and played cards and ate good food again the next day with my sister’s family and my mom in the house of my childhood. A lovely holiday.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009? With lots of things, but with no one in particular.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Eegads. I like to pose as someone who disdains television, but frankly, I watch my fair share online. In 2009 I loved new (or new to me) shows “Better off Ted,” “Glee,” and “Lost.” But the absolute best show on TV: “Modern Family.”

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. I’m not a hater.

24. What was the best book you read? There were two that stand out, both set in or around WWII: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and “The Book Thief” (with which I had a love/hate relationship).

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? The ukulele!

26. What did you want and get? A ukulele (is there an echo in here?).

27. What did you want and not get? A trip to Sydney, Australia.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? “Up in the Air” maybe, or “Star Trek.”

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? For my 38th birthday, I hosted a party with grilled salmon, chocolate cake, and adult beverages. When the first guests arrived, I hadn’t even begun to grill. Thankfully, among those first guests were Tracie and Kevin, who stepped in and grilled four differently seasoned and mouth-wateringly yummy fillets. It was a feast! The last guests left after the bars closed, and I was cleaning up for the rest of the weekend. It was a grand time!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  I don’t think there is one. I’m really content right now.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Retarded? Am I allowed to say that? I mean it in the literal sense – my personal fashion is woefully slow.

32. What kept you sane? No one is more blessed than me when it comes to my gorgeous friends. They are world class.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Michelle and Barack. We’re like this.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Health care.

35. Who did you miss? Megan and Alex, Paul, Jill and Brian, Fred, Aaron and John, Noreen and Lou, Beth and Colby…. I wished they all lived closer.

36. Who was the best new person you met? They weren’t new in ’09, but Glory and Elena went from six months old to a year and a half in that period, and they get more fun every day!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. This is going to sound a bit bizarr-o, but I learned how to be a better parent in 2009. Not that I’m secretly a parent. But I have the amazing privilege of spending a chunk of time everyday upstairs with three delightful children and their truly spectacular parents. I learn from all of them all the time. It’s a hugemungus blessing.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “…and I think to myself, ‘what a wonderful world.'”

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