I’ve seen this on lotsa people’s blogs… The first one I read was Laura-Kim’s and I decided to come back and do it just before New Year…

so here goes:

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I turned 27 – it was the first time I’ve done that!
I bought a house
I grew a wrinkle… from a smooth smooth forehead.
I got engaged!!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?

I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions, so I probably didn’t do any last year.
Will I make NYR this year…? Ummm – I need to work on my patience

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of Peter’s friends had a little baby boy

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Thigh-Land and Singapore

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
More patience
More clients
Less internal tension

7. What date, from 2009, will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Definitely 24 December 8pm-ish :) why…? read this

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Is buying a house an achievement? I guess so :)

9. What was your biggest failure?
When I burnt chocolate chip cookies ;)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Um, no… not even flu! I had a little cold once this past year, and I had my foot slammed in a door by an Asian in Thigh-land

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our House, for Shizzle. My other favourite thing I got this year is my Blackberry…. But I didn’t *buy* it – it’s on contract

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Is it wrong of me to say that I’m really proud of my beagles and all they have achieved this year? I really am so proud of those little 4-legged pooches <3 From their agility to their hunting achievements.
And, also, as usual, Peter continued to amaze me with his endless patience with me, especially on those days when I was particularly down. I remember one day, very early in the year – something small went wrong and i LOST it… i was in hysterical tears and angry and sad and furious all at once – complete nut job! He got me into the shower to try and calm me down… and I just stood there and sobbed and shook and sobbed and shook… he climbed into the shower with me (i think he even had his clothes on) and just held me really tight and stroked my back and head. I don’t think I will ever forget that. Not many No man will ever understand a woman when she is being completely irrational and crazy… but there are a select few who will *try* to understand and *try* to fix it.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Shoo – i can’t think of anyone off-hand – i’m in a good head space at the moment and love everyone… can I come back to this on a darker day?

14. Where did most of your money go?
The deposit for the house completely emptied all my savings :)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Lots of stuff – small stuff mostly.
I remember the night before our first beagle hunt for the season this year, I couldn’t sleep!
I was SUPER excited to go on holiday to Banana Beach (KZN South Coast) for my Birthday with some of my favourite peeps… Peter, Snowgoose and The Ginger.
I am always EXCEPTIONALLY excited to come home after going to Thigh-Land!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Sherbet… that’s a tricky one! Maybe Taylor Swift…

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier!!
Thinner or fatter? Fatter
Richer or poorer? I probably have more money in my bank account than I did… but I also have a lot more debt!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Swam… not that I have a pool.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Lost my temper for silly things – gotta work that one out.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Well… Christmas Eve was with my stukkie and The Sparkly!
Christmas Day was with my Future-Family-in-Law
Boxing Day was with my family at my brother’s house
The 27th was lunch with newly made friends and Pinocchio at the Theatre!

21. How will you be spending New Year?
NYE will be a braai at home – looking after the beagles (closing their ears for the fireworks). We haven’t invited anyone over… so if you want a braai and some Rock Band goodness… give me a shout!!

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Numerous times :)

23. How many one-night stands?
A few -  always with the same hottie though!!

24. What was your favourite TV programme ?
Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and anything on Series Channel on Friday night between 7 and 9pm (bachelor, Project Runway, Tim Gunn etc etc)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is a strong word! – i am very annoyed with people…

26. What was the best book you read?
I read the Twilight Saga this year – pretty enjoyable.
And I re-read one of my favourite books again this year – The Autumn Castle

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I am really liking Taylor Swift! And i am SO happy that Boys like Girls released a new album… AND they did collaboration with Taylor Swift!!

28. What did you want and get?
To make it through the year in one piece ;)

29. What did you want and not get?
A six-Pack :)

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Oh hell – i suck at remembering movies!! Harry Potter was this year right? That was cool.
I also enjoyed New Moon
And Up.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My birthday was The Shiz!! I turned 27 and was at the coast with my fave peeps… Peter, Heidi and Shaun. Day at the beach and Heidi made us pasta for dinner – eaten on the little stoepie listening to the ocean. There was wine too… and presents. Was really great – thanks guys!!! x

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had the balls to do my own thing – work wise… but there is next year for that!!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Comfortable and not very elegant!

34. What kept you sane?
My Stukkie for sure!!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Wow – Taylor Lautner is HOTT!!!! But is like 10 years younger than me, and still a teenager, which is totally embarrassing!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Meh – i’m not into politics… Barack Obama was made The Pres this year wasn’t he? That was pretty big.

37. Who did you miss?
Most days – no one… but sometimes i miss my sisters… although, Facebook makes it easier to stay in touch, and I love reading my sister’s blog!!

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmmm, I’m afraid no-one new made a really huge impression on me… BUT there are quite a few people who I met last year, from Beagle Hunting, who we have become a lot closer to… and I am looking forward to building real friendships with them!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

When you have too much of family – it is a bad thing.
And playing Rock Band with my friends makes me happy!! – is that a life lesson? It should be!

40. Quote that sums up your year.

2009 – year of the house, the wrinkle and the sparkly!


2 Responses to “Looking back at 2009…”

  1. Louisa says: |

    I’d say buying a house is a very big thing! And if the worst failure was burning some cookies this has been one kick-ass year for you. :-)

  2. Tanya says: |

    well – the cookies is all i could think of off-hand :)

    i was in a happy-bubble when i wrote this :D

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