supercheesegirl: (baby - in ur uterus)
Year 1: 2004
Year 2: 2005
Year 3: 2006
Year 4: 2007
Year 5: 2008
Year 6: 2009
Year 7: 2010
Year 8: 2011

This year: 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Gave birth! Also, taught yoga professionally, and quit a job.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't have any resolutions, and it was definitely better that way. Although there are some things I'd like to get back to (for example, my monthly charitable donations, or just more yoga and writing time) I'm going to pass on resolutions for this year too.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Um, me. Also, Sarah Friend, Leilani, Erin, Diana, and a lot of other people. A lot.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
We moved to Parenthood. Things are really different here.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Honestly, I'm really pretty satisfied with my life right now, and the only things I would like, like more writing time, I'm not very likely to get. So I'll just say, tall brown riding boots, because they are so trendy right now and I can't find a pair.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 8 tops the charts.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
No epidural. Finding a new job was also pretty great, but it pales in comparison to pushing a new human into the world. Oh, and I published a book, which would have been the ranking achievement had it happened in any other year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I failed (and continue to fail) to recognize what an awesome job I did at being pregnant and giving birth. I keep looking back with all these regrets that are totally unnecessary, because I did a great job and I have a healthy amazing kid.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
See above RE giving birth. Thankfully my episiotomy was the worst injury I suffered.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought two really great dresses in the past couple months. Really psyched about them both. The baby video monitor is probably the coolest thing we own. Today I bought a shiny silver deer head to hang on the wall.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine, because I did a great job at giving birth. (We're going to keep emphasizing that.) Fritz's, because he was so incredibly supportive and was by my side for the whole event, and because he is such a truly wonderful dad. I'm amazed by him daily. My mom's, because she stayed by my side too and was right there when the Freyster arrived and it wasn't weird at all.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Mine, because I keep bringing myself down, and also mine, because I feel like we should be doing more to help F's parents be involved in Freya's life and I feel terribly about that.

14. Where did most of your money go?
See above RE baby. Also, we're doing some minor shit to the house. Five new windows will be installed in January but we paid half up front. Oh, and IKEA. Jesus, did we spend a lot of money at IKEA. We haven't been back since the baby was born.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Baby!

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Sweater Weather, by The Neighbourhood, is my new favorite song. But the obvious answer is Gotye's Somebody I Used To Know, which was everywhere this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Hard to say. I think I'm happier, because I have this wonderful family now, and I actually like my job, but a year ago I had just finished teacher training and I was in a really good spiritual and emotional place. I'll go with now.

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner. OMG breastfeeding.

c) richer or poorer? Richer, due to careful planning and saving, a decent raise when F got promoted last winter, and a slight raise when I changed jobs this fall.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Appreciating things.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying about things.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent Christmas at our house. My parents came down for the day. We opened presents with the baby and she really liked all the wrapping paper. We had A Christmas Story on TV on loop so we were watching it all day. We had breakfast for dinner: frittatas and baked french toast. I had a piece of bacon for the first time in over a year and a half and unfortunately it tasted amazing. I had a really bad cold.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
This answer is always the same now: I fall in love more and more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who. I also can't get enough of Friday Night Lights.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
A lot of rereads this year. I really loved The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern, but F and I read Moby-Dick aloud to each other and so that has to be the best book.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I found the Al Alberts Summer Sing-A-Long CD in a gift shop in Cape May. That was literally the best musical discovery, because it reminded me so much of my grandma.

27. What did you want and get?
A healthy baby and a new job. Black shoes, a new warm coat, new rain boots. I seriously have no complaints.

28. What did you want and not get?
A new professional work bag, and tall brown riding boots.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I think Away We Go might be my favorite. We watched some good movies, though. The remake of True Grit was really great as well.


30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33. I spent a quiet day with my daughter and my husband. My parents came over and we ordered food in, then that night we watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. It was a really great day.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Seriously, nothing. It was a great year.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
I wore whatever shit I found that even vaguely fit.

33. What kept you sane?
F, as always. Even more so this year than ever before. Also, my freakin' insane love for my child.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Matt Smith? I don't know. Oh, wait, I know, Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election, obviously, because so much crap happened that was related to the election. All the women's rights and pro-choice issues were really infuriating. But honestly I tried to avoid everything political, because it just upset me, and I didn't want to be upset around the baby.

36. Who did you miss?
My grandma. A lot. She would love Freyfrey so much.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My daughter, of course. She's the awesomest little person I know. But for runners-up I'll list my new coworkers, Betsy, Annette, Dawn, Maria, Kate, Zach, Dan, and Patrick.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
If she wasn't breathing, she'd be blue.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
F composed a catchy little ditty called "Everything's Okay Now, Freya" and I had one about how my baby needs a clean bottom so we're going to wipe it off, but probably my favorite was the one F did about how "the wombat's mom goes wom, wom, wom". It was really soothing. None of those were exactly chart-toppers, but they sum up my year pretty well.
supercheesegirl: (buddha - be a light)
Year 1: 2004
Year 2: 2005
Year 3: 2006
Year 4: 2007
Year 5: 2008
Year 6: 2009
Year 7: 2010

This year: 2011

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Signed up for, paid for, and completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Bought a house. Became a vegetarian. Visited the Grand Canyon. Got knocked up.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really have resolutions this year--as years go, it was a year about maintaining where I was at and making some progress towards goals. Which I did. I don't plan to make resolutions for 2012, since about halfway through the year my bundle of joy will likely be derailing any such things. What I want for 2012 is to be really healthy, both physically and emotionally, so that I can be a good mom and a good all-around person. I think that's pretty do-able.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Amy and Tom had Lena! Joanna gave birth too, but it wasn't her baby--she was a gestational surrogate. Lots and lots of other people gave birth, though, including Sarah and Jim, Bobbi and Jon, Jess, Tara and Art, April, and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting. Next year's scheduled births include Sarah and Mike's child, Leilani's son, and my own child.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. I'm very grateful that my answer to this question has been "no" for several years running now.

5. What countries did you visit?
No new countries this year. We spent most of our time in the fair nation of Homeownership.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Extremely optimistic and probably conflicting answers: A healthy baby! More time to write! A new job! A steady yoga teaching gig and a freelance editing business!

I'm incredibly amused by last year's answer: More time to write and more out of town guests. I'd also like to have a yoga teacher certification, a house, a mortgage, and maybe a healthily growing fetus, but we'll see if this is the year for any of those things. Oh, and these boots, in like four different colors.

I didn't get the writing time or the boots, and only some of the houseguests, but on the things I was might happen, check, check, check, and check. Ha!

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February: The second-best AWP conference I've ever attended.
mid-March: First weekend of teacher training.
May: Snow at the Grand Canyon, and Meg and Nick's wedding.
June 27: We bought the house.
September: Meg and Nick's wedding, part 2.
October 1-3: Cape May.
October 30: Holy crap, there are two lines on that stick I just peed on. Let me pee on another one...
Thanksgiving: My parents' reaction to the news.
December: Last teaching training weekend.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting through teacher training, and doing it in a dedicated way that I was proud of. Maintaining a regular blog that has helped people in their lives was a part of that. Navigating the challenges of owning a home is up there too.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I am honestly, shockingly, proud of myself this year. I made mistakes just like anybody, but I think I was able to handle most of them in a thoughtful way and learn from them.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not even much morning sickness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A house, I suppose. All the stuff at IKEA to go in the house is pretty excellent, particularly the new bookshelves we bought and built last week. These bookshelves are hawttt!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
For once? Mine. I rocked teacher training, and I'm really happy with the new level of calmness and zen I'm starting to bring to my life. Other people who really impressed me include my teacher Nicole, my yoga friend Nancy, my mom (for actually not telling anyone about the pregnancy when we asked her not to!), and of course F, just for being F.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My mom told me about some jerk who was driving in front of her on his cell phone the other day, who refused to go when the light turned green because he was busy talking on the phone. That was pretty appalling. Otherwise, everyone close to me was pretty fantastic.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The house. Writing a five-figure check is pretty scary. But we're still socking away savings every month, which is nice. A startling percentage of our money probably goes to Home Depot.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Yoga and teaching yoga. Writing a book review and having it published. Visiting the Grand Canyon and getting snowed on. Shopping for a house, and buying a house. Chopping down the overgrown vegetation in our yard (it was incredibly satisfying). Playing the new Zelda game. The little trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood on Halloween. Christmas vacation.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
There are a whole bunch of songs we heard on 88.5 that remind me of this year, but I never know the names or the bands. A consequence of actually listening to the radio!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier, in the sense of being more peaceful on top of all the happiness I was already feeling last year.
b) thinner or fatter? Well, fatter, by a good probably 8 pounds at this point. But the midwife tells me that's a good thing.
c) richer or poorer? Richer in that we own real estate now; poorer in that we no longer have $50K in ready cash. Richer in all the things that matter most, though.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
No regrets this year.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
No regrets this year.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
On Christmas eve, we made gingerbread and lasagna in the morning (F had accidentally bought cucumbers instead of zucchini and had to make an emergency store run). We drove up to Doylestown to have lunch with Ambry, Gerry, David, Uncle Jim, and F's parents. Then we went to my parents' house for dinner. Afterwards, we met up with F's parents and Uncle Jim back at our house and I pretty much passed out. On Christmas day, my parents drove down and we all relaxed, opened gifts, and shared a delicious meal together.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
This answer is always the same now: I fall in love more and more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I just love Doctor Who. I miss it so much now that we've seen all the current episodes. We also got cable in the new house, so we're loving cooking shows like Chopped (where the contestants get four random ingredients and have 30 minutes to cook a meal). I also continue to love Community.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
There were a lot of really great books this year. The best was probably the Upanishads, with a possible tie with Karma-Yoga. In fiction, I really loved the second Kushiel trilogy and the newest Guy Gavriel Kay book, but overall I really made my reading count this year: I only read 86 books, which is my all-time low since 2005, but since I had less time to read for fun, I only read books I really wanted to read and really enjoyed. My 2011 book list is all pretty much excellent stuff.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I got a big kick out of Watermelon Slim and SuperChikan. I also really loved Beirut.

27. What did you want and get?
See # 6 above.

28. What did you want and not get?
More writing time and a new job, but hey.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I didn't even see the Muppets. We saw The Fighter on Netflix and it was pretty great.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32. Because F was out of town, I went to work, and then my parents and Lauren came down and took me out for dinner. It was a really nice night.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
There is nothing that could make me more satisfied with this year. It was a big, great year.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
I lived in yoga pants. I fell in love with yoga tank tops that have a built-in bra and spaghetti straps (I hate racerback tanks). It's possible my personal fashion concept this year was bralessness, actually.

33. What kept you sane?
Yoga and meditation. And F, but I'm happy that this year I did a good portion of the sanity work myself.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Doctor Who, of course. I also, and this is really silly, totally loved the Sucklord, artist/competitor on the reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Genius.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Lots and lots and lots of office politics this year, both at my office and at F's office. That was unpleasant for both of us. I was also really moved by what happened in Egypt and by the OccupyWallStreet movement.

36. Who did you miss?
Amy and Tom, Mike and Sarah, Lauren and Pierre, Molly. I was sad when Sarah and Jim moved away.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Stacey, who lives up the street from me. I love Stacey. Also, everyone in my yoga training class, particularly Nancy and Sarah and Jul and Nicole and Joe.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
I am here to do my work the best I can, without attachment to the work or its results. (I frequently repeat this to myself, over and over again.) And meditation actually helps.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I'll quote the Black-Eyed Peas and all the kids who were singing karaoke outside next door on the front lawn: "I've got a feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good good night!" (The kids next door were singing about how this is going to be a good year, and I liked that sentiment a lot.)
supercheesegirl: (stop - don't stop believing)
Year 1: 2004
Year 2: 2005
Year 3: 2006
Year 4: 2007
Year 5: 2008
Year 6: 2009

This year: 2010

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Was surprised by a bridal shower, got married, planned a honeymoon, started referring to another human being as "my husband", started getting used to being someone's wife. Legally changed my name. Ziplined, kayaked, explored a cave I had to swim to get into, climbed Mayan temples, drank a drink out of a coconut, did yoga on a tropical beach, ate pupusas, fell in love with fry jacks.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did a decent job of keeping them. Details forthcoming in another post.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
God, freakin' everyone was giving birth this year. I can't even count them all. Amy & Josh had Oliver, Terri and Greg had Evelyn, Ert and Erin had Bibliobaby, Berenice had Natasha, Mark and Becca had Lucy, Jenn Link (our wedding photog) had Ettlin, and I can't even remember all the other new little people who happened. More scheduled for next year, too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one really close to me. The only one I heard about was Paul Klingensmith, one of my former teachers at SU. That news really saddened me.

5. What countries did you visit?
Belize and Guatemala!

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I'll keep part of last year's answer: more time to write and more out of town guests. I'd also like to have a yoga teacher certification, a house, a mortgage, and maybe a healthily growing fetus, but we'll see if this is the year for any of those things. Oh, and these boots, in like four different colors.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 20, for obvious reasons.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Planning and surviving my wedding. Having an absolutely amazing honeymoon. Legally changing my name. Winning the best female bowler trophy at the bowling tournament last summer.

9. What was your biggest failure?
There are at least half a dozen things having to do with the wedding that feel like failures to me, but we're not dwelling on that and I'm not going to make myself feel bad about it anymore so I'm not answering this question.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A trip to Belize! The odd little llama plushie guy we got in Placencia. A crap-ton of frames and picture hangers from Michael's. Twin Peaks on DVD.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
F, as always. My parents, F's parents, Meg--I am so incredibly blessed to have her for my sister. My bridesmaids--they planned an amazing bridal shower for me and were incredibly supportive and wonderful. Kirsten and Miglio, Giovanni, Rogelio, Anastacio, Ellen and John, Lola, and everyone else in Belize who made our trip so incredible.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own, my authors, and the guy from Captain Morgan's resort who picked up suitcases that didn't belong to guests staying at his stupid resort.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Wedding and honeymoon! Rent and savings.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The wedding. The honeymoon. The World Cup.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Little Lion Man, by Mumford & Sons. Florence + the Machine's "Lungs" album.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier! Being married is pretty great.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner! By like a lot.
c) richer or poorer? Richer! Even after the honeymoon!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Relaxing, writing. Dancing at my wedding.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Freaking out about things at the wedding, feeling guilty about wedding things.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent good time with family this year. On Christmas eve, F and I had lunch with his parents, Uncle Jim, Ambry and Jerry and David, and Mike and Amy at Jules Pizza in Doylestown. Then I got a mani-pedi with my mom. Christmas day, we woke up at our own place and opened presents here, then went to my parents' for presents and brunch, then up to Uncle Jim's for Christmas dinner with F's family. The next morning we drove down to the Chancellors to see Dan and Jamie and Elijah. Then we beat the snow home. We spent the week after Christmas getting things done around the house, stressing out about all the projects we started but getting most of them completed. It was a busy holiday but a fulfilling one.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Keeping last year's answer: I fall in love more and more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I'm loving Doctor Who and Big Bang Theory. We also watched the first season of TruBlood and I mostly liked it.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
Details in a future post.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Florence + the Machine.

27. What did you want and get?
A husband, an amazing honeymoon, jeans that fit, a beautiful wedding day, a Kitchenaid stand mixer, a waffle maker, a drink in a coconut. So much more.

28. What did you want and not get?
A new yoga mat (but F promised me one for my birthday and we just have to get around to buying one). A new job, despite my best efforts. I also would have really liked to go to Germany for Leilani's wedding, but we just couldn't work it out.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Harry Potter, I guess. I didn't see a whole lot of movies.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31. I went to work, then F and I went out for dinner in Media. We sat outside and had a nice meal. Wanda Sykes was sitting at the next table.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finding a new job. But my year was still pretty terrific.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I wore a wedding dress for the first time. That was new. I also discovered blazers.

33. What kept you sane?
Keeping last year's answer: F! Yoga! And wine. And my therapist.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I'm loving the Doctors Who right now (Eccleston and Tennant, that is.)

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
On the local level, everyone in the production department of my company got laid off, which was incredibly sad, and we had to start working with the St. Louis production team instead, which is still fraught with company politics. On the national level, I got really worked up about the Dream Act, oddly. I really wish that had had happened for those kids.

36. Who did you miss?
The usual suspects (T&A, Heather, Dann, all the Sarahs, the FL crew). Lisa. Patty and Bill after they left.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Sarah and Jim. Even though they're moving away from PA pretty much as soon as we started getting to know them, they are awesome people.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
It's okay to hate Pearl Jam. It's okay to put one's foot down emphatically sometimes. I did the best I could, and that was just fine.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"We had the best time at your party. The wife and I thank you very much."
supercheesegirl: (yoga - cute lotus sunburst)
Year 1: 2004
Year 2: 2005
Year 3: 2006
Year 4: 2007
Year 5: 2008

This year: 2009

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
- hired movers
- bought a wedding dress

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept them, mostly. (Resolution post to follow.) I have made more, too.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Dan and Jamie had Elijah. Ricevermicelli had Hotspur. My childhood friend Allie had little Alex. Angie had Gianna. I have not met any of these children.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Very grateful for that.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just the U.S. this year. Hopefully next year when I fill this out I will have a plethora of exciting honeymoon locations to list.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A husband! But that's in progress. Um, more confidence, more time to write, and more out of town guests.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 2: F moves to PA permanently!
June: our New England road trip
July 4: we move to the new apartment!
...I guess that's about it? Wow, every other year I've had a whole long list of dates to remember. But these were pretty big ones, I think.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Coming to terms with the fact that F is here and he isn't leaving. That took months.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Taking months to finally get the fact that F is here to stay. Being worried about him dying all the time. Probably that Black Friday incident with my mom, too, although we made it up afterwards.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing a few weeks in a wrist brace couldn't cure.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A wedding dress? But my mom paid for that. Ooh, the little buddhas and the prayer flags for the yoga room! And my yellow rain coat and rain boots and the rainbow umbrella. They definitely delighted me. And the china cabinet!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
F's, always. I hope I've mentioned that he's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own, as always, and of course my authors.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Moving, rent, car, and SAVINGS. Savings appears on this list for the first time!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
F moving! Our New England trip. Our new apartment. Each room in the new apartment as we got them all cleaned up and put together. My new rain gear.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Home, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier! But I think about death more.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner! Hooray for the morning workout routine!
c) richer or poorer? Richer! See above RE: savings!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Relaxing, writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying, whining, complaining, freaking out about stupid things.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas eve eating thai food with F. We exchanged gifts at home on Christmas morning, then drove to my mom's house for gifts, snacks, and dinner. After dinner we drove up to F's uncle's house to meet up with F's parents. We spent the night there, trolled around Easton and Allentown, and then F and I and F's parents drove down to my parents' house for their holiday party. It was busy, but a nice holiday.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fall in love more and more every day.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
F introduced me to Six Feet Under this year. Excellent stuff. I'm introducing him to Buffy and rediscovering my love for it.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
Stay tuned for a 2009 book roundup post. At some point. I read a lot of good books this year, it's going to be hard.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Also, in a completely different genre, Libby Larsen.

27. What did you want and get?
A live-in fiance! A new apartment! A wedding dress! A yellow raincoat and a yoga room and a Wii and a china cabinet and a real Christmas tree and a lot of books!

28. What did you want and not get?
There are probably a lot of trivial things that I could rattle off here, but really, nothing important. A new job would have been fantastic, but you know, I get by okay, and my life is really pretty great.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Up, with a close second to Star Trek, followed by Sherlock Holmes. And Avatar. I think actually those are all the movies I saw this year.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30 this year. I took the day off from work and F did too. I wanted to go shopping so I made F go to the mall with me, and I used all my birthday coupons to buy several items for very cheap. We drove down to Delaware, scouted some possible wedding sites, and went for a hike in the park. Then we had a delicious dinner at PaceOne Restaurant. It was a wonderful day.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Probably a new job. But a lot of satisfying things happened this year, so I can't complain.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I pretty much live in yoga pants and stretchy tank tops. When I leave the house... in summer, my concept was awesome dresses; this fall, I was all about cowl neck sweaters and those new three-button sweaters with the wide cropped sleeves. I have like five of those now.

33. What kept you sane?
F! Yoga! And wine.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Honestly, I can't think of any.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
When my company laid off everyone in both the production and multimedia departments. (It just says "political", it didn't say it had to be on a global scale. Office politics is what happened to move me this year.)

36. Who did you miss?
Not F anymore, because he's here! Although I did miss him a lot the few times he had to travel for work. I miss the usual suspects: Amy, Heather, Dann, Sarah (all of them). I also, oddly, miss F's friends, like Mike & Sarah and Lauren & Pierre and Molly. They are such amazingly awesome people.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm. Um, Wendy. And Fred & Adrienne. Stacey at work is pretty cool. And I really hope I get to see Mo from NYE again sometime, she seemed really great.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Cooking and washing dishes are both very calming and cheering activities for me.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Home, let me go home, home is wherever I'm with you."
supercheesegirl: (holiday - merry conan)
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I'm actually doing the Writer's Block question today!

I love It's a Wonderful Life. It's my favorite and I look forward to watching it every year. I also really love A Christmas Carol, particularly the one starring George C. Scott.

I absolutely hate that christmas movie with the kid who wants a bb gun and somebody's tongue gets stuck to the pole. I have hated that movie since I was a little kid and I will continue to hate it, I don't care how funny everyone thinks it is.
supercheesegirl: (books - hammock)
NPR's Top 100 Beach Books Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (buffy happy)
The idea: Post about (one of) your favorite Supreme Court decisions. (Not necessarily your favorite because you agree, but for any reason.) Why? To publicize decisions other than Roe v. Wade. Why? Allegedly that's the only one Sarah Palin knows. Plus, constitutional law! What could be more fun.

I snagged this meme from [livejournal.com profile] ert, because honest to God, I really do have a favorite Supreme Court case!

Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (1993): A case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held unconstitutional an ordinance passed in Hialeah, Florida that forbade the "unnecessar[y]" killing of "an animal in a public or private ritual or ceremony not for the primary purpose of food consumption." Hialeah enacted the law as soon as they found out that this church, which practices Santeria, was planning on moving there. The court found the law unconstitutional for a few reasons that I don't really understand anymore, but yay religious freedom!

First of all, this is a case about crazy voodoo people--what's not to love? This case was discussed in my senior year AP US Government class, and I never forgot it. Several months after its brief mention in class, an essay question came up on a test and I was able to base my answer around this case (I don't remember, but looking at wikipedia I'm betting it was a question about the rational basis test). My teacher had obviously meant for us to use some other, specific, more recently taught case for the essay, but I argued it properly and answered the question correctly, so he had to give me full points. I could tell he was cheesed about it, too. I later went on to get a 2 on the AP Government test, my lowest-ever AP score, so this case was literally the only thing I took away from that class. (Other than a story about my teacher, driving 90 MPH to try to return a video to Blockbuster before midnight, getting pulled over for speeding, and contesting the ticket in court because he's a government teacher and likes things like that.)
supercheesegirl: (monsoon - alice)
This set of questions struck me as interesting this week.

From the [livejournal.com profile] altfriday5:

1. List 5 things which are basic common knowledge in your culture, which people outside are unfamiliar with. This is not about obscurity, but something everyday to you, that others go "bzuh?" at.

This is really hard. Five? OK, I'll give it a shot, assuming that my culture is geeky twenty-somethings:
- Joss Whedon hates his fans.
- Apostrophes are used in only contractions and possessives: in contractions, the apostrophe replaces the omitted letters; in a possessive, the apostrophe comes before the "s" for a singular noun and after the "s" for a plural noun, unless the plural noun denotes a group.
- National Talk Like a Pirate day falls on September 19.
- Idioms like "follow the yellow brick road" and "play it again, Sam" are part of the cultural mythology and are almost universally understood (much like "Darmok and Jilad at Tenagra" might be universally understood in, um, another culture).
- XI, QI, and ZA are among the two-letter words that score the highest points in Scrabble.

2. What was the last book you read that was written by a person who is a different race than you? Do you seek out books written by people of other races? Why? Why not?

Jennifer Traig, who wrote Devil in the Details, is Jewish. Does that count? July wasn't a particularly multicultural month for reading, for some reason. In June I read The Gitagovinda, which is by an ancient Hindi poet, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, who is Dominican.

I don't seek out books by people of other races on purpose. I seek out good books by excellent writers, and many people who are excellent writers happen to be of races different than mine. For example, I often seek out Alice Walker, not because she's black but because she's awesome. One of my issues with books by people of other races is that I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction novels, and those tend to be written by white people, just in general. (Not saying that there aren't good non-white SF writers, just that the majority isn't non-white.)

3. What did you eat at dinner last night? Would you call it ethnic food? Why?

I had pasta, in red sauce, with spinach tossed in the sauce. I wouldn't consider pasta to be ethnic food unless it's made by hand by someone's old Italian grandma. (For myself, I am defining "ethic food" as "food that is not white bread American".)

4. Has your gender presentation changed over the last 5 years? Has this change/lack of change been a deliberate choice on your part?

Over the past ten years, I've definitely moved from a less feminine style of dress (flannel shirts and baggy jeans in college) to a more feminine style (skirts, clingy tops, etc). On the one hand, I feel like it takes more work to make me feel sexy now that I'm older, and more feminine clothes accomplish that. On the other hand, I'm a lot more comfortable in my own skin now than I was when I was 19, and I feel okay showing more of my body.

5. Do you discuss race and racism in your livejournal/blog or in person? Why have you made that choice?

I don't discuss racism very often. I believe that every person has basic human dignity and should be treated equally, but this isn't my issue to trumpet about. As a white woman, I wouldn't feel comfortable trumpeting. I tend to associate with others who feel as I do, and because most of my circle of friends is made up of other white women, it just doesn't come up that often.

6. Bonus question. Were you aware of International Blog Against Racism Week? Did you choose to participate in it? Why or why not?

I was not aware, and probably would not have chosen to participate if I had been aware.
supercheesegirl: (stop hammer time)
- Go to musicoutfitters.com

- Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.

- Underline the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and bold your favorites. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember/care about.

Read more... )

Wow. Some really damned annoying songs came out in 1997. That's impressive. And a lot of these I've never even heard of. But they're probably annoying too.
supercheesegirl: (monsoon - alice)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] birdmaddgirl here.

Here are your rules.

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences in your journal.
5. Tag five people and post a comment back to birdmaddgirl's post (your tagees will post to mine, etc.) once you've posted your three sentences.


I tag:

No one. Feel free to participate, or not.


My sentences:

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence, feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
supercheesegirl: (books - Matisse reading lady)
Year 1: 2004
Year 2: 2005
Year 3: 2006

This year: 2007

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
- figured out for sure who I want to marry someday
- had my writing accepted for publication in journals where I don't know anyone
- traveled to Phoenix, AZ, and Santa Rosa, CA
- was a maid of honor and a bridesmaid
- owned a cat
- stopped owning a cat
- played Scrabble regularly
- bought a sofa
- owned a bed
- cooked pierogies and fondue
- sold shit on ebay
- started liking wine

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year, I resolved to keep up with yoga. I mostly did that, except for right at the end of the year. This year, I will continue to not make any earth-shattering resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ebeth and Amy F both gave birth. They both have adorable boys. Suzie technically gave birth in 2006, but she had Xander after the last time I did this meme, so I will include her here as well.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?
No place but the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Last year I wanted to have "more compassion for myself". That's still a good one. I also now have a blender that I did not have last year, so that's pretty exciting. For 2008, I wouldn't mind having a fiancee and a shiny ring, but I'm not going to get all worked up about that--I'll have those when it's time. Mostly I just want to have a live-in boyfriend. I would also like to have more publication credits. Since this question asked about things I would "like to have", not things I could plausibly have, I will also say that I would like an awesome job, complimentary airline travel anywhere in the world, and several cases of my favorite wine. More local friends would also be nice.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February: moving into my new apartment.
March 1: first kiss with F
March: crazy homeless man on Miami bus; Missi's bridal shower
May 21-22
June: Missi's wedding
July: crazy martinis with Chris in NYC; Phoenix trip
August: giving Amy her custom Barbie; Bobbi's bachelorette
September: that amazing Saturday night in CA
October: meeting Lisa for the first time
November: T&A's wedding; writing a song about penises
December: Christmas with F, of course; meeting F's entire extended family except for Uncle Jan all in one sitting

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Landing financial aid to go to Key West; finally, finally having my work accepted for publication.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Focusing too much on what a failure I am.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got that miserable stomach bug in February. That really sucked.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
As it turned out, the best thing I bought was plane tickets to Atlanta for AWP. I also bought plane tickets to Phoenix and to California. Those were all good buys. I bought two bridesmaid dresses, and the second one could be classified as an awesome purchase. I bought a couch too.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
F. He just rocks. Amy doesn't think her behavior merited celebration, but I think she's awesome for making the best of everything that happens to her. Surprisingly, I am not displeased by my own behavior this year, overall.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Probably, certain of the authors I have worked with. Although a lot of their behavior can be explained by ignorance and a lack of common sense (note that I don't say "intelligence", because they certainly have a lot of that).

14. Where did most of your money go?
Apartment, car payment, travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Falling in love with F, traveling to see F, F's visits to see me. The weddings I was in. Getting a blender and a security box for Christmas. Hanging out with Lisa.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Eh, I don't know if I've got one.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? So much happier. Dear God am I happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. And last year I was fatter than the year before. A disturbing trend.
c) richer or poorer? We'll go with "poorer" here, because the last time I filled out this meme I was living with my parents, and now I've spent a year paying rent and traveling.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Yoga, writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Previous answers to this question include: "Whining, bitching, worrying, playing stupid internet games, complaining, worrying, getting upset, stressing out, hating my life, hating my thighs, hating my body, being hard on myself". We'll add "worrying about money", and that about covers it.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas Eve partly with F and his family, then I had dinner with my parents and brought them to my church for the first time. I spent Christmas day with my parents. I spent the rest of the holidays with F.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Yes!!!

22. How many one-night stands?
What could have been a one-night stand (okay, weekend fling) is turning into a lifetime. That's pretty cool.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes, Gossip Girl, America's Next Top Model.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
I have to really think about this one, but candidates include Gilgamesh, Late Wife by Claudia Emerson, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and No Other Life by Gary Young.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Didn't really discover much music this year. Bethanie sent me a great mix cd. F sent me several great mix cds. I actually kind of discovered some art this year, though. I found out I love Monet, and Mancini. Those were good discoveries.

27. What did you want and get?
An apartment. Some sex. To be published.

28. What did you want and not get?
This is hard, because 2007 was really a pretty good year in retrospect. Um, more time with F, and more money.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Ratatouille!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 28. I went to the zoo with my mom, and then out for fondue for dinner with my friends.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Sleeping next to F every single night.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
I discovered Ann Taylor Loft's Julie-style curvy pants. OMG.

33. What kept you sane?
F, picture messaging, yoga, my parents, my boss, and my friends, with an honorable mention to Lisa, who entered my life late in the year but still managed to add significant sanity and awesomeness.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably still Peter on HEROES. Oh, and Neil Gaiman.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I'm going to keep last year's answer: "There should be a word like 'vegetarian' for a person who doesn't like politics."

36. Who did you miss?
Fritz, Fritz, Fritz. Also, Amy, Heather, Chelsea, Sarahs B and EE and Farbo and the Laminator, Amy & Josh, the Sisterhood of the Scorpion Bowl, Dann Brown, the Carlos, and all the rest of you. I missed Boston, and I missed Dragon*Con, and all those associated with those places.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Lisa. She's just so great. I also re-met Bethanie, who I love to bits.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
It'll happen.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"California, here I come..."
supercheesegirl: (monsoon - alice)
Post a New Year's resolution that you think I should make.

Then, if you like, post this in your own LJ, and see what resolutions people think you should make.

(I shamelessly stole this one from [livejournal.com profile] tisana.)
supercheesegirl: (holiday - merry conan)
Your Christmas Spirit Level: 70%

You have a lot of Christmas spirit, and it's evident to most people who know you.
You love most things Christmas, and you do your best to make sure everyone has a great holiday.

While you like the more commercial aspects of Christmas, you truly know what the spirit of Christmas is about.
You're all about giving, being kind, and sharing the spirit of Christmas with everyone you know.
supercheesegirl: (seasons - autumn)
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1. My amazing, wonderful, wonderful, amazing boyfriend, and the promise of the future we're going to have together
2. The fact that I'm close enough to my parents to see them twice a week instead of twice a year
3. A job that challenges me, and excellent coworkers
4. Enough money to make all my bills, with enough left over to travel and do things that are important to me
5. Amazingly wonderful friendships that enrich my life
6. My ability to write, my talent, my recent acceptances, and the time to write - even if it's not as much time as I'd like, it's more than a lot of people get, to be able to practice the art they love
7. The fact that I haven't gotten sick yet this season, when I'd already been sick at least three times by this time last year
8. That my body is healthy and strong and able to take long walks and do yoga and dance and other fun things
9. My bridesmaid dress for Amy's wedding - what a fabulous dress - and that I'll get to wear it again for Sarah B's wedding
10. That all the people I love are for the most part healthy and happy
supercheesegirl: (food - cheese!)
William Shakespeare

O excellent! I love supercheesegirl better than figs.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:


supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
"These are the top 106 books most often marked as 'unread' by LibraryThing's users." (Why 106?) The ones I've read are in bold.

Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (indy - rare antiquities)

Your Score: Phoenician


You scored



You are the Phoenician Alphabet! Teacher of the Greeks and Etruscans, you are the one all languages bow down to. That is, until the Romans decide to wipe out your civilization. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
supercheesegirl: (star trek - aieee)
[[10 Bands You've Seen Live]]
1. Rainer Maria
2. Ben Folds Five
3. Fluttr Effect
4. The Minibosses
5. My Favorite
6. Dave Matthews Band
7. The Chieftains
8. Train (not on purpose, believe me)
9. Nethers
10. Dungen

[[09 Things You're Looking Forward To]]
1. Seeing Fritz in two weeks
2. Seeing EE and Benjie, also in two weeks
3. Sleeping in tomorrow morning
4. Yoga class next week
5. Amy's visit in August
6. Visiting Fritz for Labor Day
7. Getting together with Bethanie at some point
8. Amy and Tom's wedding in November
9. The new Harry Potter book and movie

[[08 Things You Wear Daily]]
1. hair gel
2. two rings
3. a hair band
4. underwear
5. contacts (can't believe it took me that long to think of them)
6. moisturizer
7. shoes
8. glasses (when I'm not wearing the contacts)

[[07 Things That Annoy You]]
1. stupid people
2. people who don't do their jobs
3. typographical errors
4. crowds
5. the checkout line at the grocery store
6. traffic
7. not having enough time to do everything I want to do

[[06 Things You Touch Every Day]]
1. my butt (first thing that came to mind)
2. glasses
3. computer
4. water bottle
5. cell phone
6. my hair

[[05 Things You Do Every Day]]
1. put in my contacts
2. wash my hands
3. eat
4. worry
5. look in a mirror

[[04 People You'd Want to Spend More Time or Hang out With]]
1. Bethanie!
2. Fritz
3. Adorable Kim, here at work
4. Joey (there's like a chazillion others, but I'm limited to 4)


[[03 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over]]
1. Conan the Barbarian
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Amelie

[[02 Of Your Favorite Songs At This Moment]]
1. "Harrisburg" by Josh Ritter
2. "Har Du Vart i' Stockholm?" by Dungen

[[01 Person You Could Spend the Rest of Your Life With]]
1. hopefully, myself

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