1. what did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? moved to houston.
2. did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? i’m anti-new years resolution
3. did anyone close to you give birth? yes! i’m a new aunt!
4. did anyone close to you die? no, thank goodness.
5. what countries did you visit? i think texas definitely qualifies as a foreign country.
6. what would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? my fiance living in the same state as me.
7. what dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? december 22, when danny and i got engaged at the biltmore. unfortunately, march 2, when danny was officially in-country in iraq. but also may 27, when andrew was born.
8. what was your biggest achievement of the year? getting into grad school, baby.
9. what was your biggest failure? it is not healthy to think of such negativities while my seminar papers are still in the works.
10. did you suffer illness or injury? i have never gotten sick so many times in one semester in my entire life.
11. what was the best thing you bought? an engagement ring for danny (he asked for it… i’m not a weird territorial person). and a transformer for him as well, since the ring wasn’t too expensive.
12. whose behavior merited celebration? oh lots of people. danny, obviously, for handling iraq like the amazing person he is, and helping me handle it, too. my parents for being so supportive of me moving halfway across the country. my brother and his wife for becoming parents, even when it’s scary (weird). bee for having a fantastic second year of law school. sandy for approaching all sorts of things like a champ. terri for always having an open door in DC (for everyone) and lending me her texas family. erin for being, like, the best VISTA ever and always tiara-worthy. i can’t think of many people who shouldn’t be celebrated this year.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? i will say only this: due dates are a good thing. people who refuse to give them? well that’s just plain annoying.
14. where did most of your money go? rent rent rent rent. and books books books books.
15. what did you get really, really, really excited about? finding an apartment next to target! oh, yeah. and getting engaged.
16. what song will always remind you of 2004? when i look to the sky, by train. everyone deserves music, by michael franti. anything by carbon leaf or keane.
17. compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? that’s a trick question. a little of both. happy danny’s deployment is ending rather than beginning. happy i’m almost done my first semester at rice. sad i’m not longer living with beth and near rin and my parents.
b) thinner or fatter? again. finals time. no need to discuss such things.
c) richer or poorer? ironically, richer. usually grad school students are sucked into poverty, but as a VISTA last year i really WAS living at the poverty line. so the grad stipend rocks my socks.
18. what do you wish you’d done more of? i haven’t written anything this year outside of school. bah.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? procrastinate. and filling out this survey is not helping the situation.
20. how will you be spending christmas? in charlotte with the fam. and THEN i’m going to my nephew’s baptism on the 26th, as his godmother. and THEN i’m going to st. augustine. and THEN i’m going to the mountains with rin. i’m SO excited.
22. did you fall in love in 2004? i kept falling. like in one of those dreams, but in a positive way.
23. how many one-night stands? what kind of girl do you think i am? i never even show my ankles.
24. what was your favorite tv program? scrubs, america’s next top model, gilmore girls. i watch too much tv.
25. do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? nope.
26. what was the best book you read? vanity fair by thackeray. absolutely amazing. everyone should read it. now. go.
27. what was your greatest musical discovery? aforementioned keane and carbon leaf.
28. what did you want and get? engaged. my own place. a new car. an acceptance letter. a red bag.
29. what did you want and not get? the opportunity to turn down upenn and johns hopkins.
30. what was your favorite film of this year? yikes i don’t know. triplets of belleville was very good.
31. what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? i turned 23. had dinner with the fam, i’m sure. i actually can’t remember, which is very very sad.
32. what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? if the president of georgetown or american or GW called me, told me they were holding a full professorship for me to assume in 2009, that it came with free residency in one of the townhomes near eastern market, and that they had arranged a very fancy dinner for me and danny, because he was not in fact in baghdad but downstairs.
33. how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? what don’t i have to iron?
34. what kept you sane? email. i don’t know how families with loved ones in world war II did it.
35. which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? mmmmm… colin firth…
36. what political issue stirred you the most? people insisting i talk about politics.
37. who did you miss? most people, since most people i know aren’t here. which obviously means you should all visit.
38. who was the best new person you met? the other first-years at rice. i’m so glad they’re normal, smart, and funny!
39. tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: don’t eat onion dip before bedtime. onion dip dreams are scarier than nyquil dreams.