A series of questions

From All & Sundry

  1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? End up at hospital with a full blown anxiety attack
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I can’t remember them so does that count? I’m pretty sure it was to lose weight and I did that for a few weeks. This year is – again – to get fit and lose weight. SNORE.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My husband’s cousin gave birth to a 5kg baby. My cousin had a baby in the back of an ambulance on the side of the road two days before Christmas. The story is even better when you consider her mum is a midwife, her husband an emergency department doctor and she an emergency department senior nurse.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? No, but there was a lot death around.
  5. What countries did you visit? Haha. Hahahaha.
  6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Confidence in my abilities.
  7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Well the day I hallucinated demonic Peter Rabbits jumping off the bathroom walls and wanted to rip all my clothes off and go swimming in the ocean and ended up at hospital was pretty memorable. Oscar coming home with his spelling list which he had got all right. Listening to Jasper sing the songs from various movies to himself all the time. Grover baiting his older brother. Felix asking me about what is master-bating.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Resigning.
  9. What was your biggest failure? I still haven’t made a batch of tomato relish that I’m happy with.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I think we’ve covered that. And I slice the top of my thumb off the other day cutting up onions for another attempt at tomato relish.
  11. What was the best thing you bought? I am pretty darn stoked with my wide mouthed funnel (for filling jam jars) and one of those wooden hand held lemon juicers, that has been quite a revolution for me. Chef would undoubtedly say our massive tele.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? What? In our house? On a world scale? In our house I would have to say that Chef has exceeded my wildest dreams this year. There have been presents, there has been taking charge, there has been a presence that I’ve not seen before. I love him more each and every year we are together.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Oscar’s ongoing attitude of a head wobble and a ‘ner ner’ as an answer back to me at pretty much any request, and the new meltdowns from him which involve anger and frustration on his part on a scale I’ve never seen in him before.
  14. Where did most of your money go? Food.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The chance to be ‘just’ a mum
  16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Pink’sRockstar. She sure is.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) happier or sadder? happier
    b) thinner or fatter? fatter. sniff
    c) richer or poorer? about the same
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading stories to the boys at bedtime
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Procrastinated
  20. How did you spend Christmas? With Chef, the boys, my mum, brother and his girlfriend. It was an absolute delight.
  21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Over and over and over again.
  22. What was your favourite TV program? Are you kidding? Project Runway (the Australian one was awful), ANTM, Australian Idol, I discovered Gossip Girl late in the year (and am solidly loving it even though I keep forgetting to watch it), Grand Designs, Top Chef.
  23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is such a strong word.
  24. What was the best book you read? We have to talk about Kevin was quite disturbing. I only read two books this year so you know, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
  25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Justine Clarke – children’s music for the whole family
  26. What did you want and get? An acoustic guitar and a new baking dish. More shelving, a new dishwasher and oven, a new extended deck and outdoor furniture for it (which is actually indoor furniture and where we now live). But most importantly, sanity and the restoration of my relationship with my Mum to what it was probably 10 years ago.
  27. What did you want and not get? A lotto win?
  28. What was your favourite film of this year? Oh SO many – I thought Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall were freaking hilarious. It’s all high-brow over here.
  29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Went to brunch at my favourite cafe, hung out with Chef and the boys, had Chef cook me dinner. I was 36 this year.
  30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Financial security
  31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Boring. Predictable.
  32. What kept you sane? They’re called Zoloft and Epilum.
  33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I know this is a little left field, but I’m going through a bit of a Jason Schwartzman phase.
  34. What political issue stirred you the most? Oh if the US Presidential Race didn’t stir you then you really must be cement
  35. Who did you miss? The Ds – who returned to the States largely under duress. I miss them every single day. L and R – our dear friends who returned from their stint in the UK but had a lot of family dramas with L’s Dad’s health and R finishing his MBA so we didn’t see them at all.
  36. Who was the best new person you met? L, the mum of one of Felix’s friends. I hope we keep in touch even though we’re moving schools this year.
  37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Family is everything. Your health is everything. Love is everything. Slow down.
  38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

    It was the dancing chicken
    dancing chicken
    Eyes are poppin’, lips are lickin’
    When you see that dancing chicken dance
    dancing chicken
    Wings are flappin’, legs are kickin’
    Grease the plate to stop it stickin’
    Catch the chicken if you get the chance
    And dance

    The Dancing Chicken, Justine Clarke