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01 January 2009

Looking back at 2008

Borrowed from kate:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

I allowed my online life to really merge with my work life. It was scary, hell it still is scary.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I wanted to listen to more country music and I think I did that. I love Taylor Swift. There I said it. Love Song & Our Song are sugary sweet and that's how I like a lot of my country music.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A co-worker had a son over the summer. Her older son is in high school, so it's been quite a change for her.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no.

5. What places did you visit?

I spent a lot of time in NYC this year - four visits in four months! I also visited MIT for the WAM! conference, but no visits like a real tourist visit.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

Better control of my money. I've been bad at balancing my checking account for quite some time, but I finally started an excel spreadsheet and it's helping a lot. I also opened a savings account for my freelance work. All money stays in there until I need a plane ticket or something related to freelance. I'd also like to wait until I get a good chunk of money to chip off the old credit card debt.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

September 2, 2008:: Our daughter started kindergarten and our entire world changed. The homework is intense since she's in an accelerated program. She also has a new set of friends and that means making new parent friends.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Surviving kindergarten so far. This gifted program thing is not for the weak.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not applying for a Ph.D. program or taking the GRE. In some sense, I think it's worked out as I think I may want to wait for a new program that starts Fall 2010.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

If you count being addicted to my Treo, then yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My laptop, my hot pink suit jacket, and plane tickets to Seattle for February.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My dad's girlfriend. We're a handful and she's handled it all with grace as far as I can tell.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Those close to me can take a guess. It's something that can't be discussed publicly.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, the kid, and credit card repayments.

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

The Cubs and as always they broke my heart.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Um, I'm a music lame ass, I don't have one.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier...things are starting to click
b) thinner or fatter? Depends on the day! But about the same.
c) richer or poorer? About the same. Money comes in...money goes out.

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

Knitting, just hanging out with friends in a non-networking setting

20. How did you spend Christmas last year?

Woke up late, opened presents with my daughter & husband, went out to the 'burbs to see the in-laws & nephew, took an amazing nap, and then saw "Milk."

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Every day

22. How many one-night stands?

WTF kind of question is this? Even if I had one, would I tell? But the answer is none.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Rachel Maddow Show

24. What did you do for your birthday in 2008?

Went to a nice brunch, watched daughter have meltdown at restaurant, came home and chilled, recovered the day with mini-cake that Daughter picked out, opened Christmas & birthday presents with Cinnamon & Andrew.

25. What was the best book you read?

I have three favorites:

* Finding Iris Chang: I meant to write a review of this book, but never did. I think perhaps because there was so much to digest. It's much more than a biography of the late Iris Chang, but also a love letter from one friend to another.

* This Common Secret: It's amazing how much there is still to learn about a movement that I have been working in for so many years. It's not that I thought I know it all, but still to be bowled over by a book like this is amazing.

* Unmarketable: I truly appreciate the people in my life who challenge me and thus when one of them writes a book that does just that, I have to love it.

I have to say that one of the downfalls of reading so many books is that I have a habit of some of them going in and out my head. Then again, I read a lot of great books this year.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I can't think of any and no, I'm not claiming Taylor Swift.

27. What did you want and get?

I wanted a regular paid writing gig and I got two of them! Yes, be careful what you wish for!

28. What did you want and not get?

An acceptance to an anthology and a personal good-bye from a person who moved away instead of just an invite to the going away party. I deserved better than that.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Milk. Honorable mentions include The Dark Knight, Get Smart and Definitely, Maybe. Hey, I don't see too many movies!

30. Did you make some new friends this year?


31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I had won a certain award that my coworkers & I would have HAD to travel to the White House to accept. Resubmission is coming thou!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Embracing the dress shirt dress and suits.

33. What kept you sane?


34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Steve Carell

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Just the presidential election

36. Who did you miss?

All my friends who don't live in Chicago.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Alida...already covered that one.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

That balance is a myth, all I can hope for is to get my work done, say no, and pray like hell that coffee works. And that I have the best friends a girl can hope for and I wish that I had grown up with them.

20 November 2008

My blog & I are an ESTP

This week's giveaway: The American Journey of Barack Obama
(There are new rules & an extended deadline)
ESTP - The Doers
The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

17 November 2008

Monday wrap-up

This week's giveaway: The American Journey of Barack Obama

Today's Work it, Mom! post is about the struggles of a working mom, especially in light of Michelle Obama's new role as First Lady.

My latest AWEARNESS posts include:
And lastly ex-lion tamer tagged me with the 5 interesting things meme:
  1. I constantly crack my knuckles and I hate it. I seriously can't stop.
  2. I can't stick to a diet to save my life...To save the kid's yes, but not my own. Why?
  3. It seriously freaks me out that the kid looks like me...I try not to think about it, but my husband likes to remind me.
  4. I find it interesting that there are people who have no online presence. Like what's up with that?
  5. I sometimes think about moving back to my childhood 'hood and doing something out there.

10 October 2008

My *heart* list

Yes, I follow Rosie a lot:

So, there are things that are especially making me smile right now. And I thought I’d make a list (ala Oprah’s gratitude journals from years ago because- let’s face it- we need some smiles right now).

Here’s my current I heart you list…

  • 3 Musketeers Mint Minis - I keep a bowl filled with them on my desk at work. The perfect treat!
  • Saturday Night Live
  • My Bears defense - I think I ended up with them on my fantasy football team only because it was tradition AND they kinda sucked last year.
  • Tony Romo - I still don't quite buy the buzz, but he's also part of the reason why my fantasy team is 5-0.
  • Second wave feminists who are woman enough to talk about their mistakes and what we, 3rd & 2nd wavers, can do together.
  • My job.
  • My friends, especially the ones who smack me on the back of my head when I start hating on myself.
  • And of course, the kid.
OK, your turn...if you want.

Don't forget that VLF is participating in the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge. We already have one class funded, let's get that second one funded!

03 August 2008

Six Random Things

THE RULES: Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Write six random things about yourself. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website. Let your tagger know when your blog entry is up.

Six random things:
1. I use to know all my friends' birthdays by heart. Some I still remember.
2. I'm starting to like sushi.
3. I crave grilled cheese a lot.
4. I started tutoring in 4th grade
5. I've never donated to a presidential campaign.
6. I hate that I'm such a pack rat, but can't break that habit.

Tagged: I'll go easy on ya...If you do it, let me know!

21 March 2008


A fellow mommy blogger tagged me for this one. Thanks Kim!

Here are the rules:
A. Post the rules at the beginning.

B. Answer the questions about yourself.

C. Tag 5 people and let them know in a comment on their blogs that they have been tagged.
Meagan, Sara, Pickel, LawyerMama, PunditMom

What Was I Doing 10 Years Ago?
Enjoying our post-college years and trying to decide to move to DC or not. Obviously, I didn't. Instead I stayed in Chicago and spent the next 3 summers at Wrigley Field. I'll never have a better tan than during that time period.

Snacks I Enjoy: Chocolate, cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, and cinnamon pita chips. Gotta have something semi-healthy!

Five Things on my To-Do List Today: 1) Transfer money from my account to our joint account; 2) Email Jenny re: meeting up in Btown next week; 3) Write my column that's due on the 25th! 4) Finish up a mailing for work work; 5) Got out of the office early so we can hit Target for Easter goodies.

Things I Would Do if I Became a Billionaire: I would pay off the in-laws house and cars, set up a college fund for the nephews and the daughter, travel to all those conferences I want to attend and retreats, stay home do volunteer work, work on my writing, and of course, open up that family care center on campus that is sorely needed. You know, where workers can bring in the baby and Grandma for the day. Family fun! Oh...and buy that 6 flat on the block, duplex both sides and turn the first floor into offices and a studio for a certain crafty chick.

Three Bad Habits: Eating at my desk, too much time online, and saying 'yes' too often.

Five Places I Have Lived: I've lived in the Chicago area since I was 4, but before that I lived in Columbia, SC (dad's basic training), Corpus Christi, TX (mom left me there with her big sis for a few months), Colorado Springs, Co (more Army fun!), and I think I logged a few months in San Antonio, TX during the insane first few years of my life while Dad was in the Army and Mom & I followed him around the country.

Jobs I Have Had: Pizza Puff maker (drop frozen puff into vat of hot grease), movie theater concessioner (Mmm...free nachos), tuxedo rental place assistant (yes, I hemmed, sewed, and ironed tuxes...which is why I don't iron now), Payless Shoe worker (where I met my husband!), Greenpeace door canvasser (ding dong...Hi! I'm Veronica, did you know that in the event of a nuclear meltdown, we have X minutes to take cover?), office assistant in a brokerage firm (got fired from there!), sold t-shirts and stuff at the United Center (during the Jordan II era), fish researcher (published baby!), academic advisor, and various variations on my current job.

Things People Don't Know About Me:
Hmmmm....I'm pretty open, so if you don't know it, I probably don't want you to know it. That or I haven't found the right time to tell you.


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