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December 30, 2008

A Year in Review

I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions but I have set the intention to be a better blogger in the New Year. In the meantime I saw this on someone else's blog and thought it was a neat idea. We are very much looking forward to putting this year behind us and starting 2009!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
AMY: Went to Europe
MELISSA: Volunteered as a Pet Therapy handler, done agility classes and knitted.

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

BOTH: We don't make resolutions

3. Did anyone close to you give birth
BOTH: Lots of people! in 2008 there have been 5 births and 3 pregnancies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

BOTH: Yes. Amy's grandma passed away in June.

5. What places did you visit?
BOTH: We went to Amsterdam (and other cities in the Netherlands), Berlin, Munich, Dachau, Tulsa, Okemah, Fort Worth.
AMY: I also went to Toronto and Las Vegas

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

BOTH: A BABY!!

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

BOTH: The day we got the phone call that they thought Amy's dad was dying and needed to get home ASAP. Also, the day of Amy's grandma's funeral.

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

MELISSA: That we spent the whole year TTC and I'm still not giving up hope. Training Campbell to be a therapy dog.
AMY: Being asked to help open one of the restaurants in Toronto.

9. What was your biggest failure?

AMY: Doesn't believe in failures. I believe you learn from your mistakes and challenges in life and that's why there is no such thing as a failure.
MELISSA: Not getting pregnant.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
AMY:Just the flu and a nasty shoulder injury from Wiiing too much.
MELISSA: The flu and surgery to remove ovarian polyps.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
AMY: Our trip to Europe and Rock Band.
MELISSA: Europe and Fern (even though she was technically free her vet bills she weren't)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

BOTH: We both deserve celebration!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

AMY: The state of California
MELISSA: Those who supported Prop 8

14. Where did most of your money go?

BOTH: Europe and fertility bills.
MELISSA: My car.

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

AMY:Going to Toronto and Europe
MELISSA: Amy agreeing to keeping Fern and going to Europe

16. What songs will always remind you of 2008?
AMY: Pink "So What"
MELISSA: Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" and

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 a) happier or sadder? 
b) thinner or fatter? 
c) richer or poorer?
AMY: Happier (cause I have a better relationship with my sister), fatter (I need to lose 10 lbs), same
MELISSA: Sadder, same, same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
AMY: Drank more water and spent less time on the computer
MELISSA: Not let TTC run my life. Not hold off on buying clothes, attending events or making long term commitments because I thought I'd be pregnant.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2008?

BOTH: In a hotel in Tulsa before spending time with Amy's family for Christmas Dinner (aka Lunch). We then saw the movie Benjamin Button.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
BOTH: Yes, with Fern.

22. What are your three favorite photos of 2008?

AMY: Pictures of the animals and Europe
MELISSA: My post op pictures

23. What was your favorite TV program?

AMY: LOST, Prison Break and So You Think You Can Dance UPDATED: Dexter
MELISSA: LOST, Pushing Daisies, How I Met Your Mother and American Idol

24. What did you do for your birthday in 2008?
AMY: I had a birthday week! I got to open a present everyday of my birthday week.
MELISSA: Drinks with the girls and Amy took me out to dinner

25. What was the best book you read?

AMY: Into Thin Air
MELISSA: Red Tent, Water for Elephants and Twilight Series

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

AMY: Boyce Avenue and Rock Band
MELISSA: Rock Band

27. What did you want and get?

AMY: To go to Europe and Toronto
MELISSA: A raise

28. What did you want and not get?

BOTH: Pregnant

29. What were your favorite three films this year?

AMY: Milk, Dark Knight and
MELISSA: Taxi to the Dark Side, Burn After Reading and Iron Man

30. Did you make some new friends this year?

BOTH: Yes we made new friends at work and through existing friends.

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

AMY: Getting pregnant
MELISSA: Getting my Green Card and getting pregnant.

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

AMY: What is this thing you call fashion?!?
MELISSA: Jeans and t-shirt

33. What kept you sane?

BOTH: Each other and the furry kids

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

BOTH: Prop 8.

35. Who did you miss?

AMY: My grandma
MELISSA: My dad
Both: Seeing Melissa's family

36. Who was the best new person you met?

AMY: Fern (she is a person to us)
MELISSA: Friends at work and those of you who's blogs we read

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

AMY: Life is short. Live it.
MELISSA: Go with your gut. I believe we would be in a different space right now instead of starting back at square one after 18months of TTC. We began to question the doctor for HSGs and injectables after Try #4 but continued to follow her plan even though we felt it wasn't right for us. For those who are just starting off the lesson I learned is don't even start trying until you have gotten you CD3 blood work done and had an HSG.

9 comments:

A said...

Sounds like you had a great year. I love your positive attitude about life. It was so refreshing and inspiring to read. Thank you.

eeney meeney miney mommy said...

HA HA about the Wii injury because my sweetie got rockband for xmas and has not been able to move her neck or shoulder since!

You girls know I am wishing you a BFP for the new year!

queerstork said...

So glad you did this. Wow, I can relate to so much of it.

A possible move to Toronto? That would be great!!

Lisa said...

I hope you don't mind if I copy and paste this to my blog. I wanted to do a year in review but had a really tough time coming up with anything positive. This will give me some direction. I hope great things happen for us in 2009. Cheers!!!!!!!!
P.S. I am already planning our next cruise and the one I have my eye on goes from England to Amsterdam so I would love any tips, points of interest, pictures, thoughts, etc. If we do that cruise, we will be in Port overnight.

anofferingoflove said...

great list, its fun you did it together! :) i'm working on mine now. . .

okseriouslyreally said...

Great list! Wanted to introduce myself and wish you a happy new year with lots of fertile luck!

JB

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! This is impressive. Alot of thought put into this. Good luck in 2009 -- a better year I hope, for everyone!! Mom

Carly said...

Amy!!! Please don't tell me you have given up on Dexter....I thought for sure it would be number one on your list!!!

Loved your list...especially the part about missing Melissa's family....they are pretty awesome :)

Anonymous said...

Loved your summary of 2008. I know that 2009 will bring you all what you want. Just please hang in there....sometimes the things we want do not come in the time that we have allotted....speaking from experience. I am so glad you both came to OK to share your holiday with me. I am blessed and love you both dearly. Aunt DD