My yearly review. Of myself. (or ‘2007: a self indulgent wrap-up’)
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Travel with the entire family for a long-ish term stint overseas.
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year? Well, my big resolution from last year was ‘to be more disciplined’. Have I achieved that? In the first half of the year, I was very disciplined in terms of money saving (having the huge dangling carrot of our overseas jaunt obviously helped things along), in the second half of the year I was very disciplined in terms of writing more material and practising keyboard. In all other regards though, I am coming to terms with the notion that I am in essence a toddler. Will I make more resolutions? Does making the same resolution count?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, yes and yes. There are way too many beautiful babies in my life. I want one. And then I want to hand it back between the ages of 1 and 4.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? More energy.
7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 21st March. See question 4.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? You know, it’s funny, I had lots of sweet things happen on the career front in 2007. The gig supporting Second City at the Banff Centre was most rocking indeed, as was supporting Fiona O’Loughlin at Bangalow Big Joke Festival, amongst others. But in all honesty, I think my biggest achievement in '07 has been just learning to chill the heck out and look after the home stuff first. Which I’ve only learnt (and am still learning) from moving to a new place where we’ve been forced into a slower pace of life. Our family life has never been better – it’s now just working out how to keep it this way!!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Well, that killer Brisbane flu in July wiped out my overseas plans for a few weeks. And since snowboarding my shoulder is shredded and my toe has blown up like a meringue. But so long as it’s not rabies, I’m happy.
11. What was the best thing you bought? My children’s love. Oops, did I just type that out loud? Um, I meant my keyboard. Yeah…my keyboard. Ehem.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? The people of Canmore, this amazing town in which we have the good fortune to be living. From random people we barely know bringing us Christmas goodies to invitations for family holiday season to free hot chocolate on the ice-rink, this place has just blown my head off with its community spirit, the likes of which I’ve never seen before in my life.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Small children + jet-lag = don’t go there.
14. Where did most of your money go? Visas, passports, plane tickets, setting up shop in a new country…I get shudders just thinking about it.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Finally living in another country – it’s something I’ve been dreaming about for almost a decade. And the mountains here. Oh, the mountains. Excuse me, I just need to burst into song for a moment….ah, that’s better. And snowboarding. I’ve only gone for one day and I am completely hooked.
16. What song will always remind you of 2007? Probably the entire Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. I’ve heard a lot of it lately.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer? Happier. Same. (Dang!) Poorer in cash but richer in the good stuff. *insert cheesy movie-of-the-week soundtrack here*
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Sleeping.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying about plans.
20. How did you spend Christmas? Pancakes and pressies with the kids, tobogganing and then an amazing traditional North American Christmas dinner with friends. Awesome.
21. Did you fall in love in 2007? With Canada. Sigh.
22. How many one-night stands? Zilcheramo.
24. What was your favourite TV program? Arrested Development. I’m still catching up.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. I hated Avril Lavigne last year too.
26. What was the best book you read? Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get? My own weekly humor column here in Canada.
29. What did you want and not get? Jennifer Aniston’s bod.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I hung out with my chidlets in the pool at our new sexy abode in Brisvegas, then had friends over into the evening, I believe. I was 28. Boy, I hope I’m gonna be in Oz for my 30th….!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Last year I wrote ‘a cheap nanny’ to this question. I think that still stands.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Personal wha????
34. What kept you sane? My morning soy smoothie.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Johnny Depp. I think I should just get rid of this question, the answer never changes.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? The ongoing battle between Coco-Pops and Rice Bubbles.
38. Who was the best new person you met? I’ve met billions of brilliant people here in Canada, don’t make me choose!!!!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. Life is like snowboarding. You’ve gotta put in the effort and lean towards where you want to go, but you’ve also gotta let go and go with where it’s taking you…fight too hard and you’ll fall flat on your face, tear up your shoulder blade and be sore for the next six days. Oh yeah…and don’t forget it’s fun.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “Suddenly I see This is what I wanna be.” – KT Tunstall