today is better than any day that’s come before 3

You wouldn’t think it’d be possible to cry when someone is forced to quit your bowling team because they’re too busy at work, but there it is. We’ll miss Mikey a lot!!

Last night, I got a haircut from Mahogany while we discussed what to see in Negril. She said we’re staying at the end farthest from the nude beaches. This is a plus, though I intend to journey thataway just to see the spectacle. I’ve been on Italian cruise ships before; nothing I see can possibly scare me.

I also baked approximately one million gingersnaps. Our house smells so good right now. I’m going to bring them to bowling tonight, because there’s no way Matt can possibly eat them all himself.

Below is an end-of-the-year thing that Chele does every year, and I think it’s an awesome summary. Here’s my 2008!


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

  1. Kissed a stingray
  2. Crewed the Breast Cancer 3-Day
  3. Drove a dune buggy and an ATV, both in Mexico
  4. Donated to Kiva.org
  5. Watched a hockey game on the roof of Xcel Center
  6. Was actually excited and hopeful about a presidential election
  7. Went kayaking on the ocean
  8. Saw Mos Def and Sammy Hagar live (not together, sadly)
  9. Got a tattoo on my chest
  10. Moved into a house with Matt

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

By 2009, I’d like to still have amazing friends, have traveled to some new places, have done some more good work for charity, and still be madly in love.

Sure did. As that’s served me well, I’m going to stick to it next year. Along with ‘have fun, be awesome, don’t die.’

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nobody I’m really close to. Cindi got a new niece, though! It seems like a lot of people got knocked up in 2008, although the only person I can think of right now is Christa. I guess Pete’s baby counts for 10 regular babies, in terms of impact on the earth.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully. Last year was plenty.

5. What countries did you visit?

Cayman Islands, Honduras, Mexico (twice), and Moondance Jam, which qualifies as its own country.

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

Apart from the drums and microphone for Guitar Hero? Nothing. I’m pretty much set!

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

This day (in Cozumel), this day (the Final Five), this day (in Puerto Vallarta), this day (at Moondance), this day (camping), this day (at the Rage show), this day (at the end of our 4th 3-Day), this day (in Las Vegas), and this day (when we moved into our house).

Why: because they were all the BEST DAY EVER.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Becoming really good at managing my money, making plans, educating myself, and being on top of financial planning. Also, being part of another 3-Day. I didn’t have to walk 60 miles, but it was crazy hard work nonetheless.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Ummm. I have no idea. I don’t really think that way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I got sick a couple times and am still having trouble with my neck, but those are pretty minor, and I’m very glad for that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Apart from the trips I took, I’d have to go with my car, Orange Derek. I’d explain the name, but it would take a couple hours.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Everyone who took part in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. It’s an amazing, positive place to be, and gives me faith that people working together can make a huge difference.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The republicans (particularly Palin and our disastrous outgoing president), the cops here during the RNC, and the people who were rioting and destroying things just to be assholes, as opposed to the peaceful protesters.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Travel and getting my financial house in very good order.

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

Really, really, really excited is my default state. Right now I’m really, really, really excited about Christmas plans and our trip to Jamaica and taking more cooking classes through community ed and possibly teaching a class on finance and our incredibly awesome house and even going to bowling tonight.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

God, there are so many. There was that time when the whole entire bus in Grand Cayman was singing Day-O. And Rompe, because it earned me the title of Mrs Reggaeton in Puerto Vallarta. There’s any number of ridiculous hiphop songs that we danced to at the Rock House in Vegas. Also Mas Maiz by N.O.R.E, which makes me dance like an idiot every time I hear it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. Didn’t think that was even possible, but there it is!
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter. Eh, I’m working on it too slowly. I’m happy regardless.
iii. richer or poorer? Much poorer due to the stock market, but I feel I’m in a much better position to be a lot richer in the future.

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

Camping!! There are too few free weekends in the summer. Not that that’s anything to complain about.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Work? It takes time away from real life.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We’re having Christmas with my family on Monday the 22nd. Matt’s heading to his parents’ the next evening, and I will follow him South-Dakotaward on Christmas Eve. We’ll celebrate actual Christmas there. Friends Christmas will occur sometime in late January.

We still have to figure out when just the two of us will open presents!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

I’m more in love every day. I have the best boyfriend anyone could ever want.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

I have a guilty love of Survivor. Also, Top Gear makes me pee my pants laughing, and shows me amazing cars I’ll never be able to afford.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No way.

24. What was the best book you read?

I read far too little, as my settin-down time is generally devoted to knitting. I love the one I’m reading now (The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance), because I’m absolutely fascinated by the history of disease and medical research.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2008?

Girl Talk.

26. What did you want and get?

A vacation in Mexico. A second cruise on the Costa Mediterranea. An awesome new car. The perfect little house in south Minneapolis, with a yard where we can BBQ and garden.

27. What did you want and not get?

I can’t think of a damn thing.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

God, I can’t even remember what we saw this year. Probably ‘Burn After Reading’. I loved ‘Role Models’ this week, but that was more about the awesome theater than the movie.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 35! I won $90 betting on horses at the track (haha), and then we had a BBQ at Matt’s place with a bunch of friends. The next morning, we had brunch. Birthday brunch is very important.

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

Nothing!

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

AWESOME. I mean, comfortable. I wear hoodies and jeans and sneakers pretty much every day.

32. What kept you sane?

I think the only thing I ever get riled up about enough to need to be kept sane is work. So I tell Matt about it, and all is well.

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

I’m not much for celebrities. Beckham? That guy is aging really well.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The economy, because it needed fixing 30 years ago. Also, the RNC made my city really, really sad for a week. We recovered well, though.

35. Who did you miss?

Wendy! I don’t see her often enough anymore.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Mikey, Jon, and Marc. In addition to being really fun, they’re also really nice people. And Suzi!! She’s awesome and brings Melotinis to my birthday party!

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

When you’re in the tropics, you must spend the hottest hours of the day bobbing around in the swimming pool, drinking a margarita. If you go out and walk around in the heat with too little food and water, you will become very ill.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I have an entire song: Gainesville by Dillinger Four (get it!)

I’m living summer time
I’m not thinking about the dark days
I’m just basking in the shine
One for all and all for one
No one fighting over crumbs,
Today is better than any day that’s come before

And if the rain begins to fall
I won’t feel it at all
Let’s live it like we mean it
And it feels like summer in october
And i hope this day is never over
And it feels like summer in october
To me

I try not to complicate
I’ve taken life for granted for forever and a day
Like it was broken from the start
I had to tear it all apart
And hope the pieces would fit back together fine

And if the rain begins to fall
I won’t feel it at all
Let’s live it like we fucking mean it

And it feels like summer in october
And i hope this day is never over
And it feels like summer in october
To me

Time was wasted
We’re moving way to slow
Let’s go before we’re old
Time doesn’t wait for me

I can sum it up in photos, too!

3 thoughts on “today is better than any day that’s come before

  1. Reply cheleNo Gravatar Dec 11, 2008 3:58 pm

    You, my dear, are one of my favorite people on the entire planet! Even if I don’t see you often enough, you are ALWAYS in my heart.

    Ti amo, Bella!

  2. Reply jenniNo Gravatar Dec 11, 2008 4:00 pm

    same with you, chele! we should see you this weekend, though!

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