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Well well well.  If there is one thing that can shake me out of my blogging snooze, maybe it is the tried and true End of the Year meme.  I am inspired enough to continue the tradition so – Hello!  Sorry for the prolonged absence.  Let’s see if 2011 allows for a little more blogging time. 

 

Without further ado:

 

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Is it too early in the meme to mention buying a house?  I bought a house.

 

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

I once made a New Year’s resolution to not worry about New Year’s resolutions.  Yeah.  I kept that one. 

 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes.

 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Define “close.”  Close enough to go to his funeral?  Yes.  Drat.  I came very close to having ONE year with no funerals. 

 

5. What countries did you visit?

U.S.A.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A very warm pair of slippers.  I got a pair for Christmas but they need to be exchanged for a larger size.  California is COLD!

 

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t do numbers.  Numbers do not etch themselves upon my memory.

 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I think getting three different job offers was fairly reassuring. 

 

9. What was your biggest failure?

No big failures.  Just some disappointments.  Like my crappy poker stats at the end of the year.  *sigh* I would like to be in the top 25% out of almost 2 million players.  Which is still dismal compared to my 96% rating out of over one million players a couple of years ago.  But oh well.  72% this year.  Nothing I can do about it now. Stupid full-time job getting in the way of my poker playing.  *grumble*

 

Also, I and the medical establishment in Maui failed completely to alleviate any of my chronic issues this year.  Medical establishment – you suck (except maybe for that rather handsome ENT doc who actually figured one thing out).

 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No major illness, but yes indeedy – more body parts broke down again this year.  Arthritis diagnosed.  Inflamed larynx (I have pictures!).  Undiagnosed hip issue. Potentially uncooperative reproductive system.   It’s the joy of aging, folks.

 

11. What was the best thing you bought?

That would be the aforementioned HOUSE.

 

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I gotta give a shout-out to my former co-workers this year.  I spent almost six months at my old workplace this year before I left again for another job.  The office has been a sinking ship and it’s been a weekly drama of people leaving, both voluntarily and involuntarily.  It’s been stressful, sad, frustrating, and just downright wrong to see a once very-highly-regarded office of professionals fade away.  But through it all, most of these folks have been supportive of each other while maintaining a (sometimes gallows-like) sense of humor. 

 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Some people at the old company who do not warrant celebration.   

 

14. Where did most of your money go?

See #s 1 & 11.

 

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

Moving back to California.  Hello family and friends.  We’re baaaack!!!!

 

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

Hmmm….need to think about that a bit.

 

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

1. Happier or sadder?  About the same, I think. 

 

2. Thinner or fatter?  Congrats to me.  This is one year I can say, without a doubt – fatter. 

Wait. 

No congrats to me.  Frak.

3. Richer or poorer?  About a hundred times poorer.  In cash. 

 

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

Surfing.

 

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

Working. 

 

20. How will you be spending Christmas/Hanukkah?

Sweetie and I spent it with family in the various places that our families are located.

 

21. How many one-night stands?

None.  We sold most of our furniture in Maui. 

 

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Leverage

AND – I rediscovered The Young Riders!  Yup.  That’s right – 1980s television goodness right there.

 

 

 

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

No hate in the 808 (or 916) brah. 

 

24. What was the best book you read?

Hmmm……the latest releases of the Fables trade paperbacks.  And, I have to say – I’m almost done with Atlas Shrugged and I’m glad I (almost) read it.  That’s probably a whole other blog.  

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25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Can I just change this to musical moments?  This year, I said good-bye to two of my all-time favorite bands, as both declared they are retiring. Sweetie just got me A-ha’s final album.  And Big Sis and I saw Scorpions live in concert.  Farewell, dear dudes.  That’s a lotta music between them (yes, A-ha produced more than one song in the 1980s….sheesh).

 

26. What did you want and get?

More time with family and friends.  A job with health insurance.  A house.

 

27. What was your favorite film of this year?

Toy Story 3

 

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

I was, and still am today, 39.  Spent it with family and my former roomie and her family at mom’s house where she/we hosted a Chinese-fondue/hot pot dinner of awesomeness and yum.

 

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

Winning a few more poker games to bring my stats up.

 

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Oh-my-lord-I-do-not-have-a-proper-wardrobe-for-cold-weather-ACKKKKKKK!

 

31. What kept you sane?

Who you callin’ “sane” Willis?

 

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

I do not.

 

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

The on-going legal sideshow surrounding Prop 8 here in California.  Never should have passed in the first place, and this whole debacle is embarrassing.  The midterm elections were also kind of amusing for the amount of people who honestly think anyone seeking higher office in this country is capable of steering Congress in some productive direction.  Oh, and Christine O’Donnell, for comedic relief. 

 

34. Who did you miss?

 A-ha.  I missed seeing them in concert.  Never did get to see them.  Boo hoo. 

 

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Well, it was significant that I met the five principals of the firm that I am now working for.  Good group of folks.

 

36. Did you fall in love in 2010?

All the time.

 

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

There’s always a better house somewhere down the road. 

 

37.  Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

 

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You can participate in Aloha Friday over HERE.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

What’s your idea of the perfect Spring day?

Stone Girl’s Answer:

I love hiking in the spring when the wildflowers are out.  If I get a bright sunny day that is not too hot and not too cold, the perfect Spring day looks a little like this:

Hiking in California – March 2010

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You can participate in this week’s Sunday Stealing over HERE.

This week’s Meme is a combination of two memes.  You can easily tell where one leads off and the other begins.  I think the juxtaposition of light airy questions versus very personal questions in a casual and (sometimes) leading wording just caused my head to spin.  But oh well.  If you can handle the answers, go ahead and ask your questions!

Without further ado:

1. What were doing 10 years ago?

Ack!  Math.  uhhhh…10 years ago was 2000.  I was living alone.  I think I was still in my one bedroom apartment but about to move up to the 2-bedroom duplex.  I was working waaaaay too many hours.  That was my life.

2. Five snacks that you enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world

My world is non weight-gaining if I exercise enough.  Any version of Chex Mix; kiwi fruit; anything my husband bakes (and he’s been baking a lot lately!); chips with really good guacamole; Ono gelato.


3. Five things you would do if you were a billionaire:
Billionaire?  That’s a lot.  Hmmm….I’d buy a nice house for Sweetie and me somewhere we can agree to live.  I’d give money to my mom and sister to do whatever they would like to do. I would donate money to the various causes/charities I support.  I would stash some away in a big box under the third oak three past the last fencepost on that country road in________.  And then, I would self-publish and market my own book/s, and also publish and market books for my awesome fellow writers!  I guess that means I would start up my own publishing house. 

4. Three of your habits:

Well, gee……I tend to procrastinate quite a bit.  And then…….ummm…..let me get back to you.

5. Five jobs that you’ve have had:

Calculator puncher for a CPA;  Map Assistant’s Assistant; Environmental Analyst; Senior Project Manager (is that vague enough?); post-graduate researcher.

6. Five places that you’ve lived:
Davis California, Sacramento CA, Maui, Switzerland, inside my own head.
7. Five things that you did yesterday:
Ran (hooray!); shopped at Office Max; set up phone job interviews for next week (that’s a whole other blog!); prepped for said interviews; spent a fantastic evening of appetizers and drinks and dancing in celebration of the upcoming birthday of one of our good friends. 
8. Five people you would want to get to know more about:

James Aiona and Neil Abercrombie, two of the people who have already thrown their hat in the ring as candidates for Governor of Hawai’i this year.  Or/and, if I move back to California, I’ll need to learn more about the candidates who are currently running for governor there. 

What?? I don’t just vote on party lines?  I research candidates?  Shocking!

9. Abortion: for or against it?
Wo.  I guess we are past the easy part of the Meme. 
10. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
 

Interesting (and slightly insulting) way of wording that question.  Am I supposed to answer this question based only on the premise that the president is female?  And what country are we talking about?  There are already female Prime Ministers and Presidents around the world.  Do I consider the current state of the world a failure?  There are shortcomings and failures all over and perhaps some can be attributed to actions by female leaders.  Many cannot. 
11. Do you believe in the death penalty?

In all honesty, that answer tends to change for me.  Currently I would say, I don’t oppose it actively.

12. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Well, it already is legal under certain circumstances in many states.  Are you asking me if I think the Federal government of the United States should legalize the sale of marijuana?  I don’t mind it being up to the individual states.  And the federal law enforcement officials under the current administration have pledged to back off from prosecuting under the federal law.  I’m comfortable with this scenario.
13. Are you for or against premarital sex?

You teach your kids what you want and I’ll do the same to my kids (if I ever have any).

14. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Yes.  Argue morality all you want but, in the meantime, live and let live. And let marry. 

 
15. Do you think it’s wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?

Another atrociously leading question.  Why are we focusing just on Hispanics?    I think there are laws and legal processes for people to live legally in the US and to gain citizenship.  In general, I am a fan of following laws and legal processes. 
16. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
I think it would be a pain in the ass to change the law and not necessary.  Folks under 21 will still drink.  Most won’t have to worry about being punished for it.  If it makes some kids hesitate to start drinking, fine.  I know most (all?, many?) European countries have lower drinking ages but it’s my opinion that kids in Europe are much more mature than your average 18-year old American kid. 
17. Should the war in Iraq be called off?

It’s winding down on its own.  Once you start a war, you don’t just “call it off.” 

18. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Please get your facts straight.  Or at least clarify.  Assisted suicide is either de-facto or by-law legal in some states (physician-assisted) and several countries around the world. 
19. Do you believe in spanking your children?

I don’t have children.  Let’s just say, I was spanked and I don’t suffer any adulthood trauma because of it.  My parents effectively taught me the difference between anger and punishment.  I wasn’t randomly hit out of anger.  Ever. I think that’s a good model.
20. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

I worry that others will learn nothing, be open to nothing, and ask nothing.  That worries me more than being judged by people who don’t know me.

 

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Check out Sunday Stealing Meme over HERE.  You can read about the origins of this week’s Meme.  I’m posting the questions and my answers.  Play along if you want! 

Sunday Stealing: The Clown’s Meme 1
 

1. How old will you be in five years?
Gee, thanks for starting off with a such a nice non-personal question! 
If my math is correct (and it easily could be wrong), I’ll be 43.  Thanks. 

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?
My Sweetie. 

3. How tall are you? 

5 feet, 2 inches and shrinking every year.

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks? 

The imminent arrival this week of our very own Ice Tre to the island of Maui.

5. What’s the last movie you saw? 

Ug…..uh…..on Netflix – The Hangover, which wasn’t nearly as funny as I thought it would be.  In the theater? – egads…..I can’t remember.

6. Who was the last person you called?
My sister, I think. 

7. Who was the last person to call you? 

The insurance claims lady to tell us our car is a total loss.  Yippee.  Thanks, we figured that one out already. 

8. What was the last text message you received? 

“oh no!! where were you this time?”  after I texted T to tell her – “New quiz 4u. how many cars can we total while living in Maui?” 

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail? 

I think it was Sweetie.

10. Do you prefer to call or text?
Call.  I’m a crappy texter.  

11. What were you doing at 12am last night?
Trying to fall asleep! 

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
They were married at the time my father died. 

13. When is the last time you saw your mom?
Yesterday!!!!  She and my aunt flew back to California.  Miss you Mom!! 

14. What color are your eyes?
Brown 

15. What time did you wake up today?
7:00, then 8:00, then 8:30.  Holiday! 

16. What are you wearing right now?
Do you really have to ask?  I live in Maui – I’m always wearing shorts and a tank top. 

17. What is your favorite christmas song? 

Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel 

18. Where is your favorite place to be?
Pretty much wherever there is a good collection of family and friends.  Or somewhere on a hiking trail – Hood Mountain being one of the best.  

19. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Standing on the side of a road with a smooshed car. 

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
There are a ton of places Sweetie and I want to go, but our first choice right now is an east coast trip so we can visit family and friends in New York, Ohio, and North Carolina.  

21. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
Somewhere on planet earth, either above or below ground.  

22. Do you tan or burn?
I tan if properly sub-blocked.  Otherwise, I burn.  Don’t we all? 

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
The hallway giant.  And that clown from Poltergeist. 

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
My mom and my aunt. 

25. How many TVs do you have in your house?
One 

26. How big is your bed? 

Not big enough to avoid some territorial battles with Sweetie.

27. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer? 

My trusty laptop

29. What color are your sheets?
Beige, gold, red, and white. 
30. How many pillows do you sleep with?
Usually one 

31. What is your favorite season?
Spring 

32. What do you like about Autumn?
It’s not winter yet. 

33. What do you like about winter?
It’s only temporary.  

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You can join in this week’s Sunday Stealing over HERE

Foods which disgust the crap out of me: You all know how much I love food.  Not much disgusts me.  I have been known to get nauseous from green onions.  Yuck.

TV show I loathe:  Any version of The Real Housewives except the one that is my (shhhhhhhh!) secret TV guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of New York.  When the heck is that one coming back on anyway?

Movie I loathe:  Braveheart.  Double yuck.

Music genres I loathe:   Toughie.  I appreciate at least a couple of good artists from every genre out there.  I do like regular rap but Gangsta Rap is pretty bad.

Magazine which annoys me:  Pretty much all of the ones that make money off of celebrity worship which quickly turns into celebrity trashing. 

Makes me cranky at restaurant:  When the hostess tosses a menu at a table to seat you without even looking at you.  Also, patronizing waitresses who offer me a lemonade while telling my friends about the drink specials.  However, offering me a children’s menu will definitely just make me laugh because it is so ridiculous and it offends my friends who wonder if they look old enough to be my parents.  Ha ha!  Love you guys.

Makes me cranky in public:  Incessant and unnaturally loud one-sided cell phone conversations. 

Makes me cranky in general:  People.

Pisses me off at home:  CHUKAR BIRDS.  Nobody likes you, you obnoxious birds.  Go AWAY.

Pisses me off at work:  That whiney chick in my office every day constantly interrupting my solitaire games.

Pisses me off in general:  This question is very similar to the cranky in general question.  That pisses me off.  😉

Makes me impatient at home:  Slow wi-fi connection. 

Makes me impatient at work:  Slow wi-fi connection which seriously endangers my high score on Bejeweled 2. 

Makes me impatient in public:  Elevator music.

Celebrity I hate:  I don’t care about most celebrities enough to hate any.
 
Music artist I hate:  Ditto. 

I could care less about:  Who gets into the Super Bowl.

Annoys the crap out of me weekdays:  Nothing in general.  I’m very easygoing, dontcha know?

Annoys the crap out of me weekends:  If Sweetie has to work both days.

Blogger’s habit that annoys you:  Which blogger?  The way that is punctuated implies one Blogger.  Do you mean Blogger the blog host?  I don’t use Blogger. 

Feature on your blog you hate:  None.  It’s my blog!

Movie star you despise:  See above.

Politician that you hate:  Hey brah.  I live on Maui.  No hate in the 808.

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End of the Year

Tradition now.  Do this one at the end of the year.  Pull up some warm spiced cider and maybe try it yourself.   (sorry for the funky shading and formatting.  I need to stop copying and pasting every year.)

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

  Visited the island of Lana’i.  Finally hiked in Haleakala crater (3 times in three months).    
 
 

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

I don’t really make resolutions at New Years.  So, yes and no.


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

 Yes!  Hooray!
 
4. Did anyone close to you die?
 Yes.  Can I please answer “no” one year?
 5. What countries did you visit?
 Went to the mainland, brah.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
 
A working Sonicare toothbrush. 
 7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 

  Nothing sticks to my memory.  I’m too old. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

 Surprising my hubby on his birthday.  Pulling off the organization of a pretty complex family reunion (pretty good for only being *in* the family for two years).

9. What was your biggest failure?
 

   10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

 My minor meltdown in front of my Sweetie in the middle of said family reunion.
 

 

 Not serious, no.  This blasted cold at Christmas was pretty annoying though.

  11.  What was the best thing you bought?
Percy Prescott Giles, our new addition to our family who protects us from 6 a.m. chukar birds!  We LOVE YOU PERCY!!
   

12.  Whose behavior merited celebration?  

Family.  Lots of family stuff going on this year.  My mom-in-law and her sister and their aunt were 100-percent supportive of me while I was slogging through the family reunion organizational stresses and they made me feel really appreciated.  You forget how important such a simple thing is until someone goes out of her way to show you.  Special kudos also to my mom-in-law, sis-in-law and new bro-in-law for pulling off such a wonderful wedding this year! 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Angry people.  Clueless people.  People who make lame, lazy generalizations (generally in the political arena). 

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent.  Is that a purchase?  Guess not.  No major purchases of the year. 

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

My sis-in-law’s wedding and my 20-year reunion. 

 16.  What song(s) will always remind you of 2009?

Well, this reminds me of my 20-year reunion which reminds me of times during the late 80s. We requested this one at the reunion and it quickly brought everyone out to the dance floor.  Which says a lot maybe about where I grew up.

You know you love this one!!!

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

i. Happier or sadder?

About the same. 

ii. Thinner or fatter?

Fatter.

iii. richer or poorer?

Can it be possible to be poorer than this time last year?  Yes, yes it is possible.  Poorer.

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

Work, work, work, work.

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

Worry about money.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We spent the day with about 12 other family members at Sweetie’s grandfather’s house, eating, opening presents, making ice cream, playing games, and making fun of each other. We will spend second Christmas with my family watching the nephews open a few more gifts and eating more gooooooood food.

23. How many one-night stands?

I don’t qualify for that anymore.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

*sigh*  Battlestar Galactica.  Goodbye Stattlebar.

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

 Nope.

26. What was the best book you read?

I really enjoyed “The Last Summer (of you and me)” and “The Promise of the Wolves.”

 27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

 Rediscovering Imogen Heap after she (finally!) released her album.  Nice.

  28. What did you want and get?

Most of our family members are still here, in good health and doing relatively well.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

In the theater – probably Coraline.  At home – The Thin Man

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

38 and Sweetie and I went hiking around the West Maui Mountains and then out to dinner for a proper Shepherd’s pie and beer.  Yum!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Wear what you already own cause that’s all you get.

34. What kept you sane?

Who said I’m sane?

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

 I don’t.

 36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I had to be boring but I did spend a bit of time following the attempts at health care reform.  Pretty big implications there.

37. Who did you miss?

Everyone I didn’t see who I actually wanted to see.

 38. Who was the best new person you met?

Why pick a best? I don’t meet that many new people so I’m happy to know the ones I do.  I don’t rank them.

39.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

Go with the flow.  (Don’t laugh Sweetie, I’m getting better at it)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

I never figure this one in time.  I’ll let you know.

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Soul Color

Yo. I got this little quiz from Cheela! Cool.

What color is your soul painted?GreenYour soul is painted the color green, which embodies the characteristics of youth, wealth, vigor, aggression, coldness, jealousy, greed, corruption, sincerity, hope, growth, stability, money, luck, prosperity, fertility, cooperation, employment, and healing. Green falls under the element of Earth, and symbolizes our planet’s fertility as well as life itself.Personality Test ResultsClick Here to Take This Quiz
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