2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do resolutions. Seems like a silly time to suddenly decide to do something that I should've decided to do long ago, anyways. But that's just me.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Depends on what you mean by "close". My sister-in-law gave birth. And she's a very nice person and we get along great, but she lives about 600 miles away, so it's not like I see her much ...
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit.
Turkey and Canada. (And perhaps the Netherlands, if you count the time we spent in the Amsterdam airport connecting between Turkey and the U.S. ...)
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No particular date sticks out. Lots of significant events, but nothing that I'm going to look at a calendar and obsess about.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I wish I could point to something. It's not like it was a bad year, or anything, but it's not like I can point to anything and say "Look, see, I did that."
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to finish a bunch of tasks I had set aside for my mini-sabbatical ... and coming out less rested than before, somehow.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injuries. The usual slate of colds and such. I may have had a light case of H1N1 when it was circulating around here, but I never got officially diagnosed.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably the trip to Stratford with the wife.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My boss ... who is relatively new at the job, but is blossoming, in part because his boss is an outstanding leader and motivator.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I am trying rather deliberately not to say that person's name in print.
14. Where did most of your money go?
The usual daily expenses.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
You know ... probably being at the AP Computer Science Reading. Oh, and having a spectacular time at SIGCSE, discovering my inner comic. (I know, it's not much of an "inner" comic, but still ...)
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Oy ... not much of a "pick a theme song" guy.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder?
Sadder, really. (It started going downhill, somewhat, right about this time last year.)
2. thinner or fatter?
Fatter, regrettably. Time to discipline myself again.
3. richer or poorer?
Richer, I think. Not exactly sure how that happened, but, still ... we've been blessed.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Professional work ... only in the sense of getting stuff accomplished, not in the sense of time expended.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Obsessing over a couple of nasty issues.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With my parents, and with hers.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
My wife is an incredible woman, and never ceases to amaze me.
22. Did your heart break in 2009?
Not in romantic matters. But I've become a little more disillusioned at work.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Hard to say ... we're still watching TV from late 2008. If you make me pick something, it's probably NCIS.
24. Where were you when 2009 began?
I don't specifically remember. Probably driving home from Grandma's house ...
25. Who were you with?
... with the rest of the family.
26. Where will you be when 2009 ends?
Driving home from Grandma's house ...
27. Who will you be with when 2009 ends?
... with the rest of the family.
28. What was the best book you read?
To Forgive Is Human
29. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hm. The use of certain contemporary music chords (e.g. C2 when playing in the key of C) can be rather pleasing.
30. What did you want and get?
A peaceful year at church.
31. What did you want and not get?
A peaceful year at work. Also, any sort of professional recognition from my employer.
32. What was your favourite film of this year?
This is hard, because we don't see so many of them. But Star Trek was incredibly good ... and I'm not saying that just because I'm a fan of all things Trek. It's a marvelous piece on the nature of leadership.
33. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
41. Actually, it was rather stunningly uneventful. Taught classes, then went to a church board meeting.
34. How many different states did you travel to in 2009?
Hm. Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania. Oh, I guess I walked across the river from Cincinnati into Kentucky as well, so ... four.
35. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
36. What kept you sane?
My incredible wife, my attentive boss, a couple of wise professional colleagues, and my pastor. It takes a village ...
37. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I'm not sure I fancy anyone in that limelight.
38. What political issue stirred you the most?
I've found that I've grown very disinterested in politics as of late. Tales told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
39. How many concerts did you see in 2009?
None, I think.
40. Did you have a favorite concert in 2009?
Well, since I didn't go to one ...
41. Who was the best new person you met?
Best? Hard to say, really. Our new admin at work is quite good. And one new couple at church have turned out to be real assets.
42. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
This year? No, I don't think so.
43. What was your most embarrassing moment of 2009?
I can't think of one.
44. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Some people simply won't leave you alone. You have to learn to live with them. (Note that I haven't figured out *how* to live with them, only that I will have to figure out how to live with them.)
45. What are your plans for 2010?
Plans? I'm not even sure what I'm having for breakfast ...
46. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be
(from Casting Crowns, Stained Glass Masquerade)