2006 in Review

I saw this meme over at www.new.mom

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
I started blogging. And now I may never shut up.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make one this year. I’m not sure about next year. I’d like to lose 10 lbs, but I hate exercise and love chocolate. So, we’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Three sisters: one in August, one in September, and one in December. Plus another sister got her referral for a baby boy from Ethiopia–he was born in October, so he counts as a 2006 baby too, even though I haven’t gotten to kiss him yet.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandfather, last spring.

5. What countries did you visit?
Um…Oregon? (guess not)

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
An overnight getaway with my hubby!!

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May, when my oldest graduated from high school. August, when she started college.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting regular about writing again, and getting a paying writing gig!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Impatience…I may not have that one mastered ever.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, but my 14 yo broke his jaw.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
There Is No Me Without You. I gave it to quite a few loved ones from Christmas.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I am so blessed by my teenagers. Like anyone, they have grumpy moments, but overall they defy the difficult-teen stereotype. They truly are a pleasure.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own, when I snarl and grump around at people, usually when I’m tired or the clutter gets to me. But still…I have so much–I should be more grateful, and more conscious of the effect my moods have on my family.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Books, groceries, little-girl clothes…and two leather couches. I was worried those couches might feel extravagant, but they are working so well for us, and look sooo much better than the ancient thing we had before.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Blogging, and getting back into writing regularly.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
??? I’ll add something if I think of one..

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) Happier! But I was pretty content last year too.
b) Thinner…. a whole 5 pounds!
c) A little richer, thanks to my blogging job.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spent more time with my husband.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Griped at people, bought books I’d only read once

20. How did you spend Christmas?
You already know that one.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
A little more with my husband. His heart and mine are moved by the same things these days, and that is precious to me.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Extreme Makeover, Home Edition and Nightline

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, except maybe that guy yesterday in the pickup who cut me off when clearly *I* had the right-of-way. (kidding, but he really was a jerk…I rarely get steamed at other drivers.)

25. What was the best book you read?
There is No Me Without You.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
My 16 year old is playing the piano so beautifully these days. It is a pleasure to hear her.

27. What did you want and get?
A laptop! Spoiled me.

28. What did you want and not get?
An agent (I’m not giving up yet, though!)

29. What was your favorite film this year?
The Nativity or The Lake House

30. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was at church camp, and I turned 39.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I would love, love, love if more of our friends and family were able to adopt.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Jeans and clogs. I also have a new brown corduroy jacket that I’ll probably wear 200 times in the next year!

32. What kept you sane?
My beautiful family and the Psalms. Coffee, chocolate and blogging don’t hurt either.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Angelina Jolie, because of her obvious heart for adoption, and from what she has said about her children, I imagine she and I would find a lot to talk about.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I wish we cared for starving children in Africa half as much as we cared for our toenails, or our dogs’ toenails for that matter.

36. Who did you miss?
My grandparents

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I was so glad to meet Queen Beth along with my baby niece and two nephews.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Oh, dear, have I learned a thing this year? How about “never check your bloglines unless you have at least 20 minutes to kill” ?

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Let my Lifesong sing to You.”

Lord I give my life
Living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be your hands and feet
So may the words I sing
And the things I do
Make my Lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you

I do this so imperfectly. But it is my prayer, not only for this year or next year, but for my whole life.


  1. I’ve lived in the People’s Republic of Oregon. It is a different country 🙂

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

  2. Cool meme. I think I’ll steal it.

    Our band does Lifesong. It’s one of our favorites.

  3. Oooh, so fun to read.

  4. oh, Mary. You are so precious. I just like you even more after reading this.


  5. This is so excellent!

  6. These are fun to read! I may have to do this too!

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!!

  7. I did it too! Thanks for putting this up, Mary. It was fun to read.

  8. It was my pleasure to meet you too! You’ve changed my life in so many positive ways!!