Monday, January 01, 2007

Let's Get It Started

Happy 2007! Here's a meme from All & Sundry to get the year started out right. I've resolved not to answer all of these questions with some version of "We're having a baby!," even though that's the obvious answer to most of them. So just insert that answer yourself, where appropriate.

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
I'd never before gone for an entire year in my adult life without a job.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any formal ones, but I really wanted to travel - mission accomplished - and improve my German. I must have learned a few new words, though I'm far from being as fluent as I'd hoped to be by now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Half my former book group (Kassie, Ahnawake, Kristen, Kristin), other friends (Chris, Jennifer) and my sister-in-law Kristin. I'm sure I must be missing someone. I am officially At That Age.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Jeff's Uncle Dave passed away recently. We think of him often, especially when we're in need of a smile, because he was very funny and irreverent and a big part of Jeff's childhood memories.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, England
(I'll never be able to give such a satisfying answer again, I'm sure.)

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A purposeful use of my time, a comfortable pair of black boots, friends who I see more often

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I won't forget the atmosphere surrounding the World Cup, especially the semifinal and consolation matches where Germany played with heart and the country responded with such enthusiasm.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making peace with living in a place that will probably never feel like home to me

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not having a consistently improved attitude about certain German cultural quirks

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, unless you count the early pregnancy blahs that hit at exactly the same moment the bulk of our family visitors arrived. I'll have to prove myself as super-hostess in the future to make up for it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I love the black purse I bought at Marks & Spencer in London. Also, all the food I ate there.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
German football players and fans

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh, Britney, I had such high hopes when I heard you were leaving KFed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel, baby gear, and shipping costs for English language books

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The grilled tuna sandwiches at Grand central Baking in Portland

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Anything from Robbie Williams's Intensive Care album

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?a) happier or sadder? ?b) thinner or fatter? ?c) richer or poorer?
a) Happier, since last year I had just returned from a fab trip to visit friends and family, and was plunged into the realization that I had to return to Germany and actually live here
b) Fatter, indeed
c) Richer, probably, since I didn't just spend a month shopping every day at Powells and every Target establishment in the greater Portland area

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

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sit on the couch and sulk

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it quietly, at home, with Jeff. I was worried that it would feel simply like another day at home, but I found that relaxing together and getting ready for the huge change ahead of us was festive enough.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Yes, with Brazilian football cutie Kaka.

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I'm so embarrassed to admit this but I have developed an addiction to Dr. Phil.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I had come around to being amused and actually somewhat impressed by Donald Trump after watching the first couple of seasons of The Apprentice. He seemed smart in the boardroom. But after this Rosie O'Donnell thing (and I'm not a Rosie fan either) he has fallen back into the category of ridiculous, inarticulate blowhard.

25. What was the best book you read?
Saturday, by Ian McEwan

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I Hear the Bells by Mike Doughty

27. What did you want and get?
Comfortable maternity pants

28. What did you want and not get?
A 7-11 franchise across the street from my apartment

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
My movie-watching was severely limited this year and I haven't seen any of the year-end flicks yet. But I was pleasantly surprised by The Departed.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 in Barcelona, enjoying the sunshine with my sweetie.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Discovery of good Mexican food within an hour's drive of my home

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Velour Sweatsuit Chic

33. What kept you sane?

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jon Stewart

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't usually get publicly riled up about politics, but I did get annoyed by the jerks in Philly who wouldn't allow their patrons to speak a language other than English.

36. Who did you miss?
Friends and family who live on another continent.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I've met so many this year, but the kind strangers who tolerated my stilted Deutsch and helped me when I needed it top the list.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Sometimes unhappiness and discomfort are necessary for growth. I knew it intellectually before, but it had been a long time since I experienced it.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
So, let go,let go
Jump in
Oh well, what you waiting for?
It's all right
'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown
(Frou Frou, Let Go)


Kerri Butler said...

Blythe - I love your answers!!! I filled this out too! hehe....happy 2007!

Jenna said...

I also filled out the meme from all and sundry, and I followed the link from there to your blog. I have never known anyone who has the same name as my daughter (Blythe), so you are the first!

Blythe said...

The few, the proud. I'm sure you've come across the Blythe dolls from the 1970's? I covet them, but they're such a collectors item now that they cost an arm and a leg.

daniela said...

Love it B - you know that Amelia has a little soccer goal, and she kicks her official world cup Brazilian ball and says "GOOOOAL KAKA" every time :-)

Anne said...

Blythe, I have been following your blog since I found it on Expatica last year. Where is the mexican food near your house. I am from CA and desperately need a place to go! Taco Bell from the US kaserne doesn't cut it!

Blythe said...

I didn't actually find any - I still long for decent enchiladas. But it would have made my year more satisfying if I had found some. (I'm even jealous of your Taco Bell access!)