30 December 2008

TMI Tuesday - Happy New Year!


TMI Tuesday

1. Last week was "The Most Wonderful time of the Year", but what are your favorite 2008 memories?

No secrets here - this hasn't been one of the most pleasant years of my life, but you know what? There have been many - MANY - wonderful memories. The one that really stands out is the road trip Cam and I took to Washington. Not only were we able to see family and spend some time with them - and foster a new friendship with Os - but more importantly, it was nine days were Cam and I got to be ourselves. It was the most freedom either of us had the entire year.

This was also the year that bloggers became "real." The friendships and relationships I have developed over the past 12 months, via this silly little spot on the internet, are some of the strongest - truest - friendships I've ever had.

2. What is the best thing you learned in 2008?

The most valuable thing I learned in 2008 is that I am lovable and worthy of love, although I still really struggle with this notion. It's much easier for me to self-critical because then I can justify why I find myself in "bad" relationships - I deserve them.

3. On a scale of 1-10, how good was your 2008?

I was healthy, Cam was healthy, I maintained full-time employment, the bills were paid, there was a roof over my head and food in the pantry. This might surprise many of you, but I'd say the year gets a solid 8!

4. What is your wish for 2009? What is your wish for someone else for 2009?

My wish for 2009 is that I have the strength to do what is right, even though it might not be easy.

My wish for someone else? My wish is that everyone who stops by this blog, everyone that it touches in some way, finds a means to use that as a positive influence in their lives. That each of you find it within yourselves to reach out, in your own way, to make this world a better place.

5. Where was the first place you ever passionately kissed?

Hmmmmm ... is it bad that I don't remember? Here's the deal, most of my early kisses were those of lust, not passion. I'd say I was probably in my 20's before I ever experienced passion, and it has been a fleeting emotion in my life. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever let myself find it and keep it ...

Bonus (as in optional):Do you make New Year's resolutions? What is/are yours for 2009?

I answered this is my interview questions from Karen, but I'll answer it again for those who may have missed it. I don't usually make standard New Year's Resolutions (those where a new behavior starts on January 1st). I prefer to look at annual goals this time of year (yeah, I know, semantics) - things that I plan on achieving, but that require multiple steps. My focus this year is to provide an emotionally healthy home for Cam and I. As easy as this sounds, it really will be one of the toughest goals I've taken on in quite some time. It will require reaching out, and accepting help, from others - both monumental tasks for me to accomplish.



we're doomed said...

Good luck in 2009.

we're doomed said...

And may the FORCE be with you and Cam.

Karen said...

These questions are deceivingly difficult! You did a good job. I loved going on that road trip with you vicariously.

Schmoop said...

Your blog? A positive influence? Oh that's rich. ; )~ Cheers Sexy!!

Dana said...

Doomed, thank you! You know those wishes for a great 2009 go your way too!

Karen, the road trip was - I believe - a LIFE highlight!

Matt-Man, hey now! It's not just jerk-off material!

M said...

I really admire your optimism.

Throw some of that over this way will ya?

Another Suburban Mom said...

Yay you! I know you can make those changes, and I learn from your blog almost every time I read it.

BTW: Thanks for the printable Thank You Notes!

Mimi Lenox said...

Hi. I see you everywhere I go when I make comments on friends' blogs yada yada. It's time I stopped by to say hello. I don't know why I haven't been here before. You have a wonderful blog!
Here's to making new friends in 2009 in the blogosphere as well. I like your honest style and wit.I hope you prosper and find happiness in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

Ms. Inconspicuous said...

I hope you reach all your goals in 2009. And what a wonderful thing to learn in 2008.

Liz Hill said...

I for one am very excited about what the new year holds for you sugar.

Anonymous said...

I am wishing an awesome 2009 for you. In fact, I know it will turn out great regardless of the pitfalls you may encounter.

Just keep making it do what it do babe!

Jormengrund said...

Many HAPPY returns for the upcoming years Dana!

Dana said...

M, it's a choice - I can either remain positive or I can wallow in my pity. Most days I remain optimistic, but self-pity is never far away.

ASM, I can make them, but it will be difficult!

Mimi, well ... thank you for stopping by and thank you for the compliment!

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Bottom line...I LURVES YOU!

Now, get Cam in the car and come to Memphis!

Janelle... said...

I wish you the strength to press on and the courage to reach out and accept the help to acheive your goal. :) Happy 2009!

Nolens Volens said...

At least you see the positive in the bad...like the trip with Cam and staying gainfully employed.

Biscuit said...

Nine days to just be YOU. I totally covet that!

JW said...

I love your answer to number two: it's such an important thing to learn (even if I do keep forgetting it myself!).

As for 2009, I can only echo your wish, that you find the strength to do the right thing. The very, very best of luck.

Jay said...

I think this blog has been a positive influence in many ways.

Hope you have a great 2009 Dana!

Dana said...

Ms. I, I know that hope will get me only so far with those 2009 goals - I'm going to have to act!

Turn, I think the New Year is mine for the taking!

Flyinfox, if I can just be a participant instead of a spectator, I stand to make this year a wonderful one!

Dana said...

Jormengrund, it's all about the HAPPY!

Bond, heading south might just be in the plans for this year!

J..., thank you for the good wishes and for stopping by!

Dana said...

Nolens, as crappy as some of the moments have been, I have much to be grateful for!

Biscuit, it was a glimpse of what could be!

Ro, I can have everything I want - peace, unconditional love - it's there for the taking!

Dana said...

Jay, I think you might have a different definition of "positive influence" *wink*

Vixen said...

Everyone's #2's are so touching and I've loved reading this answer best, yours is def. no exception.

I hope 2009 brings wonderful things to you. xoxo

Jeff B said...

Rating this year an 8 doesn't surprise me considering what you listed. While the hubby situation may be far from where you'd like it, the other things are hugely important.

Hope if you make a road trip out west again this year, you're able to make it a few miles farther south.

Happy New Year!