Monday, January 4, 2010

NYR... Grading day has come.

Last year I made NYR which looking back from this day to one year ago, I give myself an overall grade of a C- in following through with them. There were 7, ranging from having peace of mind about certain things, to saving certain amounts of money. All in all, when there was a concrete goal: "Save X amount of $ by X date", I seemed to do great. When there was "Be more _________" or "Do more ______" I failed. I will try to rework my logic on the next NYR's to be sure to account for my pit falls.

Concrete NYR's
#1: Save 10,000 (hopefully more like 15).
#2: Go on 2 vacations.

- Make more food at home, eat out less.
- Try to bake & cook new things-- I got this started on the right foot... Today I bought a crockpot and cooked!! I invited some friends over and it was glorious. I averaged it out, and it was aprox $4 per person. I rock. Thanks Gran for the inspiration to do it.
- Spend more quality time with friends & family.
- Maintain organization.
- Stay @ current job for this year unless an upgrade comes along.
- Do more crafty things.
- Blog more.
- Take more pictures.
- Better nighly routines.

Last year before 2009 came, I took a survey for myself to see only. Since I have switched to more "paperless diarying" and now this is open to the public, I will be more selective of the questions/answers, however, I think these are fun and are a neat way to benchmark the changes that happen over a year. This is a tradition I hope to keep:

Questions about 2009

Where did you begin 2009? 
@ Davis's. Dancing with Mike, Kristen and Renee. Maybe there were more people there but I can't remember. Distinctly I recall Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" blaring while we all danced in the middle of an insanly crazy dance floor that was packed. We had a blast this night. I remember it fondly.

Did you have to go to the hospital?
When baby Sydney was born. Often for lunch with John.

Any encounters with the cops?
First response to a car accident where a person had a stroke and drove their car into a light post going pretty fast. Had to stay and talk to the cops for a while as I was the only person who witnessed him hitting the pole, swerving and hitting the curb before the pole, and hitting another car... This was a scary day. I was on my way to let my dogs out before returning back to work.

Where did you go on vacation?
This is funny, as last year, my exact response was "to Kansas... three times... yuck..."
This year I also went on three vacations, the first was to Miami, second was to Mexico on a cruise, and the third was to Kansas. It was a nice break to not travel to Kansas three times in one year, but the down side of that was not getting to see Lucas very much :(

Purchase anything over 500?
Purchased an external flash for my camera. 399.00, Vacations +++.

Anyone get married?
Dad & Barb
Mike & Kris
Chad & Miranda
Tom and Carley
... I am sure more.

Did you move?

Sporting events attended:
I think we went to about 4 blazer games. Thought about going to a Seahawks vs Jaguars game, but opted out for some reason.. I also think 3 out of the 4 Blazers games we went to ended in Chalupa nights, and I still have never eaten a chalupa... weird...  Went to watch the new UO Volleyball team sans Forristall on court.
We might have went to more than this, but I can't remember..


Where do you live now?
La Casa

Describe your Birthday:
Woke up LATE to drive to Portland in the morning to catch our early flight to Kansas. It was freezing outside, about 16 degrees. We made it to the Airport, and I am not really sure how because I woke up without an alarm at 2:15 am, and we needed to have left the house about 30 min. before. Anyways, we had to walk in the FREEEEEZING cold from "long stay parking" to the terminal. When we got to Denver it was 6 degrees, and then we finally got to Kansas, I got to see my beautiful Lucas. He was standing there waiting for me with a balloon and a flower. SO PRECIOUS. We ate at Carlos O'Kellys, went home and Tiff had made us brownies. It was a great day that was full of traveling, with a great little reward. My Lucas.

What was the one thing you thought you would never do in 2009, but did:
Get promoted to Therapist.

Favorite moments:
Miami- going to starbucks every morning, laying on the beach..
The craziness of the summer... Weddings, graduations, birthdays..
Mexico- relaxation
Kansas- dancing with Lucas... Thizzzzzzle!!

Favorite nights out: 
Probably new years LAST year, I think that still counts. I had fun when we went out in Kansas.. This year we didn't do a whole lot of "going out", we did a lot more of "staying in and acting like we are 100 years old".. I like doing that. :)

I still have more questions, I will post more soon. It is my challenge for those who read this to answer these questions too. I know I am not the only one with a terrible memory, and even for those who might have sharp recall- that is only temporary. It is fun to read back on these things..

Happy New Year!