January 5, 2010

One Last Look at 2009

I stole this from Laura who stole it from someone else. I enjoyed reading hers and wanted to do one of my own. I thought since I have neglected my blog for the last 4 months it would be a great way to start the New Year!

1. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't remember making any last year but I'm sure there were some things I thought of that I needed to improve on. Since I can't remember them I'm sure I didn't improve on them, that's pretty sad. Yes I made some for this year and I've written them down! :)

2. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my bff's just had a baby this last weekend. I am SO happy for her and so proud of her!

3. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no.

4. What countries did you visit?
We had no idea how great 2009 was going to be for us! We went to Mexico TWICE and spent some time in the US too. We had a great time traveling this year.

5. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A long term plan. Well, we had one but it changed - now we need another one.

6. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I think the months of October through December because we had Neil home so much and were able to spend all kinds of time together as a family. It's been so great.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think being able to pay off all Neil's student loans and get out of debt. That was really exciting for us. I also funded our first Mexican trip strictly from the sales of my nursing covers, I thought that was pretty cool.

8. What was your biggest failure?
Gawl just being lazy I think. I was pretty idle with my time for parts of the year and I wish that I had something productive to show for those hours.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No not at all, I have been very healthy this year including during this pregnancy. I feel so blessed to have not been sick at all. My family is very healthy right now and I'm grateful for that.

10. What was the best thing someone bought you?
Neil bought me a new stove this fall. I love it, I can actually boil water and fry bacon!

11. Where did most of your money go?
To pay off Neil's student loans. It wasn't the most fun way to spend our money but it was such a relief to kiss that goodbye!

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Mexico twice - once to an all inclusive resort and once on a cruise with some of our friends. ALSO - getting pregnant with baby #2!!

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Summer Girl by the Stereos. In a round about way we know the drummer of the band so it was kind of a soundtrack for our summer, as cheesy as it is.

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? I'm definitely not sadder! I really feel like our lives just keep getting better and better, I'm going to say I'm happier.
b) fatter or skinner? Bleh, way fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Hmm, well we're out of debt so in the long run that means richer right?

15. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Taken Porter to visit the seniors.

16. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spent time on facebook or the internet in general - although when you're home alone every night for 5 months there's not much else to do.

17. Did you fall in love in 2009?

I did! I met some new and WONDERFUL friends that I definitely love.

18. What was your favourite TV program?
I really enjoyed watching The Bachelorette with the girls in Winnipeg. I always enjoy ANTM as well. This year I really fell in love with 30 Rock too, I've always enjoyed it but now I think it's brilliant.

19. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No I don't.

20. What was your greatest musical discovery?

21. What was your favourite film of this year?

Stardust. I know it's a few years old but somehow I completely missed it. We watched it this summer and I think it's adorable.

22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went out with some of my girlfriends and then came back to the house for cake with some other family and friends. It was a great 27th birthday.

23. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Hmm I can't really think of anything, honestly 2009 was pretty amazing for us! I have a lot of friends and family that are far away and I think being able to see them more would be awesome.

24. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Well the last half has been anything stretchy and comfortable. I usually try to stick with hip and trendy... cause I'm so hip and trendy?

25. What kept you sane?
Neil and naps.

26. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well I love my MJ and this year he passed away so I spent a lot of time appreciating him.

27. Who do you miss?

I miss Colin and Cynthia and wish they weren't so far away. I miss Jodi and Jo too, I always do.

28. Who was the best new person you met?
My APX wives, I love them all.

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?

Money isn't everything and it never lasts as long as you think it will. The really important things are family, friends and health. Money comes and goes and you can be completely happy with or without it.


  1. Megan T NelsonJanuary 06, 2010

    Michelle, it sounds like you had a wonderful year! I found your blog a few months ago so I hope its okay I'm leaving a comment. Your family looks great and congrats on baby #2! Hope all is well! Megs (member of the MnMS plus Brittany)

  2. I loved that! Your such a fabulous person ya know that! I just love ya and your adorable family! aaaand... i can't wait for number 2 to get here!!! LOVE YOU

  3. Megs!! I'm so glad to hear from you and yes of course it's ok you comment here! I'd love to be more in touch with you, how are you? Drop me an email or something some time so we can catch up! Love ya!


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