1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I baked bread and I puffed on a Hubbly-bubbly (naughty, naughty!)
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I had really good intentions about doing some self-nurturing this year and unfortunately I didn’t quite achieve what I had hoped, but I made some progress and I plan to make more progress in 2009. So I will definitely be making some New Year resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I so, so wish!
4. Did anyone close to you die? My mom
5. What countries did you visit? I wish I could say somewhere exciting, but I never left our sunny shores at all! We had planned a fantastic family trip to Greece, the UK and a whirl-wind tour of Paris for May this year, but my mom wasn’t well enough for us to do it.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Money! Lots and lots of money!
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 21 November - my mom died
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Staying sane!!
9. What was your biggest failure? I failed to stick to a healthy eating regime!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope, apart from some minor gripes, I have been in rude good health this year.
11. What was the best thing you bought? No one thing stands out in my mind, but lots of little things we’ve bought have brought me pleasure. Among them a nice rug for our lounge, a couple of new duvet covers and other odds and ends for the house, and of course books – I LOVE buying books.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My children. Rox had a very successful year as a teacher’s assistant and passed her 1st year Business Management exam. Impi was made Deputy Head-Boy of Glenwood High School and Paula came 3rd in class and got an outstanding report.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Robert Mugabe, what an idiot!
14. Where did most of your money go? Groceries – how boring.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Sharks winning the Currie Cup and our cricket team teaching the Aussie cricketers a lesson.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” – love it!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? Oooh this is a nasty one.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Relaxed!!
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Eaten!! LOL! See No.17
20. How did you spend Christmas? Grant, the girls and I prepared a Christmas Eve dinner of cold gammon and turkey and all sorts of salads, which we took over to my Dad’s house and enjoyed with the extended family. On Christmas Day we went to church and then had a big, fat Christmas lunch at a local restaurant with my Dad, the aunts and the Uncle
21. Did you fall in love in 2008? I fell in love with my precious little Zippity-Boo
22. What was your favorite TV program? Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Army Wives – can’t choose one.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Robert Mugabe.
24. What was the best book you read? That’s a tough call. I read some seriously good books in 2008. I loved quite a few of them and couldn’t possibly choose just one.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Forgive me for being cheesy, but I really love the Mamma Mia soundtrack and I have also fallen in love with Duffy this year. I LOVED “No Air” by Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown, "Warwick Avenue" by Duffy, "Nothing Sweet about Me" by Gabriella Cilmi and "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay ....there were others, but for the love of life none come to mind right now.
26. What did you want and get? An air-conditioner. Thanks Dad!!
27. What did you want and not get? Nigella’s "Christmas"
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Mamma Mia, hands down, I LOVED it and I watched it again …and again….and again...
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 40! I had a stomach bug, but I still managed to go out for lunch with my whole fam-damily
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? To have felt spiritually calm. I am in the process of "finding myself" spiritually - I'm doing some serious soul-searching and although it is necessary, it's not entirely a comfortable process.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Hee, hee. Um… I clearly demonstrated that it is possible to wear jeans ALL the time!
32. What kept you sane? My fantastically, amazing daughters and my long-suffering husband, my beloved Dad, Impi and Eunice, as well as a couple of delightful dogs and a crazy cat. And the Hunter’s Dry didn’t hurt either….
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I have a long-standing “thing” for Hugh Grant, but I am two-timing a little with Colin Firth (sorry Hugh! Love ya Colin!). Sadly, Johnny Depp’s star is on the descent.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? The goings-on across our borders in Zim, as well as the antics of our very own JZ!
35. Who did you miss? My Aunt Pam. I always miss my Aunt Pam, but there were some times this year when I could REALLY have done with her gentle voice on the other end of the phone line.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Rox’s new BFF Roy.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. You gotta stress less!
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. You knew it would be a Mamma Mia song didn’t you?!
Seriously, the first time I heard this song it spoke to me, because this is SO how I feel about my girls. This year I have realized, more than any other, how quickly they grow and how very little time we have with our children. I am SO blessed that Rox is still living at home even though she has finished school and I treasure every moment with her. Paula is growing up before my very eyes and I am very aware that she is not going to be at home for too much longer.
Slipping Through my Fingers by ABBA