Year in Review: 2007

I got this set of questions from my sister, who makes it part of her routine to answer every new year.

What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Led a project at work
Bought a new car
Got pulled over for jaywalking
Worked an 80-hour week

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any last year. I probably won’t make any this year either.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
For an elite unit of female commandoes to repel down my building, crash in through my window while I am sleeping, and then **** ***** *** **** **. That was my birthday wish in 2006 and 2007, and it hasn’t come true yet.

What date(s) from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 6, 2007. This was the day we released the beta of Microsoft Search Server 2008 to the world.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Project driving and releasing the beta of Microsoft Search Server 2008.

What was your biggest failure?

I tried to karaoke Good Hearted Woman by Willie Nelson. That song goes about one or two notes lower than I can comfortably sing, so it was not too good.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

What was the best thing you bought?
A car.

Where did most of your money go?
Into my 401k.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Making and eating this pizza.

What songs will always remind you of 2007?
Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John

Compared to this time last year, are you…

i. Happier or sadder? Happier

ii. Thinner or fatter? The same

iii. Richer or poorer? Richer

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Casual dating

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting time writing limericks for and about friends on Facebook

How will you be spending Christmas?
With my family in Austin, TX

Did you fall in love in 2007?


What was your favorite TV program?
30 Rock!

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

No. I don’t hate anyone.

What was the best book you read?

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Seeing Dave Matthews live at The Gorge over Labor Day Weekend.

What did you want and get?

For Alberto Gonzales to resign as Attorney General.

What did you want and not get?
To see Scooter Libby go to prison, Dick Cheney to testify, and for Patrick Fitzgerald to bring charges against Carl Rove.

What was your favorite film of this year?

The Departed

What did you do on your birthday, and how old?

Held a joint party with Shawn, the September Birthdays Tournament of Champions. I turned 25.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
For the Democrats in Congress to actually have a backbone and stand up to the President. Except for Chris Dodd, who is a hero.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

Warm, colorful, and purchased within walking distance of my apartment.

What kept you sane?
My palatial office make over, and the fact that I got my own office in the first place.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tina Fey.

What political issue stirred you the most?
The idea of giving immunity to telephone companies who were complicit in the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.

Who did you miss?
Jackie. Heather.

Who was the best new person you met?

Mary Michele!

Was 2007 a good year for you?
Absolutely yes.

What was your favorite moment of the year?

Reading on the sunny porch with Jennifer while drinking hibiscus iced tea.

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
A particular IM conversation and phone call I had in August.