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1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Completely and totally paid off our credit card debt.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I wasn’t positive, which had been my goal. I don’t know what 2010’s will be….

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, a coworker.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Sadly, yes. Three members of our extended family.

5. What countries did you visit?

Countries? We didn’t even leave the state!

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


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

January 21, 2009 – the inauguration of our first African-American president.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not losing it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not getting organized.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Constant headaches – migraines, sinus infections, and both, as well as GI problems and a heel spur.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Yarn, yarn, yarn!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Sis's -- she always there for whoever needs her.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My own, at times.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills -- mortgage (good) and credit cards (PAID OFF!).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Seeing my nieces.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Susan Boyle’s version of “I Dreamed a Dream.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Richer, in many ways.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?


19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Watched TV.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

In Hanahan, with my hubby and my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?


22. What was your favorite TV program?

Sarah Connor Chronicles (cancelled, of course). Also loved House, NCIS, Cold Case, So You Think You Can Dance.

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


24. What was the best book you read?

The Shack by W.P. Young.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

My discovery? I didn’t discover anyone. But I love Susan Boyle’s voice. Annoyed though I am by the total shock of the world that someone who is not young and beautiful can actually have talent…. Of course, it’s not her fault the world reacted that way.

26. What did you want and get?

Swift and ball-winder.

27. What did you want and not get?

New hybrid car.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?


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

I turned 46, and I saw my nieces’ dance recital and the young one’s birthday party.

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

Not having headache after headache after headache….

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

Wrap dresses and cardigans.

32. What kept you sane?

Sane? How about sane-ish? The hubby, knitting, and the puppies. And chocolate (the food, not the color!)

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

Hm. I don’t know.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Health Care. And the Environment.

35. Who did you miss?

My retired supervisor. My aunt and uncle, and my grandparents.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Kevin, just getting to know her.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

I can -- and MUST -- choose to be positive.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Sorry – can’t.

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So today I innocently walked into the gift shop at the hospital, and they had a book that looked like fun – it’s called Holly and Homicide by Leslie Caine; it’s one of those books known as a cozy mystery. I thought it was the first of a series, but on arriving back at the library and looking through it, discovered it’s the seventh of the series. Dang. I’m a wee bit obsessive about some things – I don’t like to come into the middle of a movie, or start watching a TV series in the middle of a season, or start reading a series of books in the middle.

What to do? My first impulse was to go on and purchase all of the previous books in the series, but I really can’t justify purchasing six books for myself at Christmas time. I still have gifts for folks to buy.

And that’s when I thought I’ve been sending and receiving books for several months now, and I love it, but when I checked, ALL SIX of the previous books were available – and just as importantly, I have 7 credits. So the books are getting sent to me for free! It’s a booklover’s heaven.

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I’m thankful for all my friends – have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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Or at least very bizarre dreams. Monday night I dreamed that House (not Hugh Laurie, who seems like he's a cool, funny guy, but Dr. House) was on "The Amazing Race" and his partner got sick, and somehow I ended up being paired with him for the race -- and boy did he have a lot of REALLY nasty things to say to and about me. because this "Amazing Race" was more like someone dropped us in the wilderness and we had to climb mountains and swim across rivers and forage for food. And the stupid dream went on and on, as did the migraine I had at the time, and I kept telling myself in the dream "he does this stuff on the show all the time, it's just the way he is" as if that would make the situation more bearable.

Last night (Tuesday night) I dreamed that my Bro and SiL put Elder Niece in a boarding school (no way in heck that would ever happen!). The whole family was there to drop her off and get her belongings in her room, but then they took her away and we were not allowed to have contact with her -- not even by phone or mail -- because the boarding school folks insisted children who don't have contact with their families adjust better. Even sensitive 5 year old little girls. I didn't deal with this rule very well, and was embarrassing the entire family by arguing over and over with the staff and trying to sneak in and anything else I could do to see her. This dream dragged on and on like Monday's, again waxing and waning with the stupid migraine.

Will I possibly get a decent night's sleep tonight? Enquiring minds want to know. Don't hold your breath; I'm not.

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This is sort of "one of those" times. The Italian Festival is Saturday, and I've been frantically dressmaking in preparation (fan-making and jewelry-making already accomplished). My dress is not at all finished, because I had to go buy more material (thank Heavens JoAnns had more of the blue gabardine I'm using when I got there Sunday -- they were completely out of the other gabardine colors). Then I had to wash it, of course, and let it dry overnight (dryer bad for garb...). Now I've got it cut out, and the interfacing cut and steamed in; last night I had to give up around 10:00 and go to bed, but at least I've got the side and front & back seams sewn, as well as the shoulders, so I can put it on at Fighter Practice tonight and let the ladies pin up the hem for me. Aine's dress is complete except for the hem, and it'll be pinned up tonight, also.

Got to bed last night -- and a migraine kicked in. I had refilled the amitryptiline, so I had taken them, but I couldn't sleep, and the damn headache wouldn't go away, so I got barely any sleep last night. I couldn't even think enough to get up and take imitrex. So this morning, I woke with a headache, and took naproxin and imitrex right before lunch. It's faded a bit, but I'm looking forward to getting to the library to pick up a book for someone at the hospital, then getting the dresses pinned up, and getting home to HOPEFULLY relax a bit. I've been really stressed about the Festival, but I know that I won't be the only one there -- or Aine and me, as it was for the first few hours of the Da Vinci exhibit.

My darling volunteer came in yesterday and helped me get journals checked in and shelved. I've been so busy at work and at home, and so preoccupied with getting stuff done (garb-making, meeting at the Church to talk about the webpage, paperbackswap stuff, Facebook, figuring out the new PubMed interface -- I HATE IT!) that I was getting overwhelmed everywhere.

Anyway, the goal for tonight after we get home is to not turn on my laptop at all. FACEBOOK AND PAPERBACKSWAP CAN WAIT. My sanity can't. ;)

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We had the “March of the Babies” at the today; the little ones from the hospital’s Child Development Center paraded around the ground floor of the hospital and one of the medical parks. They were all dressed up in adorable costumes, and we handed out candy to them. There were LOTS of Disney princesses, and Fairy-Tale Barbies, and tons of Spider-men with little muscle-padded shirts and lots of Batmen. The children old enough to walk held hands and the hands of the teachers, holding out their candy bags. Next came the ones who were toddling age, riding in wagons pulled by teachers. The tiniest ones were in six-seat strollers, not collecting candy, of course, and more often than not sleeping. There were two little ones in a wagon, the girl dressed as Pebbles and the boy dressed as Bam Bam. And there was the little baby dressed in a red lobster suit, carried by (probably) his or her mother, who was dressed as a chef. It is always so fun to see them!

Then we had our annual Lexy Awards luncheon; the food was from Carrabbas, and the chicken marsala was wonderful! I’ve got to find the copycat recipe for it.

Unfortunately, I’d started the morning with a headache and took ibuprofen and Tylenol for it. After the luncheon, which was quite often loud, and then walking back to the hospital in the bright sunshine left me with one heck of a migraine. I got some phenergan down first, followed by imitrex and naproxen. I sipped green tea, and ate a banana to try to calm down my stomach…

I got off work and just happed to catch the shuttle at the hospital entrance, and the Public Safety officer took me straight to my car (they ALL know the white Taurus parked in K lot in the last row as close to the garage as possible is my car). Once I got, I realized I’d left my cell phone at the library, so I had to go back. When I finally got everything in the car and headed towards USC to pick up Hubs, I dropped the cap for my water bottle. Highway 378 is NOT a good place to stop, so I ended up holding the bottle until I got to USC to prevent any spilling.

Hubs got free lunch today, too, but his was at Cici’s, and not quite as good as the one I was lucky enough to get. He’s had a really upset stomach all evening….

Tomorrow is the big sale at Hook & Needle. I’ve got a substantial bag of yarn waiting for me, so I won’t have to do too much looking when I get there (I’m sure I’ll find more I’ll be desperate to get….). I’ve got a bunch of Noro’s Silk Garden [yes, I have a Noro addiction. But I can control it -- sometimes], as well as Cascade 220 with which I’ll make a Sophie bag – once I finish the Christmas knitting. And that (Christmas knitting, that is) must wait until after the sewing of the Italian Ren-esque garb for the Sons of Italy Faire on November 7. Which is a week from tomorrow. ARGH!

The big news of October? My elder perfect-in-every-way niece gave Hubs a hug before they left on our last trip to Hanahan (to celebrate my Dad’s birthday). She is getting SO grown up! Younger perfect-in-every-way niece is SO funny. I really need to see more of those two….

I'm on Facebook quite a bit in the evening now, which has cut down on my blogging. Between it and, I'm being quiet. That's ok, I think, at least for now....

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Headache is back, dang it. Ah, well, it was REALLY nice while it lasted!

I think Hubs and I will be going to Ruby Tuesday for dinner -- there was a buy one, get one free coupon in yesterday's paper, and they accidentally gave us two. I'm not complaining at all, mind you.... :)

Mom and Dad are off to the mountains today; they'll return on Wednesday. Bro and SiL and the perfect-in-every-way nieces are leaving Thursday morning, and they'll return on Sunday. Sis is trying to figure out if she can get there for a weekend or something, and I with Hubs and I could, but we're saving money for the trip to Texas this Christmas to visit Hubs' family. Haven't seen them in too long! But I really do long to get back to the mountains, and I just can't afford to waste the leave for even one day. And going up there on Friday afternoon to come back on Sunday morning really isn't much of a vacation -- all of Friday to get up there (since I can't take a whole day off), spend the night, visit the favorite spots (Smokey Mountain Spinnery) on Saturday, leave Sunday morning early because the cabin has to be cleaned and we have to be out by 10:00 a.m. or so....

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I hit JoAnns last Monday and got some lovely blue gabardine for an Italian Ren gown. It’s washed and dried now, ready to iron and then (gulp) cut and sew.

My dear friend Marie sent me a bottle of MigreLief, which is an OTC supplement for migraine prevention, so I took one as soon as I got the box today (yup, today – the postman accidentally delivered it to the wrong house, and the neighbor brought it here after church today).

I’m hoping Hubs will be feeling well enough to go to Fighter Practice for a while this week. I do have the Prayer Shawl group at church on Monday, the Fighter Practice Tuesday, and another meeting at church Thursday. I’m going to have to try to figure out how in the world I’ll be able to cook dinner and get to church in time…. Since I get off work at 5:00, and handbell practice starts at 5:30, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

We picked up a new cell phone this weekend, a pay-as-you-go phone. I’m pretty sure our contract has expired, and we NEVER use our minutes every month, so it make no sense to keep paying almost $40 for it. Not when we can get 1000 minutes good for a year for about $100.

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Ada puppy, poor little thing, has been sick. She's been not eating, though she's still drinking water and eating some things (usually puppy cookies after going out), and things are coming out normally, so I think that most of the problem is allergies making her feel yucky. I've managed to get her allergy pills in her most days, and pepto for her tummy, but she still won't eat her food. She won't allow her sister, Christabel the piggy puppy, to eat it, either, so we've had several little tiffs over that these last few days. Last night I made a big pot of puppy chicken and rice, and Ada snarfed hers down (I gave piggy puppy some too, so she wouldn't get jealous), and the Ada ate some of her regular food, so I think things may be on the mend. This morning both puppies got the chicken and rice (Ada much more, of course, since Christabel ate her regular food). Tonight we'll bathe the Ada puppy (she hates it when that happens) and see if we can't stop some of the itching she's got going on. I think her allergies are as bad as Savannah puppy's were, though Ada hasn't chewed herself raw like Savannah used to, thank Heavens.

Hubs is home sick today. I felt a migraine building as I drove in, so it was aleve and imitrex and caffeine as soon as I got in my office. The pain is still fighting to hang on, but the aleve helped with the horrible shoulder/neck pain caused by the imitrex. Of course, since I took aleve, I had to take pepto bismol to help protect my stomach.... it's one thing after another, I tell ya!

South Carolina made the national news again! What a state to live in! Let's see. Today it's the Congressman who called our President a liar in the middle of his speech last night (because apparently his Mama raised him to have no manners). Before that, a visit to a SC Wal-Mart inspired two young men to create a blog of pictures of the bizarre people who go to Wal-Mart. Before that, there was the man caught with the apparent love of his life, a horse named Sugar. All summer it's been the story of our Governor, who went AWOL for days, thus leaving the State without leadership (which everyone outside of the state is desperately trying to make about his affair, but the problem is the lack of leadership and the first-class flights for a "fiscal conservative" who keeps whining "All the other governors fly first class" to which I will respond as my Mama would: "If all the other governors jumped off a bridge, would you jump off a bridge, too?"). I know there's been more, I just can't remember them right now.... I love South Carolina, but geez Louise, can't we EVER make the national news for something GOOD?

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Well, it was definitely an imitrex day at work today – they were testing the fire alarms, and the strobes trigger migraines every time. This does not make for a happy librarian. Fortunately, I can shut the door to my office and hide from the flashing lights, because there aren’t any strobes in my office (there’s one in my supply closet, but not one in my office, go figure!).

I so wish I could find the trick to getting rid of the migraines. The one good thing is knowing I can retire in a few more years – no strobe fire alarms in the house, and I can sleep off migraines whenever necessary!

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