Sunday, January 04, 2009

She came back for a meme?

Yah, yah, I know what you are thinking, "Voyager has ignored us for almost a year, and then all she gives us is a meme post?"

Well, that's the way it is folks. I read Ian's (a.k.a. curmudgeon, but really a pussycat) answers to a retrospective meme of 2008, and thought "I want to do that." His thoughtful and sometimes funny answers to this meme inspired me to come out of blogger sabbatical. And so:

1.What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Had a delightful, if halting, conversation with a woman who did not care that my Spanish sucks, in a roadside stand in Remate, Guatemala. We watched the sun set over Lake Peten, and learned a little about each other's lives while she grilled me up a delicious meal of fish, beans, and rice with hot sauce.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No and no. Nuff said.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? YES!!!! My little sister had her first baby in March, my sweet little nephew. Here they are on New Year's day near their home in New Zealand:

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, an old friend who I shared a birthdate with died much too young of a rare cancer. I miss her light.

5. What countries did you visit? Guatemala, Belize, and several trips to Nova Scotia here in Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? The opportunity to see my new (and only) nephew.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 31, 2008. Which I got to spend with both my parents, despite the fact that a year ago my Dad was told by his oncologist he would not likely see another New Year. He continues to defy his doctor's expectations and all odds. You rock Dad.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Some exciting new work challenges in the Arctic.

9. What was your biggest failure? None. Not that I did everything perfectly, but I truly believe in the adage that falling down is not failure, as long as you get up again and carry on.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No. Well I did break my toe in August. Since that was the only health problem I had in 2008, I am blessed!

11. What was the best thing you bought? B and I bought a cabin in paradise. A dream come true.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My darling B for supporting me with tolerance and humour through the craziness of the menopausal past year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our political so-called leaders.

14. Where did most of your money go? I wish I knew.

15. What did you get really, really, excited about? See answer to number 11 above.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Verdi's "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves". Because my Dad asked for it for Christmas, and he was here to enjoy getting it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:(a) happier or sadder? Happier.(b) thinner or fatter? Thinner a little. (O.K., a very little) (c) richer or poorer? Poorer, I think. But so what, I have everything I need.

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

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

20. How did you spend Christmas? With my Beloved, and my parents at their home in Nova Scotia. Quietly, gratefully. And soooo well fed.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? All over again, every day.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Anything involving doctors.

23. What was the best book you read in 2008? "What is the What" by Dave Eggers.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery? Can't think of one.

25. What did you want and get? A year of living, loving, and health.

26. What did you want and not get? Winning a big lottery.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? I actually did not see any 2008 films. I may, once they are on pay-for-view. But I am not much of a film buff.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I went to work as usual and turned 51. Yawn.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A month, or three, of travel.

30. What kept you sane? My Beloved spouse. (Actually, we are not formally married, but there is no ceremony that could make me more committed to this dear, precious man.)

31. What political issue stirred you the most? The prorogue of Canadian Parliament. What a stupid fucking mistake that was.

32. Who did you miss? My Sister in New Zealand and my brand new nephew. And at times, myself.

33. Who was the best new person you met? A young woman at work to whom I was a volunteer mentor during her first year as a lawyer. Her energy, optimism, and intelligence was inspirational. J, You have a great future!

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. It does not matter how many times you fall down, only how many times you get up again.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "But you'll always get by with a smile girl."


Ian Lidster said...

This "pussycat" purrs at the fact you are back here. And you give good meme, my dear. Enjoyed it immensely and am happy for your 'escape' in the paradise I know you love.

And, am very happy about your Dad. Long may he rock on.

On my meme I should have mentioned thata one of my highlights of the year was having met you and finding you were just what I anticipated you would be, but better.

Hope we will cross paths again this year.

Be well, happy and prsperous.

Dumdad said...

You're back! Brilliant. We've missed you.

You asked about raclette. Here's a link:

If you look at the bottom right picture that is almost exactly like our electric raclette machine. It's fun and delicious and the meal is hands-on by everyone.

Now, do stay a while in the blogosphere!

Alda said...

Wonderful to see you back blogging, J! I hope it's not just for this one meme, but still more posts.

I'm also very happy to read that your dad is doing (reasonably) well. And congrats on your little nephew!

jmb said...

My goodness, one whole year later. I could not believe my eyes when I saw your comment. I think I had given up on you and even taken you off bloglines.
But I will certainly put you on again.

I'm so glad about your Dad and your new nephew. Hope you get to see him soon.

Welcome back Voyager!

Voyager said...

Thank you lovely blog folks.

Ian, business will take me back to your neck of the woods again for a few days in April, and I hope we can resume our lively discussion we had over coffee last time I was there. Meeting the "curmudgeon" in person was a real treat of 2008.

Dumdad, If I ever get to Paris will you make me a raclette dinner? I love fondue, but that looks even better. How have I never heard of it before? Turns out even Sears sells raclette machines here. I'm such a provincial plebe.

Alda, Thank you. There is nothing more special than a new baby in the family. I'm having great fun buying tiny little clothes.

JMB, It's amazing how a year can disappear so fast!


Jazz said...

You're back!!!

I knew you'd be, eventually. You can't stay away from us forever!

So happy for your dad. Great way to start a new year.

Jocelyn said...

What a wonderful cabin, and I can't think of anyone who will appreciate it more.

You should write more about menopause; along with miscarriage, it's one of those female-health areas that is too much ignored; the larger population needs to know what it's like!

Echomouse said...

It's so nice to see you back! This is a great meme. I'm really happy for you that your Dad is beating odds :) You and yours have been on my mind throughout 2008.

This one... "The prorogue of Canadian Parliament. What a stupid fucking mistake that was. " .... lolol My sentiments exactly!!!!

Angela said...

So good to see you and know you're okay and hear what a wonderful year you have had. Good for you! Good for your family! Thank you for such a lovely and uplifting post. You were much missed and I'm glad to know that you're doing well! xoxoxo