Stolen from inflictedangel
♥Rachel.1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Graduated from college, got engaged. 2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My resolutions are always like "try to be a better person", and I don't think I'm ever a terrible person, so.3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, Ashley's sister Courtney had Kiera Lily. And I was almost her godmother!4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully.5. What countries did you visit?
No countries, but I did go to Nebraska to visit my wife, Sadie, again!6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
MY OWN HOME WITH MY FIANCE!7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 17: graduation. November 15: proposal.8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Graduating from college. No one in my family had ever done it before, so booyah for that. Oh, and getting engaged!9. What was your biggest failure?
Just graduating--no honors, nothing like that. I also lost my job but that was due to massive layoffs and nothing I did wrong.10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was constantly sick when I lived with Gram and Pop. I fell in the woods in the summer (and Angela picked my ass up off the ground) and the cut on my leg didn't look too bad at the time, but it left a nasty scar. =( Mederma isn't really helping either.11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets to visit my wife. And James paid for most of this, but 3 days in the hospital for Melanie to get better.12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All my friends who got engaged?13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My mother. Holy shit. And my grandparents at times. And my friends disappoint and upset me when they don't include me in things.14. Where did most of your money go?
My grandparents. Food. Melanie's vet appointments and her medication. Gas. Christmas presents.15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My engagement/planning my wedding, and I'm still really, really, really excited about it!16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful of Sunshine", because Sadie thought it was "Bucketful of Sunshine" and now I always hear it like that haha.17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier in some respects, sadder in others.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter. I'm like 15 pounds heavier, which isn't a lot to a lot of people but it's a lot to me on my small frame
iii. richer or poorer? oh poorer18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Concerts. 19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Been disappointed when I don't get included in things, worried about school, worried about work...basically, worried about or been disappointed about stuff out of my control.20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with my family, James's family, and my family again.21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I feel like I fall more and more in love with him all the time. [Awwwwwwwwww.]22. How many one-night stands?
None.23. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
GREY'S ANATOMY, as if that's a big surprise.24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone, so, no.25. What was the best book you read?
I think "The Old Man And The Sea" was the only book I read all year. Pretty shameful.26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I love the new Jack's Mannequin.27. What did you want and get?
I WALKED WITH HANSON AND MET THEM. HOLY CRAP. And I wanted Melanie to be okay and she was and still is.28. What did you want and not get?
Autographs from Taylor and Zac. Fuckers didn't come outside after the show haha. But yay for Isaac for coming out to talk to all of us and sign things!29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I really liked Mamma Mia. I don't remember what was even out earlier in the year, though.30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 23. James came over and we went to Rodano's to see our friends' bands play, and then I slept over his house. And we almost got engaged that night, but his family didn't give us the privacy he had asked for so it didn't work out. [He asked a week later so it was okay.]31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having graduated with honors. I was so used to being an overachiever AND being pretty smart, and in college I was slightly less of an overachiever and I didn't do that well grade-wise. I think I'll always be disappointed in myself for that. Maybe if I could have gotten out of my toxic environment it would have been better, but my parents decided it was more important for my aunt to stay with them than for me to come back home. =(32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Jeans, tees, sweaters, sneakers, boots. Same as always really.33. What kept you sane?
My fiance and a few of my friends.34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson. Always, for the past like 12 years. Let's be serious, that will probably never change at this point. Oh, and Patrick Dempsey. I'd do him in a heartbeat.35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Hillary's defeat made me really sad actually. And Sarah Palin pissed me off whenever she opened her mouth. And now we have a half-black president-elect, which is really awesome. I'd go to the inauguration if someone would go with me. I think it's going to be so cool to talk about that to the next generation. 36. Who do you miss?
Calista. Melissa. It is so difficult for me to accept that certain friendships are different or fizzled or gone. I don't do well with change. I still love and think about all my friends I've ever been close to.37. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't think I made many new friends this year, haha. < me neither38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
The problem with me and life lessons is that I don't learn them well.