I liked 2008. I have finally structured my life so I do very little that I don't want to do. In fact, I do very little, which is just the way I like it. This quote from Eudora Welty really resonates with me: "I like to wake up ready to go and know that during that whole day the phone wouldn't ring, the doorbell wouldn't ring--even with good news--and that nobody would drop in. This all sounds so rude. But you know, things that just make a normally nice day are not what I want."
Things that just make a normally nice day are not what I want either. But even though I like to be reclusive, I do enjoy some contact with the outside world through instant messaging, select phone calls, and blogging. Blogging is my favorite thing from 2008. It's been my favorite thing for the last four years.
Here are more of my favorite things from 2008.
Barack Obama. Frugality. Tina Fey. Writing to missionaries. Reading. Not finishing books I don't like. Watching Law and Order. All my sisters on Facebook (even Erin). Wondering if high school reunions will survive the social-networking era, and hoping they won't. The Dog Whisperer. Ballet flats.
Finding out the first woman admitted to MIT was named Ellen. What a beautiful name. Who thought of that name!
Funniest Book I Read this Year: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My kids have never seen me laugh so hard. "Want to see my secret freckle?"
Best Heart-Softening Moment: Realizing that Donald Rumsfeld (who I don't like) was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and that he was probably really scared.
Most Interesting Book: The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Favorite Bum to Wipe: Hugh Clark
Favorite Band: Vampire Weekend
Favorite Unsung Hero: Steve Winwood
Most Startling Realization: When I'm in a public restroom with Ellen talking to her and calling her "Lady" or "Little Lady," people don't know she's in there with me and probably think I'm talking to myself and that must sound really weird. I need to stop doing that.
Biggest Calendar: Stendig
Best Movie Genre: Super Hero
Most Repulsive Person on TLC: Half Man Half Tree.
Most Wonderful Person on TLC: Michelle Duggar!
Most Demanding Teachers: Sam and Maggie's
Most Hated Responsibility: Grading packets of third grade homework for Maggie's teacher.
Most Normal, Smart, and Well-Behaved Kindergartner: Ben Faulconer (Surprise!)
Number of iPhones We Went Through This Year: 5
Grains of Rice it Takes to Desiccate an iPhone: Immeasurable
Least Favorite People of 2008: Liars, cheaters, and ne'er do wells.
Most Clever Entrepreneur and Re-Financing Genius: Christian Faulconer
Here's hoping 2009 brings more stuff I like.