January 2009


So during the winter break the Newly-to-me-wed-Husband read the first two chapters, and my goal is to give him a draft of the third and important one by the end of this month. So far it consists of various fragments – and there are still so many books to read. Or books that I have the feeling I need to read before writing. And most of the time the read literature does not contribute something substantially, just the confirmation that I finally should write that chapter.

About eleven years ago I discovered the Internet and fell in love with it. Nine years ago I heard about blogs, and some while later I started blogging.

However, the Internet became to small. Interconnections between friends and acquaintances developed. And my online life became too public for me, especially if you want to shed while being in your growing up process.  So I retreated into my offline shell again. Some while later I started blogging here, anonymous and pseudonymous. Trying to hide as much as possible, alienating a lot – and sometimes not publishing written posts, for example about concerts I visited (I will make them public asap). But this restricts me from writing about a lot that I care about, such as politics. So I guess I will ease my self restrictions a bit. (Linguists surely would have figured out where I am from anyway if they take a careful look at my writing.)

For years there is a year-in-review questionnaire in the German blogospere. I like it, although I am not very fond of the superlatives (Most delicious, most impressive, most touching…):

Gained or lost weight?
I do not own a scale, and my clothes still fit. So I guess the weight is pretty much the same.

Longer or shorter hair?
I need to have a haircut. Soon.

More nearsighted or farsighted?
My old boss once said that he lost a diopter to his master thesis and one on his doctoral thesis. I fear a similar fate. Before I go to the hairdresser, I should visit my ophthalmologist.

More or less money?
Less. At least it feels this way. Being married we agreed upon me having the worse wage tax classification. The Newly-to-me-wed-Husband transfers the difference each month, but still the amount labeled as wage feels less.

Spent more or less?
More. I do not like to check my account.

Moved more or less?
Slightly more, maybe? At least I signed a contract at the “Health Gym”. And used the bike to get there. The two or three times I went…

The most crack-brained plan?
Finishing my thesis through staring at the screen?
Finishing my thesis while being online?

The most dangerous action/adventure?
No idea. My year could as well be label “Life Of A Couch Potato” or “Desk Potato”, to be correct. Risking thrombosis through this adventurous lifestyle, maybe.

The best sex?
Yes. Nice of you to ask.

The most expensive purchase?
New windows for my apartment. New bikes. New chairs.

The most delicious meal?
Christmas dinner with the parents in Our City.
The bread roll with with fish in the marina during our vacation.
The wedding anniversary dinner.

The most impressive book?
Did I read for pleasure? I need to check the shelves again.

The most moving/touching movie?
I have been to the movies one time in 2008, where I saw “W”. Would not call that the most touching movie. On TV I stick to detective stories. They do not classify as well.

The best CD?
I did not purchase one. Oh well.

The most beautiful concert?
Leonard Cohen.
And Lang-Lang was great as well.

Spent the most time with …?
My notebook. My thesis drafts.

Spent the loviliest time with …?
The Newly-to-me-wed-Husband

Prevailing emotion in 2008?
Is it already again February March April May June July August September October November December – what, already 2009? I though we are still in January, January 2008 that is.

Did for the first time in 2008?
Celebrating my wedding anniversary.

After a longer pause did … again in 2008?
Rode a bike.

Three things I would have done without?
Operation. Thesis angst. An uninterestet thesis advisor.

The most important thing I wanted someone to convince of?
Dunno.

The most beautiful present I made someone?
Maybe: Love, friendship, support, trust, kindness.

The most beautiful present I received?
Love, friendship, support, trust, kindness.

The most beautiful sentence someone said to me?
I am so happy to be married to you.

The most beautiful sentence someone I said to someone?
How shall I judge that? Maybe: I am so happy to be married to you.

2008 was – expressed in one word  …?
Fast.

Oh, and another Meme, as seen on Profgrrrrl:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before
Celebrated my wedding anniversary.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
At the end of 2007, I did not make resolutions. The year before, though, I made a resolution of having a resolution for each month, such as doing yoja, eating healthy, etc. and that worked out pretty fine.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
K gave birth to her second son, and LP and LE each gave birth to a daughter.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Country of Small City Abroad

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A finished doctoral thesis.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There are so many. The concerts. Our anniversary. Christmas with our parents. The operation. The workshop in Small City Abroad. Hanging out with friends.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not deleting my half-written thesis?

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not finishing my thesis.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. Twice.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
New windows for my apartment. They are beautiful, and of course they are much better isolated (good for the environment). And they also reduce the noise.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My thesis advisor never ever asking how I am getting along with my thesis.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Commuting. Paying back the loan for my apartment.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Food? Just joking. No idea.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Regarding a) and b) about the same, regarding c): poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise. Read more for my thesis.

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

20. How will you be spending did you spent Christmas?

Christmas eve relaxing with the husband, reading for pleasure. 12/25/ we invited our parents and cooked goose with potatoes, red cabbage, and cranberries. So yummy!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Each and every day.

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Swedish detective mysteries.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I do not hate. Dislike one particular person.

25. What was the best book you read?
A book I really enjoyed was “The uncommon Reader” – and while writing down the title I finally finally remember that I actually did read some books, especially while being in the hospital: Life of Pi (yeah, was alright) and “Shaman” (nice to read while being in the hospital. Makes you grateful for the medical achievements)

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Did not discover something remarkable. Maybe last.fm

27. What did you want and get?

28. What did you want and not get?

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Celebrated with the Newly-to-me-wed-Husband and our parents.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A finished thesis

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Low-budget

33. What kept you sane?
Newly-to-me-wed-Husband, family, friends. The internet and music. Going for a walk. In no particular order.

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

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Will add that later.

36. Who did you miss?
K.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
DO

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

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