A Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2007 that you had never done before?

Dipping our tootsies in the Atlantic.

Visited Maine in September.

2. Did you keep your resolutions, and will you make more this year?

I didn't make any formal resolutions last year (ha ha...so no failure), but I plan on making a few goals for 2008 and keeping tabs on them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No, not this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, not this year. In late 2006 my stepmother, Ruby, passed away.

5. What countries did you visit? Sadly, none. I enjoyed visiting vicariously through some lucky bloggers that traveled.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? Balance and consistency. I tend to start some things and not follow through. I need to be more disciplined.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched in your memory and why? The different half marathons that I finished throughout the year. We traveled as a family around Texas so I could participate. Early April when a special friend moved to another town across the state. Finally, A.'s Gotcha Day, November 14th, because that is something we celebrate together, just the 3 of us.
8. What was your biggest personal achievement?

Completing 7 half marathons around Texas and Maine. Training for my first full marathon (Jan.13, 2008).
9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being more diligent with my exercise and strength training. I started down a slippery slope with sweets and treats from September (A.'s birthday and trip to Maine) through the holidays.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully no.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Proactiv
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Former Prime Minister Benizir Bhutta of Pakistan. I don't always follow the news in the Middle East like I should, usually because I don't understand it. I had seen recent interviews and reports about her efforts. When I saw the news about her assassination I just teared up.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The long list of overly indulged celebrities that have never been told NO and repeatedly exhibit poor judgment and bad behavior. They don't depress me, they just annoy me and make me roll my eyes.
14. Where did most of your money go? Target, Amazon, Running paraphernalia and race expenses.
15. What did you get really, really excited about?
Training with Bay Area Fit for my first full marathon. Running in general. Good mail.
16. What song will remind you of 2007?

Fergalicious and Glamorous. Fergie not only sings, she teaches us to spell.
17. Compared to last year, were you a) happier or sadder, b) thinner or fatter, c) richer or poorer.
I think I am about the same across the board. I may have been more toned last year because I was working out more and making better food choices.
18.What do you wish you'd done more of?
Scrapbooking. Blogging seems to have replaced that right now--but I hope to get caught up. It's very important to me to document my life and our life as a family in journals and scrapbooks. I always feel like I should read more too. Also I need to watch more national and international news, I feel like I barely know what is going on. That said, this morning I watched Fox News and CNN for about 20 minutes and then clicked to a recording of The O.C. on our DVR. I guess I like pretend better.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
While blogging has been a fantastic outlet for me in many, many ways I realize how obsessed I have been with it at times. My goal is to balance my time better this year.
20. Did you fall in love in 2007

I loved the beauty and charm of Maine.
21. What were your favorite TV programs?

along with The Office and Dancing With the Stars

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't last year? Can't think of anyone.
23. What was the best book you read?

24. What was your greatest musical discovery? MIKA and Regina Spektor

25. What did you want and get? A digital SLR camera. Now I have to learn how to use the fancy schmancy settings.

26. What did you want and not get? A date night or short getaway (even a night) with just Scott.
27. What was your favorite film of the year? We only saw 2 in the theater: The Bourne Ultimatum and Dan In Real Life(which was hilarious and sweet). Netflix has been a true delight. I enjoyed a bunch of documentaries, especially Paper Clips.

28. What did you do on your birthday? How old were you?

My actual birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day. I ran 4 miles and cooked.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To feel like I did everything to the best of my ability. In many ways I'm quite the slacker.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Comfortable. Jeans, capris, bermuda shorts, t-shirts, crocs.
31. What kept you sane?

RUNNING!! Blogging, Bible study with girlfriends.

Campout in October with The Girls. Look how cute we were in our Camping Diva t-shirts!
This was a fun way to reflect on the past year and further document my life. Have you done a review yet? Try it! If you made it to the bitter end of this long post, kudos to you! Next up I need to work on my goals and my word of the new year. Maybe I'll get this done before summer...


  1. Fegie teaches us how to spell! Ha! I love it!

    We discovered Regina Spektor this year too. I love her sound.

  2. Loved your review. I'm hoping to do that as well. Oh- I love the flamingos! Thanks for the welcome to the blog.

  3. Fun reflection and I DID make it to the end!! Oh, What isScrapbooking???

  4. What a neat year in review and a cool way to do it.

  5. I love the concept of Gotcha Day! It's just so perfect.

    I use proactiv too; so long, acne!

    I hadn't realized you've finished SEVEN half marathons! Wow. You've officially inspired me.

  6. You made me curious to try "Paper Clips" and I also loved Dan in Real Life. Happy New Year!

  7. What a fun year. I need to catch up on scrapbooking too.

    I loved Dan in Real Life.

    good luck on your marathon!

  8. Okay, number 22 is my absolute favorite question EVER. That is so funny.

    I love the pic of you and A running together. You should blow that baby up. Too cute.

  9. Good job on the running! I'm going to attempt the Chicago Marathon this year... I think. Only one other marathon for me though, the Maui Marathon in 02. I haven't started training yet though... hmm.

  10. It was fun to read about your year and HA HA about Fergie. That really cracked me up. I also love the picture of you and Annaliese running together. And I love how you change your hairstyle often, which I remember you've talked about before. That's just awesome!

    Hey, I'll be thinking of you on Saturday!

  11. What a great year, Holly. :)

    Your camping picture with your friends is so cute. Fun times.

    Wow, only 6 more days!! Squeeee!

  12. I think it sounds like you had a pretty great year!
    Your dedication to running inspires me and I'm learning a lot from reading your blog!

    I need to work on better time management this year too.

  13. Thanks for sharing. Until today, I had never heard of Fergalicious, but I dowloaded it and listened to it. :)

  14. Loved your U-review! I learn so much about people with these. I stumbled upon your blog as I am desperate to finally complete a half-marathon and love reading about those who have. A runner all my life, haven't yet done it and I'm a track coach!

    Good luck to you--BTW, I LOVE Netflix, am addicted to my DVR, watch FoxNews, am also reading Snow Flower, Fergie's a genius (um...), gave birth last year (now you know someone, I s'pose), oh, and to your previous post--there is nothing sadder than a Christmas Tree on January 2nd.

    Thanks for the post!

  15. Love this! Especially love all the pictures. :-)

  16. fantastic recap of 2007. I, too, loved These is my Words. And Dan in Real Life. And I wish I could add running to my list. I'm so impressed by your 7 half-marathons. I'll be thinking of you next week when you conquer your first marathon!

  17. camping divas look like a fun bunch of girls!!

  18. Love your year in review! May I borrow it, and pretend that I was tagged to do it too, or something along those lines? :)

    Looks like you had a great year, full of accomplishments. I hope this year is wonderful for you and your family, too.

  19. Good year! Great accomplishments! We love Maine too.

  20. I stumbled upon your page today. I am a runner myself and actually have coached a few times! Here's a post I wrote about my last marathon. Maybe this will help inspire you to get to the finish line! http://thethirdprayer.com/2007/12/03/philippians-413/

    Good luck on your goal to finish a marathon!

  21. Holly,
    Your year has helped to make mine better. I am so glad I found your blog and have been blessed through many of your posts. Can you believe it is 2008? Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Looks like you had a wonderful year! Your wonder woman! When I'm done having this baby I think I'm going to have to take up running! I'm inspired:)

  23. 7 half marathons? You are amazing! I am so excited for your marathon next week! I hope everything goes well - you'll do so great!

  24. You are an inspiring woman! It is so neat to hear about your year in review. I guess you don't really know what you have accomplished until you take the time to write about it. Love ya girl!!

  25. I'm so excited for you that your big day is almost here! For some reason I was thinking it was later in the month. All your medals are just so impressive. And I, too, love that picture of you and A running.

    This was really fun to read!

  26. 7 half marathons, I just cannot believe how awesome that must feel for you to have accomplished that. I ran before kids but sadly, not since. (And my oldest is almost 7, now THAT is sad!)

    Love the camping idea idea!

  27. What a great year! I want to go to Maine now. The picture of all your medals is so inspiring. Where do you keep those in your house? I would want to be able to see those all the time to remind me of those accomplishments. A half marathon is a huge race and you did 7!? Wow!


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