Here is another end-of-year meme that comes via Liz Lawley of mamamusings (who got it from Molly). A lot has happened, much of it revolving around our first child (pictures) - many references below. I tend not to write about these things in the course of normal blogging. I might ask questions like, "which Simpons episode best describes your year" or something to that effect.
- What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Became a father. My first independent consulting work. Was the subject of an interview for a to-be-published book.
- Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't usually make resolutions. I'd much prefer constant improvement over time.
- Did anyone close to you give birth?
My wife. My brother's wife. Two of my college roommate's wives.
- Did anyone close to you die?
My second cat, Big Boy, died of old age / cancer / arthritis. (Josie died a couple years ago.)
- What countries did you visit?
Just the USA this year. Maybe Spain next year.
- What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
More clients for my work. The right balance of time between family, play and work. More miles on the bicycles.
- What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory?
May 18th - The Boy.
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Leaving Pfizer and starting my own consultancy. Personally, getting a new advisor.
- What was your biggest failure?
Not so much a failure as a disappointment: to not have gotten further with my first client. Big lesson on how corporate politics work. (Oh, and they would love to have me back, so it definitely wasn't a failure.)
- Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. Yay. Maybe not enough mountain biking.
- What was the best thing you bought?
The Burley d'Lite trailer for The Boy.
- Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My wife, who balances parenting, work and fun and makes it seem easy, even when she is exhausted.
- Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
RK, who can't stop drinking to save his life. The client who was really nice, but had little project management acumen.
- Where did most of your money go?
The Boy. And your usual mortgage payments. (Don't have Quicken in front of me.)
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Boy. Leaving Pfizer. My first consulting proposal, which didn't happen.
- What song/album will always remind you of 2004?
Fountains of Wayne's Welcome Interstate Managers.
- Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder? happier
- thinner or fatter? about the same
- richer or poorer? richer
Talking to myself, instead of my advisor.
In Cleveland with three generations of Vinsons.
My wife, my advisor and RK.
I was in love with The Boy immediately?
None. I never stuck around long enough for a one-night stand (Magnetic Fields lyric).
Angel. The Simpsons.
No. The advisor has been quite helpful in this regard.
Much less reading this year. I haven't even kept my list up to date. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich was fun. The best children's book has been Bark George by Jules Feiffer.
Philadelphia Chickens - a children's album by Sandra Boynton that came out several years ago, but we like so much that we continue listening.
That first consulting gig.
With The Boy, it's been difficult to see movies. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was good.
I turned 38, no longer a fun number like 37. We went out to Tweet, a Frenchy place, where the owner played with The Boy while we ate.
I don't know. I am pretty darned satisfied this year. Maybe a solid feeling that this consulting thing will last.
Fluevog. But then it's been that way for at least 15 years.
Prayer and an advisor.
The Boy makes these things unimportant. I wish John Waters would do something interesting again.
Family. We live too far from our respective families.
(Don't say The Boy.) Tate Vasseur, the business lead at my first gig.
Powerlessness - again.
Old man take a look at your life, I'm a lot like you were. (ugh - but The Boy looks a heck of a lot like me, so this is funny)