Trick Shot Dixies, a classy joint in Spokane Washington that used to be a cowboy bar by day, dance club by night. Right around this time last year this fine establishment got some new owners who fired all the bartenders (the females had some cute dance routines they did on the bar a la Coyote Ugly, the males knew me by name and credit card--I'm a great tipper--and I always got served first and charged less) and moved the mechanical bull up against the wall...the clientele got more "ghetto" and the music did the same. Travis and I met up there and danced the night away! Boy, that was a different time...
What was your statu
Taken, but still trying to decide what I thought of that. Ha!
Were you in schoo
Sort of, I was a substitute teacher for a few months. I love school and I definitely enjoyed being a sub! I came home with the best stories every day! And I think I was fairly decent at it.
Did you have to go to the hospi
More this year than in my entire life! I had two ultrasounds, bloodwork, and a diabetes test. And then, of course, the grand finale! Giving birth to Grace Lauryn on December 14th! And another couple of check-ups after that.
Did you have any encou
I had a couple. I got pulled over for going VERY much over the speed limit. For you family members, I was on hwy 12 between I-5 and Morton...definitely going closer to 85 than the speed limit of 55! And then, the following weekend we went to our favorite cliff jumping spot in Cheney and, apparently, it's been made private property. We completely ignored the No Trespassing signs and headed out anyway, and the sheriff was called. He was trying to be pretty hard core, but my group and I weren't amused. Small town sheriffs...gotta love 'em.
I went camping a time or two. Of course the famous Pony Cousin trip this summer, then the Stiltner Family Campout. No official vacation, but since I was unemployed most of the summer, it seemed like most of my year was a vacation!
What did you purch
I have not made any major purchases this year. I am now leaving that to my man!
Did you know anybo
This was the year of marriage! College friends Lindsay & Dan, hometown Everett and new friend Carrie, very old friends AJ and Lizzy, hometown family friends Heidi and Joe, high school friend Melissa married a man named Jordan, cousin Tena married long-time LOVER Aaron (haha! Aaron would be so embarrassed, I'm sure!), and then I know of a couple other marriages of people I'm not close to.
Did you know anybo
Yes, unfortunately. In 2008 we said goodbye to a high school friend of my brother's (was 23) and a motocross racer and friend who was 24. I know there were others who passed, but these have actually been very recent and so they're fresh on my mind.
Did you move anywh
I moved from Spokane to Sunnyside at the end of March. I lived in Spokane for over 5 years, and sometimes I miss it, but right now they are experiencing record snow, so I'm glad I'm here, where I can actually drive around without getting stuck!
I went to some Eastern Washington University volleyball games, where my brother coaches and we both went to school. I also run a volleyball league in Sunnyside so I went to plenty of other volleyball events. I think that's about it for this year...kind of lame!
I definitely saw Chicago at the Benton County Fair, and they were fantastic! Baby Grace was in my tummy, but I think if you played some Chicago for her now, she would recognize it!
Despite my friend Sarah's best efforts, my birthday was kind of weak this year. She made me an awesome tube top with rhinestones to wear out, and I won a radio contest! Then we met up with some friends and had some drinks, then went to Fast Eddies so I could spin the prize wheel and I think I won a gift certificate for food, and then we went to The BLVD, where I was completely exhausted and way too sober at 11:pm when I begged Sarah to take me home. We got some Taco Bell on the way and I passed out watching Dazed and Confused.
Did you meet anyone new?
I met all the people I work with and some people at the school I was teaching at. As far as new people to hang out with, not really. I have all my same people and I can barely make time for them, so I don't know how I could possibly add anyone new! Oh, except I did meet all of Travis' family this year, and they are wonderful.
What has been your favor
Oh man. Either getting engaged, my fabulous baby shower, or giving birth. I had some awesome stuff going on this year!
Any new addit
GRACE LAURYN!!! And we did get OSUs Look Whos Slidin aka "Okie" this year. He's definitely the goofiest addition to our family!
What was your best month
Who has been your best drink
Well, considering I didn't drink much this year, it would probably be either my girl Loo or the aforementioned Sarah.
Made new frien
My blogger friends! And a few work people.
Hmmm...its hard to remember back that far! Possibly either New Years Eve last year or the night my mom came to Spokane and met Travis, and we went to a martini bar with Sarah, her friend Wade, my brother and a friend from home, Ben. Then, after several martinis, Sarah, Wade, Travis, my mom and I decided to head downtown to the gay bar to catch the midnight drag show! We had too much fun and I ended up driving the "drunk bus" home, where I am sure Travis and my mom would have continued to party had I let them!
At work. But I am home, A LOT. Especially now.
Absolutely. A) I worked for FOX and was writing an American Idol blog for work, and B) it's the most successful show in tv history--there's a reason, and that reason keeps me watching.
No...but I'm craving something different for 09!
Have any car accid
No, thank goodness!
How old did you turn this year?
24...super old. Almost as old as 25! Get ready for a nervous breakdown blog, appearing around March 26th!
Do you have a New Years
Heck no! Not only would I not keep it, but I would never be able to remember it to start with!
Like be let-go from a position that I sucked at and then move back in with my parents and then find out I was pregnant? Naw...
I'm sure I did. I love the eBay! Definitely got some Christmas presents there!
No, but close enough!
No, but with all my police interaction, that was probably just sheer luck. Oh! And my mom and I had to file a report with the police earlier in the year regarding a stolen cockapoo who answers to the name Rory.
No...and I'd really rather not talk about it. I guess there's still hope that I could make it this season, but I'm not counting my chickens.
Did you get sick this year?
Not really. And considering the circumstances, I am a very lucky girl!
Are you happy
It's been a year I'll never forget, thats for sure! But I'm excited to see what the future holds.
Probably mostly naughty...hormones and all!
What was the best part of last year?
Travis, and all the wonderful and horrible things we experienced.
What was the worst
Being let go is tied with in-law issues (which are now pretty much resolved) and being broke as a joke.
What are you most looki
Watching Gracie grow and mature, excelling at work, learning to SORT on my horse!!
Paying for childcare. Adapting to how much notice I get from the general public now that I'm not pregnant. Boo!
I don't make resolutions.
What did you do
I stayed home with my man and my baby. He had to wake me up at 11:30 because Gracie was hungry, and we managed to catch the ball dropping on TV. Pretty stinkin' romantic, if you ask me!
Who was with you be with on new years
Travis and Grace Lauryn and Stella.
Who did you kiss to see the new year in?
Everyone I could!
Are you making a resolution for 2009?
Nope, I don't make resolutions.
What was the best TV show of last year?
Oh man...I love so much tv, I don't know that there was a best...Project Runway was pretty fantastic as usual, as was Top Chef. But there is also Top Model, Psych, Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of New York, The Office, and of course, Entourage. There are so many more fantastic shows that I watch (and by fantastic, I mean they are SUCH guilty pleasures that I'm not going to list them...yes, even more of a guilty pleasure than Real Housewives!) but I just don't have time to type them all out...*wink*
This year I will have a whole different focus, and that is to be nominated as Mother of the Year. Last year, I was ready to apply to be on The Real World. So, a bit of a change there.
Oh man, a new, fantastic president? I think we're going to see all kinds of change, and I would like nothing more than for this country to just embrace it!
Did you do somet
Many things. My whole life and perspective is different. Hopefully in a good way! I don't want to be that stick-in-the-mud mom who completely forgets everyone but her child and completely stops living, thinking that will somehow benefit her baby. Happy moms make happy babies, in my opinion!
Sort of...my sister-in-law can't have children, but a wonderful woman in Idaho gave birth to a baby girl and gave her to Stephynie and Shaun, so Gianna was born into our extended family this year.
Did you visit
Money would be nice. :) Feel free to send any extra you may have my way!
Will any date from 2008 stay etach
April 26th, June 16th, December 14th.
What was the best thing
I didn't buy much besides baby merchandise. However, I am still really digging my Clinton Anderson halter and 16 ft lead rope...that came in VERY handy several times this year, especially when Yellow had his trailer loading issues.
Did your behav
Baby stuff and food. I was a ravenous woman most of this year!
55 Are you happi
No offense to Stella and Travis, but Gracie really just fills out this family, so yes. I am happier.
What song will remin
Forever, by Chris Brown.
What do you wish you would
Exercise. I wish I hadn't felt so terrible the latter half of the year and stayed in shape a little better.
What do you wish you would
Cry. I was a waterworks show at least twice a week, which is incredibly unusual for me! I'm not a crier.
What did you do for Chris
The usual family-quality time stuff. And tried to figure out this baby/mommy stuff.
Did you fall in love in 2008?
I had the fortunate blessing of falling in love with two people, and I didn't even have to fall out of love with one to fall in love with the other!
Did you get your heart
Do you hate anyon
Hmmm...hate is a really strong word. There are two people who I have lost a lot of respect for that I greatly admired this time last year. But I don't hate them.
What was the best book you read and/
The best book I read was Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, and the best movie I saw was either Iron Man or Dark Knight. I love me some comic book characters!!
What was your great
That I was going to have a GIRL!
What one thing
If people hadn't been so hung up on the fact that Travis and I aren't married.
Who was the best new perso
Grace Lauryn, and my boss Sheri who is fantastic.
Who did you wish you did not meet?
Oh geez, that's kind of harsh. Um...I don't know that there's anyone I met in 2008 that I wish I hadn't.
Who was your enemy
I don't have enemies, I have frenemies. ;)
Who do you miss?
It's not who I miss, it's what I miss. Riding my horse, being able to wear my designer jeans, mojitos, Nordstrom, dance nights with the girls, and the seasonal dark chocolate peppermint ice cream from Coldstone.