A Year In Review

Stolen from Queerstork (along with half the ivp by the looks of things!)
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Tried some good ol’ fashioned lesbian baby making.

Drove myself to work regularly, and drove on the Auckland motorway in rush hour traffic for the first time and all by myself.

Found my first grey hair. 2 days ago. Not impressed.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I kept them from time to time, I think they were general eat better, exercise more, be more organised. The same ones apply for this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes. But not close enough!
4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no.

5. What places did you visit?

From the north to the south; Orewa, Auckland, Pukekohe, Wanganui, Wellington. Didn’t even leave the North Island.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?


For both K and I to be healthy/uninjured

Nintendo Wii lol

7. What day from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 1st. K and I were in Wellington visiting friends, we woke up early (remarkable after a rare night out clubbing) and walked from BD’s (our donor) flat all the way to Oriental Bay. We stopped for a lazy breakfast at a random cafe in a nearly industrial area on the way, and spent the morning wandering around the waterfront just the two of us. Then we picked up BD and the 3 of us went for a picnic lunch and discussed just about every aspect of our baby making – the emotional, the logistical, the legal. It was a great day full of connections, reconnections and most of all excitement and hope that 2008 would be our baby year.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

My personal development award at work – both getting the award and then the course that followed.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I actually can’t say that anything was a failure so to speak, my biggest regret is that I am limited in my career/money capablities right now, but that’s from choices long since made and nothing new.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Only minor injuries, the usual migraines and fibromyalgia symptoms.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Not exactly bought, but puppy dog Tai. Other than that, photoshop.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

K. For putting her body through so much this year for the sake of our family dream. Forher strength, support, laughter, friendship and love no matter how tough things get.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Actually no one comes to mind right now. Not in a personal sense, in a global sense there’s too many to comment on.

14. Where did most of your money go?


15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

TTC. Finding out that Pink may be doing a NZ tour in 2009.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2008?

Tiki – Always on my mind

Opshop – One Day

Flo Rider – Low
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

A little happier and a little sadder, a little fatter, about the same I guess.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Visiting family and friends. Sport.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2008?

With my parents and one brother in Wanganui. Very quietly!

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Kept falling.

22. What are your three favourite photos of 2008?

Raglan beach view through Toetoe

Cabbage tree at sunrise

Puppy Tai with her best friend Bear.

23. What was your favourite TV program?

Shortland Street. It’s a lame kiwi soap but what can I say, it’s still a fave!

24. What did you do for your birthday in 2008?

Went to the beach at Raglan, ate great lemon meringue pie and bad burgers (in that order).

25. What was the best book you read?

Probably the one I’m reading now – Landings by Jenny Patrick. A historical novel set on the river/area where I’m from. If that doesn’t count, then it would definitely be a Jodi Picoult book.

6. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Aw geez, that’s a hard one – probably Tiki although I only really know the one song.

27. What did you want and get?

A telescope.

28. What did you want and not get?

A baby or at least a pregnant wife.
9. What were your favourite three films this year?

Honestly, movies have been our #1 distraction from ttc business this year, I can’t even remember them all.  But I guess Juno, Get Smart (any movie where Steve Carrell can beat the shit out of The Rock has got to rate) and Burn After Reading all stand out for various reasons.
30. Did you make some new friends this year?

Yes thanks to the internet, and also a couple of very good new friends irl.
31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Duh, do I really have to answer this one?

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

Tres Lazy. lol the same as it always is – shorts and t shirt in summer, jeans and hoodie in winter.

33. What kept you sane?

Am I sane? That is the question lol Love. From K, from the fur babies, from family, from friends.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

NZ General election and Aunty Helen stepping down as Labour leader after 9 years as PM.

And even though we’re halfway round the world, prop 8 and the aftermath.

35. Who did you miss?

Good friends; BD and other friends in Wellington; family. But I feel like I did a good job reconnecting with people I missed this year – in some cases not til later in the year but I’m getting there.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Nurse P. The one person at the clinic that we have always trusted.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

That I can only control what I do and make the most of life regardless of what is thrown at me. And how to be patient. I still suck at it, but 2008 has been great at teaching me to be patient.

Now let’s see if K does it too!


About Tui

30-something kiwi-lesbian-stay at home-Mama, raising our toddler son with my wife, two cats and one dog.
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One Response to A Year In Review

  1. MT says:

    Just want to wish yall a very Happy New Year!

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