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2007 Wrap-Up!

December 30, 2007

I swiped this from Violet. Seemed like a fun way to fill in the blanks. 

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
There were a lot of firsts for me this year. Most of them with Kelly, or because of having her in my life. This is my first time living with a significant other, for instance. The list is a long one. I can’t think of too many right now, I just know that I often said to Kelly “that was the first time I did that” to which she usually answers with a very high pitched “Really??” (which I love!)

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
No, not really. See question 17 (b)  So yes, I will try again.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several women I work with. Nobody I am really close to.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Godfather died this year. Marcel. He was the best uncle a kid could ask for. He had all these cool toys like tractors and trucks and a plane. I don’t mean toys, I mean real ones. He would take me up in his Cesna and let me hold the controls. And he had a corner store with a little elevator in it. I LOVED visiting with him, and he loved having me. Even though he lived far away, I always felt a connection to him. I saw him three years ago and he was fine. He died before I could get up there to see him again. I miss him. A friend of mine also died. His name was Cliff. He was a wonderfully kind man that I admired greatly for his courage and perseverance, and for his wickedly sharp sense of humour.

5. What places did you visit?
Niagara Falls, Algonquin Park, and Kitchener/Waterloo. (I brough home a souvenir from KW.)

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More time. More Sleep. Fewer things to worry about.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 21st, that’s the day I met Kelly online. Friday April 20th, I met Kelly in person and held her for the first time.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Finding and winning the heart of the woman of my dreams.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failure, hmm. I don’t really view things as failures, so I can’t think of any.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I cracked a rib, that’s about it. Wasn’t too serious, as I almost couldn’t think of it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The coolest thing I bought was 72-inch Toshiba DLP HDTV. Too bad I don’t watch very much TV.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Kelly has been on an incredible journey and has been able to teach me some methods of improving my life too. It’s wonderful watching her grow and learn and find peace.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
In recent memory, a friend at work. Someone I’ve been working with for ten years and who I considered a friend. She’s been to my house for BBQ’s. She took offense at me doing my job, took things personally and ruined our friendship over it. I tried mending the fences, that only made things worse.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Life. Mortage, car payments, insurance, utilities, blah blah blah. Some fun too, vacations with Kelly and some wonderful evenings out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Both vacations with Kelly. The first in Niagara of course, I was beside myself with excitement. And our trip to Algonquin was very much the cause of excitement.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Probably some songs from the “Once” Soundtrack

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Much happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Slightly fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Read, and more time off and time away.

20. How did you spend Christmas last year?
With family, at home.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

22. How many one-night stands?
None. I’m too old for such shenanigans. (See, I use words like “shenanigan.”)

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I’m a big fan of Shark. I also like The Office, Corner Gas, and a few others.

24. What did you do for your birthday in 2007?
Nothing special. I don’t think birthdays should be a big deal once you’ve reached adulthood. Besides, it was the weekend before my trip to meet Kelly in Niagara Falls, so I was just trying not to explode.

25. What was the best book you read?
Arrgh. I did not read enough this year, hardly at all in fact. I read a weird little book called “Crooked Little Vein” for fun. And it was. Also, does a 60 page architectural consultants report count?

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Soundtrack from the movie Once

27. What did you want and get?
The woman of my dreams.

28. What did you want and not get?
Perfect health for me and all those I love.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Kelly and I saw several very good films. I would say my favorites were those we saw at the Windsor Film Festival, the best being the movie Once

30. Did you make some new friends this year?
A few at work and many of you online here. So yes.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can’t think of anything. Ok perfect health for me and everyone I love, and ten million dollars.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Huh? Umm…Kelly…does this go with this??

33. What kept you sane?
Kelly’s hugs and kisses.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Fancy? I don’t really fancy celebrities.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The corruption allegations against that smug bastard Mulroney, and the very recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto

36. Who did you miss?
My uncle Marcel.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Well, Violet OF COURSE!! Seriously though, it goes without saying that Kelly was the best new person in my life this year. Through her I met Violet and Coffee, and as I started to blog I feel I have a whole host of new friends online too.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
That I know very little. And that they were right, she was out there.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2007 9:10 pm

    I am not fond of these list things…HOWEVER, I really enjoyed reading yours.
    Well some of it is sad, so “enjoy” is not the right word…I am sad for you for your losses Syl. I’m glad you had that wonderful Godfather/uncle…sorry about other losses too.
    Then you got me laughing: Kelly as a souvenir? Oh dear! Very funny.
    And I have to admit I am enjoying following the life and loves of Kelly and Sylvain. This would count as the best book I have read this year.
    So, thanks for sharing and I am counting myself as one of your new friends of the year/blogland style/but soon to be in person too!
    Hugs, and Happy New Year to you both and to all your family!

  2. January 1, 2008 12:09 am

    I liked reading your list, too, Sylvain, the ups and the downs. Very precious, all of it. Love and joy, O

  3. January 1, 2008 10:27 am

    Hi Sylvain. Thanks for stopping by my blog to watch the turkeys. Enjoyed your list and how wonderful you met Kelly on line, then in person and now you are living together all in one year. WOW. What a romance story and I’m so happy for you both. There is nothing more wonderful than being in love and being with one’s beloved.

    Never heard of “Once.” Will try to find it.

    Happy 2008. Blessings, Suki

  4. January 2, 2008 8:06 pm

    lol…just like a guy to laud a ginormous TV 🙂

    my husband will be suitably impressed 🙂

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