looking back

i saw this on marko’s blog but it came from josh treece’s blog. anyway, it seemed like a good way to look back over the year.

1) What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?


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

  • most but not all of them

3) Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • some former youth


4) Did anyone close to you die?

  • yes


5) What countries did you visit?

  • nicaragua
  • minnesota 🙂


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

7) What date(s) from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • may 18 – finished first marathon
  • august 6 – tapestry provided a village of 300 with clean running water


8) What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • these are both group achievements but planting tapestry & finishing the marathon


9) Did you suffer illness or injury?


10) What was the best thing you bought?

  • a bright yellow canoe – thanks mom and dad


11) Whose behavior merited celebration?

  • pam – becoming the most amazing professor ever
  • adam & noah – acting out the four things and adjusting so well to the late 2007 mvoe
  • the tapestry launch and worship teams – all of them are servants


12) Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

  • a couple of pastors whom i am fairly sure bore false testimony against someone whose views they don’t like.


13) Where did most of your money go?

  • bills, diet coke, coffee, tithe (hopefully not in that order)


14) What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • tapestry’s launch – i still gets goose bumps
  • family trips to chicago and milwaukee
  • smallmouth bass fishing with friends and family
  • wisconsin summers – there is nothing prettier
  • cheese and crackers with pam at night


15) What song will always remind you of 2008?

  • "the way i am" by ingrid micealson – it’s a pam thing


16) Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Wiser? yeah, i think so
  • Healthier? probably a little but i was already into the running thing last year
  • Richer? far from it


17) What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • played basketball
  • cleaned the garage
  • bushwhacked the backyard

18) What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • watched tv when there was no reason too.

19) How did you spend Christmas?

  • sick


20) Did you fall in love in 2008?

  • nope, just continued to learn what real love is all about – i’ve been in love since 1987.


21) What was your favorite blog post that you wrote?

  • not sure if i understand this one? is it asking about my own blog or a post i read somewhere else? i’ll have to think about this one.


22) What were your favorite TV programs?

  • the office
  • lost
  • heroes


23) Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • i don’t think so


24) What was the best book you read?


25) What was your greatest musical discovery?


26) What did you want and get?

  • a church i could be proud to be part of and oh yes i got it


27) What did you want and not get?

  • cross country ski boots – couldn’t find the ones i wanted (i.e cheap ones) anywhere.


28) What was your favorite film of this year?

  • if it is just in theater then probably “the dark knight”
  • if first watching’s of dvd’s count then “into the wild

29) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • i’m 41 and i curled and then hung out with my family


30) Which celebrity/public figure did you like the most?

  • wow – this one is hard. truthfully i distrust most celebrities/public figures.


31) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

  • whatever pam buys me – is that a style?


32) What kept you sane?

  • the family, the dogs, the running, and the fishing


33) Who did you miss?

  • the suite and honorary members of the suite


34) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

  • once you think you are finally dreaming big, stop, grab a diet coke, and realize it’s not as crazy of an idea as it should be so dream bigger still


35) What did you gain this year?

  • a reason to love sunday evenings
  • a lot of new friends
  • new missions
  • some great times with pam


36) What did you lose this year?


37) Who was the best new person you met?

  • i met a ton of amazing people in 2007 that i won’t mention here because this is about 2008. thankfully i met a ton of cool people in 2008 also. i’ll just mention a few
  • all the people involved in leading tapestry worship – heather, hilary, sarah, eric, jackson, and joel
  • perry polnaszek & jerrmiah mitchell
  • josh ross
  • josh jones


38) Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

  • have to do some research on this

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