Sled Dog Skippy

The “R” word

Ah, reflection. I ganked this from The Spectrum. Laura is a most hilarious writer and very honest about her life struggles. More “R” words later. The dreaded…..resolutions.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I quit 2 jobs.
I led a Passover Seder.
I tried to buy a house.
I backpacked with my dogs (not just car camping!).
I ate fresh, local, RAW oysters. For breakfast.
I kept many houseplants alive and seemingly healthy.
I bought an orchid.
I experienced 2 volcanic eruptions (with ash fall) and a wildfire.
I ate a quail egg.
I sold Skippeh Snacks.
I told someone that I used to work for what I REALLY thought, rather than holding my tongue.

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

My memory is so bad I don’t even remember what my resolutions were. I will make new ones and try to remember them. That will be one resolution–remember the damn resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, Angela H., aka Stella, gave birth to gorgeous Xavier!

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

None. But I can see Russia from my yard…..

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Muneeee muneeee muneeee, monn-eh! Yeah, cash would be good. That’s on the upswing.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 20–Mr. Obama becomes President Obama

August 3–I forget my 3rd wedding anniversary. So does Ryan. We laugh.

October 21-November 2–back home to Indiana & Chicago!

November 17–last day of the office job (HELLS YES!)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Quitting the sled dog job and quitting the desk job. Attaining the Dog Sitting job. Working out consistently for 3 months (that’s the longest stretch I’ve gone).

9. What was your biggest failure?

Ay yi yi. Not getting all the federal and state jobs I applied for. That was a major blow. But, there was a reason, so that’s okay. Stopping exercising for months at a time. bleh

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I fell off the sled a lot. My hands hurt from dog work a lot. I had kaaaa-raaa-zzee UTIs but found out that it’s not really UTIs but probably oxalate crystals forming from foods I eat. THE HEALTHY FOODS. Dammit. I had insane-o migraines to the point that I wanted acupuncture and massage again (or a gun). I also had a weird ovarian cyst issue that went on way to long. My memory is shit–I almost wrote “no” to this question! Memory failure counts as an ailment….

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Food in Chicago and Bloomington.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My dogs (they are more of a what than a Who). They were effing champs on the backpacking trip. They’ve are more well-behaved this year. For the most part. Ashlee Dog got quilled by a porcupine and didn’t even cry or whine. She was so tough. And Macgee dog got loose for 2 hours but came home and waited on the porch while we were out looking for him. Shocker.

And my friend Tyra. She broke her ankle in many places and she had surgery–she still went to work, went up and down SPIRAL stairs in a CAST, used public transportation, and went to physical therapy. And no my friends, she does not have a car or a partner to help out. She is awesome and so hard core. I would have withered away and died.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The list is simply too long.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, student loans, groceries

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

Buying a house (fail!), getting the dog job, and going back home to EAT (and see people, of course)

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Madonna “Celebrate”–not “Celebration.” This is her new one. I think I played it 500 times or more. Best work out song EVAR.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? The same, maybe?
c) richer or poorer? Richer.

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

Running, fishing, backpacking, traveling, running dogs, standing up for my self in a non-aggressive way.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Freaking out about money, trying to be right all the time, bitching about my old jobs (but not doing anything), bitching about other people but not telling them how I feel or just letting it effing GO

20. How did you spend Christmas/Chanukah?

Eating. Lots of eating. Watching Cowboy Bebop.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

I feel in love with places and things, but that is not true love. I do love Ryan and my friends and family even more, if that is possible.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Mad Men (on DVD, no TV here), Heroes (DVD) and Hoarders.

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

Yes, but it makes me really sad to admit that. Hate is such a strong word. Intensely dislike is more appropriate. But that is fading, too.

24. What was the best book you read?

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. It was the only really funny book I read this year. Everything else has been so sad, so intense, so singularly focused on the theme of the search for self (Midnight Cowboy, The Dollmaker, White Oleander, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). Bleh. I need some more funny.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That Neil Young does NOT sing on “A Horse with no Name.” That would be America. I spent my entire life thinking it was him.

Lady Gaga makes me really happy. I started listening to her last October, but still, she has made my year easier and funnier. She seems very zesty. I like that.

Leslie and the Lys is another life altering group introduced to me by my friend Kim. For any Millennial Generation people, it just makes sense.

26. What did you want and get?

A crockpot. A visit home. A nice house to live in. Thriving business. A big fake fur hat. A cake with bacon in it. A mezuzah. A gray scarf (I’m a simple gal, people).

27. What did you want and not get?

A house with room for a mini cow and ducks. A federal parks job. A state parks job. A raise and change in my office job position (until it was too late and I had quit). Gay marriage legislation passing.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Inglorious Basterds, Julie and Julia, Up, Star Trek. There were a lot of movies I wanted to see but they either didn’t make it to our tiny theater, or will next year.

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

I turned 28. Gah. I was in Chicago with Ryan and Tyra. Ryan let me shop on Michigan Avenue and then we all went to the Chicago Diner, a vegan restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to for oh, 9 years. The mac and cheese was crazy good. And the cake. And the company. It was awesome!

30. What’s the one thing that made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Having someone tell me, after I slogged up a hot mountain and everyone was panting, that “You don’t even look phased.” That was unexpected. I want to be one of those healthy awesome outdoor people I once was. This was the first backpacking trip in a long time and it was hard. But not so hard I looked winded. YAY. I’m growing. As a person.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Jan-April = sled dog handler chic (office clothes during the day, dirty coveralls and mucky boots by night, pajamas by one day off every 6 months)

April-July = a little more effort. I start wearing more scarves and shoes that aren’t muck boots.

July-December = more effort. Better accessories and MORE scarves. I buy many cute hats.

32. What kept you sane?

IM with Mary Kate and Tenzin, skype with Tyra, Ryan’s love of animals, running, cleaning, drinking Kombucha.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Zachary Quinto. Ay yi yi.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Freeing Tibet, legalizing gay marriage (I’m PRO, of course), and although it wasn’t directly political, the economy taking a nose-dive. I was fairly convinced (okay, totally convinced), that it was going to get really bad, there would be riots, and then the zombies would come.

35. Who did you miss?


36. Who was the best new person you met?

Jules. I knew her in late 2008, but we spent the most time together this past year. She is a most excellent mentor and friend.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Be patient. Fall down seven times, get up eight.

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

“Nobody hears a single word you say.
Livin’, lovin’, she’s just a woman.
But you keep on talkin’ till your dyin’ day.
Livin’, lovin’, she’s just a woman.”

-Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman), Led Zeppelin

2 Responses to “The “R” word”

  1. MK says:

    Thanks for sharing…damn I love you!

  2. Stella says:

    GORGEEEOOSSS baybay. ;)

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