My wonderful friend,thumbelinda, posted this and I thought it was so good that I had to copy.
Go to your Calendar and find the first entry for each month of 2008.
Post the first line of it in your journal, and that's your "Year In Review."
January - Happy New Year everyone.
February - On Friday I had a day off, which was just as well because it was by far the best day, weather wise, of the three I had off over the week-end.
March - There will be photos tomorrow, I promise.
April - Yesterday I wasn't on LJ.
May - I've just come back from the little local post office that is near to County Hall.
June - Unusually in the past couple of weeks, and for the forecast future, Saturday was destined to be a lovely day here in the sleepy south-west of England.
July - I feel very guilty for not having posted for a while and not even getting around to answering some of the comments in my last post.
August - Well, I've finally done it.
September - Hello world, I'm back in circulation after a very busy week-end, a really hectic week and another very busy week-end.
October - I had a fantastic time in Saint Petersburg, spent with some great people who looked after me so well.
November - Hello. Remember me?
December - I almost never go on LiveJournal at the week-end, but it also seems that I almost never have time to post anything during the week at the moment, so I thought I ought to get going and post some photos for you now.
So, that doesn't seem like the most exciting year in the world's history. It has actually been much better than that.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
I visited Russia, I finally met ilmera</lj> and Alice, got my new camera and lens,
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do New Year's resolutions because I would never stand a chance of keeping them anyway.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Trish had a little boy called Kieran.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My godfather, Will, he was a lovely man.
5. What countries did you visit?
Russia and The Netherlands.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More travel and better photography weather.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 25 - Julia.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting an award at work, being made permanent, getting enough money together for Saint Petersburg
9. What was your biggest failure?
Having to take a bit of a back-seat on LJ in the latter part of the year because of work committments.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My knee went wonky for a while! Oh, and I completely lost my voice (found it under a rock weeks later.)
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My 'plane ticket to Saint Petersburg
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I wouldn't use the word 'behaviour' but I was delighted to be able to play host and enjoy the company of Babs, Monika and Hannah.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
No-one. At least no-one unexpected.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably food and petrol.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Meeting ilmera</lj> and Alice.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Strange but true - Strawberry Fields Forever.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. richer or poorer? Probably a bit better off, but not much.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Travelling further afield than just the south-west of England. Oh, and writing creatively.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Work, though it has its compensations.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
In The Netherlands with wonderful friends, probably with a glass in my hand and food in front of me! :))
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Only with my camera.
23. How many one-night stands?
None - I'm not that kind of girl!
24. What was your favourite TV programme?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone, it's so destructive and unhelpful.
26. What was the best book you read?
Nation by Terry Pratchett
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hollie Smith and Russian Beer Folk!
28. What did you want and get?
I'm not a particularly 'wanting' kind of person. I'm just grateful for what there is.
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I didn't see many - but I suppose Eagle vs Shark, or Black Sheep.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I don't remember and I was very old indeed.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To be permanantly travelling or settled in New Zealand.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
34. What kept you sane?
Photography and good people around me.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
If pressed for an answer - Jennifer Connelly.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I was appalled at the result of the New Zealand election, I can't think of any others.
37. Who did you miss?
Rebekka - something I must put right in 2009.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Julia and Alice.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
If it's there to be done, do it!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
'I could deny, but I'll never realise, I've been chasing rainbows all my life.' - Chasing Rainbows - Shed Seven