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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Review on 2008

The questions are changing slightly from last year. Here are a set of questions I've seen on a few people's facebook pages.

A new chapter - 2009

1. Where did you begin 2008?
I'd have to check my journals to be sure, but I reckon I was here at home and quite possibly in bed before midnight.

2. What was your status by Valentine's Day?
Happily Married, ecstatically in love, both with the same man thankfully!

3. Were you in school (anytime this year)?
School outside the home? Nope, haven't made it to any classes this year. I've taken part in some online classes here and there. I am thinking about picking up some pretty hefty classes up either in the new year or in September.

4. Did you have to go to the hospital?
No emergency visits this year thankfully but yes I did have to visit the hospital. I FINALLY got my GP to take me seriously where the sleep apnoea was concerned and he referred me to the sleep specialist at the hospital. I had to wait nearly 3 months to see him, but when I finally did and we ran through my description of what life has been like his main question was "Why didn't you get this taken care of sooner?" ARRGGGGHHHHH, I had been trying, but my GP just kept telling me to lose weight.

I had various tests, which culminated in me bringing home a machine and various wires to wear at night, here at home.

The sleep specialist is fantastic. He says yes my weight is an issue in me having the condition, but he knows that with the condition untreated there is no way I'm going to lose it, so let's get treatment in place and then address the other later. That was such a relief. AND he thinks that my tonsils might be an issue and that getting them whipped out might solve it! Some specialist's would make you go see the other specialist first and exhaust all possible solutions with them, and then see you themselves again. Not this guy. Hence, I have an appointment before the end of January for the fitting of my CPap machine, on my BIRTHDAY! AND I have to phone the hospital tomorrow to make an appointment within the next 2 or 3 weeks to see the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) guy, to look at whipping those tonsils out! He's quite happy to follow both plans at the same time and see what happens!

5. Did you have any encounters with the police?
There were a couple of time that things happened in or near our street and they came to do house to house enquiries, but other than that, no.

6. Where did you go on vacation?
We went to BUTLINS!

7. What did you purchase that was over £500?
MY CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heeheee, but only just over £500. My other car had broken down, badly and we had decided it was beyond economical repair and scrapped it. That meant we were a 1 car family for a while, and we were fine with that, truly fine! I was going to get used to travelling on the bus and we would manage.
Then we heard that a family at church might be getting rid of one of their cars at a good price. We knew that this particular family would have taken care of the car very well, and went round to see it. We paid £550 including a super top of the range radio, and figured that if it only lasted 12 months then that would be cool by us!
Now, of course, I cannot drive it for a while because of my sleep apnoea. But hubby will keep it running for me.

8. Did you know anybody who got married?
hmmmm? Was Ello's wedding this year? NO, that was longer ago. Hmmmm? I can't think of anyone off the top of my head.

9. Did you know anybody who passed away?
No, not this year.

10. Did you move anywhere?
Stayed put, right here in sunny old Telford. I love this place. No, REALLY, I DO! Because I know god is not finished with us here yet!

11. What sporting events did you attend?
I did all my sports watching on the TV. We became quite fans of the pro bull riding this year via cable tv.

12. What concerts/shows did you go to?
Mainly school shows and other events that the school samba band performed at. They're good!

13. Where do you live now?
Like I said, here in TELFORD, right where we have been for over 14 years! Gosh, that's a long time!

14. What's the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2008?
Get on a plane and fly to Belarus with a load of people some of whom I had met only once before and some of whom were total strangers until the moment we met at the airport. We were delivering Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes.

15. What has/have been your favourite moment(s)?
Most of the trip to Belarus, the abandoned village near the Chernobyl dead zone in particular. The old lady we visited in her home, and the time we spent with the team at the drug and alcohol rehab centre. I think the best night of the whole trip, though, was the night we STAYED in the children's Home! AWESOME fun!

16. What's something you learned about yourself?
I learnt that I am loved by a Daddy God and that His love is BEYOND measure. I cannot make him love me more and I cannot make Him love me less, He will always love me, he pours out his grace and his mercy up[on me and I am BLESSED beyond measure.

17. Any new additions to your family?
Well, I never venture far enough into the boys bedrooms to find out if there is anything GROWING in there, but no, no additions to the family that have legs.

18. What was your best month?
I think it has to have been December and the trip to Belarus.

19. What music will you remember 2008 by?
I didn't listen to as much music as I would have liked this year. I think the music of Belarus, and watching the children do their traditional dances, etc, will stick with me. Oh and of course, the belly dancing music, heeheee.

20. Made new friends?
Without a doubt yes. It was clear that not all the team got on on best terms with all the team, but we were only away for 5 days and any issues were kept covered over. But there are certainly members of that team who I will meet up with again in the future.

21. Favourite Night[s] out?
Hubby and I dined at the Mytton and Mermaid again, and stayed the night there, as part of their Sunday Night Jazz promotion. A very nice evening was had by all!

22. Any regrets?
I don't think I have any regrets over this last year. I do wish I had been able to get the GP to take me seriously sooner, so that I would be moving towards solutions quicker, but there was nothing I could do about that.

23. What do you want to change in 2009?
I want to get my energy back. And therefore I want to start picking up all those things I have dropped over the last year as my sleep apnoea has got worse and my energy levels have dropped.

24. Overall, how would you rate this year?
2008 was a year in which I learnt to love and be loved by God. THAT was worth all the loss of energy, every last bit of it. To understand that I could lie here and do nothing, and He would still LOVE ME!

25. What would you change about 2008?
Yes, there were things I didn't like about 2008 as they happened, but I am so much a different person than I was this time last year, and all of that stuff was part of what got me there. I can honestly say I wouldn't change any of it.

26. Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
Church, I guess.

26. Have any life changes in 2008?
Life Changes? Hmm , I guess this year HAS been life changing, but not in ways I can put my finger on. Not in terms of specific changes. For instance, last week, at church I did a small PowerPoint presentation on my trip to Belarus and one of the church leaders said to me afterwards that I was so different up there and that it was like I'm not "apologising for myself" any more.

27. Change your hairstyle?
Not much. I'm trying out no shampoo, just water. My hair isn't at its best, but it certainly is in better condition than it used to be between washes. Some friends in America have been using baking soda on their hair. I might try that in addition to the water when hubby gets our shower fixed.

28. Get a new job?
Kind of, but not quite, but that's another story, because I'm not sure where it all stands now, and need to think, pray and process!

29. Do you have a New Year's resolution?
Don't do new years resolutions. I do have a theme for the year which I believe God gave me, and some other general aims which I am coming up with, but no hard and fast resolutions, no. Watch out for a post on last year's theme and how that went, and this year's theme, later!

30. Did anything embarrassing?
Embarassing? Leaping around in front of a room full of Belarussian children and adults, trying to get them to do teh twist? Embarassing? Actually not, just fun! Nope, nothing embarassing.

31. Buy anything new from eBay?
I think my main ebay purchases this year were craft supplies, but you have just reminded me of something I intended to look for on there yesterday.

32. What was/were your favorite purchase[s]?
Has to be my CAR! Even if I won't be using it personally for a few months, hopefully I should be driving again in the summer.

33. Get married or divorced?
Nope!

34. Get arrested?
Thankfully, no!

35. Be honest - did you watch American Idol?
NO! Nor do I watch the UK version, BUT I am partial to a bit of strictly come dancing.

36. Did you get sick this year?
I've had the occassional bug here adn there, but no real "sickness" as such. Although I am battlign this sleep apnoea things, I don't know that you could call it a "sickness", maybe others feel differently.

37. Start a new hobby?
I added jewlry making to my paper crafting.

38. Been snowboarding?
NOPE! Heck, stepping off the coach in Belarus was bad enough some days, I'm not about to strap a board to my feet as well, especially one that has had the bottom side polished to make it even slippier!

39. Are you happy to see 2008 go?
Yes and no.

40. Drank Starbucks in 2008?
Don't have one here in Telford and I don't drink tea or coffee, btu I did have frescattos at Costa.

What are you wishing for in 2009?
I am wishing for a year of Breakthrough!

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