At the start of every new year in my journal, I do a review of sorts for the past year. I'm sure I leave out many things from the summary and it definitely doesn't capture all the important points of the year gone by but it's reassuring to read something at the end of my yearly journal entries, most of which are rather depressing, and find out that despite my whiny, self-pitying soliloquies, I did, after all, manage to have a good year, accomplish a lot of things and though, not quite changed the world, at least brought some change to my life (though admittedly not always for the better). So, without further ado, here's my recap of 2007 (Where's yours?):

  1. No. of people I fell in love with: 0 (unless you count Jensen Ackles)
  2. No. of new friends I made: A few—my friends from grad school, Julie Gomez & her brother, Noel, (whom I hadn't met before), Isabel, Ryan, Lucci & Jesse.
  3. No. of jobs I've had: 3—freelance writer, ESL teacher at SMS, TA at UCD, and a fourth would be keeping inventory at Threadsafe.
  4. New places I got to visit: The States—San Francisco, Sacramento, LA, Napa
  5. Books I can cross off my to-read list: Phantom of the Opera, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, Animal Farm, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, On Writing, Summerland
  6. Things I wrote and actually finished: More magazine articles, 2 term papers, 2 Spanish essays for that DELE exam, and a couple of blog entries. Sadly, my big Hollywood movie stays in my mind and not on paper.
  7. No. of times I got to go home: Once, after my DELE exam but that was because I was already living there.
  8. Great things I got to see: the Golden Gate Bridge (pretty), the vineyards of Napa Valley (prettier), Zac Efron!, most of the Hollywood tourist spots, Kuh Ledesma's home/resort in Tagaytay, Supernatural Season 2 (sooo much better than Season 1), Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl, Entourage 3 & 4, Brothers & Sisters, 300 (of the hottest abs ever!), The Bourne Ultimatum, and Ate Freya, Alnie, Mabelle and Joanna after a considerable number of years.
  9. Things I learned: Whitewater rafting is fun!; Dumbledore is gay; I don't really like milk and honey all that much; these 5 things plus the cognitive dissonance theory; I'm probably not getting married and now I know why; The best hotel buffet in Manila is at the Hyatt; wine goes with many things but the same can't be said for statistics; I'm allergic to naproxen sodium, acetaminophen and/or aspirin; and I'd happily trade a little bit of ambition for a little piece of home.
  10. No. of blog entries for 2007: 29—twenty-six more than the number of entries I have in my journal. Gi mingaw gyud tingali ko'g tabi sa inyo.

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