100 Things I Learned in 2008, Part I

I love lists.

Making them is soothing, stimulating and illuminating all at once. (Also, a hands-on lesson in the old saw that making something look easy is hard work.)

I’m not sure how good this year’s list is; honestly, I think that having so much social media in my life has acted as kind of a steam valve for my one-offs, instead of serving as a record of the past year’s minor frustrations, accomplishments and general oddities. But I gave it a go because dammit, that’s the kind of gal I am.

So without further ado, I give you my year in a list, Part the First. Enjoy!


  1. When in doubt, throw shit out.
  2. Always be reading.
  3. It takes a (global, electronic) village to make a video.
  4. The iPhone is like a unicorn that actually exists.
  5. With magic ruby peonies woven into its mane.
  6. And a double ice cream rainbow in the background lighting the way.
  7. Facebook is still the AOL of social media platforms.
  8. Sometime in the middle of this year, that became a good thing.
  9. The shortest distance between you and regular exercise is a youngish dog.
  10. She who makes fun of LOST is doomed to become addicted to it.
  11. It sucks that making the logical, mature decision is considered a miracle.
  12. But that does not diminish the awesomeness of it happening.
  13. Working is easy; focusing is hard.
  14. A good bra is like money in the bank.
  15. Only it’s not, because good bras are REALLY expensive.
  16. And banks are, like, not so good with the money, as it turns out.
  17. Have a plan, but make it a loose one.
  18. Learn to say “no” or die buried under your crushing pile of well-intentioned “yes”-es.
  19. The Wire may be the most clearheaded depiction of America since The Godfather.
  20. When in doubt, just add water.
  21. And coffee.
  22. Lots and lots of coffee.
  23. Change takes longer than you think it will, but is generally worth the wait.
  24. The Change takes even longer and had goddamn well better be.
  25. If you think COBRA is bad, wait until it runs out.
  26. And you are over 40.
  27. With a pre-existing condition.
  28. Networking does not, in fact, have to suck.
  29. Everybody farts.
  30. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think Wiis are stupid, and those who have played them.
  31. I miss performing (NSFW).
  32. And, apparently, starring in commercials.
  33. And, finally, at long last and without reservations, my dad.
  34. Setting a goal to have more sex is a great idea.
  35. Telling the person you’re going to be having the sex with about the goal to have more sex is not.
  36. Life becomes exponentially more awesome for each person you add to your life who is cooler than you.
  37. And a better citizen.
  38. And more talented.
  39. Astrology may be bullshit, but I’ll be damned if I buy another piece of electronic equipment when Mercury is retrograde.
  40. I am a starter, not a finisher.
  41. I don’t hate TV; I hate paying for it.
  42. Also, sometime while I was watching Hulu, Bravo devolved into the Schadenfreude Channel.
  43. If you want a real-time demonstration of the journey being the point, get yourself to Inbox Zero.
  44. The world won’t end if you hide your light under a bushel, but someone is sure to trip in the dark.
  45. Legs’ status as The Last Things to Go notwithstanding, there is an age after which one should not wear a miniskirt.
  46. At least, in public.
  47. Don’t bother using Firefox with less than 4 gigs of RAM at your disposal.
  48. A made bed and a clean sink won’t solve everything, but they make it easier to deal with almost anything.
  49. I would rather win one fan for life by telling the truth than a thousand for five minutes by fudging it.
  50. (Did I mention that’s a really great outfit you’re wearing?)

Can’t wait until the next installment? Why not learn from the past while you wait?






  1. great list. i learned a few things just now. glad you figured out #35. that’s pretty crucial.


    p.s. i like that little real-time thingy below the submit button. also like that you are making me submit!

    catch ya later, trix.

  2. Great list! I’m totally with you on the iPhone, Lost, The Wire (we just started season 2), the importance of coffee, and (most importantly) #49.

    Personally, I’m a huge fan of 3-item lists. I can’t seem to write a blog post without at least one 3IL…

    Have a great New Years!


  3. Chas – It’s all about the #35. And the real-time.

    Jessica – Thankee, ma’am. Comin’ right up!

    Jeff – Three?! Three!? How do you limit yourself to just three? :-)

    Neil – Well, of *course* you do.

  4. Colleen: here are things I learned about FROM YOU in 2008:
    trust=TRUth+a STreet with clear signage
    i have a voice worth listening to
    going public doesn’t have to be scary or award-winning
    having an idea is worth sharing
    leaning out over the cliff with a harness is still leaning out over a cliff
    saying no doesn’t mean quitting
    new tools: hulu, biznik, twitter, stumbleupon, backpack, ning
    you are one of the 36-es who made my life more awesome this year.


  5. Dyana – I love them all, but I esp. love the one that would be #5 if it had a number on it. And those are ALL the tools I introduced to you? Dang. I’d better do better in ’09.

    Jeff – Tease.

  6. Hey C, started making my list, come to find out you’ve contributed through your blog….thank you!

    AND I agree with Neil, we need part deux! I laugh just as hard now as I did the first time I saw it.

  7. I’m curious about #47. I use it all the time with only 1.5 GB RAM without difficulty…

    As for #15, I found a microfiber demi padded bra I like from Target’s Gilligan & O’Malley line. Goes on sale for $9.99 periodically (like this week). Comfy and the ones I’ve bought have lasted quite well. Course it all comes down to finding the right fit.

    #36 is my favorite and definitely worth pursuing more introvert though I am. And #37-38.

  8. Jean – Not according to every style book I read standing up in the aisles of Borders tonight. Yikes!

    Claire – Well, it’s also about processing power. I didn’t realize how slooooow my old PowerPC G5 Tower was until I got my spiffy new 24″ Intel iMac. Screamin’!

    As to the bra, a frugal friend of mine emailed me about that same model this morning! Apparently, it’s the Consumer Reports fave. Might have to truck over to Target and see about it.

  9. This is such a great list! And I love 13. That’s so true, particularly in the quicksand of ‘marketing’ and ‘networking’ on social sites. What happened to my day? Oh, Twitter happened.

    Love the list. Looking forward to the next one.

  10. Bon – Thanks! You’re no slouch in the list dept., yerself, ladyfriend.

    Diane – Glad you liked it! And yes, 13 is a bitch, ain’t it? You stay focused on that novel and baby blog of yours. Focus! Also, MONEY is AWESOME! (Had to throw that in.)

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