I don't do these surveys much, and certainly don't post them much, but this one caught my interest. It's nice to look back.
1 )How old were you?
2) What was your online presence?
Then: Pretty minimal, I think. I think we'd just gotten internet before I moved out of you-know-who's, and I don't know that I used the net for a while after that.
Now: Full-on web junkie. But you already know that.
3) Where did you work?
Then: Bogey's Music and Lakeview High
4) Where did you live?
Then: Columbus, NE
Now: Omaha, NE
5) Who did you live with?
Then: At this exact stage of 1998 I was living alone in an apartment and LOVING it.
Now: Greg, the kids and the Wondermutts
6) How was your health?
Then: WAY skinny, but smoked like a freight train; lots of upper respiratory infections
Now: Not so skinny, but not smoking...I see a correlation; lots of whatever the kids give me
Then: Xena my black lab (who I had just given up custody of to soon-to-be-ex-husband)
Now: Jake and Greta the Wondermutts
8) Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner/spouse/S.O.?
Then: Divorce hearing was about now with ex-husband, and was just starting to talk to Greg
9) Who were your friends?
Then: Aimee, Erinn, Greg, Playhouse people, Greg's softball buddies, all my old friends who've always been my friends
Now: A lot of the same friends from back then, plus folks like Deb, Kae, Jenny, Barbie, Christine, and more than I can list, actually. I am SUPER blessed in the friends department.
10) Any kids? Any plans for kids?
Then: no and no (thank god)
Now: two (thank god!) and NO
11) What was your worst struggle?
Then: figuring out where my life was going
Now: changing where my life is going
12) What was your biggest joy?
Then: singing, performing, the perfect smoke ring
Now: my kids and my husband
13) What did you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Then: living on my own for any measure of time
Now: pushing two kids out with no stitches
14) What advice would you give your younger self?
Put the fork down, and learn to like the gym more than video games. Shut up, just do it.
15) What would your younger self say to you? Uh, HELLO - get FAT much? Remember our deal about the whale harpoon gun if we ever weighed x amount? Remember that?
16) Looking back, is your life in 2008 what you thought it would be in 1998? By this point in the year, I was already starting to know that I would be with Greg forever, but I couldn't admit that back then out loud, people would have thought I was nuts. I had no idea I'd be this FAT, and I had no idea we'd be in Omaha, but I was pretty sure I'd be with Greg, and I was pretty sure we'd have kids. So I guess overall, I knew I'd be with him, so the answer is "yes", isn't it?
Feel free to steal this (call it a voluntary meme) and post your own on your blog, and let me know so I can come read. Ten years makes a HUGE difference!