1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I don’t know how to say this without being a total fucking sap, but every day with Eliza. All of them (ok, most of them) were new and exciting and different and it’s been so, so cool. And all the actual new things we’ve done have pretty much revolved around her – taking her to frisbee tournaments, on planes, camping, etc etc, as a family, for the first time. Awesome.
I also took a chance and went to meet some folks in New Orleans, and that was a good, good move.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I forgot if I’d made any last year, so that’s a no, Bob. I apparently meant to do some monthly resolutions as I usually do, but derailed quickly. I’m sure I meant to do some related to food and exercise and adventures. I’d say I did pretty well on all those fronts. I started working out regularly (paying out the nose for a personal trainer, my startling expense), and that has been really good for me. We had good weeks and bad weeks with planning our meals and eating good food, but that’s to be expected with a baby and two full time jobs. We went on a good number of adventures. I read a lot of books. It was a very good year.
This year: I’d like to make some. Let’s see, how about 25 new books again, 12 new recipes. Write here more regularly (haaaa). Other than that, I’m doing one biggie: move. Away from Richland. Inertia has been winning, and we’d like to get to the next thing, the next place. A place we might be able to stay long term.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Close to me? Not really. A lot of WA acquaintances had babies, and some internet ladies I’d count as good friends did too, but I would say we weren’t good buddies till after. I swear it’s not just because of how cute the babies are.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness. A close friend of Kevin’s lost his father, though, and that was terrible enough.
5. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My answer from last year remains true: Kevin and Eliza. Eliza is still so laid back, making it so so easy for us. And Kevin, man. I am just so, so lucky.
6. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I don’t think I even need to answer this. Newtown is too fresh on all our minds, and people continue to appall and depress me in the aftermath.
7. Who did you miss?
My dear friends from college. My family in Georgia.
8. Who was the best new person you met?
I cannot answer this with an individual name. I met too many amazing women. So, all a y’all.
9. Where did you travel?
We didn’t leave the U.S. this year, but we went a fair amount of places inside it. LA in January (frisbee), Vegas in February (frisbee), San Francisco in March (conference), Ohio in June (frisbee), Pennsylvania in August (wedding), Atlanta in September (conference), North Carolina in October (conference), New Orleans in November (fun!!), Portland in November (conference), and Atlanta in December (family!). Man, I traveled a lot for work this year.
10. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A decent, stable job in a city we can see ourselves staying in long term. Nothing big, heh.
11. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Oh, none of them probably. I have the memory of a goldfish. I’m honestly thinking of getting important dates tattooed on my forearm or something. Just a little list I can check on when I need to.
12. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm. I did well at work, brought in some money and helped get our grants funded. I kept my kid alive. I made new friends. I exercised regularly. Nothing special, and a million special little things. Wait! Managing to breast feed as long as I did (a measly five months). That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
13. What was your biggest failure?
Being lazy at work and in some of my friendships.
14. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got a couple of colds here and there, but nothing in particular. Oh, but one cold made me not get to meet my cousin’s quads, so boo on that. This pregnancy made me ralph, which is a new one for me, and because I hate horking so much, I’m counting that. OH OH I suffered a new and terrible food sensitivity that is basically the end of the world – eggs, my FAVORITE THING TO EAT, make me puke. Not cool.
15. What was the best thing you bought?
Personal training. I have muscles! I have a positive body image!
16. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage/car, food, child care. Travel – we have spent some CASH on plane tickets. These are all good things.
17. What did you get really excited about?
Coming home for the holidays. Finding out I’m pregnant again, and Eliza being a big sister. Surprising our families with that info, too!
18. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier. Every year, happier. So lucky.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter! Pregnanter!
– richer or poorer? No idea, but I think Kevin got another raise? I probably spent it at Target though, so.
19. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I… Not much. I am quite satisfied. Ok, little thing: made more time to write here, and cared less about who might be reading it.
20. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Kvetching about our messy house. Worrying about being busy. Laying around, recently, but it’s understandable given my delicate condition.
21. What did you want and get?
Another baybee. Also, apparently, a kindle (that was in the want and not get category last year, and I ended up getting myself one as a bribe to keep breast feeding). And an iPad. I’m spoiled.
22. What did you want and not get?
A magic teleporting machine. A self cleaning house. A personal chef. Kevin to cut off the cable.
23. How did you spend Christmas?
With both our families, surrounded by chaos and love and cookies and HAM.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Uhhh. Umm. Top Chef? I guess we watched a lot of Big Bang Theory.
25. What were your favorite books of the year?
I wanted to do better keeping track and I DID, thanks to Goodreads. My favorites were The Graceling series, by Kristin Cashore. I’ve also really enjoyed the Queen’s Thief series (Megan Whalen Turner), Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), The Lumatere Chronicles series (Melina Marchetta), and, sorry Jonna, The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern). I have enjoyed reading so much this year, and it’s like getting a piece of my old (pre-grad school) self back, and I am so happy.
26. What was your favorite music from this year?
Mumford and Sons. I’m so glad folky music is getting a day in the sun. It’s lovely to hear it on the radio, though that has meant I make less of an effort to find and obtain new music myself. LAZY.
27. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Oh dear. It is, sadly, Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepson. This year at Potlatch, the enormous frisbee tournament we attend every year in July in Seattle, that song was the background music to I don’t know how many spontaneous sideline dance parties. It would come on the sound systems various teams were dragging along with them, and all the surrounding teams would drop everything, run over, and dance around like fools for 3-4 minutes. And it was just so fun.
28. What were your favorite films of the year?
Once again I must point out I do not watch “films” but rather terrible chick flicks. I can’t remember if it belonged to 2012, but I very much enjoyed Crazy Stupid Love. I also enjoyed Hope Springs, because it made me think and sparked some interesting discussions with Kevin.
29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Man, I really love the Obamas. I just do.
30. What political issue stirred you the most?
My answer from last year still stands, though I am now a very proud resident of a state where gay marriage is legal.
“Ok for real, why can’t gay people do whatever the hell they want? How is this still happening? Also, could we stop navel gazing about the economy and just do some damn work? Yes, things are pretty shitty, but Jesus the news coverage is killing me. ‘Oh dear, the stock market is down 3 points, woe and disaster! Oh, wow, look at that, unemployment is going down/stocks are up/we’re up 5% for the year, but here are all the reasons that doom and destruction are still imminent!'”
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28. I am not quite sure what we did… Ok, I just checked and we apparently had a little low country boil with our WA friends. And now I’m remembering the chefs (ahem) used waaaay too much Slap Yo Mama, and the food was SPICY but still delicious.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Knowing what I want to be when I grow up, and being ok with the answer.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Jeans and girly shirts, once again. For about a month I tried harder and did my hair and wore make up and it was nice, but my coworkers kept commenting on how nice I looked and I just didn’t like it so I quit. I mean, I hate it when people look at me and I can’t take a compliment to save my life, so, I’ll just blend in, thanks.
34. What kept you sane?
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Everyone is represented by the damn bell curve. You are fine, I am fine, we are all normal, and everything’s going to be ok.