Just a few hours left of 2012, Internet! I’ve been reflecting on the past year and how quickly it went by… and thinking forward with happy anticipation to 2013. I have no doubt that it will bring as many joys (and terrors) and changes as 2012 did, and I hope it affords me more time for blogging so I can share them with you.
May the coming year bring you and your loved ones health and happiness, Internet!
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Made a big career change! Working outside the home!
Started my own garden! Which I just now realized I never actually posted about! (You’re welcome?)
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yeah…I didn’t make or keep resolutions. I did try to keep other people’s resolutions for a while… but even that didn’t last all that long. I did manage to give up sugar for a whole month… and alcohol for a few months here and there. And I did pretty well on the exercise front, until I started this new job. (Seriously – how do people with jobs find time to exercise… or raise kids… or do anything besides work and eat and sleep?)
I don’t think I’ll make resolutions for the coming year, either. There are, however, things I would like to accomplish. I would like to exercise more. Eat better. (This has been The Autumn of Carbs, which is quickly turning into The Winter of More Carbs.) Enjoy the happy part of anticipation rather than perseverating on the nervous-marking part. Make sure that my marriage remains a top priority, no matter what else is going on in our lives. Blog more regularly. Have another garden. Paint the kitchen, dining room, and the upstairs bedroom as well as put up artwork around the whole house. Re-organize the storage area in the basement. Okay, this is degenerating rapidly into a list of housework.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Some SUPER CUTE Internet babies were born this year. Plus! A dear friend had her first little baby. I even got to hold her, when she was just a month old, and she was adorable.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. We are so fortunate.
5. What countries did you visit?
As I do every year (these days), I’d like to swap out “countries” for “states.” Because saying “none” is so sad.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 1- the day my husband started his fellowship!
July 29 – the day I started my new job!
October 9 – my husband’s grandmother’s 90th birthday!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going for and getting a new job.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Blogging. It has been a sad, dreary year for posting on my end. I don’t like that.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did fall down the stairs the other day, Internet. Fortunately, it resulted in nothing more than the biggest butt bruise I’ve ever seen and some sort ribs. Oh. And then I was dust-busting our kitchen floor and I rammed my forehead into the corner of the island. Then there was the time I was sweeping the front porch and somehow jammed my big-toenail into my toe, breaking it nearly off. But other than that, I’ve been pretty healthy.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I love our grill. But I think the best purchase I made was a bunch of seedlings and packets of seeds and planters and potting soil from The Home Depot. I loved gardening and I hope to do it every year.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m going to go out on a limb here are say that I feel my own behavior merited celebration. At least, personal celebration. Making a change in my professional life has been overwhelmingly POSITIVE and I am happier and more fulfilled than I have been in years. I am very proud of myself for pushing beyond the boundaries of comfort and making a big change.
Okay, I also really need to give a shout out to my husband. He is so supportive and has been so clam and positive as we’ve faced so many changes. He’s been going through his own Major Life Changes, too – what with starting a new job himself – and he’s dealt with change with much more grace (and less over-analysis) than I have. He’s been understanding about my limitations and my fears and. Well. He’s an excellent partner. I really couldn’t have gotten through this year without him.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh Internet. What with Hurricane Sandy, the assorted horror of various shootings and their fallout, not to mention the freaking presidential election, I spent a good deal of time feeling appalled and depressed. And fearful.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Nothing exciting: taxes, loan payments, mortgage, savings.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I don’t know if this was a year of excitement. It was a year of fear-that-probably-SHOULD-have-been-excitement. But that’s just how I am. I force my way, trembling and pale, into change rather than leaping into it with enthusiasm.
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2012?
Diamonds by Rhianna
Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
Mama Told Me by Big Boi featuring Little Dragon
One More Night by Maroon 5
‘Til My Last Day by Justin Moore
Tornado by Little Big Town
We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
We Are Young by Fun.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier!
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Eh, poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising. Reading. Embracing change.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Freaking out about things I couldn’t change. Resisting taking action to make big changes in my life. Sleeping.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
This year, my in laws joined us up here in the north. My MIL hosted Christmas Eve and Christmas at her apartment, but we didn’t have to travel anywhere which was AWESOME.
21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I think I fell pretty hard for gardening. I also really fell in love with our city’s symphony. It’s such a wonderful organization that does so much for our community – not to mention, it produces truly transformational music.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I still love all my old standbys. But as for new shows, I really like The New Girl and Girls. They both have characters that annoy the grape jelly out of me, but they’re both so smart and thought-provoking and enjoyable. My husband and I also started watching Southland, which I really like.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I can’t really think of anyone I hate.
24. What was the best book you read?
This year was THE WORST for reading. I was terrible. And the books I read were terrible. I mean, I enjoyed them, for the most part (Fifty Shades of Grey being the primary exception). But the content was so DARK and HORRIBLE that I asked myself, dozens of times, while I was reading, “WHY are you reading this?”
That said, I think my favorite book of the year was The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. It was such an interesting premise and such a new take on my favorite type of book (the dystopia) and I really enjoyed the characters and the situations they found themselves in… I just loved everything about it. I’ve found myself thinking about it many times since I finished it, and I bet it will be one of those books that I re-read again and again.
25. What did you want and get?
A new work situation!
26. What did you want and not get?
Just like last year, I wanted to get the house all painted and finished. I don’t think we did a single bit of painting this year. But that will change in 2013! Mark my words, we will do some painting! And hopefully even put up the molding in the dining room. And get all our artwork up on the walls. And maybe reconfigure the office. Oh boy. There’s a LOT to do.
27. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. SO GOOD. It may also be the only film I watched in 2012. Certainly the only one I saw in the theatre.
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31, which seems awfully insignificant. And I cannot for the life of me remember what I did. Pretty sure I was in the throes of Work-Related Panic which kind of overshadowed any celebrating.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was a pretty great year… but I think it would have been more satisfying if I’d gotten to the Acceptance part of the Big Life Changes Are Imminent thing a little quicker. Okay, a lot quicker. I did a lot of honest-to-goodness freaking out between, oh, January and November. Life would have been a lot easier and more pleasant if I’d been able to just let go of Life as It Was and move smoothly into Life as It Could Be.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
My normal pajamas-and-workout-clothes prevailed for most of the year… Now I’m trying out the I’ve-Had-This-for-Ten-Years-But-I’m-Trying-to-Make-It-Work-Appropriate look. Also, the same five lots of dresses with tights and boots.
31. What kept you sane?
My husband. The internet. My mother. Lots of sleep.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ummmm. I can’t think of anyone. I really loved Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But I don’t think I thought about her beyond the movie.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
This year has been RIFE with issues and many of them got my blood boiling.
34. Who did you miss?
My parents. I didn’t see them nearly often enough this year.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
I’ve met some fabulous people through work. Smart, talented, driven people who challenge me intellectually. Sweet, fun people with whom I hope to build lasting friendships. This working-outside-the-home thing is pretty awesome.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Change may be terrifying, but it can also be wonderful.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall. And there’s no stopping us right now. I feel so close to you right now.”
Happy New Year, Internet!