First Post of the Year and I’m Already Phoning It In

Since I did this last year, it feels like a good way to wrap up one fantastic year and roll into a new one.  Happy New Year, all!


1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Got engaged.  Got married.  Made a Life List.  Hosted Christmas.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Apparently I vowed to put more energy into healthy living.  Whatever the hell that means.  That seems like a good goal.  Let’s stick with that one.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Baby boys for Eileen, Tasha, and Margaret and a little girl for Julie.  It’s just a total breedfest around me – more babies in 2011!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

I was lamecakes with this one.  Stayed local.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn’t have in 2010?

A job I enjoy. 

7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

October 1 – my wedding day.  It was OK, I guess.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Mock if you want, but I made a couple of sweet-ass meals from scratch that involved things like handling raw chicken and using multiple pots and pans and I DIDN’T BURN THE HOUSE DOWN.  Booya.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not writing enough.  Being rejected repeatedly in my endeavor to find gainful employment.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Some weird issues with my ribs popping out of place (which is as pleasant as it sounds) but other than that, a very healthy year!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Gifts for friends and family.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ed is a saint.  Bubba’s general awesomeness.  My mom has made some huge steps in taking control of her health and I’m so impressed with her progress and commitment to improving herself.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I should probably plead the fifth on this one.

14. Where did most your money go?

Bills.  So glamorous!  Wedding expenses.  Gifts.  I wish I had more and could spoil my loved ones.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Marrying the love of my life and having the people we love in the same room at the same time.  (Are you tired of me bringing up my wedding?  Sorry.)  As exciting as that day was, there was also this sense of  “This is just the beginning” and there are so many adventures waiting for us, big and small.  Maybe I’m a simple person, but I get excited about little things all the time.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier

b) Same

c) Poorer financially, but richer in other ways

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Wrote.  Calmed the fuck down about things I can’t control.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worried about things that either didn’t happen or were out of my control. 

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Hosted family gatherings for three days straight and then traveled south to see Dad, Judy, and my Bubba.

21. Did you fall in love with 2010?

Yes. With Eric Northman on True Blood.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

30 Rock remains my true TV love.  Still loving Modern Family, too, and Raising Hope is hysterical.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Uh, no.

24. What was the best book you read?

Shamefully, I haven’t read a ton this year, but the John Adams biography is pretty awesome.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I am so lame about this.  I basically listen to the radio or the same old stuff I’ve been listening to since high school.  My dear friend Kristina got me into Florence + The Machine, though, so does that count?

26. What did you want and get?

So many things.  A sweet vanity.  A beautiful wedding.  Great in-laws.  Deepened friendships.

27. What did you want and not get?

A J.O.B.

28. What was your favorite film of 2010?

True Grit, probably.  I truly enjoyed it, but it’s also the most recent film I saw so…

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32 and celebrated with a sushi dinner with the fam and Ed, followed by a visit with the other set of parents and pizza.  P Diddy envies my life.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A career I enjoy.  Hell, a job, period.  Better health for our parents, but since they are all on the upswing, I’m pretty happy.  It’s been a pretty awesome year.  To even want anything more feels dickish.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2010?

Casual.  Target-chic.

32. What kept you sane?

My family and friends.  Same things that make me insane.  Heh.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

The mid-term elections and the change of control.

34. Who did you miss?

Bubba, always.  Being away from that kid breaks my heart.  Being away from great friends who know me and get me is tough.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Wow, I met a ton of amazing people at Nikki and Jim’s wedding.  It was like a room full of people I loved immediately.  Not shocking given that they are great people who attract other amazing people.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

You can’t make anyone who doesn’t want to be happy, happy.  Doesn’t matter how much sunshine you try to pump up someone’s ass: if he or she is determined to be miserable, that’s how it will be.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I don’t think there’s a song, let alone some lyrics, that could sum up this wild ride.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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