1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Took a cruise, trekked across a glacier, faced (kind of) my fears on the face of a mountain, received my very own commissioned painting (my husband rocks)
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Let’s see…they were:
1. Get exercise 4x a week. (I…tried? –ish?)
2. Read 1 book per month from the Top 100 Novels of All Time list. (I read a ton. Not one of those books was from this list.)
3. Take a photography class. (Success! It was awesome!)
4. Reserve 1 morning per month for “Mommy and Jack” time. (I think I did this a few times, but not enough.)
5. Have one date night per month. (Yes! But only because Randall was so good about scheduling them. So yes-ish.)
6. Call each of my parents once a week. (No, but I was better at calling more often.)
7. Call or see a friend once a week. (No, but I was better about being more social.)
8. Take a honeymoon. (Yes!)
9. Be as kind to myself as I am to others. (I really made some progress on this towards the end of the year, so I’m counting this as a yes.)
I’m working on my 2012 goals…more to come on that.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Our friends Mary and Justin had a baby girl and my sister-in-law had a baby boy
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Our dear friend, Christine.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Ugh, this is so cliché, but…time. I wish I didn’t have to leave before Jack gets up in the morning and I wish I could figure out how to make time to exercise regularly. I already get up at 5:30, so morning isn’t in the cards, lunchtime would mean I would have to work out and SHOWER with my co-workers, which is just…no, and Jack goes to bed at 8:30 and, sadly, I’m only a ½ hour behind him. It’s all a trade off, I know – I need to learn how to make priorities and focus on what’s important. Wait. What was the question? Oh. Right. Yeah, time.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 16 – started my new job; September 22 – when we left for our long-overdue honeymoon
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I did make a job change, but I think my biggest accomplishment was understanding and doing what it takes to be a partner in running a household. I used to procrastinate everything, but I’ve realized how much peace it brings to just have stuff done. I mean, duh, but still. This is growth, people.
9. What was your biggest failure?
All the times I wasn’t the mom and/or wife I want to be. Randall has a saying, “Do the things the person you want to be would do.” I need to do that.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from a pulled calf muscle that still haunts me, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Traded my stick-shift car for an automatic. Major levels of awesomeness for my two-hour-a-day commute.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, pre-school, groceries, our Canada trip
13. What did you get really excited about?
Our honeymoon, Jack’s Second Santa celebration, making the first fire in our fireplace, successfully making a flag cake for Fourth of July, going to A’s games, watching Jack learn how to swim, making new friends, having one of my favorite people move 10 minutes away from me, camping at Pacific Valley
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Adele “Rolling in the Deep” and Matt and Kim “Daylight” and “Cameras”
Fine. Also, Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like a Love Song”
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
· Richer or poorer: probably richer…by a miniscule amount
· Happier or sadder: HAPPIER in ALL CAPS
· Thinner or fatter: *la la la - I can’t hear you*
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Yoga (more? How about ANY), figured out how to play better with Jack instead of coupling it with laundry, dishes, and other distractions, writing on my blog, printing out pictures and putting them somewhere, keeping in better touch with friends and family
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stand under the crush of anxiety about things I don’t have control over.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas was with Randall’s sister and her family and then with my grandma, aunt, uncle and cousin (who will have a baby this year – whee!) – all in Southern California. When Jack came back from his dad’s we did Second Santa.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Mad Men (I watched a marathon of the first 4 seasons. Obsessed.), Survivor (Oh, shut up. It’s Randall’s fault.), Project Runway, The Office, Parenthood
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
OMG, where do I start? Hunger Games series, The Help, The Midwife’s Confession, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, Bossypants, Cutting for Stone, Unbroken. The list goes on and on, really.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Matt & Kim, The Submarines, Adele, Lady Gaga, The Decemberists
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
The Help, Margin Call (depressing but good) and…I don’t know if I saw any other movies this year. How effing sad is that?
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34, and we went for a hike and out to a great dinner
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
This was a great year of personal growth for me. I’m immeasurably excited about it and I can’t really think of anything on top of that.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Ahahaha. NEXT QUESTION.
26. What kept you sane?
Randall, Jack, reading, and a lot of CBT
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
Get. It. Done.