Originally published December 30, 2011
I stole this list from All & Sundry, but I don’t feel altogether creative or original right now, and I want a blog I feel like sharing today, so I’m doing this one.
Feel free to steal this and use it for your own blog, notes, whatever. Link it to me so I can read yours. And you guys are allowed to “follow” my blog. I don’t bite. 🙂
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Networked with some local businesses to create work experience opportunities for clients, switched day cares – twice (and I’m still not happy with it…come back to me Jill!!!), became the mother of a preschooler, watched my boys turn 4 and 2, started a blog I actually intend to keep up with, started and quit a home business, bought the necessary ingredients for a second job (though I haven’t actually followed through with it yet), started freelance writing (still in the very beginning stages of this), dyed my hair three different colors – including some purple, drove to Cincinnati and back.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any last year. I do have some doozies for this year, though, and I have every intention of keeping them.
*Lose 40 lbs – this one seems a little unrealistic, but I’m tired of feeling out of shape and looking like crap.
*Get completely, 100% out of debt – including the $50,000+ we have in student loans. I can’t be spending $800 a month on these for the next 20 years. So, every spare red cent we earn this year is going to this. I’m truly hoping life works out in such a way that we can actually pay this whole debt off this year, but if it takes longer, then it takes longer.
*Remember how to be a Mom – I truly believe I was not meant to be a part-time Mom. I find it incredibly hard to calmly, lovingly, parent my children when I’ve been at work all day. I’m just not used to them anymore. When you’re home with your kids all the time, you understand them, you have more patience with them. I get a couple hours a day with them, and I feel like I’ve completely forgotten how to be a Mom. Since I’m not winning the lottery anytime soon, I have to work (see above), which means I need to figure out how to make the part-time-Mom thing work so I don’t go to bed hating myself every night. My kids deserve so much better than what I give them, and I deserve the chance to be the Mommy I WANT to be.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A few friends had babies, but no family members this year. My brother and sister-in-law will be adding to their family next June, though, so I will gain a niece or nephew in 2012.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, I’ve been very blessed not to have lost many family members up to this point in my life. I didn’t lose any loved ones in 2011.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. Though we did get as far as Cincinnati.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Peace of mind.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 29 – not only was it Logan’s 2nd birthday, it was Ethan’s 1st day of preschool. A huge new chapter in our lives has begun with the start of school. December 24 – Ethan turned 4, and it was just a great day all around.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I honestly don’t feel like I achieved much this year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I yell at Ethan too much, and I forget that he and Logan are just kids sometimes. That’s my biggest failure, though I know I have many others.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got my yearly cough, and it lasted a little longer than usual, but nothing huge this year. Ethan is due to get sick tomorrow. He gets seriously ill every New Year’s Eve, I’m not even kidding.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The boys’ bed. It’s a humongous monster of a thing, but it’s really neat. Oh and the shelves/table/chairs in the playroom. They’re super cute – and handy!
12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, utilities, cable, phones, preschool, daycare, gas, and food. Oh…and let’s not forget student loans.
13. What did you get really excited about?
I’ll say the most exciting thing we did this year was go to Cincinnati to visit my sister. Other than that, my mind is a blank.
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
“Friday” by Rebecca Black. God, it’s so awful. It gets stuck in my head at the most random moments. Plus, the Stephen Colbert version pretty much perfected it. I don’t listen to a lot of music, I’m afraid.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? I was still deluding myself at this point last year, so I was happier.
– thinner or fatter? Funnily enough I’m exactly the same weight I was last year.
– richer or poorer? The same, which is the problem.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d read more books, to be honest. And found more time to play with the kids.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas morning at home, afternoon driving, evening (and the following 2 days) at my parents’ house.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I stay true to Grey’s Anatomy, I diligently watch Vampire Diaries, and fell in love with Game of Thrones and True Blood.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I’ve got a whole stack somewhere that I’m pretty sure I read this year. I don’t remember if I read Hunger Games for the first time this year or last year, but that’s at the top of my list. I also started the Game of Thrones series, which is great.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I honestly don’t listen to a lot of music. I spent most of my radio time on NPR this year.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I think I lose some coolness points for this, but Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cars 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Gnomeo and Juliet, The King’s Speech
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
We went to Wichita to use the $50 gift certificate to Wasabi Sushi Bar & Grill that I won…only to find it closed for business….then went to Bonefish Grill (ohmygodsogood) to use a different gift certificate instead. I turned 26 this year.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to work from home.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Try not to look like a complete idiot or total slob on any given day. This answer will likely be copy/pasted every year henceforth.
26. What kept you sane?
Little moments – Ethan cuddling with me on the couch, Logan voluntarily hugging me and saying “I wuf you Mommy”, laughing with Ryan.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Life isn’t going to get better on its own.