Boosted, with love and admiration, from Kizz:
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I can’t think of a single “I’ve never done this before” thing that happened this year.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I promised to get some post-grad work done (I did: I’ll likely finish the program this spring), to keep up with housework (I mostly did), to focus more on my yoga practice (I kinda didn’t; I kept up, but didn’t improve much) and to read more (totally failed on that one). I promised to put a lot of energy into finding a really great job – and I did put the energy in, but I didn’t find a really great job; I’m going to keep working on that. I DID manage to lose about 25 pounds over the course of the year, and I intend to keep up with that. I’m already making plans for minor (but significant) course corrections in 2014.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
At least one Facebook friend had a baby, but I’ve never actually met her. Another friend (whom I HAVE met in real life, but who lives way far away) is expecting TWINS sometime soon, and a former student is expecting her second daughter in about a month.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but I won’t be able to say this next year.
5. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A good, secure, well-paying job that utilizes my passion and talent.
6. What countries did you visit?
I stayed here in the US this year; the farthest we went was D.C.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 15th – Boston Marathon Day. I was terribly worried about Carson, though I needn’t have been; as an elite runner, he was already at the airport by the time the bombs went off.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Losing 25 pounds and being fit enough to actually start running.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not finding that job.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was remarkably healthy this year. I didn’t even have a shingles outbreak which, given how much frustration and stress the job hunt was causing, is kind of a big deal.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn’t buy it (it was bought for me), but I kind of loved my Cuisinart mini-blender.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Every state which passed marriage equality, Kid President,
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The list is almost too long to even begin. Pretty much every republican member of Congress. Putin. Anyone who defended that idiot from Duck Dynasty. Several members of the Supreme Court.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, the mortgage, and marching band-related expenses.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Carson’s move north.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner!
iii. richer or poorer? Not richer, but not poorer, either.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating, and stressing about things I can’t control.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas with my family. It was a good, quiet holiday, as I’d been hoping; it’s likely Father Chili’s last, and I wanted it to be nice. It was.
21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.
22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I remain ridiculously, actively in love with my husband.
23. How many one-night stands?
None. See above.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy and Rescue Me (which I’m rewatching as I work out) were my favorites.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I try really hard not to hate, though I harbor some ill-will toward a few folks.
26. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t really read very much this year, much to my shame. I just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which I enjoyed. CVRick sent me Old Man’s War, which I didn’t think I’d like but I read it – because Rick sent it to me and I trust his judgement about such things – and enjoyed it quite a lot. I also read The Racketeer by John Grisham, which was a fun bit of nothingness. I have a pile for the coming year, likely starting with a re-visit to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye with Carson (and possibly Dingo?).
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I like listening to Pandora in the car with my teenage daughters. It turns out that we like a lot of the same kind of music; The Fray, Maroon 5, Train, that sort of thing.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I watched a bunch of films this year, and liked pretty much all of them. Despicable Me 2 was a lot of fun, as was the new Star Trek film. The second in the Hunger Games trilogy – Catching Fire – was impressive (having taught the books, I had high expectations of the films and, so far, have not been disappointed). I really wanted to see The Book Thief, but I missed its lightning-fast run through our theatre, so I’ll be watching the DVD shelves to snap that up as soon as it comes out.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 44 on my birthday. I don’t recall doing anything special on the day.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A job that resonates with my energy. Really; that was the one thing that kind of cratered the year for me.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
There was a lot less of me this year, which meant having to literally replace nearly my entire wardrobe. That gave me the opportunity to branch out a bit. I bought a lot more skirts (now that my knees aren’t fat anymore). I bought some really nice professional clothes (button down shirts and the like). I added a lot more color to my wardrobe, too; still autumnal shades, but a lot more purple and blue than I normally wear.
34. What kept you sane?
My husband. My friends (Marc, Rick, Dingo, and Eddie, in particular). Exercise.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I’m kind of geeking on Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
You want a LIST?! Women’s rights, voting rights, equality of every kind (educational, financial, political, marriage). Really; I need to find work in activism.
37. Who did you miss?
Gerry. Every damned day.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a couple of great people on facebook, and a few students were kind of fun, but that’s about it.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
I learned that a lot more of my self-esteem is wrapped up in my professional life than I first thought. It’s astonishing to me how much my professional frustration spills into the rest of my life.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I really can’t think of a song lyric. It would have to be something about holding out hope and being disappointed, though.
This is my hope for next year: