1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I went on a trip with my mom, just the two of us. We went to New York City for three days. I was also put under with anesthesia for the first time this year. Oh, and I had laser hair removal done.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I resolved to write more, and I have! If I resolved to exercise more, I certainly haven’t.
I am not making super formal resolutions, but I’m using the New Year as a reminder to be more active, to continue writing fiction, and to meal plan a little more often.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Diane had little baby Leo.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but just a few days ago my neighbor, who I had never met, evidently committed suicide. We saw the coroner and forensics pull up, and since then lots of family members have been visiting the home. It’s sobering and unsettling even though I know absolutely nothing about the individual who died.
5. What countries did you visit?
I didn’t visit any countries in 2011.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A little less debt. Medical bills did a number on us this year, and I am hoping to settle them all this year and get us back in the clear. Other than that, I can’t really complain.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I will always remember being in NYC on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll also remember my surgery being 9/30 even if most of that day is now an utter blur.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Continuing to develop a freelance career that allows me to stay at home. I’m also really proud of doing my son’s social skills group with him. It was an enormous time commitment but ended up being incredibly beneficial to him.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t like to think of things in terms of failures. As far as regrets go, I wish I had spent more time this year doing things for me. Not in a super self indulgent way but in terms of carving out time for fitness and unwinding and socializing. I’ve been a huge hermit in 2011.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a large ovarian cyst that needed to be surgically removed this fall. And I had a minor surgical biopsy procedure a month or so ago. The outcome of both were good. I’m bummed that they cost me a small fortune, but incredibly relieved that nothing was malignant.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m really excited about the balance bike we got Moose for Christmas. He’s been riding it around like crazy. The iced coffee French press I got myself for Christmas has also been really promising so far.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My older son has made an awesome transition to Kindergarten, and I’m so proud of him. He’s been brave and cheerful and awesome. He’s also been doing great with his weekly allergy injections. I couldn’t have hoped for better behavior from him.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Same old, same old. Folks on the Internet.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Medical bills, hands down. I can’t believe how much debt we’ve accumulated this year between my hospital bills and my son’s. It’s incredibly depressing.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
When my son won the school lottery and got into our local magnet for the arts. It’s the only place I wanted him to go to school and we were so lucky he got in. The school is badass, especially for a public school.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Moves like Jagger. I hate that song.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same!
c) richer or poorer? Poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise. Even just walking.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being upset over things I can’t change. Especially things I can’t change on The Internet.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family. We opened presents early in the morning and then headed to my moms before 9 am and had breakfast and more presents and playing outside, then back again for hanging out with my inlaws and then over to my aunt’s place for big family dinner. It was low key and lovely and really pretty perfect.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I keep falling more and more in love with my crazy kids.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Community, Top Chef, Downtown Abbey, Merlin, Work of Art, Misfits, SYTYCD.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, gross. Hate is a big, loaded word and a big, ugly emotion and I try not to let anyone pull that out of me.
24. What was the best book you read?
I really enjoyed Gail Carriger’s latest book, Heartless. I highly recommend the Parasole Protectorate series.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Spotify is definitely my greatest musical discovery. I have a blast with it.
26. What did you want and get?
A Kindle and laser hair removal (at a 90% discount, huzzah group sales sites, you finally came through for me).
27. What did you want and not get?
Affordable health care.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
X-Men: First Class. Don’t judge.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 this year and I can’t remember what I did on my birthday. This is becoming an unsettling theme.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Again with the immeasurably! Some year I’m going to just edit out that ridiculous adjective. Honestly there was nothing so strongly lacking that it would have changed my whole year. This question is dumb.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Jeans! On maybe five days I wore a skirt! I like flip-flops and tank tops!
32. What kept you sane?
This year, I blogged less but wrote more. Being kind of silly and obsessive and fannish really helped break me out of the cycle of anxiety, and I’m so, so much less anxious now than I was a year and a half ago. Having friends just a phone call or tweet or IM away helped so much when I was down or stressed. Coffee and tea also figured in hugely. And microwaveable rice buddies. And my birchbox deliveries.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
James McAvoy, even if he’s shorter than me.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
It was incredibly moving and satisfying to see” Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “repealed this year.
35. Who did you miss?
Friends who live too far away.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met another mom in my son’s social skills group who ended up being one of the coolest ladies I’ve met in a long time. Filling out this post reminded me to email her and find some time to hang out. I’m so bad at keeping up with people and I don’t want to lose touch with her, she’s awesome.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
You have the power and responsibility to get nasty stuff off our your radar and out of your day to day experiences.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it.”