1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Traveled outside of the US, got pregnant with a girl variety human, went to The Blathering
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Here are the “goals” I made last year (I don’t call the resolutions, but still, same idea). (Original post here.) For this year they’ll be much of the same: get back into shape post baby (combination of working out (I’m thinking pilates) and eating well), more writing and photography, more attitude adjustments as needed.
- Start running again: Yes. I joined a RunClub with some other moms and ran, typically, once a week. Sometimes on my own (though not often).
- Do some creative writing: Yes. A friend and I started a “writing group,” just the two of us, and while it sporadic and what not, I did do some writing for it. Mostly early on in the year. I’ve fizzled out since then.
- Keep trying out new recipes: Yes. I still really love to cook. I rely heavily on recipes (online or books), but have enough confidence to do some minor to moderate tweaking.
- Positivity: I give myself a medium on this. I still feel like I’m too hard on myself, and too whiney in general. But I am improving, I think, and want to keep working on it.
- Read More: Impossible to say. I’ve read a lot, as I always do, but I did not keep good track of it like I did last year, so I have no idea what my book count was.
- Photography: Another medium: I’ve used the new camera some, but still mostly use my iPhone.
- Keep working on the house: Medium. My office is now a nursery (!) and we’ve done some cleaning out and rearranging, but there’s still (and always will be) work to be done. We toy with the idea of slightly remodeling the bathrooms/kitchen, but are doubtful it would be worth the cost.
- Garden: Yes! It didn’t ALL pan out, but we had a lovely patio flower garden, and I joined a community vegetable garden. The vegetable garden had to be scrapped because of contaminated compost, but I did it!
- Keep Teaching: I’m about to keep this one. I don’t think I’ve taught anything since last year, but I have two classes scheduled for next month. Hurray!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A local friend of mine had a little girl last spring, and a CA friend just had her baby girl last month (I think!).
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes and no – how’s that for a solid answer? A family member died, but we were not close and have not been in years.
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico! Oh, that was lovely.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
This answer will be much the same as last year. I want to maintain some sense of self that isn’t tied in to being a mom. I no longer feel like “just” a mom (can we all say AMEN), but I still don’t do a lot of stuff that reflects who I am apart from my child (soon to be children). I want to hold on to that internal, creative life, no matter how small it becomes with the new responsibilities of another newborn. I want to maintain relationships with MY friends, as women, not just as parents to Xander’s friends.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 9 (ish): getting a positive pregnancy test.
July 1-9: My good friend Paula and her girl came to visit
September 27: Finding out JS and I will be having a daughter
December 14: SandyHook (as if it won’t be in everyone’s memory)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think that going to The Blathering was a big deal for me. I was so nervous, and felt nervous about how I “did” even after getting home, but I am so very glad I went. It really widened my circle of friends, and brought “internet” relationships to life. I got Christmas cards from these ladies!
9. What was your biggest failure?
In general, my lack of patience on those monotonous days home with Xander where everything he does grates on my nerves. I forget that he’s just two, and not really grown up, no matter how verbal he’s become, and I let myself expect more from him than he’s capable of doing.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I feel like pregnancy is one big illness/injury. But, really, no. I mean, this abscessed tooth hurts like a…well, badly, but it’s not anything SERIOUS.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A trip to Mexico with just me and JS.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Traveling. We went to Mexico, Alabama, Florida, a cabin in the mountains, I went to NOLA.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Learning I was pregnant. Xander starting preschool (cheesy, I know, but I was – and am – so proud of him).
14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Labor of Love – the song I picked for the photo slide show. It’s not from this year, but I listened to it a lot while driving around and it just…fits.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you: – happier or sadder? Happier. I’m more at home in Vermont than I was last year, I’ve made more friends and really “put myself out there,” so to speak. Same with my Internet life. This will forever be the year, in my mind, that my Internet friends became REAL friends, and that has been so awesome. – thinner or fatter? HA! I’m 33 weeks pregnant. Fatter. – richer or poorer? Financially poorer.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gone exploring locally – more walks, more outside adventures, less staying inside.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less worrying about how others see me, less being such a homebody.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
(Same as last year) With my small family in our home. It was so, so great.
19. What was your favorite TV program? Favorite new shows: Person of Interest, Elemental
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read all of Tana French’s books this year, and I loved them all (with the VERY noteable exception of Broken Harbor – HATE); Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; Storybound; The Fault in our Stars.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I have not been good at keeping up with music, but I discovered Kathleen Edwards this year and have enjoyed her a lot.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I don’t even know what I saw this year: The Hobbit, The Hunger Games
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
This was a fun birthday year; I turned 33 on 12-12-12. I had a girl’s night out with some good friends, and then JS and I celebrated that weekend with dinner and going to The Hobbit.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
(Same as last year) Having a personal project (or sticking with the one I’d picked) that I’d have worked on throughout the year.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
This is a lame question.
26. What kept you sane? My family. Reading. Facebook.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
This has been a good year for accepting who I am, something they try to teach all of us before puberty. But, it seems, this is a lesson that needs relearning. I am introverted, yes, and I don’t have to change that to make new friends. I don’t have to be someone I’m not to reach out and take personal risks. In a somewhat meta and dorky way, this also means that I accept that a large part of my life is lived online. I care about the people I know on Twitter, and sure, it may seem silly, but it’s true. And having virtual (and now virtual turned real) friends is something that makes me happy, so I don’t really care if it’s silly or not.
And now for the slide show! A lot of these pictures end up being repeats, because I make a slide show for Xander’s birthday each year, so I’m thinking of only doing one of these a year, either year end or Birthday. Thoughts? (2011 in Pictures; 2010).
(Music: Labor of Love by Sweet Talk Radio)