I almost forgot about SS today! Link up here if you're playing along.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Gosh, I gotta think. A year's a long time... let's see. Oh, I know, I drove in Manhattan! That was scary but exciting, because I didn't kill us. Whew.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I honestly don't even remember what they were, so probably not. I've made some for 2012, yes. I want to be a better housekeeper and be more organized, and I want to start the Couch-2-5K program that I've been thinking about for a number of years but never actually started. I need to be more active.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my Turtle-friend Saritah had baby T, and a few other friends had babies as well. It's been a baby-heavy year!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yeah, my beloved grandpa. I miss him so much. It's been since last February, and I still think about picking up the phone to call him when things remind me of him.
5. What countries did you visit?
We didn't leave the country, but we visited several states outside our own Virginia. The only one I'd never been to before was Connecticut, where we stayed for Grandpa's funeral, even though that was in NJ. Appropriate, though, because he was from there.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More financial stability and freedom. 2011 was tiiiiiiight.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Well, 9/11/11, because it was the 10th anniversary of that momentous tragedy. Also 9/7/11 and 9/8/11, because my oldest turned 10 and then I turned 35, which seems to me like the age of growed-up-ness. That's a word.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think probably teaching the three cooking classes at our homeschoolng co-op. I really went out of my comfort zone to do that, and I got lots of positive feedback. It turned out great, and I'm proud of it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Tackling the laundry monster. That has been a BIG FAIL for me this year. I will not let 2012 be the same!
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Rob's wedding ring! I just gave it to him yesterday or the day before. He lost his original wedding ring while we were at an amusement park this past summer, and he's been "un-wed" for months now. I bought him one and it just arrived, though we still need to get it in engraved. He's married again, yay! I was going to save it and give it to him for our 11th anniversary, which is tomorrow, but ... I wanted that finger ringed!
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jack's. Ohhh, you meant a celebrity? Well, I'm picking my son. He's really shown himself to be a hard worker when he applies himself, this year. It's been a switch from years past, when he was more of a lazybones.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
No one I can think of, that I got really worked up about.
13. What song will always remind you of 2011?
"Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. Love her, love her voice, love her songs...
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Drudgery. I've been pretty lazy this year (well, last year). I've been slacking.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
That slacking I mentioned? Kind of obvious answer, though, right?
16. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I fall in love with my husband again all the time, so yes. He repeatedly shows me why I should love him so much. ♥
17. What was your favorite new TV program?
N/A. No TV for us.
18. What was the best book you read?
Bah. I don't think I read a single non-child book this year. I should put that on my "must" list as well. I barely read my magazines, of which I get a TON of free subscriptions, and I have a huge stack to go through and donate to the libe.
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Hm. Finishing out December with a BANG! like I planned. Instead, I got sick for nearly three weeks, just getting better as of yesterday, and had to take it extreeeeeeemely easy. Ah, well, the best-laid plans...
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
I'm still trying to sort that out. When I was very fat, it was "whatever fits." I don't want that to be my style now, but I don't know what is. I like lots of different things, but I don't have the budget to go out and shop for a whole new wardrobe. It's pretty much, "Whatever was on mega-clearance at Old Navy... that fits." haha
21. What kept you sane?
The hubs, Rob, and my crafting and knitting. When I get crazy-stressed, I've gotta pick up my needles. Stabbing at yarn makes me not want to jab the needles at a person. Or cat. Those rascally cats...!
22. Who did you miss?
Well. Everyone. We're a military family, so all our family and many of our friends are distant. Along with that, as always, my mother and son, and my grandparents, who are waiting for me in Heaven.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Jenny From the Block! She's my girl. Love her! Oh, and my new therapist. She rocks the kasbah.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2011?
Count your blessings, and appreciate them always. Life is precious, and short. Be in the moment. Share special one-on-one time with each of the kids, every day, even for just a few minutes. It makes such a huge difference to them.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Everybody wang chung tonight!" What? I want to wang chung tonight, don't you?
Enjoy your year. May it be filled with love, laughter, and chocolate. If you like that sort of thing.