Fireworks over Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve (Wikipedia)
Last New Year’s Eve, I stole a meme from my husband’s blog that proved to be quite an enjoyable retrospective in an end of the year sort of way. I was reminded of it as I browsed stats today and noted that the post had generated a bit of traffic. So because I don’t make resolutions or really do anything to commemorate the change over from one year to the next, I decided to haul this Q and A out and see how it applies to the year nearly past.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I didn’t really write. I thought about it. Plotted. Vaguely outlined. Mused. But in the end, I didn’t write a single piece of fiction. A first in the entirety of my life really because I have always been a storyteller. Even when I was too wee to write them down – I told stories.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Again, I don’t make them and I wonder at people who do as they don’t seem to follow through on their self-promises much or at all. If you can’t even keep a promise to yourself, why bother?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. Rob’s niece by marriage and more marriage is expecting in the new year, but no one we know in person gave birth. Though a Facebook friend had a little boy on my birthday, I don’t think that counts. There are no flesh and blood babies in my life.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Edie’s cat died not long ago. His name was Nike. 18 years old and with a personality and stories that have the potential to be a best-seller … in America anyway. They just love their feisty pets with personality plus adventures down there.
5. What countries did you visit?
Went to the States as we do at least once every year. Last time we will pull the holiday trailer however. Longest to and from ever. While we were there we did the tourist thing. Saw sites I hadn’t visited since I was a teen. House on the Rock for instances, which is a highly overrated hoarder’s heaven and Galena, which is little more than an arts and crafts sale masquerading as a hip artist enclave.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
I don’t lack. it would be awesome if we could finish the renovations we started in 2010, so we could think about selling and moving closer to, if not actually in, civilization, but it’s not the most pressing matter.
If I wanted at all, the want was a tablet and after much assessing and comparing – Rob’s boss gave him an iPad as a “thank you” for a job well done. Want granted.
Oh, I would like a new bike. My husband has an awesome bike. I ‘d like one like it. But again, not a burning in my soul desire.
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Um …. can’t think of one. Nothing really happened. Okay, things happened, but not events that impacted me in a way that would etch a date on my brain matter.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I have cemented myself as a local teacher of yoga. I am surprised by how many people know of me or what I teach and when/where. I consider that an achievement.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmmmmmm. Failure? I would have said chocolate angel food cake because I haven’t been able to make one successfully from scratch, but I pulled that one off on Christmas Eve. So, no big failures this year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well, if you want to think of perimenapause as an illness (which it is and isn’t depending) than that.
You know how some people are always laying blame for this or that malady on hormones being out of balance or something? Turns out mine actually are. Working on that.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A pair of 1969 Curvy jeans from the Gap. Awesome. Also, a down filled winter jacket from Mark’s. Money well spent.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Well, my husband, Rob, continues to be fabulous. He re-roofed our house this summer, single-handedly, in spite of tornadic weather and gout in both of his ankles. Seriously impressive considering the rook is a 12/12 pitch that even had professional roofers bowing to him in homage.
13. Whose behavior appalled you?
The whole POTUS campaign in the US and pretty much everyone associated with it. The level of willful ignorance and appalling amount of disinformation on both sides decided me on whether or not to hang on to my US citizenship once I have become a Canadian citizenship, which will hopefully be in the coming year. I am just not like homelanders and I think that I never really did fit in down there.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Necessities and home improvement.15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I let myself care too much about the outcome of the US POTUS race. Not that there was much of a choice between the resident evil or the evil wanna be. One of my Facebook “friends”, a blogger of some renown who doesn’t know as much about politics, or reality, as she thinks she does, replied to a comment I left about “lesser evils” to the effect that I was morally bankrupt for not realizing that Obama was clearly not the evil one. He’s a “nice” guy. After all, his wife and kids love him.
But that just prompted me to recall Sondheim’s use of the word “nice” in Into the Woods. Nice is a catch-all word that means nothing of the kind. It’s the word we apply to things when we don’t want to really say what we think for fear of what others will think about us.
I also got really jazzed up about the provincial election here in Alberta and was frustrated by my inability as a landed immigrant to vote. I am so glad that when the next federal election rolls around, I will be a Canadian proper and able to participate in the electoral process. Though I twisted my husband’s arm on voting the PC’s back in – because Wildrose was simply unacceptable – if Trudeau ends up leading the Liberals, I might have to change allegiance even though the Alberta Lib leader, Raj Sherman, is an utter nob.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Goyte’s Someone that I Used to Know or anything by Fun.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? I continue to be remarkably happy.
b) thinner or fatter? I am thinner and probably in better shape than I have been in years.
c) richer or poorer? Personally, I am poorer because I have cut back on my self-employment, but on the whole, status remains quo.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gotten away for short holidays. Especially over the summer. We were far too home bound this year.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?.
Wasted my time on US politics.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With family. Children and Rob’s mom. Probably a bit more of the latter than we needed. There is a reason why after we’ve grown and moved out of our parents’ homes and on with our lives that we keep visits short and try to always stay in hotels when we do visit.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I remained in love and blissfully so. I know that sounds unreal that approaching six years of marriage, I am still very much into it, but I am.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Don’t watch actual broadcast tv. Don’t even have cable. We do have Netflix and I have tried to acquire a taste for tv shows ala carte, but tv is so boring. The acting is “meh” and the writing is generally atrocious.
If you like tv, nothing personal, but I have to wonder why and if something might be wrong with you.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, I still have a general distaste for the same few. No outright hate but I wouldn’t shed tears if any of these people were to meet with an untimely demise.
24. What was the best book you read?
Hilary Mantel’s follow-up to Wolf Hall called Bring Up the Bodies was excellent, and Susanna Kearsley’s The Rose Garden was brilliant.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
I wanted a tablet and lo, one appeared.
27. What did you want and not get?
I kinda hoped that Obama wouldn’t get re-elected simply because a new POTUS takes time to get up and running. Anything that would slow the evil that emanates from down there would have been a good thing.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Didn’t see a single film in the theatre. Can’t stand going to movies.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
We went to this great Indian buffet in Sherwood Park called A Taste of India. Excellent food. And I turned 49. It really feels about the same as the last two or three-ish years.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had gotten my letter from Canadian immigration telling me when and where to come to take my citizenship test.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Still very yoga.
32. What kept you sane?
Rob, as always. Though I don’t know if I keep him sane, but that wasn’t the question, was it.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t really do that.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The issues surrounding the extra-territoral taxation that the United States is attempting to foist upon Canada in contradiction of our Charter Rights. It’s clear over-reach and it threatens our sovereignty.
35. Who did you miss?
Not really sure what this question is asking, so I am going to ignore it again.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Did I meet anyone new?
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
If you can’t disagree without getting personal, foot-stomping or name-calling, you are probably not old enough to be allowed in a serious discussion.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck.
Some nights, I call it a draw.
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know anymore…