2011 in Review

So, I have gone back and forth about writing a year end post and had mostly decided not to because I just didn’t have it in me to delve through the year and find links and blah blah blah. And then I stumbled across Sundry’s yearly recap and decided that I could totally answer 27 questions about 2011. And that will be a good way to finish out 2011. And it allows me to stay lazy, which is obviously key.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Got knocked up. I promise that won’t be the answer to everything. I also bought my first new car all by myself. Okay, so my husband was there, but it was my hard-assery that got us the price we wanted. And I only had to call my dad 800 times for support. Whatever.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Nope and yes. My resolutions last year were to be healthier, which hilariously included more fruits and vegetables and fewer carbohydrates. I would argue that I have actually made some pretty decent headway on my fruit/veggie consumption. I think the fact that I’m not discussing the carbohydrates while I sit next to a virtually empty box of See’s Candy can fill in the rest of that for you.

For 2012 my resolution is to try to worry less. Because I can see how being a mother is going to make me a basket case and I’m trying to slow the crazy train down before it reaches the station, so to speak.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I had a few friends in real life and on the internet, but no family or close friends. 2012 is going to be the year of the babies, I’m pretty sure.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no. A great-aunt on my dad’s side, who I was fortunate enough to see (for the first time in YEARS) just a few months before she passed away.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. We went to New York twice, New Orleans and I got a trip to San Diego, but no passports were required in 2011. Nor for the next 20 years.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Financial security. ahahahahahahahaha. Because obviously graduating from graduate school and having a baby in one month is likely to bring about exactly that. Check back with me in 20 years when our loan forgiveness has finally come through.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 29th, 2011. The day I woke up and decided to pee on a stick, not because I thought I was pregnant by any means, but because I just wanted to double check. And I was. And I woke my husband up 5 minutes before his alarm to tell him and spent the entire rest of that day floating outside myself, because holy shit, a baby.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finishing my last semester of classroom learning (EVER) and getting straight As in my last 2 semesters of graduate school.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to spend as much time as I would like with my family.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ahahahahaha. The headaches persist, I fractured a bone in my hand (which healed beautifully), though I have to say that 2011 required many fewer medical tests and bills than the years preceding it. Even with ultrasounds and OB visits.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My car, my phone (on a cellular network that actually gets service).

12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, to pay for my air conditioning habits, new car, MRIs.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Feeling my baby kick for the first time. Finding out we’re having a son. Tamales.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Fix You by Coldplay or by Mr. Shuster.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Unquestionably happier. Absurdly happy.
– thinner or fatter? Waaaaaay fatter. I can only blame the baby for some of it.
– richer or poorer? About the same, though I would argue we’re doing better at managing our finances.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Cooking at home, spending time with my husband and family.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying. Dry heaving.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family, freaking out because they baby decided to sit completely still for 24 hours.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Everything on the Food Network, Modern Family, Up All Night, Glee

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read very little in 2011, but I think I got through and enjoyed all of James Patterson’s new books.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Don’t judge me, but I never listen to new stuff, I always listen to music on my iPhone. So pretty much the Glee soundtrack, the Spider-Man Broadway soundtrack and a few others here and there.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
The final Harry Potter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I literally cannot remember seeing any other movies. That’s so sad.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
28 (though about 80% of the time, I’m still sure I’m 27) and I played in a softball game (I got an out for the other team and two for mine…) and went out to dinner with my husband and several of the other softball players.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Booze. No, I’m kidding. Aside from better management of the anxiety in my brain, I cannot think of anything that would’ve made this year more satisfying.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Couch comfortable. I know what I like, it can usually be found at Gap or Ann Taylor, and leggings and tights are not pants unless your shirt can be confused for a dress. Just saying.

26. What kept you sane?
Zofran, my sister, sleep, good friends.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

I think I finally began to see how invaluable worrying is. I haven’t managed to eradicate it from my life by any means, but I’ve really realized that it gets me no where and that staying calm makes almost everything more manageable. I think I realized that I’m a lot stronger than I’ve given myself credit for. And that my marriage, my family is immeasurably important to me.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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I'm Katie, a 30-year-old, wife, mom, former teacher-turned PT, who also had brain surgery in November of 2007. This blog chronicles my daily life, from mundane to crazy, often with far too much detail. Sit down, get comfortable and stay for a while.
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