Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 End of Year Review

What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
I think that I stayed in a hotel all alone for the first time. I also think that I shot a bb gun for the first time. It's possible that I had done these things before and forgotten (especially the bb gun) but I don't think so. I know that I went to my very first comic book convention this past spring. That was cool.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I sort of kept my resolutions. I did start a blog, but I did not update it anywhere near 3 times a week. I don't think I'm going to make any new ones this year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?
No. Thank goodness. The previous year was quite enough of that.

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013.
I'm not sure what to put here...I mean, a fat bank account would be nice, but mostly, I am content.

What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Pfffttt...I couldn't remember a specific date if my life depended on it. 

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buying a new to us truck with cash. Well, a check. 

What was your biggest failure?
Trying to work my way through the health insurance system. I don't know if it was my failure or theirs but it was definitely a big fat FAIL. I'll get it sorted sooner or later, though.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
A back injury that put me out flat for 6 weeks. It's still not perfect and probably never will be, but if I'm careful...I can manage.

What was the best thing you bought?
Either the aforementioned truck or my laptop. Although I can't quite remember if I bought the computer in Dec or 2012 or Jan of 2013. lol

Whose behavior merited praise?
I'm pretty proud of my kids. The oldest got straight A's this last semester at Berea College and my younger son graduated from high school. My daughter has finally started to enjoy reading and writing and has greatly improved this past year.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
So many retailers. Opening on Thanksgiving...honestly!

Where did most of your money go?
Groceries, utilities, a truck, and a great vacation.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Spending a whole week alone with my husband. A night in the mountains, 5 nights in Myrtle Beach and then a night in Berea on the way home. It was awesome.

What song will always remind you of 2013?
I never know new music, but I discovered these Vintage Cafe albums on Spotify this year and I've been loving them.

Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

thinner or fatter?
Thinner. At my last checkup I was down another 15 pounds from my 2012 physical. 

richer or poorer?
Same more or less

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spending time in the sun. I'm really missing it now.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying. I'm one big ball of anxiety and worry and it's pointless.

How did you be spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with the inlaws and Christmas day with my family.

Did you fall in love in 2013?
More with my husband every day.

How many one night stands?
No. God lord, no. lol

What was your favorite TV program?
My new favorite was Sleepy Hollow. My rediscovered favorite was Stargate:Atlantis.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year
Yes. There are 2 new people on my list unfortunately and they both wound up on there by messing with my family.

What was the best book you read?
The Stargate: Atlantis Legacy series. Love them.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Vintage Cafe. Lounge and Jazz covers. Some are hilarious and some are awesome but they are all super relaxing to me.

What did you want and get?
A fabulous week at the beach with my husband.

What did you want and not get?
To win the lottery. lol

What was your favorite film this year?
Riddick. It was great.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
38 and I don't really remember. Erik and I kind of postponed our birthdays until our vacation and went out a few extra times on that trip for our birthdays and anniversary.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I was pretty satisfied with my year. I can't think of anything more that I needed.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Hippie Hipster Mommy Chic

What kept you sane?
Internet, vacation, coffee, music, my garden.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Vin Diesel

What political issue stirred you the most?
Ugh. Politics. I'll pass.

Who did you miss?
My son while he was away at school. 

Who was the best new person you met?
While serving on the homeschool support group board I got friendly with one of the other members. It's no wonder she turned out to be so awesome....we wound up figuring out that we are distant cousins. LOL

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
"What goes around, comes around. And sometimes you get what comes around... and sometimes you *are* what comes around." -- Jim Butcher (Grave Peril)

Quote a song that sums up your year.
I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

"Well I know what's right, I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground and I won't back down"

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