2011 – The End

I did this at the end of 2009 and thought it would be fun to re-visit it for 2011.  What a year!

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

I went to Seattle twice this year.  I had never been to the beautiful Pacific Northwest before.  Now that the hubs’s office is out of the Seattle area, I anticipate many more trips to beautiful Seattle.  

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

My New Years resolution for 2011 was to lose the 17 pounds I had gained by being complacent.  I joined Weight Watchers in March and became much more active.  I discovered that I love exercise.  My New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to take a weight lifting class (strong muscles are more important the older you get) and to relax and have fun.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Going over to my parents-in-law’s house and spending time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who surprised us for coming home for Christmas.  My in-law’s always have a fun New Year’s party.  This year we’re eating Prime Rib.  Oh yeah, baby!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

The hubs’s lost his paternal grandmother in April.  Charlotte was always so sweet to me.  She will be missed.

5. What countries did you visit?

I wish!  I’ve never left the country.  Denmark, the UK, Australia, Canada, South America, are all on my bucket list.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

More patience.  Learning patience has been a life-long struggle for me.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 31, 2011 – Casey started his new job with a High Tech Company and it changed our lives completely in all good ways.  We also thought we were going to have to move to WA for several months, so finding out we could stay in UT was also a good day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I haven’t had a kidney infection in a year after seeking specialist services.  This might not seem like a big achievement to some, but I’ve been pain free for a year and to me that’s an accomplishment.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Gossiping.  Some times my human nature gets in the way of me being my best self.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The usual bronchitis I get with my asthmatic stricken lungs, but other than that, I’ve enjoyed great health this year.  

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Plane tickets to spend Spring Break in NYC with my daughter.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, bills, food, kids, shoes, books.  In that order.

13. What song will always remind you of 2011?

“Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5.  One of the first things the hubs said to me in recovery after his surgery was, “I’ve got the moves like Jagger.”  Hilarious.  

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

Training for the half marathon I dropped out of in August.  I should have just bucked up and done it.

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

Stressing out about situations and people I have no control over.  I can’t control a lot of what happens in life, but I can control how I react to things that happen in my life.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

Community continues to be the best sitcom on TV.  NBC is crazy for putting it on hiatus.  New ones that I discovered this year and loved are Being Human and Game of Thrones.  I can’t wait for both their second seasons in 2012.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is a strong word. Does Newt Gingrich count?

18. What was the best book you read?

House Rules by Jodi Picoult.  I understand Asperger’s syndrome in a way I never would have because of that book.  Other good ones:  Sarah’s Key, The President’s Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White, Wicked, The Baby Thief, and Half-Broke Horses.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Adele is a musical genius.  

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Soul Surfer, Bridesmaids, and The Help were the three films that drove me to the theater this year.  

21. What did you do on your birthday?

I flew up to Seattle for the first time to join the hubs who was already there on a business trip.  We went to lunch with one of his co-workers and then back to the hotel to take a nap.  Then we drove around Issaquah, Lake Sammamish and Maple Valley looking at houses since we thought we’d be moving there soon.  Then we went and had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Bellevue.  We spent the next 3 days in Seattle and went to the Seattle waterfront, took a harbor cruise, and the Aquarium when we weren’t driving around looking at houses.  We ate lots of good food and had fun just the two of us.

22. What kept you sane?

The hubs, my bestie, K, the love of my children, and exercise.

23. Who did you miss?

My mother. Always and forever.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

I’ve met lots of new people this year that I thought were awesome.  A lot of new people in our neighborhood are cool.  And every one of the hubs’s co-workers that I met at his company’s holiday party were exceptionally nice. 

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:

When you have a choice whether to be right or to be kind, choose to be kind.


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