So I'm only 23 days late! I thought last year was bad when I posted this one week into the new year. By now everyone has given up on their resolutions and I'm just now declaring mine. Maybe I'll motivate someone to keep going past National Quitters Day? Yeah right... read on for a giggle.
Let's have a quick look back before we charge forward into 2012.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?I ran and finished a half marathon.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can't recall if I made any last year so I guess that means I didn't break any! I am making some for the coming year, mostly about prioritizing my health, making small adjustments to my diet and exercise lack-of routine. Striving for balance and accepting the irregularity of life with young children and husband who travels way too much.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, a few friends had babies.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My grandfather. He was 99. He died on December 12th at about 10:30 in the morning. I was with him and I am very thankful that I was able to be there in that moment because he deserved to die with dignity and I feel like I was able to bring him a small amount of that in his last days. And I don't think people should have to die alone. It was such a peaceful transition, strange but gentle.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. I went to Moab, Utah, and in a way, that's sort of like a whole other country.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More time. I think I said this last year, so if I think beyond the impossible, I'd like to take my kids more places, do more family activities, do things I've never done before.
I want to PR in my 5K time and possibly even my 10K time, which means a sub-30 minute 5K and a sub-60 minute 10K.
I want to get more sleep and have a better happy::stress ratio.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The successes that I helped Noah achieve and mastering the solo-parenting gig.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Being so hard on myself. (same as last year, let's work on this again, eh?)
Also, I need to put more effort into my marriage.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness. Lots of child-vectored germy flu-like illnesses that featured a variety of unpleasant bodily fluids.
(Ditto last year.)
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A renovated room for Noah to have therapy in the basement. I spent three thousand dollars and gave up my storage in this tiny little house but it was well worth the sacrifice. I love having him home every afternoon.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage. Noah's therapy/school tuition. Target. Oy ... same as 2010.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Mallory becoming a conversing, playful, adorable little toddlerette.
14. What song will always remind you of 2010?Adele: Someone Like You, it played at the exact same time every morning after I dropped off Noah at school.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter.
– richer or poorer? More comfortable financially.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More sleeping, more exercising, more positivity.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less stressing, less staying awake just to have time spent not being MOM.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Eating Chinese food, playing with the kids and not-showering. Perfect!
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Parenthood, Biggest Loser, Real Housewives of OC and Beverly Hills, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Happens All the Time by Isabel Gilles
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Whatever was on my iPod. I'm very behind in my pop culture, very.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
See above 21. Nothing. I didn't go to a theater not even one time. I did watch a movie with Marc many months ago but I can't recall what it was. And it probably came out like three years ago. Sigh...
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I don't even remember. I think it was just a dinner at home with my family. Georgetown Cupcakes were involved.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I really can't think of anything. Really. I mean, more money, sure, more time, absolutely! A smaller waistline, YES PLEASE, but really, my family is healthy and my kids are growing and thriving in their own time, we have fresh healthy food each day, a superbly supportive family, a warm home that we can easily afford. I am very satisfied with my life. I am thankful for my life.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I've started trying to make the workout clothes match, so, progress? Also, some swanky ORANGE running shoes that are still turning heads.
26. What kept you sane?
Exercise, Stephanie, and Words With Friends
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Keep evolving, question everything, trust your gut, don't be afraid to be vulnerable.