Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year's Survey

A survey to reflect on the year:

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?  Planned a wedding, got married, went to St. Lucia, survived a hurricane

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make resolutions last year, oddly enough.  This year I want to eat better, drink less, spend less, save more

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?  Oh my goodness!  Stephy had Christian in April, Melissa had Gianni in June, Kathryn had Abby in July, Brookie had Aiden in September, Abriel had Cal in September, Meghan had Sophie in September, and Susan had Logan in November.  Plus, Beth is due in February and Liza is due in March!  Needless to say, it was a very exciting year!

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thanks goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?  St. Lucia, in October/November

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn’t have in 2010?  A better attitude.  And healthier body

7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?  October 23 - our wedding.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?  Planning/throwing a successful wedding.

9. What was your biggest failure?   Not seeing all of our family at the wedding

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  This was a relatively healthy year for me

11. What was the best thing you bought?
  Our honeymoon.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?  My bridesmaids.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?  Someone who I thought I could count on but who really disappointed me this year...and continues to do so.

14. Where did most your money go?  The wedding and the honeymoon.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?  Our wedding.  Abriel's baby shower. 

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?  "Chasing Cars"

Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a. Happier
b. Fatter
c. Richer (barely)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?  Going to the gym

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?  Placating

20. How did you spend Christmas?  My mom's house on Christmas Eve, then to my dad's, then Matt's parents' the next day

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?  With Matt.  Every day.

22. What was your favorite TV program? 
True Blood.  United States of Tara.  Dexter. 

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  Hate is pretty extreme.  But there is definitely someone who's been building some strongly negative feelings.

24. What was the best book you read?  "Faithful Place," by Tana French.  Read it.  It's awesome.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?  Mumford and Sons

26. What did you want and get?  A husband

27. What did you want and not get?  USB-heated slippers

28. What was your favorite film of 2010?  Harry Potter 7.1, The Town, Black Swan

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?  I turned 31.  I think we went out for dinner.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  Less nonsense at work

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2010?  The same way I always describe it.  Comfortable classics.

32. What kept you sane?  Matt.  And my mom.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?  Oy.  The Tea Party.  I know that in and of itself is not really an "issue," but they made everything into an issue.  And that annoys.

34. Who did you miss?  Abes, Mish, and Liza.  None of that is new, though

35. Who was the best new person you met?  The 18-thousand babies I met this year were pretty great.  Also, my brother-in-law's new girlfriend is kind of awesome.  And our "new" social worker, Stacy.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.  People will let you down.  You don't need to apologize to them for your feelings about it. 

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