2013 in Review

3 Jan

I found this at a blog I read, and variations of it seem to be all over, so I am going to do this thing and try to continue to do this thing on a regular basis.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Um, represented myself in a court hearing?  Went to Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America and rode lots of rides?  Many, many things at work that I didn’t ever do before (newish job and all that)?  I don’t feel that this was that particularly exciting of a year.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Honestly, I can’t even remember if I had resolutions.  I always resolve to read a certain amount of books, and I did that.  I will probably make resolutions for this year, but have to think about it a little bit.

3. Did anyone close to you have a child?
My friend Amy had a baby, but I can’t think of anyone else.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Granny.

5. Where did you travel?
Miami, FL and about 4 trips to South Dakota.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More inner calm (less anxiety).  I don’t think that my life lacked anything in 2013.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?
7/6 – Rhett and Vineth’s wedding.
12/5 – Granny

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think that I had quite a lot of achievements at work that I can be proud of.  Most recently, wrapping up development sessions on the module that I am working on, while still helping other teams and learning a lot about business software and soaking up as much information as possible (always good to know everything!).  I think that I have proven myself as an invaluable member of our team and am very excited about the project that we’re working on.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t know if I really failed at anything.  Sometimes, I am kind of a failure at home.  And, I did fail at fitness this year.  I went to the gym, but was not the best at really re-claiming my body.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  No.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My new camera!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?  Steve.  He is a rock.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?   I don’t really want to talk about it.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage and child care.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?   Our family trip to Miami.  Taking the entire winter break off work.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?   Oh, god.  Probably Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus or Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.  Actually, I don’t know if I will remember that those songs came out in 2013, but I think that I will recall certain events when I hear those songs…and then piece together that it was 2013.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) a little sadder.  Though, I was kind of sad this time last year, too.  So, maybe the same?  I’m not unhappy, but I am not terribly happy, either.  It’s been sad with Granny.  I’m sad about a few other things, too.  And, I still have my dumb anxieties that make me sad.
b) about the same.  No matter what I do, good or bad, I kind of just stay the same.
c) Richer in some ways (retirement, house value), poorer in others (I just spent a shit ton of money over break with Rowan).  It’s probably a draw and I am probably about the same….maybe a teeny bit richer if you look at total net worth.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More time with the kids where I wasn’t into my own world and was really engaged in whatever was happening.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?  I do a lot of mindless surfing of the internet on my iPhone, and I wish I had done less of that.  Less Candy Crush, too. 

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Oh, that was a fun time!  My family came in on Sunday, and we had days of togetherness.  Our little family Christmas was that Sunday morning, then dinner at my sister’s that night.  Shopping with my family on Monday, and dinner that night.  Christmas Eve at my aunt’s, then we dropped Rowan off at her dad’s and spent the evening with my family.  We went to Steve’s parent’s on Christmas Day AND went there for dinner the day after.  Lots of family.  It was a whirlwind.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?  No.

22. What was your favorite TV program?   Breaking Bad.

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

24. What was the best book you read? 
Either “Cutting for Stone” or “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Probably The Phantom of the Opera.  Ha!

26. What did you want and get?  
A new DSLR camera.  That was not expected, though.  It just kind of happened.

27. What did you want and not get?
Nothing.  I always get what I want.  *WINK*

28. What was your favorite film of this year?  My favorite film that I went to in the theater was “Frozen”, followed by “About Time”.  My favorite film that I saw on DVD was “The Descendants”.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
I turned 33.  We had pizza and wine at my house with my siblings.  It was pretty laid back. 

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can’t think of one thing that would have made it IMMEASURABLY satisfying.  It was not a bad year.  It was just….a year.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Boring!

32. What kept you sane?
Coffee.  Books.  Dan.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This is kind of a dumb question.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I am not really big into issues.  Gay Marriage was an important thing here.  OH, and SNAP benefits being reduced.  That really bothers me.

35. Who did you miss? 
No one, really.  I probably need to see more people, but I didn’t really miss anyone.  I missed my mom when I didn’t see her from July until October.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I already knew this person (through my brother), but becoming better friends with my friend Kari was good.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.  Life is short.  I guess I already knew that, though.

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2 Responses to “2013 in Review”

  1. Missy January 4, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    HEY! I had a baby too. 😉

    • erin January 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      I think that this means we need to see each other again!!! 🙂

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