In the interest of actually getting back on the horse, I am stealing this from Jennifer and about a zillion other bloggers. I am nothing if not a follower, although if it's something that makes me take a look at myself and my world, how can that be bad?
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I did a lot of things in 2010 that were different, but nothing that I had never done before. Oh, except for handing a set of car keys to my youngest child and watching her drive away. *shudder*
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Actually I didn't make any resolutions for 2010. I don't generally make them. But I do have a plan for myself in 2011 -- exercise. I'm unhappy with my body and aggravated by my ongoing back issues, so I'm looking at pilates classes. I have done those before and I think it will be good for me. Hey, the pole-dancing grandma (with the same back problem) swears by it!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ha. A better question would be "Did anyone close to you enter menopause?" Ah, I kid. I have loads of friends still in their child-bearing years, but most of them are blog buds and nowhere near enough geographically for me to snuggle a baby.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
The husband of a chorus friend. And I was affected greatly by the death of a fellow cheer mom and the vegetative state of another.
5. What countries did you visit?
Nothing outside of the continental U.S., but the trips I took were legendary: Florida in February and Pennsylvania in July -- trips with different purposes that resulted in some awesome blog meet-ups with some of my favorite people (Karen, Michelle and the blog-less FrenchgirlRN, Jeni). In 2011, it will be Kaytabug! WHOOHOOO!
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Energy. And possibly a waistline.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- Cheer nationals in February -- the day my daughter sat in my lap after her team was flawless on the mats.
- The trip to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in July -- one of the best vacations in recent memory.
- December 7, 2010: the day my daughter got her driver's license and earned her independence.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I learned a lot at work. I gained some new skills there that make me more valuable. I learned how to be pretty darned good at sports photography and photoshop. But my biggest achievement is the new, improved and wonderful relationship I have with my 16-year-old daughter. The time we spent together this summer -- and the time we still spend together today? Precious beyond price.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Becoming a slug.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. A bulging disk between L-5 and S-1 that rests not-so-gently on the nerve root. The pain of this is not something you can describe or understand unless you have been there.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I don't understand this question. I was pretty good this year. :-)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Or this one. You mean like Lindsay Lohan or Miley Cyrus? Who cares?
14. Where did most of your money go?
That damned mortgage and tutoring (both SAT and chemistry) for the Roo-girl.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Singing with a Dixieland jazz band. LOVE that.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
"Happy Birthday, Sweet 16" (gotta love Neil Sedaka) for an obvious reason.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Sadder, fatter, poorer. Can I have a redo???
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cooking. I have become quite the expert at ordering in instead of doing it myself.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Zoning out in front of the computer. Of course, since I want to get back to blogging more regularly, this is a little contradictory, eh?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
I love our Christmas tradition of going to the movies with all the kids. We usually start months ahead of time debating what movie to see. This year, it took a foot-stamping from the mama to get the kids to take the initiative and come up with a selection. We changed our mind at the box office window, which turned out to be a good decision.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Well, I'm already in love -- with Wonderhubby and, of course, all my kids. So it's not really a fair question.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
It's hard to narrow this down to just one. I'm in love love love with "Dexter," "House" and "Parenthood." There are others I enjoy, but those are the must-not-misses. Oh, and "True Blood" is a guilty pleasure.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Yes. I'm not proud of it, but I do hate the mean girl who tormented Roo ... and I'm not particularly fond of the mean girl at my own workplace.
24. What was the best book you read?
Hmmm, actually I can't remember which books I read this year and which I read last year. But I adore Joshilyn Jackson's books, "Water for Elephants" and the Sookie Stackhouse series.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm a confirmed country music lover. The one who jumped out at me this year was Jerrod Niemann, whose "Lover, Lover" knocks me out every time.
26. What did you want and get?
27. What did you want and not get?
One of these.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
"The King's Speech" and "Harry Potter."
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I really did have the best birthday this year. My co-workers made it incredibly special with a special "Happy Birthday" sign over my desk and a poem written by a colleague that they all "edited" as if they were doing my job. It doesn't translate well, but it is the most hilarious thing EVER.
Dinner was with my husband, my BFF and her husband -- yummy barbecue. After which I took to my bed with laryngitis and flu and didn't move again for three days.
So yeah, welcome to 58.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being pain-free. (Wow, how depressing is THIS??)
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Ha. I'm a sloppy sweatshirt and jeans girl. I strip off the "business casual" attire of my work day as soon as I walk in the door.
32. What kept you sane?
My best friend -- and a bunch of crazy wonderful fabulous people on Plurk. Without them, I would have exploded. Love you guys ...
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't. Although if Hugh Laurie, Toby Keith or Michael C. Hall knocked on my door, I'd be outta here.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage. Because of this.
35. Who did you miss?
I miss some of the people at newspaper. I was there 29 years, and sometimes I spent more time with them than I did my own family. There are two women in particular whose daily contact I miss the most.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Some of the new members of our team at work.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
"This too shall pass."
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I don't have one that sums up the year, but I do have one that sums up my current happy life with WH:
May 2011 bring you every happiness and good health. After all, without that, what else is there?