Twenty ten

In all my years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever participated in this popular annual recap meme. I always enjoy reading other people’s responses, so I thought I’d give it a go.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I recently had my eyebrows professionally shaped and waxed for the first time. Over the last several years, I’ve been growing them back from Unfortunate Overplucking in my early 20s, and they’d gotten sort of unruly. I’d long admired Sizzle’s brows, so I went to her gal and had a wonderful first experience. I’ve still got some growing out and filling in to do, but soon I’ll reveal them!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make a traditional list of resolutions for 2010, but I did made a long-term list of goals to strive for over the course of the next decade. Of the myriad items on that list, I did manage to accomplish several of them this past year, such as:

Remodel the kitchen
Revamp my blog
Go to at least one concert every year (Jamie Cullum, David Gray, Ray LaMontagne)
Paint our bedroom walls
Shop Etsy more often
Buy Roth a different car (This was necessary after he totaled his ‘97 Acura in February. He now drives an 02’ Nissan Altima.)
Buy Roth a high-definition flat-screen TV (Huzzah! We got such a great deal.)
Start putting into my 401k again (Starting small with just $50 per paycheck, but something is better than nothing.)
Visit Tawny in San Francisco (We got to see my best friend as part of our surprise trip to California for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday.)

While many others have come into sharp focus for 2011:

Read a book every month
Grow my hair out
Remodel the laundry room
Get back into hiking
Plan, save for and take a family vacation to Hawaii
Host another fancy, themed dinner party (Bastilla again, anyone?)

(I’ll post a complete list for 2011 in the next few days.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Two cousins on my mom’s side and a close work colleague and his wife had their first baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I can’t say that I was close to this person, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the tragic death of 17-year-old Natia Gorgen. She was the adopted daughter of my mother-in-law’s cousin, whom I’d spent time with two different summers, most recently in 2008 for Roth’s grandma’s 90th birthday and family reunion. She died in a car accident, having presumably fallen asleep at the wheel on her way to early morning swim practice. She was going to be a senior in high school, and she had her whole life ahead of her.

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5. What countries did you visit?
Canada, baby! I attended TequilaCon with Kerri and Angella in Vancouver.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More patience with my son. More physical energy. Clear skin.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The weekend in October that we spent in California for Roth’s mom’s 60th birthday. We’d planned the trip for months, and amazingly, we managed to surprise his mom twice. Rowan really seemed to bond with his grandparents and uncle that trip, too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think this in an ongoing achievement, actually, that I manage to pull off the working mom gig day in and day out. I’m pretty happy with where my career is headed, and Rowan still seems to be thriving at daycare.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Any of the numerous times I lost my patience or felt frustrated with being a mom.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Outside of the run-of-the-mill colds, we’ve all stayed relatively healthy this year. I did suffer a really bad sinus infection that seemed to last for weeks.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our dishwasher. How we ever lived without one for so. many. years, I will never know.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage and daycare. We’ll be paying off the kitchen remodel, too, for a couple years.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Our kitchen remodel. I’m still in awe that it was completed in just a week.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
“Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. I just love the lyric, “Home is wherever I’m with you.”

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter. Definitely fatter.
– richer or poorer? About the same, I think. Well, maybe a little richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading. I made it a goal for myself to read at least one book every month, but I didn’t quite get there. I did, however, read more this year than I have since college. But, I still think I can be reading more and watching TV less.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sit in traffic. Snack from the office candy bowl.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home, with my two favorite boys.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
This was the year I finally discovered Friday Night Lights. I’m sad it’s going to be over in 2011.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Room by Emma Donoghue
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Mumford & Sons
Broken Bells
Contra, Vampire Weekend
Soundtrack to Moon

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
127 Hours, The Social Network, Inception

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Roth and Rowan took me to pizza at Tutta Bella on a Wednesday night. I turned 31.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Had I worked out, like, at all.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Is it clean? Yes. Does it have any visible rips or tears? No. OK, I’ll wear that, then, paired with my growing ever-more dirty white Cons. (I need to step it up in 2011.)

26. What kept you sane?
Daily chats with Kerri. Trips down to California with Rowan to see my mom. Pho lunches with my co-workers. A clean kitchen every morning. (God, I love our dishwasher. And my husband who gladly loads/unloads it almost every night/morning.)

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I think what I’ve struggled with the most this past year is how to be a good mom. Sometimes I think I do OK; other times, not so much. But what I do know is, I’m a work in progress. I’ve only had two years of on-the-job training, and the learning curve is really steep. I can’t imagine I’ll ever really feel like I’ve got it all figured out, but you know: that’s OK. The love I feel for my son — and the love he gives me — is the fuel I need to keep trying to be better.

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6 Comments

  1. Love.Your.Mom

    Sounds like it was basically a good year. I raised you and Jimmy by the seat of my pants..somehow you both turned out ok and bottom line is you both know how much I love each of you .. Then and now. There will always be better days than others with Rowan or any child for that matter. You are a very good mom who needs to take it easier on yourself. Try to relax more and breathe more on the more challenging moments.

  2. Kate

    Funny that you brought up eyebrows, I was just dreading my pseudo 12 year high school reunion last night because of the overabundance of Unfortunate Overplucking that inflicts my town. I have trouble looking people with thin eyebrows in the eye. I think I need help.

    On another beauty note, my skin has gone to hell in the past two years…far worse than I ever remember it as a teen. I contracted my first cold of the year three weeks ago, and decided to drink as much water as I could (without drowning myself) to help kick it. My skin cleared up within a week. I’d been trying EVERYTHING, and of course, it’s the stupidest solution ever. So, 2011 resolution is to drink 12 oz when I wake up, 12 oz after breakfast, 12 oz with lunch, etc. Magic!

    I like the yearly recap, too.

  3. Sharon

    I just bought the Room book (it came in the mail yesterday) and I can’t wait to read it. I really liked your recap of 2010! Do the days go faster after kids or is it just me???

  4. I think most moms think they could do better when the majority of them are doing a really good job. You’re one of those. :-)

    I still need to see 127 Hours!

  5. I agree with Sizzle. It’s hard not to think we could do better. And while I don’t know you face to face, just by reading your posts and e-mails, I think you’re a wonderful mom. :)

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