1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Outside of raising a 2-year-old and all the things that accompany this oh-so-terrible/terrific age, 2011 felt pretty uneventful compared to past years. I’m not complaining, but I hope 2012 is a bit more exciting.
–Finally going for a pro bra fitting, investing in some decent underthings
–Going meatless in May
–San Diego Comic-Con
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last January, I reviewed by decade “to-do” list and realized I’d actually crossed off quite a few items. I then decided to bring into sharper focus a few select items from the decade list, and also created a more specific list for 2011. In review, I didn’t knock the list out of the park, but I didn’t completely fail, either.
In 2011, I managed to:
Take a dance class
–Nia & Zumba count, I think.
Grow my hair out
–Still a work on progress, but it’s getting longer and I like it!
Get back into hiking
–Um, I went on ONE hike with Kerri, but that ONE hike (to Snow Lake) reinvigorated in me a desire to do more hiking in 2012. Kerri, you’re totally tasked with helping me accomplish this!
Take a family vacation to Mexico
–We kinda-sorta accomplished this with a cruise to Ensenada, but Rowan didn’t even get off the boat in Mexico!
Find and try a spin cycling class
–Heck yes, I joined a local studio where for a reasonable monthly fee, I can take unlimited group fitness classes like Zumba, spin, yoga, barre, etc. I was nervous about my first spin class after several years off the bike, but it was … just like riding a bike! Heh. I wish I’d taken more classes, but I’m planning to remedy this in 2012.
Sign Rowan up for swimming lessons
–We did this! Rowan didn’t really learn anything, but it was fun to get in the water with him and sing silly songs. I think this year we’ll look into a class that actually teaches him some basic skills.
Get a promotion at work
–Not the promotion I hoped for, but I got a promotion, nonetheless.
Organize our garage
–We got rid of some stuff, but our garage is still packed to the gills, mostly with baby stuff we no longer need now that Rowan is *sniff* not a baby anymore. We still have some work to do in there with regard to organization.
See a band or musical act we’ve never seen live before
–In April, we saw Paul Simon in concert. At 70, the guy’s still got it. It was fun, especially for Roth who grew up listening to Graceland on repeat.
There are quite a few items on my two lists left untouched, but I will make a new list for 2012 and revisit whether or not those items should carry over into the new year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Laurie had a second baby girl named Josie. My friend Andrea had a third baby, a boy named Henry. And two colleagues had first babies – a girl named River, and a boy named Arlo. Lots of cooing little babies in our social circle!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico! We stopped in Ensenada on my in-laws’ anniversary cruise in June. I’m really glad we decided not to stay in the touristy part of town and took the (kinda sketchy) 45-minute bus ride out to La Bufadora, which seemed a little more authentic than just hanging out at Senor Frogs, or wherever. Also fun to hang out with my bro-in-law and his girlfriend, sans kid-in-tow.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More professional confidence. More date nights with Roth.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 13, my birthday. I took the day off from work (a Thursday) and had a complete and utter “me” day that begun with a visit to a Korean spa, followed by lunch out with Roth, and a midday movie (Drive) before picking Rowan up from daycare. It was perfect, just what I wanted for my 32nd birthday.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think I really came into my own with regard to my career. Last year, I resolved to get a promotion at work, and I did, sort of. While I didn’t get the exact title I proposed during my annual review, I did the work required to earn the respect of my peers and in turn gained the experience that my resume had been lacking.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Any of the numerous times I lost my temper or patience with Rowan.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Outside of two nasty back-to-back sinus infections at the beginning of the year, I’ve remained healthy all year. Roth and Rowan remained relatively unscathed, too.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably silly, but my iPhone. I don’t know how I lived without one for so long. Roth finally got a smart phone, too, so we’re both connected, which makes life so much easier. A monthly membership to Community Fitness. Zumba classes kept me sane. This toilet seat. (Seriously.)
12. Where did most of your money go?
In this order: mortgage, daycare, car payment, personal loan payments. Starting in January, we’ll be making huge strides to change our debt-to-income ratio, to make life a whole lot easier, financially speaking.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Our June cruise. Our Oregon coast beach house getaway with my mom and step dad in August. East and west coast book launch parties for work.
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
“Nevermind I’ll stab someone like yoooooooou.” Anything by Adele, which was overplayed on every single radio station on my car’s dial. I think Adele needs to take a year-long vacation starting in January. This year, I enjoyed the heck out of sub-par dance-type music, more of last year’s fave Mumford & Sons, Death Cab’s new album Codes & Keys, Seattle darlings The Head and the Heart, and “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
–happier or sadder? Happier, for sure.
–thinner or fatter? Maybe a wee bit thinner, but definitely more physically fit.
–richer or poorer? Same level of poor.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
As always, more writing – here, there, everywhere. I wish I’d documented more of Rowan’s life, in writing and in photos. Yoga. Cooking and baking. Reading.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Bickered. Yelled. Stewed.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
It was the in-laws’ year to have us for the holiday, so we drove 15 hours in one shot from Seattle to Sonora, and spent a lovely five days there, eating, laughing and lounging entirely too much. My dad and step mom came up to their house on Christmas Day for dinner, which was great, since I usually don’t get to see them on the actual holiday. Afterward, we visited my dad for a couple days before starting the trek back to Seattle, with stops in Redding to see Roth’s grandma and in Portland, where we stayed with Nanette and family.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights (I can’t believe it’s over), Parks & Rec (the United Nations episode remains one of my favorite), Parenthood
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Catching Fire (the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy)
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Isn’t this the same question as #15? See above.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
If 2010 was the year of James Franco, then 2011 was the year of Ryan Gosling. Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Super 8, Horrible Bosses
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less stressing about money. This is going to change in 2012. It has to.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Nothing changed from 2010 to 2011. I still wore the same tired jeans, dingy white Cons, pullover sweaters. I need to do a major dresser and closet overhaul this month to purge the crap and assess what I really need in terms of wardrobe basics. I still rely too heavily on cheap, practically disposable clothing from Target and Old Navy.
26. What kept you sane?
Zumba. Daily gchats with Kerri (this was on my 2010 list, too!). Actual, meaningful conversations with Rowan. Roth’s jokes
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Time spent reading dozens of books in bed with Rowan is better than time spent doing anything else.
Happy New Year, everyone! Bring on the 2012!