31 December 2013

2013 - In Review

I like to do the year in review because it gives me a chance to really reflect on the year. If you find it as boring as can be, I don't mind of you skip it.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
The majority of bread our family ate in 2013 was homemade. By me.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never ran an entire 5K without stopping, but I did run/walk in a couple of 5K races. I also allowed myself to stop reading books I wasn't interested in, and I feel like I was a more present parent.

I probably will make some for next year. We'll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I got two new nephews this year, and lots of my friends had babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Eric's great-aunt died. She was sort of a stand-in Grandma for that side of the family since her sister (Eric's grandma) died fairly young. Because of that we knew her better than any other great aunt or uncle.

5. What countries did you visit?
Not only did I not leave the country this calendar year, but I did hardly any traveling at all.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A fancy camera.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I guess December 3 since I had a near-accident on the icy highway, but truthfully I had to look up on Facebook to figure out exactly what day that incident occurred on.

8. What was your biggest personal achievement of the year?
I solved some fairly tough genealogy cases including some adoption cases that involved me having to figure out which parts of the adoption papers were accurate and which were not.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know about this one. I certainly had several,  but none in particular stands out as the biggest.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was sick a lot this year. And there was the incident with the horse.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My KitchenAid, hands down.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I am on a new team at work, and I really like my supervisor. He is usually worth celebrating.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
John Boehner. Can't stand that man.

14. Where did most of your money go?
We had to buy two new-to-us cars this year. TWO.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
We were pretty excited when Eric got a new job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
The Irish ballad version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." I hadn't even heard the original until a few weeks ago.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) Happier
b) Same.
c) Poorer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading, hiking, exercising.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Staring at my phone or at a computer screen.

20. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I got a smart phone this year, and I really like it. Probably not love, though.

21. What was your favorite TV program?
We're really enjoying watching West Wing. I'm not sure what we'll do when we're out of episodes.

22. What was the best book you read?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and its sequel Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor.

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don't really listen to much music. I did join my ward choir this year, though.

24. What did you want and get?
A KitchenAid mixer, right after complaining in last year's summary that it was something I wanted and didn't get.

25. What did you want and not get?
A fancy camera.

26. What was your favorite film of this year?
Lincoln, hands down. (It came out in 2012, but we didn't get around to seeing it until early 2013.)

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29, and I worked. We went out for dinner and shopping that weekend.

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having fewer arguments with a toddler.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
I wore more skinny jeans than not-skinny-jeans this year.

30. What kept you sane?
Having a grown-up-job outside of my home a couple of days a week.

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