In lieu of storytelling. A meme.

I am actually one of those people who enjoy reading these surveys by other bloggers. I love knowing detail. (Long ago, and far away from now, I was a journalism student. Turns out, I hate asking questions, but am really good at listening to answers.)

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Not much. It was a quiet year. 

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't usually make resolutions. I get disappointed when I don't keep the,

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my best friend. 

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Sadly, yes. We said farewell to my Uncle in March. We're still a little sad about that

5. What countries did you visit?
The Caribbean. 

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
More peace. More sleep.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 1, 2012, the day my uncle died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Honestly, nothing stands out, it was a good year, but nothing was outstanding.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I got into a stupid argument with a local business and I let it eat at me for too long.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, nothing serious. I did find out I need surgery on a benign growth on my left hand.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Food, clothes, coffees and treats at my friend's coffee shop, again, nothing major. Although, my adorable husband bought me a new laptop, which is pretty sweet.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My kid's teachers, for putting up with them and their classmates, day in and day out. Any teachers anywhere, really. Anyone who keeps and cares of us when we can't do it for ourselves.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I can't answer that. There are too many to number some times.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, clothing for my kids. Coffee and milk boxes at the coffee shop. And late in the year, I discovered Uniqlo and plan to spend a lot more money there.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our vacation.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Hey Soul Sister, by Train. Only because Claire used to try to sing it, and that was pretty cute

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:  a) happier or sadder?  b) thinner or fatter?  c) richer or poorer? 
I'm about the same, across the board

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Enjoyed the blessings I have

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Yell at my kids.

20. How did you spend Christmas? 
Whoo boy, how do Hobbits celebrate Christmas? We had a family Hannukah party in mid-December; a pre-Christmas Eve family dinner on the 23rd; we spent Christmas Eve just the four of us. We went back to my parents' house on Christmas day, had my inlaws over on the Saturday after Christmas; and rounded out the season with a brunch on New Year's Day for my birthday. Damn. No wonder my pants are too tight. 

21. Did you fall in love with 2012?
No. But I didn't hate it either. That's good, right?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Parenthood is pretty consistently awesome. Bunheads is fun, and I find Nashville pretty riveting.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
Honestly, the best one I read was "Dora and the Puppy" but that's because it's the first book Claire ever read to us.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Mumford and Sons.

26. What did you want and get?

27. What did you want and not get?

28. What was your favorite film of 2012?
The Hunger Games.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My birthday is Jan 1. Do you want 2012 - that was cool - my birthday was a quiet family day. We went to a local place for dinner with my family. Then, Dave threw me a fabulous birthday party at a local burger cafe. Totally awesome. This year, was all about the quiet. We had family over for bagels and coffee, while the kids played, then I went for a walk, alone.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing really.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2012?
Comfort with a kick

32. What kept you sane?
Knitting, and blogging. And my husband, always

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gun control. That the shooting in Newtown, CT was able to occur is devastating to me. We can do better
34. Who did you miss?
My uncle. My best friend, who lives in Florida and I almost never get to see.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Our upstairs neighbor. We've both lived in the building for 5 years or so, have kids that are in the same class and like each other. Cannot fathom not having her as my friend

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
I've let fly with my opinions one too many times (mostly about trivial matters, too) and I like to think I've learned to keep some of that to myself.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
----Mumford and Sons (After The Storm)


bonnie said…
Very nice. Best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2013, Kayak Girl!
Therese said…
Yay for Mumford and Sons...and I admit I'd like to see "comfort with a kick." Found your blog randomly. Good find!
Nina said…
The part about Uniqlo cracked me up.
K.Line said…
What a great series! Very interesting answers...

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