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30 December 2011 @ 03:01 pm
Happy New Year!  
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I don’t feel like being productive for the rest of Friday afternoon. Luckily, namarie24 provided the perfect distraction:

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Negotiated for a higher salary and extras when taking a new job at a new company.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I made one last year. Let me check and see if I made a reading one. Books Read in 2010 Nope. Although I apparently did resolve sew more. I did not succeed on that one.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No new kids in the family but a very close friend did complete the adoption of her son from China and I’m totally counting that.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, although I found myself extraordinarily affected by the loss of Elisabeth Sladen. Celebrity deaths very rarely get to me the way that hers did.

5. What countries did you visit?
Only domestic US travel this year. We’re trying to plan Morocco and Spain for our anniversary next year though.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
I need to get a tattoo for my daughter. I have one for my son but just never got around to having hers done.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can’t remember the exact date but the basement flood certainly isn’t going to fade from memory any time soon. Especially as we’re only now starting to get things back into a semblance of order.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Definitely my new job. I’ve been working on personal career development for a few years now and everything just fell into place for this position.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in June and have been muddling through the corresponding gluten free diet ever since.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I guess it’s a toss-up between these awesome chandelier earrings I got in a boutique in Chicago and a case of frozen Udi’s gluten free pizza crusts.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My son has been really great in first grade; he is so good at math.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My brother has essentially cut my sister and I out of his life and is doing the same to our parents, though they are clinging on because they don’t want to miss out on their three grandsons.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Same as everyone: mortgage, car payment, credit card debt, student loans. Honestly, was this written for someone that still lives with their parents?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The trailer for The Hunger Games, the trailer for The Hobbit, Mark Reads starting Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on audio, Spanish wine, Spanish cheese, every time I found out one of my favorite foods was gluten free.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2011?
Cee-Lo “Forget You”, LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”, Maroon Five “Moves Like Jagger”, Katy Perry “Firework”, Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks”. (Yeah, clearly I’ve been listening to Top 40 again.)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder?
Same, I’m pretty steady.
II. thinner or fatter? Fatter. Whoever said I would lose weight going gluten free is a LIAR.
III. richer or poorer? Richer, but now we have to be responsible adults and get wills and life insurance and work to pay off debt and buy sexy householder things like new furnaces.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
See my friends. It’s just so hard to schedule now that everyone’s got kids.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastination? Always. Work, I guess. Though I never do have an answer to the old “what would you do if you suddenly won the lottery and didn’t have to work anymore”.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas Eve was spent at home with my family. My husband made a ham and my kids opened their gifts. Christmas Day was spent at my parents’ house with my sister and her girls. My brother did not deign to grace us with his presence.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I’ve been married since 1997. Do crushes on fictional characters count? If so then I guess Peeta from Hunger Games and Tybalt from October Daye.

22. How many one-night stands?
Honest to Pete, who writes these? I repeat, I’ve been married since 1997.

23. Best thing you ate?
Let’s see. I went to an amazing restaurant in DC called Vermillion and had a fabulous meal there with monkey_pants7 and nqllisi. The chef sent out shots of some weird broth, I had a fancy drink, I got carrot soup that became performance art because the server had to do work, and my pork tenderloin was perfection. Post-celiac would have to be the Evening of Gluten Free Dining at the Wildfire, complete with wine pairings. We started with artichoke and arugula pizza paired with a white wine I actually liked. Then we had potato crusted sea scallops with creamy polenta, paired with a white I didn’t care for but that Mr. b adored. Then we had beef tenderloin Oscar and potato puree, paired with a Merlot. That was my favorite course. The cheese flight was a Danish bleu, a French chevre, and a deceptively mild cheddar, paired with another red. Finally dessert was bread pudding with rum sauce. Crazy good stuff.

24. What was your favourite TV program(s)?
Nikita. It filled the whole in my heart left by the cancellation of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don’t hate him, because he’s my brother, but I sure don’t like him at all.

26. What was the best book you read?
Oh jeez. Let me pull out my book list for the year. I reread Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle, which is a personal favorite and something I think any ancient history nerd should read. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi was a fun and exciting young adult story, set in a ruined near future, an original story not requiring vampires or sequels. Matched by Ally Condie was a chilling young adult story that I found to be extremely prescient and could easily see that world happening if we keep on our current path. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – finally! A supernatural tale written for adults that don’t want stupid love triangles *or* explicit sex! And I fell in love with three new serieses: the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking, the Alpha and Omega spin-off series by Patricia Briggs, and the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That Top 40 is good again! It’s back to dance music and pop, instead of all rap and R&B all the time.

28. What did you want and get?
A new job at a new company.

29. What did you want but didn't get?
Tattoo of the Egyptian cartouche for Berenice.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I don’t see much in the theater now that I’ve got kids. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was pretty awesome.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36. I don’t remember doing anything special. Maybe the mister and I went out for dinner? Seriously, I can’t remember.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don’t know.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
I’ve been enjoying adding punkish elements to fairly classic chic stylings. Pairing big black boots with a grey wool dress, or wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a shiny jacquard a-line skirt.

34. What kept you sane?
Reading and discussing television online.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t think I have a current TV crush. Oh wait, I find myself drawn to that guy from the Hurt Locker who’s in the new Mission Impossible, what’s his name? There’s something about his look that I wouldn’t even describe as handsome but I find him so compelling to look at.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I actively cultivate ignorance of politics. Honestly, it’s the only way to stay sane. I’m far too libertarian for the liberal town I live in so if I can say I don’t know what someone is ranting about, it saves me from having to get into a debate. Because I don’t care. No matter what, the government is sure to be doing it wrong.

37. Who did you miss?
My friend that lives in Chicago. I only made it out there once this year and she didn’t make it to Minneapolis at all.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My new co-worker, who is not the co-worker I interviewed with. The one I interviewed with took a new job and left a week after I started and it was the best thing possible because I could already tell she and I would have CLASHED.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Tell people what you want because they can’t read your mind.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I don’t know.

41. What was your favourite moment of the year?
When you’re a parent it’s the small moments that are the best. The joy on my daughter’s face when I pick her up from daycare. The pride on my son’s face when he gets praise from his piano teacher.

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Talking to my brother on the phone.

43. Where were you when 2011 began?
Like, literally? At home I guess. I don’t think we did anything last year.

44. Who were you with?
My husband.

45. Where will you be when 2011 ends?
At home. This was clearly written by someone that still parties on NYE. Amateurs.

46. Who will you be with when 2011 ends?
Giant space aliens. Seriously people. I’ve been married since 1997. Who do you think?

47. What was your favourite month of 2011?
I guess August?

48. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2011?
Define “a lot”. I got wasted with some girlfriends once. Mostly it’s just been lots of wine as I continue to explore all the Spanish varietals.

49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2011?
HA! Who writes this crap? No.

50. How many people did you sleep with in 2011?
People, let’s pay attention here. I’ve. Been. Married. Since. 1997.

51. Did you do anything you were ashamed of this year?
Nothing comes to mind.

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2011?
My son said he washed his hands and he didn’t. Seriously, I don’t know of any lies. My brother told me some horrible things that he believes but they’re his own twisted version of the truth, not actually lies.

53. Did you treat someone badly in 2011?
No.

54. Did someone treat you badly in 2011?
My brother has said things to me that made me feel physically ill.

55. How many concerts did you see in 2011?
Not many. I went to a few Mercurial Rage gigs and a Doobees gig and that’s about it. No new bands at all. I’m kind of out of the scene anymore.

56. Did you have a favourite concert in 2011?
Oh, probably the Turf Club gig. It was fun to see Hurley and Mallman and everybody again.

57. How much money did you spend in 2011?
Yep, this was definitely written by someone that still lives with their parents. I spent the amount of money that was necessary to feed and clothe my children, keep the lights on, gas in the car, a roof over our heads, and provide some entertainment and fun in our lives.

58. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2011 and change something, what would it be?
I don’t think this means somehow eradicate my celiac disease so there’s nothing within my power to change.
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Namarienamarie24 on December 30th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Dude, I just realized I misread several of these questions when I filled this out. *fixes*

Your answers to "best thing you ate" sound incredible!
belsumbelsum on January 3rd, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
That Evening of Gluten Free Dining was crazy good. And the menu was set by the chef so we just showed up and ate. No thought involved. We are so going to the next one.