I have been missing blogging and you, so Lindz‘s meme seemed like a good re-entry point. Without giving excuses, I think if you read along, at least for a little while, you’ll find out why I’ve been a bit delinquent. I also deleted some of the questions where I didn’t have much to say.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Never done before? Have to think about that. Got one! I left my two children for a weekend away – not once but twice.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
If I recall, my resolution was to exercise twice a week. So no, I did not keep it. This year my resolution is to do more writing.
3. What countries did you visit?
Other than Canada, we did a couple of trips to the U.S. We were in South Carolina and Georgia. We also went camping in Washington and Oregon.
4. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A greater degree of autonomy, and a bit more of a career plan.
5. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The last three months of 2012 were very, very hard for a bunch of reasons – some health related and because we moved twice. So there’s no particular date that remains etched, but I am happy to see these months go.
6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A big achievement was just surviving the insanity of the last three months and seeing my marriage strengthen even in darker hours.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I’m not sure I had a failure, but I tend to be eternally optimistic about such things. Maybe my failure was getting sucked into a negative mindset.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Does being pregnant with twins count? (See how I snuck that in there?)
11. Whose behaviour merits celebration?
Uh… this is a random question. P has been a delight lately, and is turning into a wonderful little child. He was such a colicky baby, and a tantrum-prone (if hilarious) toddler. His report card described him as “bright and cheerful” and I can’t think of a better description. When I’m in the classroom, I see other parents ask if he can help their child that day, which makes me think he has a reputation for being a sweet and helpful guy. It does make a mother proud.
M is two, and I’m not sure any two-year old’s behaviour merits celebration but she cracks me up on a daily basis. I like two-year olds and she’s a darling.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and upset?
There are a few contenders… and some day I will write about them. Luckily none of them are people who have any more than peripheral involvement in my life, so onward and upward!
13. Where did most of your money go?
Every last penny and more went into buying a new home. I feel like calling it my “forever” home will jinx because who knows what the future will bring, but it is a home we will be in for a very long time. It’s a three-bedroom heritage home very close to our old place on the East side of the city. It also has a finished basement which we intend to rent out as a suite.
16. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
18. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder?
It’s been a tough few months, but I’m about the same.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Fatter I hope – I’m 15 weeks pregnant with a baby who was intended to be #3, but who has turned out to be #3 and #4. Yes, we’re entering Duggar territory, folks. It’s been a bit of an adjustment mentally. Even 3 children is highly uncommon in our circle. But it’s an adventure and I’m excited about it.
iii. richer or poorer?
After closing costs? Poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying over things I can’t control.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my head over a toilet bowl. I was pretty sick and slept for most of the day.
21. What was your favorite TV program?
I’m enjoying Call the Midwife these days, a wonderful BBC drama about nurse-midwives working with the poor in East London. Romance, babies, melodrama. It has just the kind of recipe I like.
22. What was the best book you read?
I’m ashamed at how little reading I did in 2012. But I did enjoy State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.
23. What was your favorite film of this year?
That one with George Clooney in Hawaii.
24. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Gosh, I can’t remember what I did. Is that sad? I also don’t want to advertise my age but I will confess to being well-entrenched in my 30s.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012
I don’t know that I have a concept. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of clothes recently. And I have stopped buying as much disposable clothing and now try to only invest in a few expensive pieces a year. This article about the plight of garment factory workers making clothes for H&M, Gap and others has reinforced that choice. I’m still not sure what to do about children’s clothing though because I don’t think it’s feasible to spend a small fortune on clothing. I certainly buy less of it than I used to and make use of consignment stores, as well as handmade things. I wish there was some sort of fair trade designation for clothing.
27. What kept you sane?
28. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Oh dear. I am getting too old to think about my life in song lyrics and I’m not even that old. But for some reason this question makes me think of the song Slip Sliding Away. It’s a song about the fear of losing yourself in your love for others…That resonates a bit as the soon-to-be mother of four. But lest that leave you too melancholy, how about Still Crazy After All Those Years. Really the whole Negotiations and Love Songs album. I loved it when I was 21, and it’s definitely a record that grows with you.