Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Year in Review 2011

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before? A deadlift. Now I can deadlift 100lbs! Also, running anything over 8 miles. I did that twice this year! (8.1 and 9.3)

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? As of today I am 105.1 miles away from the 500 mile mark on Nike Running - I WILL get my shirt next year!! I have no idea if I won the fitness challenge award at work or not, but I think I have a pretty good shot since my "hours of other activities" is like 3.5x higher than the average per person.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Robyn (Elise)

4. Did anyone close to you die? The associate pastor at our former church, Joe Smith, and a close friend of M's family, Aunt Kath

5. What countries did you visit? Haiti (repeat) and the Dominican Republic (new). Plus Puerto Rico (repeat) and St. Thomas (new). I love cruising.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? A paid-off car.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? September 2nd - finally sold the condo!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Professionally, I guess being appointed as the FLC Mid-Atlantic's Deputy Regional Coordinator. Personally, losing 13 pounds!

9. What was your biggest failure? Finding a new church. I tried one, it didn't work out for me, and then I was too bummed out by the experience to try again.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Kickboxing wrecked my shoulder for a couple weeks, but that's all I can think of.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My yoga studio membership - such an awesome place.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Stacy, Phil, Green and Jim for helping us move all our crap, assemble furniture, and clean/paint our condo.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Eagle Bank, for delaying our closing because they didn't have the right forms

14. Where did most of your money go? Closing costs for dumping the condo

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving!

16. What song will always remind you of 2011? "Good Life" by OneRepublic

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier!
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner!
iii. richer or poorer? about the same, I think

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Lifting weights. I didn't start until mid-September, and I wish I had done it much much earlier.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Cleaning carpets. Between Max peeing and Roxie barfing, we are keeping Bissel in business. I can't wait for hardwood floors.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Leaving for SC to visit M's family in two days

21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve? Probably just getting together with M's extended family this year.

22. Did you discover any great new websites in 2011? Experimental Theology, MyFitnessPal

23. How many weddings? Steve and Jillian, in Plymouth MA in April

24. What was your favorite TV program? I really enjoyed The Killing and hope it comes back for a second season.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I had pretty much forgotten all about Newt Gingrich until he decided to run for president, ugh.

26. What was the best book you read? I finally bit the bullet and bought Under the Dome on my Nook, and read it at the beach. It was awesome.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Mumford and Sons, and Ray LaMontagne

28. What did you want and get? A second bathroom! And more home space! And 1.5 closets for all my clothes!

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Contagion

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? The big 3-0 birthday weekend extravaganza. I took Friday off completely, went to a yoga class in the morning and then chilled for the day. Friday night Matt took me to dinner and to see 'Wicked' at The Kennedy Center, which was absolutely incredible. Saturday we went to a winery with Carly and Eric, and then out to dinner with a bunch of friends at Don Pablos, and then back to Carly and Eric's place for ice cream cake and randomness. Sunday we had Jeremy and Christa over for dinner and board games.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Selling the condo in April instead of September.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? My new office with a sunny window necessitates layers.

34. What kept you sane? Yoga and working out

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Ryan Gosling

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Taxes

37. Who did you miss? Everyone at MHBC

38. Who were the best new people you met? Erin, Marcia, Coleen, Billy, Kristen, Tori, Kelli, and all the rest of the awesome teachers and yoginis at Flow Yoga!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011: There are far too many myths and misinformation surrounding weight loss (women are particularly susceptible to these). You don't need to starve yourself and exercise for hours a day to look and feel great.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "Happiness hit her like a train on a track" - Florence + The Machine, The Dog Days Are Over

(Wow, 7 years of doing this...YIR 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)


Steve Finnell said...

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Little Speck said...

I'm glad to have met you too!