A Year in Review…2017…

It’s that time again.

2018 is the Year of the Dog.

2011…The House…
2012…Denver and Andy Grammer…
2013…If it Ain’t One Thing…
2014…The Phantom Smoke Stench…
2015…WTF Day Is It…
2016…The Whole Gaddam World is on Fire….

 

2017 was The Year of…The Nose…and OMFG WHAT NOW???

 

Hoo boy.

 

Hey, remember last year when I talked about things getting worse before they get better and how long is it going to take to turn the corner and how bad is it really going to get first and OH MY GOD I DID NOT REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS BUT HERE WE ARE WITH NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN.

*ahem*

It’s been another YEAR. A year of screaming in abject horror at the news on a daily basis. (Or every thirty-five seconds as the case may be, give or take.)

Oh.

Ye.

Gods.

This was a rough one in a lot of ways. And I’m so bloody tired. I’m trying so hard to hold on and appreciate the good things—because there ARE good things—but JFC it is not easy.

Deep breath.

BECAUSE I CAN BREATHE THROUGH MY NOSE.

No.

It’s not getting old yet.

 

1.) Where did you ring in 2017?
Honestly, I don’t even remember New Years Eve anymore. We were at home, yes. But what were we doing? I…don’t know. It’s probably a safe bet to assume it involved video games. I went back and looked through some interwebz activity to see if I posted anything, and apparently I watched part of a live stream from NYC with a Gavin DeGraw performance, so we were at least in the loft and not the living room, which likely means if anything we were playing FFXIV. Otherwise I am blank on the details. (This is really nothing new.)

2.) What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
I had surgery—septoplasty and bi-lateral turbinate reduction. Recovery was rough and the bills were offensive, but I CAN BREATHE THROUGH MY NOSE PROPERLY.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Sometimes I think I should just replace this question with one that has a chance of having a real answer each year. (Other than no, that is.)

4.) Did anyone close to you get engaged or married?
Not…that I’m aware of…?

5.) Did anyone close to you get pregnant or give birth?
I think I’ve reached the age where everyone I know is done having babies until their babies start having babies.

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
My aunt died in August after a long battle with cancer. Her funeral was held in place of her planned 70th birthday party.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
Still pretending to be a housewife.

8.) What countries places did you visit?
The biggest adventure we had this year was Surgery Day. I’ll take it.

9.) What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A cleaner house. Seriously. I’m setting the bar at roughly attainable.

10.) What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
July 10th. Surgery Day. It was an expensive medical venture that actually yielded results and I am still boggled by that.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I completed a double Project 365. I did not enjoy it. I wanted to quit several times. But I stuck with it because I wanted to actually finish something in the creative vein.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
Lack of progress in just about every corner of my life.

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a bad cold at the beginning of the year that lasted too long and surgery recovery was a lot rougher than I anticipated.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
The new Mega Church campus across the road has city police on site every time they hold service. Why does a church need constant police presence? It’s disturbing.

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
Bob bought me a new computer after my other one decided it didn’t like batteries anymore. He also bought me a new set of pans and new Chucks. See also: my husband spoils me.

16.) Where did most of your money go?
Hahahahahahahahaha, medical bills.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
Andy Grammer put out a new album. Also being able to breathe through my nose.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Meh…it’s been a terrible year for my mental health.
…thinner or fatter? Fatter…the past few months saw a small spike in weight, though I don’t think my habits have changed. So that’s nice.
…richer or poorer? Poorer…medical bills and debt are fun.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing. It’s been a rough year for writing.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Crying about the horrifying state of the world.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family. Christmas Day with Bob’s family.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2018?
Short Term: Annual appointments. It’s always a production to get through those.
Long Term: Getting the second bedroom cleaned out so it no longer looks like an episode of Hoarders and installing the shelving unit in the closet.

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We kind of gave up on our regular TV shows this year. We watched a lot more anime with a Crunchy Roll subscription. And we’ve been really enjoying the Critical Role streams.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
I wish I read more books, but focus and reading comprehension make it incredibly difficult to get through them. It only took me about thirty minutes to read, but I really liked Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun. Also The Highly Accurate & 100% Correct in Every Way ANATOMY OF ANIMALS! by Dave Kellett is good for a laugh.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
Andy Grammer put out a new album. Train put out a new album. Darren Criss and Mat Kearney put out new music. O.A.R., Nine Days, and Gavin DeGraw are constant staples. And I re-discovered Splender after a good decade-plus of hiding in my music arsenal.

26.) What song will always remind you of 2017?
I’ll say Yeah, Whatever by Splender simply because I listened to this damn acoustic version a couple hundred times.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
Based on our increased consumption of anime, Your Name was really good.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 38 this year. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. It was a Sunday. We were lazy at home, I had a headache, and we had Culvers for dinner because I wanted onion rings and they’re right across the road from our house.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Significant writing progress. I don’t even care what story. I just want progress again.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
Pajama pants and hoodies for life, Kids.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob. Always. And music. Forever.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
There were (was? were?) a multitude of music makers holding my attention, as usual.

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
Recovery takes time.
Surgery is the easy part. It’s the recovery that sucks. Minor surgery is still surgery and when that minor procedure has a massive impact on your ability to breathe properly, hey—maybe it’s going to take time to work through that. Also general anesthesia is reeeeeeaaaaaally weird. I saw a blue oxygen mask come over my face and then I opened my eyes in a completely different room. That missing block of time is disorienting and unnerving. But it was worth it.

A Year in Review…2016…

Another year.

Another recap.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

2011…The House…
2012…Denver and Andy Grammer…
2013…If it Ain’t One Thing…
2014…The Phantom Smoke Stench…
2015…WTF Day Is It…

2016 was The Year of…The Whole Gaddamn World is on Fire…

Seriously. It’s been a year. Oh ye gods.

It’s a common (proven?) theory that things always get worse before they get better. But how much worse do things have to get before the corner is turned? 2016 was awful in so many ways for so many people and everyone is ready for it to just be DONE. Though that was the consensus at the end of 2015 as well, with the belief that 2016 had to be better and it turned out so much worse. Will 2017 continue the trend? Or will we finally get that turn around so many so desperately need? I don’t pride myself in the least on being a perpetual pessimist. But it is difficult to see things any other way when so many people are in so much pain.

Here’s hoping 2017 brings about positive change, even if it takes the whole year to get it.

1.) Where did you ring in 2016?
We marathoned the entirety of Breaking Bad over our Christmas break and finished it out on NYE.

2.) What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
I died my hair blue. I liked it but it was short-lived, and it’s way too much work to maintain.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Dead horses and all that.

4.) Did anyone close to you get engaged or married?
My cousin was supposed to get married in October, but they cancelled the whole thing two weeks before the date without explanation. (Though they are still together.)

5.) Did anyone close to you become pregnant or give birth?
One of my cousins welcomed his second baby the same week our grandma died.

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
My grandma died in February. She was 99, six months shy of her 100th birthday. Now Bob and I no longer have any surviving grandparents.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
I am a housewife, dammit. (Not even close.)

8.) What countries places did you visit?
We didn’t go anywhere this year. We are okay with this.

9.) What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
A decent sleep schedule.

10.) What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
There are a lot of depressing and tragic dates associated with this year. I’m picking a happy one.
September 30th, seeing Andy Grammer and Gavin DeGraw play live.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I survived. It has been a rough year for many reasons. But I survived.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
I didn’t get as much stuff done as I wanted to.

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a mystery plague in the middle of summer that lasted a full week and took another couple months for my system to fully rebound.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
I should change this question to “Did anyone crash into one of your cars?” because that is the only reason we ever encounter the police. No police this time, but Bob did get a new bumper from a bad driver. (It was minor. Everyone is fine.)

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
Concert tickets to see Andy Grammer and Gavin DeGraw.

16.) Where did most of your money go?
House stuff, car repairs, and medical bills.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
New music and live music. Bob got really excited about Final Fantasy XV.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Angrier. Read the news.
…thinner or fatter? Thinner, somehow.
…richer or poorer? Richer, I suppose. Bob got a new job.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cleaning and organizing, as usual.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Reading the news and crying.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family. Christmas Day with Bob’s.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2017?
Short Term: Annual appointments.
Long Term: Organize my iTunes library and rip all the CDs I don’t have in digital format yet.

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We watched the first season of Mr. Robot. It was pretty good, if a little Tyler Durden-ish.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
I didn’t finish anything that was particularly memorable this year. I really need to read more books.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
O.A.R., Gavin DeGraw, and Nine Days all put out new music that got heavy play.

26.) What song will always remind you of 2016?
She Sets the City on Fire by Gavin DeGraw. Because the switch flipped on Sir GDG.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
We watched a lot of movies. I’ll say Lazer Team. Because Rooster Teeth. Or Rogue One. Because Star Wars.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 37. What.
It was a Saturday. I had a headache. We ordered Chinese food for dinner and died my hair blue.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A different election result. JFC.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Pajamas and hoodies every single day.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob and music. Always.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
O.A.R. and Andy Grammer are still front and center and the switch flipped on Gavin DeGraw.

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Some people just want to watch the world burn. And just when you think the flames might be getting a little lower, somebody hucks another 55 gallon drum of gasoline onto the heap.

A Year in Review…2015…

Tradition is necessity.

2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

2011…The House…
2012…Denver Roadtrip…
2013…If it Ain’t One Thing…
2014…The Phantom Smoke Stench…

2015 was The Year of…I Don’t Even Know What Day it is Anymore…

It’s been a weird year. That’s the best I can describe it. There was a lot of family drama caused by toxic people. There was a lot of money spent trying to find answers to chronic pain to no avail. There was a lot of fixating on music. There was a lot of What the hell day is it again?

Goodbye 2015. Your endless, dragging days flew by a lot faster than expected.

Here’s to a better 2016.

1.) Where did you ring in 2015?
Bob and I were at home playing FFXIV when the clock struck twelve. (Who needs Chippendales when you play an MMO with a whole lot of gay men?)

2.) What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I started seeing a chiropractor. Jury’s still out if all this money I’m spending is actually worth it.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Nope and nope. Dead horses and all that.

4.) Did anyone close to you become engaged or married?
No wedding bells this year. We’re running low on single friends and family.

5.) Did anyone close to you become pregnant or give birth?
For once it wasn’t a year inundated with babies.

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
Nobody close, but I had a shockingly difficult time with the passing of Monty Oum.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
Psuedo housewife, six years running.

8.) What countries places did you visit?
We took an overnight trip up to Bemidji to see O.A.R. in concert.

9.) What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Less hip pain. I’m not holding my breath.

10.) What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
April 19th—seeing O.A.R. live for the first time. The crowd was weirdly lame, but the band was fucking awesome.
June 26th—the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and I was a snotty, weepy mess of happiness.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got some much needed cleaning done, though there’s still a lot left.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
Not getting as much cleaning done as I’d planned. And the walls still aren’t painted.

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing new. Just more of the same pain and aggravation with lack of answers.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
Nope. Joel’s bumpers are intact for another year.

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
New furniture for the living room (TV stand, bookcase, end tables, sofa table) and dining room (buffet).

16.) Where did most of your money go?
New furniture. Also medical bills—because it’s fucking expensive to have people shrug their shoulders at you when you ask them what’s wrong with you.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
Seeing O.A.R. live and Matt Nathanson’s new album.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? About the same. Though considerably more frustrated.
…thinner or fatter? About the same. Possibly a pound or two lighter.
…richer or poorer? About the same. Effing medical bills.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cleaning and organizing the house.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating terrible food.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family. Christmas Day with Bob’s family.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2016?
Short Term: Organizing the living room once the rest of our new furniture is delivered.
Long Term: Scheduling shamefully overdue dentist and eye doctor appointments for both Bob and me.

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We started watching The Flash and Arrow and Bob got me to start watching The Walking Dead.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
Red vs Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide. You heard me.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
I spent about six months straight listening to nothing but O.A.R. and then Matt Nathanson put out a new album.

26.) What song will always remind you of 2015?
Mikey Wax Love Always Wins.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
I suppose I’d have to say Star Wars Episode VII. We watched a lot of other movies, but nothing else that really stands out.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 36 this year. Cripes.
Bob took off work and we played FFX-2 and had Mexican food for dinner.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Pain relief.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Pajamas and hoodies every day.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob and music.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The boys of O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson. Also Grant Gustin is effing adorable as Barry Allen and I wouldn’t kick Stephen Amell (or Oliver Queen) out of bed on a cold night. *ahem*

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Toxic people can be incredibly difficult to cut out of your life. And just when you think their behavior can’t get any more deplorable, they prove you so very wrong.

A Year in Review…2014…

Welp…

It’s that time again…

2015 is “The Year of the Sheep”…SOMEBODY is very excited.

2011 was “The Year of the House.”

2012 was “The Year of the Denver Road Trip…and Andy Grammer.”

2013 was “The Year of…apparently if it ain’t one thing, it’s another, fucking Christ.

2014 was The Year of the Phantom Smoke Stench Dear GOD MAKE IT STOP…

This year started off terribly and it took a long time to dig out from the aftermath. I definitely wouldn’t have survived any of it without My Bob. It had its good moments—lots of music and lots of writing and lots of Bob Time—but I’m really not sorry to see it go.

1.) Where did you ring in 2014?
At home. Bob was probably playing FFXIV and I was probably listening to Glee music and staring at the internet or a Word document.

2.) What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Had an MRI and two EEGs.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Nope.

4.) Did anyone close to you become engaged or married?
No reports of rings or weddings this year…that I can remember…

5.) Did anyone close to you become pregnant or give birth?
There were a whole lot of babies. Everywhere. I think I might be the only person who did not get knocked up or give birth this year.

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
My in-laws had to put their dog Moon down. She was an old lady and in a lot of pain so it was time.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
Pseudo housewife.

8.) What countries places did you visit?
At this point, just going to see my family is a rare occasion and big production. So…Burnsville and Prior Lake…?

9.) What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
A clean house.

10.) What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
The first week of June was tied up in wires for a 5-day EEG.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Walking away from a terrible doctor.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
Accomplishing little around the house.

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
It wasn’t quite illness or injury, but I had my brain scanned more than once and it cost a fuckton of money and I still don’t have answers on the Phantom Smoke Stench.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
No, but DEAR GOD so many times I wanted to call them on the asshole neighbors who are now…hopefully…GONE.

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
Music. Lots of music.

16.) Where did most of your money go?
Medical bills Fucking Christ.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
Music. Lots of music.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Happier.
…thinner or fatter? About the same.
…richer or poorer? About the same—asinine medical bills not withstanding.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cleaning.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Doctor appointments.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family. Christmas Day with Bob’s.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2015?
Short Term: Finding a new doctor since mine left and I need refills on important pills.
Long Term: Cleaning and organizing the house.

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We rewatched Farscape. Ten years since it ended and it’s still fantastic.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
I read books but nothing very memorable. Too much first-person-present-tense that makes me want to stab things.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
Andy Grammer, Ryan Star, O.A.R., Train, Better Than Ezra…so many new albums

26.) What song will always remind you of 2014?
Favorite Song by O.A.R.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
We watched movies but nothing stands out.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 35. What. The hell. It was a Wednesday. Bob worked half a day, we ordered pizza, and spent the evening installing the new Dragon Age game.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not encountering Dr. Psych Condescending Ass.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Pajamas all the time. And hoodies. Lots of hoodies.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob and music.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
See #25

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Don’t suffer with an insufferable doctor. You are too important to let yourself get shit on by someone who has no interest in helping you.

A Year in Review…2013…

It’s 2014.

What.

The hell.

2011 was “The Year of the House.”

2012 was “The Year of the Denver Road Trip…and Andy Grammer.”

2013 was The Year of…apparently if it ain’t one thing, it’s another, fucking Christ.

1.) Where did you ring in 2013?
At home. Bob was probably playing a game and I was probably writing (or staring at the internet).

2.) What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Bought a king-sized bed. It ain’t much but it was an unadventurous year.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
We’ve been over this.

4.) Did anyone close to you become engaged or married?
Lisa and Rob got married after…six?…seven?…more? years of being together.

5.) Did anyone close to you become pregnant or give birth?
Jenn announced baby number two due next spring. Alicia had baby number three. (I’ve known these girls for over twenty years. Egad.)

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
Both of Marci’s parents died a week apart. Bob and I weren’t close to them, but they were good people.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
Playing housewife.

8.) What countries places did you visit?
We didn’t do much outside of home this year. This is not a problem for us.

9.) What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Some semblance of the pseudo mental stability I had a couple years ago.

10.) What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
Memorial weekend, I suppose. We went bed shopping and finally got a new bed.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got a pretty significant amount of writing done.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
Didn’t make any progress on cleaning and organizing the house.

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had my first chest cold in about five years that lasted a solid month. In all that time without, I completely forgot how to cope with a damn cold.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
Nope.

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
A new bed. It’s like a real grown-up bed.

16.) Where did most of your money go?
Stuff for the house. And the cars. God dammit, Joel.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
A new bed and a whole lot of new music.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Not necessarily sadder, but definitely more in the hole stability-wise.
…thinner or fatter? About the same.
…richer or poorer? Richer, I suppose.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cleaning and organizing my house.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Battling my own brain.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family. Christmas Day dinner with Bob’s.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2014?
Short Term: Build a new treatment plan with a new psychiatrist.
Long Term: Clean and organize the house and get some damn walls painted.

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We watched Breaking Bad and Being Human.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
I read some books but nothing particularly exciting.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
Oh Boy. Andy Grammer, Ryan Star, Matt Nathanson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Nine Days…there was a fuckton of new music this year with more to come soon.

26.) What song will always remind you of 2013?
I’ll say Mission Bells by Matt Nathanson just because that one probably got the most airplay of all the new tunes. Or the Glee Darren Criss version of Teenage Dream because that’s how my brain works.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
We saw the new Superman movie in the theater. Henry Cavill is pretty.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 34. I am officially in my mid-thirties. Bob was off work, we went shopping for a Christmas tree, and had pizza for dinner while watching super hero movies.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Making a psychiatrist appointment sooner, but I consider it a victory I got an appointment made at all.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Pajamas all the time.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob and music.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Lots of music makers.

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Life happens and sometimes the only viable response is, “Well Fuck.”

A Year in Review…2012…

So 2011 was The Year of the House.

I guess 2012 was The Year of the Denver Road Trip…and Andy Grammer apparently.

1.) Where did you ring in 2012?
At home. Probably playing Star Wars…though I don’t actually remember for sure what we were doing at midnight.

2.) What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Bob and I took a road trip to Denver for a Train concert on our anniversary.

3.) Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
It’s the same every year: I don’t make resolutions. I don’t need an annual holiday to guilt me into making lofty goals that I will never bother completing only to feel greater shame for myself in the end. That’s what making resolutions ultimately does to just about everyone who makes them.

4.) Did anyone close to you become engaged or married?
Lisa finally got engaged to Rob.
Joe and Gayle FINALLY got married…after about fifteen years together.

5.) Did anyone close to you give birth?
There were a lot of babies but no one terribly close.

6.) Did anyone close to you die?
Nobody close died this year, though there were some that I knew to varying degrees.

7.) How did you earn your keep?
Cooking dinner. Doing laundry. Fully intending to clean the house. Spoiling Bob.

8.) What countries did you visit?
How common is it for people to have an actual answer to this question? How many people (who are prone to memes) travel to different countries on a regular basis?

9.) What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A king-size bed. I know I used that last time, but dammit anyway, we’re finally in a position to get one. I just have absolutely no desire to go shopping for one.

10.) What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
September 19th…our third wedding anniversary spent at Red Rocks seeing some of my very favorite music live.

11.) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Grabbing my anxiety disorders by the balls and going on a road trip I had little hope of surviving.

12.) What was your biggest failure?
My cholesterol took a staggering leap into the red zone. I need to get my ass back on speaking terms with O’Malley

13.) Did you suffer illness or injury?
My blood pressure decided to go insane and landed me back on medication for it.

14.) Did you ever encounter the police?
Ha. Twice. Got pulled over (first time ever) in Belle Plaine on our way out of state en route to Colorado. I had a tail light out and apparently I was “weaving” over the fog line. Then again on our way home from Colorado when we got rear-ended at a stoplight less than ten miles from my aunt & uncle’s house.

15.) What was the best thing you bought?
Concert tickets to see Train, Andy Grammer, and Mat Kearney.

16.) Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage aside…Bob and I both got new computers because our old ones died unexpected, tragic deaths. Also: Road Trip.

17.) What did you get really excited about?
Our Denver road trip and the music that ensued.

18.) Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Happier. The longer I have Bob in my life, the happier I get.
…thinner or fatter? Thinner by about twenty pounds. Anxiety diet…for the win?
…richer or poorer? Richer now that we’ve settled well enough in our house.

19.) What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cleaning and organizing my house.

20.) What do you wish you’d done less of?
Apparently I ate a lot of bad food to spike my cholesterol.

21.) How did you spend Christmas?
The usual. Christmas Eve with my [mom’s] family. Christmas Day with Bob’s family.

22.) What are your short and long term goals for 2013?
Short Term: king-size bed
Long Term: get the house cleaned/organized and paint these damn flat-white walls

23.) What was your favorite TV program?
We started watching Breaking Bad. Holy Christmas.

24.) What were your favorite books of the year?
I actually read books this year. I can’t say any of them were my “favorite” but dammit, I read books.

25.) What was your favorite music from this year?
Train, Ingram Hill, and 3 Doors Down all put out new music, but Andy Grammer ruled over them all.

26.) What song will always remind you of 2012?
Pick an Andy Grammer song. There you have it. Possibly just Lunatic as it was the theme song of our trip.

27.) What were your favorite films of the year?
We watched several movies (at home) but off hand, nothing really stands out. Pick something with Gerard Butler or Bradley Cooper. Or Tom Hardy or Ryan Reynolds. So much pretty.

28.) What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 33 on a Monday. Bob took the whole week off. We went shopping, Bob bought me pajama pants and slippers, and we had Chinese food for dinner.

29.) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My mental health took a hit this year. Not taking a nose dive would have been nice.

30.) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
I’m a huge proponent of the “just fell out of bed” look.

31.) What kept you sane?
Bob and music.

32.) Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Starts with Andy and ends in Grammer.

33.) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Even if it sounds COMPLETELY INSANE, sometimes it’s okay to take that chance. Go on a road trip to see your favorite band on your wedding anniversary.

A Year in Review…2011…

I used to fill out this year-end survey every year, but haven’t done it for a few years now. It cropped up again in a few places and I thought instead of banging my head against the wall trying to compose a coherent post, I’d just dump this here and be done with it.

Because I am all about efficiency.

Or laziness.

Or something.

As it turns out, 2011 (which I inevitably type as 2001 about six times before I get it right) was The Year Of The House. In case you didn’t already know that.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
We bought a house with NO MORE ROOMATES. That pretty much sums up my entire year.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions. I don’t need an annual holiday to guilt me into making lofty goals that I will never bother completing only to feel greater shame for myself in the end. Because that’s what making resolutions ultimately does to just about everyone who makes them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Peggy had her daughter Avery in January. I didn’t actually meet her until Christmas. But I want to squish her and cuddle her because she is an absolutely adorable little butterball.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bob’s grandma died and while neither of us was “close” to her, it was still very sad.

5. What countries did you visit?
I finally took Bob to my grandma’s out in farm country. Does that count?

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A king-size bed. Material and probably selfish, yes. But we need a new…BIGGER…bed.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
May 12th…we took possession of our house.
May 15th…we moved into our house.
August 12th…we CLOSED on our house.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don’t know if I really consider it an “achievement” but I went off all my medications in May and I’ve been (arguably) stable since. I don’t know if I consider it an achievement because the jury is still out on the state of my unmedicated brain.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I went off my medications and I gained 45 pounds. I have now gained back all of the weight I lost four+ years ago and appear to keep gaining. Apparently the only thing maintaining my weight for all that time was the handful of pills I swallowed everyday.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I live everyday with chronic illness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our house, the living room furniture, Star Wars…

12. Where did most of your money go?
The house. Oh ye gods buying a house and moving is so bloody expensive.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Moving into our own place WITH NO MORE ROOMMATES. And having my own kitchen.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
This is always an impossible question. I can’t really pick one song that stands out over everything else.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you…
…happier or sadder? Happier. NO MORE ROOMMATES.
…thinner or fatter? Fatter. Oh my god so much fatter.
…richer or poorer? Considering all of the house buying and moving expenses, poorer, but we’re finally rebounding from that.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Organizing my house.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Gaining weight. Holy crap.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my family (and Mom’s family). Christmas Day with Bob’s family. The next day with my family again so we could see Hunter who was (sadly) forced to spend both days of Christmas with his mother.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
We started watching Misfits on Hulu. Pretty funny and wildly inappropriate.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
To my recollection I did not read a single book in its entirety. Not for lack of trying but my attention span will just not allow it.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
3 Doors Down, Matt Nathanson, and Ingram Hill all released new albums. My iTunes play counts make this glaringly obvious.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Bob and I have seen probably five movies in the theater in the four years we’ve been together and we don’t have Netflix. Which apparently makes us a devastating anomaly to be scoffed at by the general public. I liked the latest X-Men movie. But probably mostlly because James McAvoy is pretty.

23. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 32…dang. It was a Saturday, it snowed, we ordered pizza, ate cake, and I did as little as possible.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not gaining 45 pounds.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Lazy. If I don’t leave the house I wear pajama pants and mostly look like I just fell out of bed even though I do actually shower everyday.

26. What kept you sane?
Bob, music, my kitchen, and my quiet house.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Don’t rely on roommates to do their part when you move out of a place. You’re likely to get thrown under a bus.

Buying a house will shave a few years off your life. And don’t get attached to any prospective dwelling until you have the keys in your hand. You’re likely to get your heart broken.