1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?I went on vacation with my ENTIRE family. It was the first time that my three siblings, our spouses, kids, and parents had ever all been on vacation together.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?I don't think that I actually made new year's resolutions last year. I decided that I wouldn't. I'm sure that if I did, it would have been to lose weight and be more financially responsible. Um, those are both big fat failures, so we will just say that I didn't make any.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I know several people that had babies, but none of my family or close friends. My best friend is expecting a baby in April 2011 and I am SOOOO excited!!
4. Did anyone close to you die?My grandpa passed away in March. I wouldn't say that we were close (he is my step-dad's dad), but he was my grandpa nonetheless. However, I will say that the past few months have left me missing my maternal grandma and grandpa immensely. I think about them every day and wish that they were here.
5. What countries did you visit?
No foreign countries. I took a trip to Boston for work and then went to Alabama (which could technically count as a foreign country) with my family.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn’t have in 2010?I would really like for my husband to get a decent paying full time job.
7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?Probably May 19 because we celebrated Jack's first birthday. October 24 because it was my 29th birthday and I had a great time with ALL of my friends for the first time in quite a while.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?.I honestly can't think of anything great that I did. I guess professionally, we had a great academic year last year. We increased our attendance and the number of events we did.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being more supportive of my husband when he lost his job and in the eight plus months since then.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?Nothing major.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My ipad. I shouldn't have purchased it, but I used the money I received from teaching a class and purchased it. There were absolutely more responsible things I could have done with that money, but I use it every day and my son loves it too!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband who took on the role of stay at home dad at the end of March. I would not have the patience to be home with our child every day for months on end. He has so much more patience then I could ever dream of having. I'm so thankful
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?There are quite a few people that I could list here, but I will just say that overall, I think people are good.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying bills...mortgage, car, insurance, student loans, etc.
15. What did you get really excited about?My birthday...because all of my friends came to town to help me celebrate. And Christmas because Jack actually opened his presents this year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I can't think of one song that will represent this year...
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier: No. I'm working on it though
Thinner: I am the same
Richer: Absolutely not...my husband lost his job in March! Enough said!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Visiting with friends. Making time for myself.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Dwelling on all the things I don't have.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Running around to our families and enjoying time with them.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Still love my husband dearly.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Glee, Modern Family, anything on ABC Family (because I'm a 13 year old girl at heart), Grey's Anatomy, and I could go on and on and on. I like TV.
23. What was the best book you read?I can tell you what it wasn't..."Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. It's the required reader for the freshman seminar classes at my university. Since I taught a freshman seminar, I had to read it. And it was awful. I felt guilty making the kids read it.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm going to say that I love Bruno Mars right now. Tyrone Wells is still at the top of my list.
25. What did you want and get?
26. What did you want and not get?
For my husband to get a job
27. What was your favorite film of 2010?
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29 this year and had a great time celebrating with a big group of friends. I loved it...but I did not love how I felt the next day.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my husband had gotten a job.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2010 ?
Oh please. Fashion is not my thing. I would love to be more fashionable, but I'm a mom on a very limited budget!
31. What kept you sane?
Emails from my best friend, my husband, my mom
32. What political issue stirred you the most?Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The repeal is a definite step in the right direction for equality.
33. Who did you miss?
My grandma and grandpa. They popped into my head almost every day over the past few months.
34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.There are always going to be people that are worse off than you. You should be happy for all that you have and not dwell on what you don't have.
35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Just have a little patience....I really wanna start over again.