1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I went to a professional conference alone (I normally go with colleagues or take students)...and actually did this twice. The first was a HUGE deal with big, important people from schools like Harvard and Yale. And, I didn't make a fool of myself. In fact, I think that I sounded intelligent in most conversations!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My biggest New Years Resolution was to lose weight...and I started off well. I will say that at this point, I actually weigh less than I did when I started the year...and I am nearly 23 weeks pregnant. So, while I didn't hit that goal of losing 30 pounds this year, I have made progress, and will get back at it. I don't know if I will make New Years Resolutions this year or not. If I do, I think they will just have to do with loving my family and spending as much time with them and my friends as possible.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My best friend had a baby girl in April. Another friend just gave birth to a little boy 10 days ago...he was early and very tiny but is doing amazingly well. My sister in law also had a baby girl in October--her sixth! Wowza!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. It was a quiet year...which my family desperately needed after the last few years we have had.
5. What countries did you visit?
Absolutely none. Although I did have to fly through Atlanta...and I'm pretty sure that airport can count as it's own country.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you didn’t have in 2011?
This is really hard. I feel like I have so much and have had so many blessings. I would like to have more time with my family and friends. As my friends all start their families, it is even harder to make time for each other...but I know how amazing just a little time with them can be.
I guess that better control of my finances would be another one. This seems to haunt me from year to year.
7. What dates from 2011 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
August 7--the day I found out I was going to be a mommy again. October 24--my 30th birthday. November 7--the day that it was confirmed that I will be taking on a new job in July 2012 that will utterly change my career and probably in some ways, change my life (and I haven't been able to really talk about it much, but hope that is about to change after the start of the new year). December 8--the day it was confirmed that baby number 2 is a boy (and appears healthy)
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I guess that I have a personal one and a professional one. In my personal life, it would be that we decided to have a second child and were able to conceive this little guy. Professionally, it would be sticking up for myself and asking for what I know I deserve.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting my finances in order. And not thoroughly enjoying all of my time with my son. I love him, but two years old is hard...and sometimes mama is very excited when bedtime rolls around.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new iphone (hello love). Also bought a new car (lower payment, brand new...love it).
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Probably my husband who put up with my complete neurotic mindset through most of the year--and he didn't kill me (pretty sure he wanted to on multiple occasions).
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I can't think of an individual...more like groups of people. Sometimes students drove me crazy this year. Celebrities are insane for the most part. Politicians in general. The Obama-bashing people who think that the world is coming to an end.
14. Where did most of your money go?
You know, mortgage, car, diapers (please let me get boy #1 pottytrained before boy #2 arrives). Probably too many trips to restaurants.
15. What did you get really excited about?
Learning I was pregnant (though that also scared the crap out of me), my new iphone (yup, I'm pathetic), and the prospect of new job responsibilities.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Probably something by Adele
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
I would like to say happier, but I'm probably about the same
Thinner by the scale, fatter by the maternity pants I'm currently sporting
Probably about the same
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading to my son. Reading for myself. Gotten more alone time (an hour a week...wow, that would be amazing). Date nights with my husband (it's only going to get harder as we add to our family, but we really have to make a conscious effort to do this. We went almost an entire year without a date night (that didn't involve attending a wedding).
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you spend Christmas?
Running all over the place to see family. But to me, that is Christmas.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I fell in love with my unborn child. It is amazing how you can love something so much that you have haven't even met.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I watch way too much TV...but my favorites are Dexter (woah season finale last night), Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Glee (I'm still on board), and I recently discovered a love for The Big Bang Theory.
23. What was the best book you read?
Honestly, I can't even remember. Which is pathetic. I have been doing so much research for work that my free time isn't spent reading for fun. I have big plans to read over the holiday break though!
24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I love Adele.
25. What did you want and get?
Pregnant. A new car. An iphone.
26. What did you want and not get?
For my husband to get a new job with set hours that don't involve working most evenings and weekends.
27. What was your favorite film of 2011?
Pretty sure that the only movie I saw in theaters was Harry Potter. We don't get out much.
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30! And for the first time in two years, I stayed at home alone during the day! My son went to school that day and I got to enjoy some time at home...got a pedicure...went to lunch with a friend...laid in my bed for an hour. It was blissful! I got to have dinner with my family...and then a few days later went out to dinner with some friends.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Honestly, I'm not sure.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2011 ?
Ugh. I have none. Right now it is "does it fit? Yes? Put it on"
31. What kept you sane?
My husband, my friends, my sons hysterical laugh, Dr. Pepper
32. What political issue stirred you the most?
Obviously the economy is on everyone's minds right now. I have already started to worry about the election next year. Getting all of our troops out of Iraq this past weekend was great...my "baby" cousin just got home from Iraq and another has been before. I would really like for our troops in Afghanistan to be removed as well before my cousin is sent there this summer. Occupy Wall Street has kind of annoyed me more than anything. I get it...but sometimes I just want to tell people to get a job (any job). I kind of lost it when a local TV station was interviewing one of the "occupiers" and they were complaining about how the only job they could get with their bachelor's degree was working at McDonalds. Well...work at McDonalds. My husband has a master's degree and works at a luggage store because he hasn't found a job in his field and he needs to help support our family. You have to do what you have to do. It sucks, but sometimes you do it. (and I completely understand that there are people out there who can't even get jobs at McDonalds...but I think that many people could find SOMETHING if they stopped complaining...or even tried). Okay, tirade over.
33. Who did you miss?
I probably miss my best friend the most of all. Since she had a baby in April, I haven't been able to see her much. Actually, I haven't been able to see her since June. Fortunately, we talk via email most days. But, I still miss her face!
I'm also missing my grandma terribly. It hit me early in my pregnancy that my grandma would never meet this baby. That was devastating to me. She passed away 10 days after my oldest son was born...but she met him, and held him, and kissed his sweet cheeks. I won't have that photo with this baby. I miss her more than I thought...I think part of that has to do with the fact that I didn't properly grieve when she passed away because I was trying to survive with a newborn.
34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
That people are generally good and will help out when they can. That there are always people that have so much less to be thankful for than you do.
35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I'm going to have to come back to this one...I'm lame and can't think of anything right now.