2015 survey

I know I’ve done this in past years, but I’m too lazy to look them up & link them.
1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Had a kid need overnight stay in the hospital (outside of immediately post birth.) Daniel had surgery and they kept him overnight to monitor him. I feel lucky that this is the first time we’ve had to do this in almost 8 years of parenting.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make resolutions last year beyond: survive the year. Which I did! Yay! I do plan on making more this year. Lydia is finally doing more sleeping, and I feel like we’re in a better routine. A routine that’s more than just- do whatever it takes to make it through the day. (Don’t get me wrong, there are still days like that, but I feel like we’re finally moving past survival mode.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My college roommate, a few friends from church, some online friends, and my SIL.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

I didn’t leave the country this year. As per the usual. I did visit some other states: Colorado, California (and I drove there with my mom and sisters so we also saw Utah and Nevada.) and I went to Illinois for the first time! Also Missouri which hardly counts because we basically live there.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

Better time management. Some sort of workout routine. A lipstick that doesn’t make me feel like I’m in stage makeup.

7. What moments from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Daniel naming all the letters for me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Nothing comes to mind. Which is pretty depressing.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not having enough patience with the kids

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New iPhone! First time I’ve had a new iPhone of my own instead of a hand-me-down.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Brian’s, as always. And the big kids. We have some really great kids.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Many people in the news.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage. Bills. Super fun things like that.

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

Christmas this year. We didn’t move!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?

Who knows. Probably some Justin Beiber crap that I don’t even know is by Justin Beiber.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier
b) Same. SADLY. I started weight watchers & lost about 15 lbs and then gained most of it back and blahhhhh.
c) Basically the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read. Exercise. Write.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Time wasting. Pretty sure I say this every year, which I think means I should REALLY do something about it.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Home! No traveling, no company until after Christmas. It was really great.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015?

I feel super cheesy saying this, but I fall in love with Brian all over again every year.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Arrow. Archer. The Great British Baking Show.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope.

24. What was the best book you read?

All The Light We Cannot See. I actually listened to the audio book, but I really loved this one.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m not a “musical discovery” kind of person.

26. What did you want and get?

Some more downtime during the day. I skew to the very far introverted side of the spectrum and I go a little nuts when I don’t get any downtime. Having 3 kids go to school in the morning has helped A LOT with this.

27. What did you want and not get?

Lydia to start sleeping through the night EVERY NIGHT and also to start talking. (I’m actually planning to call and get her evaluated by early intervention next week.) Also, to magically fit back in my pre-Lydia pants.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Jurassic World! But I haven’t seen Star Wars yet. So.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

On my actual birthday? I think we got takeout sushi? But I considered going to the Hoopla my birthday celebration. I turned 33. First year since I was 24 that I haven’t either A) been pregnant or B) had a baby under age 1.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I would find it super satisfying if Brian and I could get our acts together and stick to our budget. GAH.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Loungewear. Don’t worry though, for 2016 I bought new, nicer loungewear.

32. What kept you sane?

Brian. Internet friends. My sisters.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

None.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

I don’t talk politics on the blog. Or anywhere, basically.

35. Who did you miss?

My sisters. My parents. My long distance friends.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Oooohh, tough one! I met some lovely new ladies at the Hoopla, (plus one who SHOULD have been there & then couldn’t be.)

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.

That weight watchers doesn’t work if you don’t actually count points. (Alright, I knew this before, but learned it FROM EXPERIENCE this year.)

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Old song, but from Just Another Day In Paradise (Phil Vasser) “Well there’s no place that I’d rather be.”

 

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Eleven questions

Nobody tagged me, but I’ve always got time for a survey post, so here goes.

1. What is your favorite kind of cheese? Um, just one? Because I LOVE cheese. All kinds. Everything from canned easy cheese to smoked gouda. Seriously. Yes to cheese.

2. What are you excited about? We have a family reunion coming up at a family camp, and part of the deal is kids activities. The kids get broken into groups by age and go with camp counselors and do stuff all day. And that means we’ll have real actual FREE TIME on this vacation! WOO!

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? Take out sushi and ice cream cake. Nothing exciting.

4. What is on your bedside table? My jewelry box, a lamp, coaster with one of my giant water cups, my “thought a day” book, a picture Kalena drew for me, a book, and a box of baby wipes. Maybe a chapstick? Probably something I’m forgetting. Oh! I’m pretty sure there’s an empty dish from eating M&Ms in bed.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand? Popcorn and soda. The big size. We RARELY go to the movies, so when we go we do the whole thing. Although, if I want candy I bring it in my purse. (No movie theater sells dark chocolate! That’s what I like!)

6. Do you have a garden? What’s growing? I do not have a garden, and good thing because I kill ALL plants.

7. Any summer plans? Besides the above mentioned family reunion, likely we’ll be getting Daniel’s tonsils out. And possibly Kalena’s also. FUN, right? Probably a lot of swimming in the apartment complex pool. Hopefully working on some projects.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for? I don’t watch any current TV soooo…none.

9. What’s the last thing you bought? I believe that would be groceries. I’m assuming paying hospital bills doesn’t count as buying anything. Or, if it does count, last thing I bought was Lydia’s echo.

10. What’s one thing you are passionate about? Informing people that “woah” is not a word. It’s spelled “whoa.”

11. What are you grateful for this week? That Lydia is generally a good sleeper. Life is SO crazy right now, I’m super glad she keeps the night wake-ups to a minimum. (Fully aware that I’m jinxing myself by posting about this.)

 

Anyway, what about you?

End of the year survey: 2013

Here’s last year’s: 2012

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Sent Kalena to kindergarten. Watched Brian graduate from college!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

If I made resolutions for 2013 (and I probably did) I don’t remember them. My resolution for 2014 is: survive. Wish me luck!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

My sister! And my sister in law! And some lovely internet friends.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. Whose behavior merited celebration? 

Brian’s. As always.

6. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? 

I’m stealing last year’s answer here: nobody in my personal life, and too many in the media.

7. Who did you miss? 

Far away friends. My sisters.

8. Who was the best new person you met? 

How can I pick just one?!

9. Where did you travel?

Charleston, South Carolina for the Blathering! With the family, Utah a couple times. Denver. Estes Park. Pueblo.

10. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A steady income!

11. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Friday, December 13th. Brian’s college graduation! It’s especially fun for me that he graduated on a Friday the 13th, because I also graduated college on a Friday the 13th, in May of 2005.

12. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Preparing to move a thousand miles away while hugely pregnant.

13. What was your biggest failure?

Ugh. I feel like there was a lot of failure on my part this year.

14. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope. Nothing serious anyway.

15. What was the best thing you bought?

Plane tickets to Charleston.

16. Where did most of your money go?

Away.

17. What did you get really excited about?

Brian’s graduation! And his new job! And our move! (December was quite the month around here.)

18. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?

Happier. Life’s been good. Fatter. Being 31 weeks pregnant will do that to you. Poorer. Until Brian actually starts work we’re pretty much broke.

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

Keeping up with my hobbies.

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

Being impatient with my kids.

21. What did you want and get? 

For Brian to get a job! (I feel like it’s cheating to answer this way since really BRIAN got the job and I had nothing to do with it. But still.)

22. What did you want and not get? 

Winning lottery tickets?

23. How did you spend Christmas?

At home with the family. Very low key this year with everything else that’s going on.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

I really liked White Collar. Not that I ever watched any current episodes, only what’s on Netflix.

25. What were your favorite books of the year?

I’m gonna go with “The Dog Stars” even though I think I’m the only one who liked it.

26. What was your favorite music from this year?

Uhhhh, anything I can sing along with.

27. What song will always remind you of 2013?

I have no idea.

28. What were your favorite films of the year?

I don’t know. I fail at pop culture.

29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 

None. I’m not big on celebrities. (Again, failing at pop culture.)

30. What political issue stirred you the most? 

Let’s not talk politics on my blog.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 31! I had a migraine. We did take-out sushi and ice cream cake the next day to make up for it.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I feel pretty satisfied.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Elastic waist. Maternity pants really are the best.

34. What kept you sane?

The internet. Phone calls to my sisters. The best husband in the world.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

There might not be nothing I love more than seeing my kids love each other.