What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Had a baby. Had major surgery. Arranged child care.
Did you keep your new years' resolutions?
Usual boilerplate text about how I don't really make resolutions because each day is a new beginning and a chance to be better today than yesterday. Yadda Yadda.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me! The angel of death had a sister. Six had a baby girl. Another couple of gfs had a boy.
Did anyone close to you die?
Hoppie's cousin Billy. My great-aunt Estelle.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
What was your biggest failure?
This hasn't been a year where failure has played a big part, but I still haven't finished thank you notes.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Working through an upper respiratory infection right now.
What was the best thing you bought?
Favorite things I bought include Hoppie's Shoe Shine kit. Air hockey and Foosball tables for Channukah presents, and Janet's kitchen set. Also Soft Kitty.
What countries did you visit?
No ferign countries this year. Or maybe for awhile yet.
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Am I a jackass if I say I would like to give birth to a baby boy?
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I've been amazed and undeserving of the love and outpouring of support I've received. Seriously. I am humbled.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I'm working off some residual hate for a couple of hoppie's younger cousins w/r/t the fertility thing.
Where did most of your money go?
I don't know, but it definitely went.
What song will always remind you of 2010?
"Faith of the Heart," "Knew You Were Waiting for Me
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Grocery shopping. It's like pulling teeth to get me to the shopping these days.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
I'm actually really comfortable with my time.
How will you be spending Christmas?
Janet's first holiday season! The week before Channukah we spent at Safta and PopPop's house and Asher and NoNo joined us. Fun times! The holiday party was great! On the drive back, we stopped in Baltimore and did candlelighting with our friends there. More fun and child amusements. Then we had the rest of Channukah and Christmas here with Hoppie's family. Janet was the youngest for the 2nd event! (she won't be the youngest at the summer picnic, though). Janet was sick on Christmas, but it was wonderful being with her. I'm not totally sure she understood what was going on, but she seemed pretty happy (other than the sickness).
Did you fall in love in 2011?
OMG, have you met my daughter!!. You'd fall in love too!
How many one-night stands?
What was your favourite TV program?
Big Bang Theory, Leverage
What was the best book you read?
I just read Side Jobs and I liked it, but I think my favorite is the Enchanting series. I keep going back to it.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovering gospel. Janet is a fan.
What was your favourite film of this year?
In theatre, I only saw Harry Potter.
What did you do on your birthday?
I took the day off from work, figuring I'd want that time to prepare for Christmas and decompress from the trip, but I was sick. So I spent the whole day curled up on the couch with Janet, who was sniffly and tired. It was lovely. Hoppie brought me flowers; pink and yellow roses.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting pregnant again, I was hoping the carry-over hormones would...but alas.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Mo visible stains, easy off for nursing, good to go!
What kept you sane?
A little girl is the best antidepressant!
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Nathan Fillion. A traditional choice.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Heath care reform.
Who did you miss?
My great aunt Estelle. We haven't seen her since I was pregnant with Janet, and now she'll never know my little girl.
Who was the best new person you met?
Seth or maybe Yehuda Leib Shmuel, or I'm hoping Janet's new best friend, Georgie
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010?
Dreams can come true and not every love story ends in tears (at least not immediately)
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"I've known a wind so cold, and seen the darkest days,
But now the winds I feel, they're only winds of change."