Yearly Questions: 2017

We made it! Thank god that year is over, and onward to better things in 2017. Here is my look back at last year and some (potential) resolutions for this year. I’ve also tweaked the questions and removed some (like celebrities, music or movies) that were never really relevant.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

Resign a job at Microsoft. See someone close go through a really painful medical issue.

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

Last year’s resolutions fell by the wayside with all the changes:

  1. Pay off $15,000 of non house related debt. I think we can do this in 2016. Semi-successful We paid off a lot of debt, but also incurred some debt with our new solar panels, medical expenses, etc.
  2. Visit a new place every month. I feel like we always go the same places when we want to do things and there are so many places to visit in the Northwest! I’ll be blogging about them each. Not successful We went somewhere new in January, and then the world went to hell in a hand-basket.
  3. Read my to be read shelves. There are 33 books that I haven’t yet read on these two shelves I’ve dedicated to my TBR pile, and I’d like to plow through them. I’ll keep track in at least one blog post. Semi-successful I read some of the books on my list, but didn’t get through anywhere near half of them. To be continued in 2017. I am also going to go through and let some of these go; if I haven’t read them yet there is probably a reason.
  4. Blog each major life event as it happens. I got pretty behind on blogging this year, and realized how much we like to go back and look at past posts. I’m all caught up now, and I’d like to stay that way. Successful I feel pretty good about keeping up to date on the blog this year. Anything I didn’t document was on purpose and most events were posted pretty much in real time.
  5. Walk, go to the dog park or to the gym at least once a week. Let’s be a little more reasonable here. Not successful I definitely want to be more active in 2017.

Resolutions for 2017? Yup, indeedy. I decided to do some monthly resolutions: I’ve enjoyed when I have done monthly resolutions in the past. I’ve only set the ones through July, and we will see how it goes for the rest of the year.

  • January: Drynuary (no alcohol)
  • February: Buy Nothing New
  • March: Do a Life Changing Magic of Tidying up sweep of the house
  • April: No social media
  • May: Get outside every day
  • June: Walk 7,000 steps every day (including weekends)
  • July: Go to four new places

I think this will be an interesting mix of old and new. I have gone a month without drinking before, as well as a month of not buying anything new. April and June will be the most challenging months, March and July will be the most fun.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, other than a few Facebook friends, but no one with babies close enough to snuggle.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My mother’s first cousin, Randy. We weren’t especially close, but it hit mom hard.

5. What countries did you visit?

Singapore and Japan!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Peace.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 8, when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. The Wednesday after Martin Luther King Jr day when the Dynamics team got reorged.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finding another good job and holding the family together during the aftermath of Eddy’s medical issues.

9. What was your biggest failure?

General lack of patience.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I didn’t, other than fibromyalgia aches and pains. We had a serious medical issues in the family though, and that affected everyone.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Solar panels!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I continue to be amazed at how my kids are growing and evolving. They are really neat human beings.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled or depressed?

Donald Trump’s and all his voters.

14. Where did most of your money go?

The house. We did a ton of projects this year: the patio, more work on the garden, a new roof and solar panels!

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

The election and my new job.

16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Sadder or happier? A bit sadder, I think. If you haven’t caught on, last year was pretty hard, and I don’t think I am quite recovered from it yet.
b) Thinner or fatter? Fatter, I think. I haven’t weighed myself in a long time but, fibromyalgia issues aside, I am really happy with how I look and feel.
c) Richer or poorer? Globally, if you look at all our debt including house debt, we are poorer. If we look at car, student loan and consumer debt though, we are definitely less poor, thanks to paying off debt.

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

Sleep. Read books in my unread book pile. Take walks with the dog. Explore different places in Seattle that we haven’t visited yet.

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

Doctor’s appointments. Sitting alone in a windowless office not talking to anyone.

19. How did you spend the holidays?

Quietly, which was a blessing after the craziness of Thanksgiving.

20. Did you fall in love in 2016?

Nope– not any more than in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015!

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

Trump voters. I can’t understand how anyone would choose him over someone eminently more qualified.

22. What did you want and get?

A new roof. Solar panels. A great job. Loving kids. Some lovely art and accessories.

23. What did you want and not get?

President Hillary Clinton.

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

I spent the day at my new job, for my 42nd birthday. I got some lovely flowers and we went out for all you can eat sushi that evening.

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

Electing the first woman president. Less pain, especially the random, aleatory Fibromyalgia pain. More sleep.

26. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

I stumbled upon an interesting concept that has really helped me continue to evolve how I think about my style. On the “Matte v shiny; Flowing v structured” continuum, I am definitely matte and flowing; this is why I never end up wearing button down oxford shirts.

27. What kept you sane?

Still blessed to have everything I had last year: my kindle. My kids (without whom I’d probably be saner). A few dear friends.

28. What political issue stirred you the most?

The election in general.

29. Who did you miss?

Friends who I never get to see whether they are here or there.

30. Who was the best new person you met?

We met the Thomas family in 2015, but they really became close friends in 2016.

31. What valuable life lesson did you learn in 2016?

That the path that we are on may jog from where we started, but as long as we keep travelling in the same direction it is still progress.

32. What word do you choose to describe 2017?

Onward.

A New Year

I turned 42 yesterday. It’s funny, but I don’t feel any angst about getting older; each year since turning 40 has been really uneventful. I saw someone post this list on Facebook the other day, and although I don’t think I will do it yearly, like my New Year’s Eve post, I thought it would be a fun thing to do once.

Tattoos: No. I’ve never thought of something I would want permanently inked on my skin, and at this point it’s almost a point of pride.
Marriages: 2
Divorces: 1
Children: 3 (ages 13.75. 12.5 and 9 as of this writing)
Surgeries: 1 under general anesthesia (breast abcess) and a few under local (stitches and excisions)
Shot a gun: No, too scared to, and no desire to
Quit a job: Yes, and always a good decision
Flown on a plane: Many, many times
100+miles in a car: I love road trips!
Hit a deer: No, thank goodness
Gone zip lining: ROFL over the image of me getting on a zipline, hahaha
Cried over someone: Many times
Fell in love: A couple of times
Skipped school: Ahem, of course not
Watched someone give birth: Yes
Watched someone die: No, thank goodness
Been to Canada: Yes, although I would love to go back
Ridden in an ambulance: Once, when I cracked my head open on a French sidewalk
Been to Hawaii: No, and I’d like to go at somepoint, if for no other reason than to check it off my list
Been to Europe: Many times
Been to Washington D.C.: Not enough!
Visited Florida: for work, unfortunately
Visited Mexico: a long, long time ago
Visited Las Vegas: Once for a Grateful Dead concert, and once earlier this year for work
Sang karaoke: I’m having a similar reaction to this as the idea of me ziplining
Had a pet(s): I can’t picture my life without them
Been sledding on big hill: See above re: a) ziplining and b) singing karaoke
Been downhill skiing: I’m like a broken record, really
Rode on a motorcycle: I’ve never really been interested in riding a motorcycle
Rode a horse: Yes, and loved it
Stayed in a hospital: Yes
Donated blood: Yes, although because I am AB+, my blood isn’t highly sought after
Driven a stick shift: Yes, and learning to drive a stick shift was definitely on my bucket list. So much fun!
Rode in the back of a police car: No, thank goodness