I have a couple of posts backlogged, but I just realized I hadn’t done my year in review questionnaire yet! Most of you reading know what this is and have done it yourself (or at least read others’ posts), as it’s gone around this corner of the internet for over a decade. You know the drill.
Previous years’ answers are available here: (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Over time I have modified and deleted some of the original questions, but here’s what I’m working with this year:
1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Placed (second) in the overall women’s rankings of a 5K, won a named award at work, watched my children see the ocean for the first time.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year, I wrote:
“For the coming year, I would like to focus on making more gains in terms of health and fitness. I made some progress toward that in the last few months of 2016, and, after taking a bit of a break for the holidays, I’m getting moving again now. Healthier, smarter eating and lots of activity, mainly running, yoga, and barre3 for right now.”
Hey, I did pretty well on those!
This year, I’d like to: Get a general practitioner so I can stop going to urgent care, spend less on frivolous purchases. Keep up my yoga practice. Race in another 5K and a 10K, as I’m now in a new age group!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A lot of ladies on the internet and a couple of work friends, too.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year.
5. What places did you visit?
Atlanta and Birmingham (mainly for shopping), the Gulf Coast (friend visit), Iowa (family visit), and St. Louis (quick friend visit on the way home from Iowa). Was that really it? I’ll have to do better next year. Good thing I already have plans for a ladies’ weekend with my BFFs in May.
6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A sane president, mainly. I would also appreciate more time alone and a more organized house.
7. What days from 2017 will you always remember?
January 20. December 12.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I credit the voters and hard-working Democrats in Alabama for this: electing a Democratic senator for the first time in 25 years.
I also got officially promoted and won a named, college-level teaching award, which is pretty sweet.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I have really struggled with healthy eating this year, although I don’t consider it a failure. Just a struggle.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My entire family was sick for the first half of the year after the kids started daycare, thanks to them spending each day in a petrie dish of viruses (and “building their immune systems”). I personally had at least 3-4 stomach bugs, two sinus infections, two ear infections, and pneumonia. Plus my usual persistent hacking cough that lasts 3-6 weeks every time I get a respiratory virus. It was the sickest year of my life.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Does daycare count?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The kids’ did, often. My husband’s. The aforementioned Alabama voters.
13. Where did most of your money go?
Daycare. It’s more than our mortgage.
14. What did you get really excited about?
The Senate election and turning 40, both of which happened on the same day.
15. What song will always remind you of 2017?
Anything from Moana, and yes I blame the children.
16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Angrier.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner.
c) richer or poorer? Richer, technically. More income but less of it leftover.
17. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading fiction. Spending time outside.
18. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Reading the comments. Retail therapy.
19. How did you spend Christmas?
My dad and brother visited a few days prior to Christmas, but for the actual holiday, it was just the four of us (which I like). We went to a Christmas Eve service at a new-to-us church and then CW and I made ourselves a fancy dinner after the kids went to bed. On Christmas morning, we had cinnamon rolls and mimosas and opened gifts. It was really great. Two year olds are fantastic at Christmas. Not so much in church, though.
20. What was your favorite TV program?
I rewatched Gilmore Girls so I could enjoy it alongside the Gilmore Guys podcast, which was great. As for newer stuff, I fell in love with The Good Place and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
21. What was the best book you read?
I barely read anything this year, y’all. I started a comfort re-read of Harry Potter, which went by very slowly and took up my reading time for months, but I petered out somewhere in book 5, and then I haven’t read anything too special other than that. Just at the end of December, though, I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was nice, and Dark Matter, which was fine I suppose. Meh.
22. What music did you get excited about?
I really liked new things by Sylvan Esso and St. Vincent this year.
23. What did you want and get?
A new MacBook Pro for Christmas, an unlimited yoga studio membership, and a Democratic senator.
24. What did you want and not get?
25. What was your favorite film of this year?
I barely saw any movies that stick out in my memory, so I’m going to go with The Last Jedi and Wonder Woman as my top two I saw in the theater.
26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I voted, ate donuts for breakfast, and then went to yoga. In the afternoon, my husband took me out for a nice lunch date and then I took a nap. He made me fish tacos for dinner (one of my favorites) and we had a lemon merengue pie. That night, we celebrated the election results. That weekend, we had people over for a small party with lots of prosecco and baked goods. I turned 40.
27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
A mix of some pre-pregnancy clothing and some bigger pants from Old Navy / leggings on days I don’t go to campus. Still not quite ready for most of my old pants.
28. What kept you sane?
Coffee, running, and Twitter.
29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I can’t think of anyone. I do miss Barack Obama, though.
30. What political issue stirred you the most?
What didn’t?! I have outrage exhaustion. I suppose the Alabama Senate race.
31. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a couple of new people through CW’s work connection who seem like they could become good new friends.
32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
I need to get my own doctor and stop going to urgent care every time I catch something from the kids.
And, as I say every year, qui patitur vincit.
33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I said, early to bed, bitches, early to rise
They make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
— Lin Manuel Miranda / The Decemberists