1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I ran. I ran a lot.
Lots more, too.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did a pretty good job, I'd say. Although there are lots more ways I can kick ass in 2011.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Mike's cousin and half the internet too.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
The U.S. of A. (Annnnd, that's it.)
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn't have in 2010?
I'd like to have a cause. I'd like to take it up a notch. I'd like to have more: laughter, fun, ease, and calm.
7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
February 5th (Kyle's first birthday), March 27th (my first 5K), November 7th (my first 10K), and that day in March when I stepped on the scale and had finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight, nearly two years after getting pregnant.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I made it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I got too upset/stressed/worried/agitated/crazy too often.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The flu (once), the stomach flu (once), and food poisioning (once).
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets. I never, ever, ever regret traveling.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I'm going to say Jonna for many reasons including (but certainly not limited to) offering her house up to Mike and me so we could take our first adults-only, child-free vacation. We had the most incredible time -- I keep calling it our second honeymoon, and it really was -- and it would have been impossible to make that trip happen without her. (Hotel costs in Boston are RIDICULOUS OMG.)
Not only that, though, she was more than a hostess, she was a gracious, warm, hilarious, welcoming friend.
Mike loves her and Adam on a level reserved for family.
(I do too.)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
People whose behavior is THAT bad don't get much of my headspace anymore.
14. Where did most your money go?
Bills. Daycare. Our adults-only New England vacation.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Something that hasn't been said yet this recap, though: my surprise trip to Portland to visit Cherie. Man, from start to finish that trip kicked ass and it was such an unexpected and much-needed gift to me.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Richer: yes (in countless ways)
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Eat better (and wholer) foods.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying and knee-jerkingly reacting to stress.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Mike, Kyle, my mom, and I went to New Braunfels to spend the holiday with Mike's family. It was nice although that many people (and kids) in one house can make you crave a little silence by day three, but, still: Family, a million presents, a million calories in the form of carbs, champagne, and chocolate? Not too shabby.
21. Did you fall in love with 2010?
I fell in love with running.
(Who am I?)
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Friday Night Lights. If you're not watching it, I hate you. (Sorry, the end of the show is near and I AM BITTER.)
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
See answer above.
24. What was the best book you read?
I loved the Hunger Games series and finishing it made me blue for days, but I also loved One Day and Her Fearful Symmetry.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Mumford & Sons
26. What did you want and get?
A vacation with Mike.
27. What did you want and not get?
Investment jeans. I was looking forward to those suckers.
28. What was your favorite film of 2010?
Apparently movies were not-so good this year because I can't think of one!
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28 very early this year and, quite honestly, my birthday wasn't so great. Mike threw his back out and spent most of my day in bed. I did have a party a few weeks later and that was fun.
(But, hey!, my birthday is a week from today so here's to 29 being AWESOME.)
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Same answere as past years: that elusive winning lottery ticket!
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2009?
"I'm getting there."
32. What kept you sane?
You (all of you) and Gossip Girl and running and my blonde-headed crazy kid and Mike and champagne and baking and music and Natalie and so so so much more.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Why on earth are rights for gay men and women still up for debate? I genuinely don't get this. It's 2010, right? I'm not confused about that? And yet we're still confused about what basic rights human beings deserve?
34. Who did you miss?
Noah, my lives-all-the-way-up-in-Canada nephew. (Flights to Canada are stupid expensive.)
35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met Jonna! (And a ton of other awesome bloggers at BlogHer '10.)
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Guilt is a horrible motivator. Leave it out of relationships and ignore it when someone else tries to bring it in. Do things and spend time with people because you're moved to and not because you think they'll gossip about you if you don't.
Take a ton of pictures. Write a ton of shit down. Celebrate every little thing that makes you happy. Eat, wear, travel, watch, and read things you enjoy. Be kind. Be confident. Give the benefit of the doubt but don't be a doormat.
Choose to be happy.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
A shout-out to my crazy, beautiful, hilarious, sweet-hearted, lovable, adorable kiddo:
"In an unreliable world you shine like a star." (From Mat Kearney's "Undeniable")
Truth is, very little makes sense in life except for this: I love that kid and I love that kid's father.
2010 was something. Here's to 2011 being something else.