1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
I was interviewed about my day job on television (which I still haven't gotten the courage to even watch), kayaked in the ocean, potty-trained my kid, gave up meat (well, red and poultry), took Kyle to Disneyland, drank a Pimm's Cup in New Orleans, swam with bio-luminescent plankton in Puerto Rico, went zip-lining, was made marketing director at my company (!!), threw Mike a (kick-ass, to me) 35th birthday party, became a "soccer" mom, saw Jersey Boys, held my best friend's baby boy (Jack!), watched my school's QB win the Heisman, went to a fancy television premeire (wearing Target jersey cotton!), celebrated five years of marriage, interviewed a Top Chef, visited Cornell University, celebrated Christmas with both my son and my sister's son.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I'm quick to say I didn't but when I look at the list of new things I did (directly above), I'm also quick not to care.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Mike's sister (baby Ava!), Natalie, Jonna, many other friends. It was a good year for babies.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Mike's grandmother passed away in March, and it was a hard time for his whole family. She was an incredible woman, who taught Mike to be kind. We miss her.
5. What countries did you visit?
Just the U.S., again. I visited four states (Oklahoma, Louisiana, California, and New York) and also Puerto Rico.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you didn't have in 2012?
Such a good question. I think I'll go tangible and say, I'd like to have a new pin in my wall map, a new living room rug, a pair of skinny jeans, a 100-class yoga bracelet, and just a few more smiles. Always a few more smiles.
7. What dates from 2012 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
The usual suspects, February 5th (Kyle turned 3!) and May 19th (married for 5 whole years!) but also November 6th, the day President Obama was re-elected. I try not to get too political here but, damn, was I happy to pop the cork on some champagne that night. (Or, technically, super early the morning of November 7th.)
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I got a promotion at work, which feels very big and cool and awesome. I also potty-trained a child and while I promised not to talk about it online (you're welcome), it was still a very big feat.
9. What was your biggest failure?
The same yo-yo lost/gained/lost/gained-again weight dance I like to do. Trust me, it's just as annoying for me as it likely is for you. 2013, will you please be different?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing out of the ordinary, thank goodness. I will say that I'm not a fan of the my-kid-catches-pneumonia-a-week-before-Christmas thing that happened to me.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Let's get really specific: Disneyland tickets. That day, with the glee written all over Kyle's face, was a worth-the-pricetag day.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I feel like this is a good time to thank two really incredible people--my mom and Mike's mom. They each love Mike, Kyle, and me--together and individually--and I feel very blessed and very grateful every time I think of them. I'd throw a party every week to celebrate them, if I could. (That could get pricey and weird, though.)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I hate this question because actual people I know come to mind. I don't want to think of them when I think of my year, quite honestly.
14. Where did most your money go?
Bills, bills, debt, bills, travel, day care, bills, (and, fine) shoes.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I got to talk to Spike Mendelsohn (TALK TO HIM!) and I also got to stand in line, holding my kiddo's hand right before introducing him to Mickey Mouse. Don't worry, 19-year-old me is just as disgusted as you are at that previous sentence.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Oh, come on. Me and every other person with a pulse will say "Call Me, Maybe."
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier: about the same
Thinner: about the same, maybe a few pounds more
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Worked out, gone to bed earlier, all the healthier-choices wishes. But wishing for different never brings different, so I kind of hate this question.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Honestly, I wish I had been less lazy and less grouchy. Still, can't change the fact that I was often lazy and grouchy.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
It was a good day. I was with my mom, my sister and her family, my boys, and my Molly. I hadn't spent Christmas with my sister in 15 years and just getting to see her that morning was something else. Not to mention the moment Kyle opened a bag of candy and yelled, "JUST WHAT I WANTED!"
21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I'd say I fell in love with yoga in 2012.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Are any of you shocked to hear Sons of Anarchy? Also, The Good Wife and Sports Night. Oh, and becase we keep it real, The Vampire Diaries. I sure hope this guilty pleasure doesn't go the way of Gossip Girl for me.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Let's skip this bummer of a question, shall we?
24. What was the best book you read?
In the Woods, easily.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Of Monsters & Men, The Lumineers.
26. What did you want and get?
27. What did you want and not get?
A lot, but there's always 2013.
28. What was your favorite film of 2012?
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30! I had a party at my house, and many of my favorite people brought me champagne and gifts and hugs.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A winning lottery ticket, always.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2012?
"She bought many adorable shoes, but she consistenly wore her Old Navy flats."
32. What kept you sane?
Yoga, writing, Natalie, Cherie, Mike, my family, (bad) TV, Twitter, good champagne, and that three-year-old boy of mine who gives the best hugs of anyone I've ever known.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Every year, the same issue moves me like no other: those of the same sex who just want a marriage like I have. When I think of what I have with Mike--the fights, the love, the laughter, the tight hugs, and the easy conversation--and then I think that two people also want that but can't have it because of their anatomy and because of others' religion, I just get sick. I do. I know it's poloarizing! I know I may love you while you're against it! But I can't be against an adult who just wants to lay in bed and hold the hand of someone he/she calls "husband" or "wife" like I lay in bed and hold the hand of the person I get to call husband. I just can't. I never will be against that. Marriage equality. It moves me every year, among many other political issues.
34. Who did you miss?
If you don't live in driving distance, I miss you. (Same answer as last year.)
35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met Liz in 2012, for the first time, in person. We had tacos and margaritas and then we watched The Vampire Diaries on my couch and I just really hated geography when she had to leave. She's such a lovely, wonderful, hilarious, perfect friend, and I would have her over every week if I could.
I also met Caitlin and Carla for the first time and I love all three of these ladies so much I just feel like they will all be at my 50th birthday party and maybe at Kyle's wedding. You know those friends you meet in unconventional ways, the ones you chuckle a little bit when you introduce them to your mother-in-law at your vow renewal ceremony because, hahahaha, we actually met because of our blogs! Isn't that funny! Yeah, my gut tells me that these three ladies will be in my life forever. I'd be so lucky if that turns out to be true, my gut also tells me.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.I learned a lot from 2012 and if I could sum it all up, I'd say that life just takes a helluva lot of work. Life is more work than it is fun, you have to give more than you take, and you have to be better than you really want to be. For life to be worthwhile, you just have to work your ass off. Thankfully, there is champagne at the end of all that work.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I know it's late but I can't help but think
That the day hasn't shown all its cards
--Snow Patrol, "Dark Roman Wine"