I have been painfuly remiss in my blogging this year, so I guess it's a good idea to end the year with a recap post, since my blog gives no recent indication about what's going on in my life. My pal Blair did a great recap, and I know some other Twitter folks have done them too. I think they're fun to read. Here ya go. (I answered most, but not all of the questions. Some weren't relevant and I didn't want to bore you.)
What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I went to the Blathering in Charleston to meet a bunch of women that i'd never talked to in real life, only through Twitter and blogging (except for two of them). It almost felt like being a new student at a new school, as insecurities crept up that I didn't realize I had. But it was a truly wonderful experience.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really make resolutions, so that I don't feel guilty when I inevitably break them. I always try to lose the winter/holiday weight (10-15 lbs) and get organized, but other than that, my general resolution is to try to stay positive.
Also, i've decided to work very hard on seeing myself the way my daughter sees me---as the most beautiful, strong, powerful, awesome woman in the world. To her, I am perfect in every way. And her opinion is the only one that matters to me, ultimately.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Quite a few. My friend Dana had a girl a few weeks ago, and two of my other friends (wives of close friends from high school) gave birth in October. And a few more are expecting VERY soon! Most are second and third babies.
Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My friend David, who lived in England and who was my closest and dearest friend when I lived there back in 1999-2000, took his own life. I found out about a month after it happened, and it devastated me. I miss his wonderful laugh, and his passion for all things beautiful, and how he called me "Meeree".
What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
The ability to let go and separate myself from other people's drama and problems.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finding a new job after being unexpectedly let go last October (from a job I had for over 12 years). Despite a huge change and a lot of uncertainty, I made the most of a hard situation and I thrived professionally.
What was your biggest failure?
How I dealt with difficult family situations. Relates back to the whole let-go-and-not-let-other-people's-problems-run-your-life thing.
What was the best thing you bought?
Weekend getaways for me and my husband.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband's. He finally got the courage to leave a job that was killing him, and be a stay-at-home dad and pursue the life he really wants. I'm more proud of him than I can ever express. And we are ALL so much happier, too.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Probaby goes without saying: United States Congress.
Where did most of your money go?
Home equity loan payments and child care (at the beginning of the year).
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Christmas--I got to live it through my 3-year-old daughter's eyes, and it was just the BEST.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or Sadder - Happier
Thinner or Fatter- Fatter
Richer or Poorer - Poorer in finances, richer in life.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Feeling bad about myself.
How did you spend Christmas?
At home, with my husband and daughter. Very low-key. Perfect.
Did you fall in love in 2013?
Yes, I guess so. With our newest dog. We technically adopted her in 2012, but my love for her grew enormously this past year as I got to really see what an amazing creature she is. I'm so grateful she found her way into our lives.
What was your favorite TV program?
What was the best book you read?
Me Before You. *SOB*
What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton Christmas album. Sublime.
What did you want and get?
For my husband to quit his job.
What did you want and not get?
To see my best friend.
What was your favorite film this year?
World War Z.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36. I honestly can't remember, but I think we went out for fondue.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less complicated family stuff.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Yoga pants chic.
What kept you sane?
Massages. My dogs. Going to the gym. My husband.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Robin Roberts. I just think she is awesome in every way.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Wendy Davis' filibuster and the fight for reproductive rights. This almost always stirs me the most.
But also the same-sex marriage issue--making great progess, but still a long way to go.
Who did you miss?
My best friend, Johanna. She is always the one I miss the most.
Who was the best new person you met?
All of The Blathering people, particularly Jennie Canzoneri, who I was most excited to meet. She is even more of a wonder woman in person!
Also, I never told her, but Arwen was my most favorite person to talk to at The Blathering. Arwen, if you're reading this, I just think you are a super-smart, fantastic person. Thanks for being my airport buddy, too.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Don't take anything for granted, ever. Also, as I get older, everything important has come into much sharper focus.