Time for the annual year-in-review post. Previous years are here, here and here and, as always, I’d love to read yours if you do one (so leave me a link in the comments!).
1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Participated in a protest march with my kid in January, which was a bittersweet milestone. On the one hand, my son was SO into it. On the other, we were driven there by a real fear and anger over the election of Trump who has, in my estimation, been as bad if not worse as I expected him to be.
On a much more fun note, I saw my first comedy show (Trevor Noah).
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I said: For 2017, I’d like to compete in some sort of athletic event- maybe a 5K or a sprint tri or the open water swim I’ve done before. I’m probably as un-fit as I’ve ever been in my life at this point and I know I do better when I’m goal orientated, so I should sign up for something as motivation. I’d also like to really learn how to use my sewing machine this year. We have a cute little one from IKEA and I’d like to master some basic stuff and maybe work my way up to an outfit for Ev.
I actually did do an athletic event — a 5K which was humbling and hard. I signed up for a sprint tri and then my body basically fell apart while I was training for it: back pain, hip pain, plantar fasciitis, general despair. I did not even touch my sewing machine once this year, sadly.
For 2018 I’ve got A LOT on my list of things I’d like to do. I’m turning 40 in August and I have a list of 40 things I’d like to accomplish before then. I’ve got maybe six of them done so far, so I’ve got plenty to accomplish. The biggest one is to finish the first draft of a novel I’ve been slowly working on for about two years.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
We’ll be home and all I want is for everyone to be healthy. I’ve been fighting a stomach bug for the last few days and I just want to be home and cozy and healthy and able to enjoy some snacks.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Did anyone give birth?
My best friend E’s mother and that is still breaking my heart.
Lots of babies this year. I figured out that by the end of this academic year, over 10% of my staff will have taken time off for maternity or paternity leave. No new babies in my immediate family or closest circle of friends, however, which means not nearly enough baby snuggles for me.
5. What countries did you visit ? Did I travel this year?
I can actually answer this one with a “yes!” this year, thanks to my delightful trip to Montreal this fall. Other than that, we did a week up north for family camp (magical) and Kansas for Thanksgiving (fun as usual)(that is totally sincere, I love seeing family there).
6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A President who is sane and intelligent?
On a more personal level, I’d like to have better overall health in 2018 than 2017. I’d like to feel more comfortable in my own skin and less prone to back pain. I think I need to start swimming again.
7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 20th was a real low point for our country. There are family members I haven’t spoken to since Trump got elected and I think I held a tiny irrational hope that somehow he wouldn’t actually take office. January 20th is when I lost that hope.
8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
I wrote over 20,000 words on my novel. I cut back on my freelance work to do that, which is a hard thing for me to do because I have a hard time turning down paying jobs for something that might not ever amount to anything. I traded some security for some extra space for creativity.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t know. Maybe self-care? I don’t take great care of myself in terms of sleep and exercise.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes — both the usual bugs and illness that comes with having young kids and the previously mentioned body stuff.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets to Montreal! It was such a fun trip and a great time to reconnect with a dear friend.
I’ll also say that the summer pool pass and our week at family camp were worth every single cent in terms of summer fun and family time.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Boring stuff: mortgage and student loans. Ev started kindergarten this year, so we got rid of a major monthly expense, so that was nice. I’m still on the 10+ year plan for student loans, so these will be the big two expenses for the foreseeable future.
13. What song will always remind you of 2017?
I binge watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recently and I am in love with most of the music but this one is was a personal fave:
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing and swimming. I also wish I’d done more date nights with M. My niece moved here for college this fall and we should really be taking more advantage of her babysitting prowess than we did.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Mindless internet wandering when I really should be sleeping.
16. What was your favorite new TV program?
I really, really loved The Good Place this year. Also a fan of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Blackish, which is the show Miles and I share an affection for.
17. Do you love anyone now that you didn’t love this time last year?
Hmm, no, I don’t think so.
18. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot this year, which was nice. For non-fiction, I read two books by Atul Gawande, Being Mortal and Complications, both of which were excellent. In the fiction realm, I enjoyed Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and the Robert Galbraith books.
What was your greatest musical discovery? Let’s change this question to something that doesn’t assume I am trying to stay abreast of the latest in pop culture. How about what item of clothing did I wear the most?
When I’m not dressed for work, I am currently obsessed with a tunic sweatshirt I found on Zulily for $14. It is warm, has pockets, and works with leggings. I am wearing it right now and I am cozy as hell.
20. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmm, nothing really stands out, though I’m sure I saw some good ones. I am SUPER looking forward to A Wrinkle in Time though.
21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 39 and it was fine. My birthday tends to coincide with the start of my busy season at work, so I don’t usually have a big thing.
22. What kept you sane?
My immediate family of four, some good friends (both in person and online), and feeling financially secure for most of the year.
23. Who did you miss?
My step-sons, always, and several friends. (Same answer as last year, same answer as next year, I suspect).
24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.
Travel and extended time off from work are critical to my life’s happiness.
25. What pictures best represent 2017?