2013 Year in Review

I’m a little early, but in the mood, so time for the annual year in review post (previous years here, here and here)

1.What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Went to North Carolina (loved!), started working on my doctorate degree, joined a triathlon training group (didn’t actually do a tri, but enjoyed it anyways) and did a lot more freelance writing than I’ve ever done before, which I am proud of.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year I said I’d like to read more, write more and do another triathlon. I didn’t do the tri, did probably write more overall and didn’t do near as much reading as I would have liked. I don’t think I’m going to make a formal resolution but I do have a focus for next year of connection. I want to be more connected in a couple of areas in my personal life. I would also like to do some sort of race in 2014.

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Lots of babies among people I follow on Twitter and a very happy announcement from my best buddy that she is having a baby in the spring. Yay. I can not wait to meet that kid!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What places did you visit?

Kansas for Thanksgiving, several trips to the Twin Cities, one trip to Arizona for a fun wedding and visit with the big boys and a fabulous vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Not too shabby!

 6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A better sense that I am managing my time well, especially as it relates to school stuff.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Hmm, none? I don’t think there were any particular days that were life altering.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making it through my first two semesters of grad school, having an article I wrote for a work related publication get national attention (though I wrote it under a pseudonym, so it was a little weird not being able to take credit for it), surviving taking the kids on a cross-country trip by myself.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t want to say it was a failure, but I’m still working on getting to where I want to be in terms of fitness and health stuff.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes, a four month long struggle with plantar faciitis that SUCKED.

 11. What was the best thing you bought?

I really love my Fitbit and the money spent traveling to Arizona and North Carolina was totally worth it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Both the kids were pretty delightful this year and my step-sons both finished up school and are turning into pretty great grown-ups.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Ugh. Too many. Most elected officials, basically. Anyone who started any sentence with “I’m not a racist, but…”. Anyone who thinks our countries biggest gun control problem is that our government is trying to take our guns. Anyone who compares any of our elected officials to Hitler. This guy.

 14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent and Target, pretty much.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Sappy but true: watching my kids grow and become cool little people. That and our trip to North Carolina. I LOVE being near the ocean, so a week there was amazing.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Toss up between Of Monsters and Men “Lionheart” and The Lumineers “Stubborn Love”  

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

 a) happier or sadder? Probably sadder, but still optimistic.

b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.

c) richer or poorer? Poorer, thanks mostly to grad school.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Swimming, reading, going on dates with Mr. Monkey, playing outside with the kids.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry, use the internet as a procrastination aid, and wasting money on Diet Coke and snacks at work.

20. How will you spend Christmas in 2013?  We’re planning on a quiet time at home. The kids will be getting Legos, so I am sure there will be much Lego building. We’ll make a ham and sides for dinner. I’m looking forward to it.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013? Nope, but stayed in love, which is a bigger deal.

22. What was your favorite TV program? I think “The Good Wife” was excellent this year. I’m also enjoying Key and Peele, Shark Tank, The Profit, The Amazing Race (despite a very lackluster cast this last time) when watched with the kiddo. I was starting to get into Scandal but then it got too violent for me (am delicate flower).

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2013? Nothing fancy. My birthday is smack in the middle of the busiest time of the year at work, so it is hard to make too many big plans around it.

24. What was the best book you read? The Fault in Our Stars was so good.

25. What did you want and get? A true vacation.

26. What did you want and not get? I applied for a job that I didn’t get. It is probably for the best in the long run, for a variety of reasons, but that is always a tense process. Also, still on the hunt for a great pair of brown boots.

27. What was your favorite film of the year? I think I saw one movie in the theater (Monsters University) and my son ate too much candy and puked on me in the theater, so I think I’ll take a pass on this question.

28. Did you make some new friends this year? Yes, developed a closer friendship with someone at work, which has been really nice.

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The ability to not let work stuff bleed over into the rest of my life quite so much.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Striving to be more polished at work, “how fast can I put on leggings” at home.

31. What kept you sane? My friend Ellie. Twitter. My work buddy. My husband being home with the kids.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? This is the year that George Clooney was demoted from the top of my celebrity crush list to make room for Idris Elba. 

33. What political issue stirred you the most? The Affordable Care Act and the current discussions of gun control (same as last year)

34. Who did you miss? My step-sons. Always.

35. What was a valuable life lesson learned in 2013? I’m still learning it but: If there is a disconnect between what you think is important and how you actually spend your time, unhappiness is sure to follow.

 

I know I am early with the list, but if you do these end of the year wrap-ups too, please leave a link in the comments! I love to read them.

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