2014 Year in Review Blog

This posts might be getting a bit cliched, but I care not. As I get older I seem to have the memory of a goldfish, so I appreciate having these posts to look back on. This is slightly different than last year as there were a few questions I have grown tired of answering.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Moved to Minnesota and really expanded the amount of freelance writing I’ve taken on.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Nope and nope. After 10 years with a major change every year (new job, new kid, new house) I’ve decided that 2015 should be the year of stability. I want to be in the same house, same job, and with the same husband and number of kids when 2016 rolls in.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Hopefully having a snack party and movie night with my best buddy from Iowa and her family. Said family includes a sweet baby, whose head I want to sniff.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Did anyone give birth?

Thankfully nobody close to me died. My best friend had a baby, as did several Twitter friends.

5. What countries did you visit?

HAAAAA! Yeah. No. I got about 100 miles from the Canadian border for a work trip, if that counts.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

I’m really hoping to finish my PhD in 2015, so I am hoping to have more free time in 2015 after I am done with school stuff. I’d also, duh, like to have a Dr. in front of my name by the end of the year.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 18th, my last day at my old job and the start of our journey north. My last job was a huge learning experience for me but I was ready for a change.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Getting a job and a house in our dream city. Being able to put down a sizable down payment on the house. Advocating for Miles successfully when it came to where he should go to school (and marrying a man who writes a damn fine angry letter when it is called for). I gave some presentations for work that were well received.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think of it as failure, but I feel like I struggled with the same old things I always struggle with: my weight, finding time to write, spending enough time outside.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just the normal amount of colds and stomach bugs that come with living with small petri dishes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our cute yellow house. I love it, which is good because I still have 357 payments left to make on it. I got emotional the first time I watched Ev. wake up the steps because it hit me that this is where she is going to grow up and this will be first house she remembers.

12. Where did most of your money go?

See question #11

13. What song will always remind you of 2014?

C’mon. This was the year of Taylor Swift. I have no shame about how much I listened to 1989 this year.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spent time outside, worked on non-bloggy or freelance work, and hanging out with my friend E.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worried about work stuff at the old job.

16. What was your favorite new TV program?

I really like Jane the Virgin and Moone Boy. We have a DVR for the first time and it is a delight in terms of catching shows I haven’t seen before.

17. Do you love anyone now that you didn’t love this time last year?

Baby Oskar. He is damn good baby belonging to my best buddy.

18. What was the best book you read?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was excellent. I am curious about the movie adaptation though I am somewhat iffy on Lupita Nyong’o as the star. I love her and think she is stunningly beautiful but I wish the lead was from a West African background.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

A small indie artist named Taylor Swift.

(look, I’m a 36 year old mom of small children. The only new artists I ever see are on reruns of Yo Gabba Gabba)

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

I saw NOTHING in the theater this year.

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 36 and probably celebrated by packing boxes for our upcoming move.

22. What kept you sane?

Twitter, my husband, my best buddy, and changing jobs.

23. Who did you miss?

My step-sons, always, and my best buddy.

24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.

At some point you have to stop banging your head against a brick wall, even if you are right and the wall is wrong.

25. What does 2015 hold for me?

I don’t know, but I hope it includes finishing grad school, seeing Ev get potty trained, and everyone I love staying healthy and happy.

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