Year End Survey for 2012

On LiveJournal I was challenged to complete this for 2011.  It’s probably the best version of “answer-these-random-questions-about-your-life-for-strangers”, as it actually requires some thought instead of just ‘favorite color’ kind of responses, so I thought to make it an annual thing.  Since I have all of five posts on LiveJournal in three years (and the only other people I know over there have left), I’ve moved it to this little blog of mine.  Here is the survey for 2012.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I have been staring at this question for about an hour.  I’m sure there was something, I just cannot think of it off the top of my head.  Edit:  A-ha!  I thought of something!  I experienced a derecho.  Freak storm here the end of June, lost power for a week with 100-105 degree temperatures and added a new word to the local vocabulary.  We stood in the corner office (made of glass) and watched the storm while the rest of the non-idiot thinking people we work with huddled in the middle for safety. 

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I rarely make them, however I did make them for 2013.  So I guess the answer is not applicable, and yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several coworkers, and my youngest cousin but we’re not close any longer.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
For the first time in a long time, no family member or someone I worked with/spouse of passed away.  Yay 2012!

5. What countries did you visit?
Can the other side of the river be counted as another country?

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Security.  Decent health insurance.  A dinner date.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2012 was not an unremarkable year, I swear, but I can’t think of anything noteworthy enough that I remembered the date for it!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Swallowed my pride to approach my father for something, he listened and didn’t lecture overmuch, and all was good.  Ish.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still haven’t achieved a zero balance on all credit cards.  Came close on one, but then had to buy a new washer/dryer and major car repairs.  Plus I spent money.  But Best Buy card now has zero balance!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
In March I had my usual two day sinus infection with the season change.  In October I had my usual two day sinus infection with the season change.  Only it then morphed into bronchitis, two ear infections, strep throat, and early stages on pneumonia.  Yeah, that was fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I was on a strict budget for 2012.  Not much frivolous purchasing.  But Grandma paid for a new fence and deck, so we’ll go with that!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My father actually did well with much of the year not being the fuktard.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My brother.  Look, I realize that getting married means that you now have a new best friend and girl in your life, as it should be.  But that is no reason to give me such shit during the holidays.  Sorry, still steamed about this one.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The almighty Visa bill.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The little things.  Spending time with friends.  A new movie with friends.  Game night with friends.  Repeat.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
That stupid Psy song Gagnam Style.  I can’t stand it, and thank heavens it seems to be on the way out already.

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
One more class in for my CLU license.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Same as last year, really–exercising and praying.  Not necessarily at the same time though.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Working at the restaurant the beginning of the year.  The mental anguish was not worth it.  People shouldn’t be treated that way, I don’t care if you are the owner.  No one calls me a whore.  Not to mention that in three months, with 34 scheduled shifts, I only got to work 9 of them.  Biggest waste of energy and cause of stress all year.

20. How will you be spending / did you spend Christmas?
The usual.  Up and back to DC the Saturday before to spend it with dad, Grandma, and Carla.  This year Drew and Carrie hosted which was nice.  Christmas night was at moms.  Christmas morning I wrapped gifts for several hours.  Rather relaxing, actually.

21. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2012?
Again, I can’t think of any. Can I claim a one day exemption though?  On January 1 we celebrated my stepfather’s 75th birthday.  We were going to go to a local restaurant/sports bar to celebrate as we could reserve the back room for semi-private use and then all his grandchildren could attend.  Great, fine, sounds like fun.  But then he decided that he wanted to just have the adult children and go to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse instead.  All told, it was a fairly inexpensive trip to that establishment–nine of us for just under $700 before tip.  Only I couldn’t pay.  I could have swung the $20 to eat at the sports bar, but when the venue changed I told mom that as much as I wanted to be there if I was expected to pay my own way that there was no way I could attend.  She told me they were picking up the tab for everyone and not to worry about it.  Okay, fine.  Let’s celebrate his 75 years.  I go, we have a lovely dinner, and then when the check comes the three boys whip out their charge cards to split the bill four ways.  And I’m left having to have each of them pick up my fare.  I just couldn’t do it–I could eat dinner with them and celebrate or I could buy groceries for a week, but the budget was so tight I couldn’t do both.  So I was mortified.  Almost 40, and can’t pay for dinner.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Not this year.

23. How many one-night stands?
Not my style.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
this is always such a bad question, as I watch too much.  New ones that I really liked though were Revolution and then on New Year’s Eve I discovered a marathon of The Newsroom.  I think those two tie for the must-see for me.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I try very hard not to hate anyone.  I may hate certain actions, though.

26. What was the best book you read?
I finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in December.  Fascinating, and yet so sad that her family has been treated so poorly.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That the classics are still my favorites

28. What did you want and get?
A new back fence and deck!

29. What did you want and not get?
Oh so many things

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Total mainstream for me this year.  Hunger Games, Avengers, etc.  But The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was pretty cute too.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to church in the morning, chilled out that afternoon, and then went to mom’s for dinner with the Sunday night girls crew.  Mellow day.  39.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A maid to do the dirty work.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Whatever I still own that’s wearable and still fits.  Comfort.  Yoga shoes.

34. What kept you sane?
Yarn.  Lots and lots of yarn and yarny goodness.

35. Which celebrity / public figure did you fancy the most?
After that marathon a few weeks ago, I’m still thinking that I Aaron Sorkin is a wordsmithing genius.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The entire election drove me nuts.  I’m so glad it’s over.  And I wish people would focus on bigger issues instead of minor things.  Big Bird and the fact that Osama is dead aren’t going to do much to help fix this country in the long run, they’re just points that kept getting bandied about over and over to mask bigger issues.  I will say that I’m glad that there were several states that passed the marriage equality act.  People should be able to marry people, regardless of gender.  And living where I do I am probably in a state that will be one of the last to approve it.  But it’s good to know that somewhere people believe that fact.

37. Who did you miss?
My grandfathers.  Both of them.  I know how fortunate I was to have them with me as long as I did, but that just means I miss them more.  And my brother, from before he started to display fuktard-inherited behavior.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Lori.  See what happens when you’re late on a Sunday because you were reading a book and then went to second service?  New friend!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
You can’t do it all for everyone, no matter how much you try. 
When you get sick, you have to take time to heal or you will just get sicker.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
No idea why, but this is the first that came to mind: “You do the Hokie Pokey and turn yourself around–that’s what it’s all about!”

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