I just looked back at some posts from last year to see if I had made any resolutions (knowing full well that I had probably accomplished 0% of them) only to find that... huh. Nope. Apparently made no resolutions last year.
Also, in reading back over some posts from last January I can see how some people would come to the conclusion that I'm the worlds most heinous bitch. I probably need to spend less time griping and more time focusing on the good stuff in my life, huh? That's probably a good resolution; find something to be grateful for every day. Ok, I can live with that.
There are a lot of things I'm grateful for today... a job I enjoy... Jedi... Jedi having the day off and deciding he wanted to spend the day cleaning the house while I'm at work...a good friend starting a new relationship with a guy...scary/exciting growth challenges at work (I'm co-running a weekend workshop)...
I am also grateful that when we went to the midwest to visit my mother over Christmas everyone got along and it went smoothly. I don't know-- maybe I'm mellowing in my old age, or maybe my mother is, but we seem to be ok these days.
I am now going to steal Perpetua's New Year Questionnaire:
(And I swear, any answers of mine that bear a marked resemblance to hers are purely coincidental. But, I think that's why I like her blog so much-- she says, more eloquently than I do--what I'm thinking, much of the time.)
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’ve often done, more times than you’d like to admit?
In addition the the reality TV watching (um, see perpetua's answer. Ditto.) I've probably taken WAY too many naps. I love a good nap. Nothing makes me happier than napping. There's something so decadent about it, and/but it's free! (Also, while it might be partially laziness, I do seem to have some sort of weird vitamin deficiency that the doctor keeps trying to figure out. No joke-- I take 83,333% more than the daily recommended value (that's not a typo) of B-12 and Vitamin D, and I'm still off-the-charts low in it. They think that's why I'm so tired all the time. All I know is that I could really use another nap.)
2. Why didn’t you keep your new year’s resolutions?
Well, I didn't make any resolutions last year, probably because I knew I wouldn't keep them. So, I guess you could say that I *did* in fact keep my resolutions?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth to something other than a baby?
Well, a lot of my friends finished their dissertations. I have a couple of friends who are pretty close to getting a film deal (last I heard.) And I have a friend who put on an art exhibit.
Yes. I am in fact terribly jealous of all of them.
4. Did anyone close to you kill someone?
Um, no. And we'll say, "THANK GOD" for that one since Jedi got into a car accident over Christmas break. He's ok, but he broke someone's leg... he was pretty upset and shaken up over it, but it could have been a lot worse.
5. What states of disgrace did you visit?
(I'll just steal Perpetua's answers for this one.)
Overeating (OE), Helpless Rage (HR), Bitter Wallowing (BW), Snarkiness (SN), Internet Stalking (IS)
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you also had in 2010?
Jedi. Hopefully he'll stick around. Even though I'm an annoying harpy.
7. Etch-a-sketch your memories, or put them in a Trapper-Keeper?
Why would anyone want an etch-a-sketch memory? Those things disappear. (Well, except for those ones they break, which someone maintain their sketchiness. But then, who would want a broken etch-a-sketch for a memory.)
8. Fashion sense. Do you have one yet?
Hmmm... I think I do. Or, well, I seem to have developed my own style anyway. It seems that people see something and think it's "So [ME]" I *think* this is a good thing, but the jury is still out. The only person who doesn't seem to have gotten the memo is my mother, since she keeps trying to dress me like HER. Since she is 6 feet tall, willowy, and small-breasted she keeps trying to dress me in leggings and tunics and belted things. Since I am 5'7, stumpy, and massively endowed, this is not a look that works well. But, I think I've found my look (old fashioned, 40's/50's silhouettes) and I'm learning to rock it.
9. It’s New Year’s Eve. A duck and a hippo walk into a bar. Discuss.
Huh? What's do discuss? How bad your taste in jokes is? On that topic, what do you call a fish with no "i." Nevermind, that one doesn't work when it's written down. But trust me, it's hilarious!
8. If you measured your year by achievements and failures, would you weigh more or less?
Are you asking if I'm fat? Do I look fat? cause I'm still feeling kinda fat. Since that's a failure, would that mean I weigh less? Cause failures are minuses, right? Yeah, we'll go with that. I'm a svelte, svelte failure, baby!
9. Biggest fear last year?
Losing my job. Keeping my job. Getting a new job that's just a temporary job.
10. Did you buy a lot of stuff?
Probably more than I need, but less than I want.
11. Squirrels and mice really can crawl through your pipes and into the toilet. It’s not an urban legend. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?
Um, flush again? And hope those suckers drown? I'm more worried about snakes... because snakes in toilets are basilisks doing Voldemort's bidding. On the other hand, if I saw a snake in my toilet it would probably mean I'd found the Chamber of Secrets, and that would be pretty cool.
12. Did you play the lotto? Did you win?
I love playing the lottery, I really do. When I buy a lottery ticket I feel like I'm not just buying a ticket, but for $1 I've bought hope. It's actually a pretty euphoric feeling. In that moment there are endless possibilities and the world is my oyster.
Ok, sure, then I lose. But hey, for $1 it's a quicker & cheaper fix for my bad mood than therapy!
13. You’re forced at gunpoint to dance a jig. What song is playing?
The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
14. Happier, thinner, richer, or Sadder, fatter, poorer?
Um, all of the above? It's been kind of a yo-yo year. More good than bad though, can't complain.
15. If you could give up television, would you give up television?
Honestly, probably not. I know I'm addicted to it-- not even in the sense of "Oh, I MUST MUST MUST watch that show!" (Which is totally the case for things like "Teen Mom.") but rather in the sense that I need background noise whenever I'm doing anything else around the house. I don't like music (I know, I'm weird, but I don't.) I don't like DVDs (Something about the predictability of knowing what's coming. I find it distracting.) Having news or a talk show or reality tv on in the background is just the right level of distraction that allows me to actually get things done.
16. See any good movies lately?
You know what I find sad? Good movies that didn't find an audience for whatever particular reason. I just saw "Red" recently, and while it wasn't Oscar worthy it was certainly a pretty damn good time. In fact, I think I'll probably get it on DVD, and I hardly ever get movies on DVD.
17. If you had to open either an elephant store or a cupcake store in 2011, which would you choose?
Well, cupcakes are SO over. As a side note, am I the only one who finds that show on TLC - "DC Cupcakes (or whatever) to be SO grating? And I usually find cake shows soothing. There's something about those two sisters though that is just so... "trying too hard,"... yanno? They're just playing to the cameras way too much and their concoctions do not seem very inspired. They're no Ace of Cakes, I'll tell you that.
Anyhoo- Cupcakes are done. Flan is where it's at now.
18. Are you living in the future or the past?
Trying to get out of the past. Trying to let the future take care of itself (lilies of the fields, and all that.) Just attempting to live in the "Now."
Happy New Year to one and all. May it bring untold delights, love, accomplishing of goals, fulfilling of dreams, unexpected wonderment, and much joy to me & mine and you & yours.