Well, this is probably going to be depressing, but it seems to be my annual tradition…
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Got separated. Hired a divorce attorney. A lot of other things I’d rather not remember.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I just checked last year’s meme, and this was my resolution:
Sometime in late spring/early summer, I plan to deliver a happy, healthy, preferably human baby. Let’s see how it goes!
So, yeah. I did that. Yay me! I didn’t make any other resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME! Plus about a hundred or so other friends and family members.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, my dad’s cousin (sort of like an uncle to me). He was a very sweet man, and he’ll be very missed.
5. What countries did you visit?
Huh. I’m not even sure if I left the state of North Carolina this year.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Stability. Calmness. Serenity. Less drama. Two kids who sleep through the night in their own damn beds. Little things.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 31st – Lucy was born.
August 9th – Dave and I separated.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I went from a temp employee at my job to a permanent employee in February. That was a pretty big deal at the time.
9. What was your biggest failure?
My marriage. Enough said.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Technically my health insurance paid for it, but I’m going to say it was the epidural when I had Lucy.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom. I hope that my kids grow up and know that 35 years from now, if they need me, they can call me and I’ll drop everything to be there for them. If that ends up being true, I’ll consider myself a successful parent.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I refuse to answer this for legal purposes. If you know the inside scoop on my life, you can probably guess.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The arrival of Lucy. The sale of my house.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Most stuff by Bruno Mars. For this reason.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Most definitely sadder. But optimistic because I know it’s temporary.
b) thinner or fatter? Well, I’m not pregnant anymore, so I guess I’m thinner.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer. So much poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Traveling. Reading books. Doing fun stuff with my girls.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Moping. Yelling. Crying.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with Catie, Lucy, my parents, and my siblings. It was really nice.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
No. Sort of the opposite, in fact.
Unless you count falling in love with your kids, because…
My god, yes. Them.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Not sure I had one. Probably Hoarders.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
See question 13 – no comment.
24. What was the best book you read?
I don’t think I finished a single book that I started this year.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Piano Guys. Who knew I’d ever have an obsession with the cello?
26. What did you want and get by year’s end?
My parents moved here. We sold our house. I found a rental house for me and the girls.
27. What did you want and not get by year’s end?
A sense of closure.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I’m suddenly completely blank. Did I see any movies this year that weren’t animated? I mean, I took Catie to see “Gnomeo and Juliet” and “Rio,” but those aren’t on my list of fine quality films, so… yeah. I don’t know.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35. I don’t think we did anything since I was pregnant and miserable.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my marriage hadn’t fallen apart, that would’ve been nice.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Total lack of fashion, all functional. I’m working on fixing that, though. I bought some cute boots as a Christmas gift to myself, and my goal is to try to take the time to make myself feel cute, because I feel a lot better about myself when I do.
32. What kept you sane?
It’s probably bad to answer this question with Lexapro, but… yes. Lexapro.
Also, my friends and family who let me vent whenever I needed to. Y’all know who you are. And you’re awesome.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I will admit that I have a huge crush on Matt Paxton, the extreme cleaning guy on Hoarders. Because I love the idea of a man who knows how to clean up after himself. That Corey dude isn’t too shabby either.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably the Amendment 26 vote in Mississippi. It’s my home state and I still get worked up about a lot of political issues there. This is one of the few times one of their elections turned out the way it should have.
35. Who did you miss?
I missed my Grandmother a lot this year. She’s Lucy’s namesake, and sometimes I look at my two girls and think about how much she would have adored them. She died 15 years ago, and I still miss her. My sister and I wore some of her jewelry to church on Christmas Eve this year.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
My new friend Tanya, another single mom at Catie’s daycare, who has been an invaluable resource to me over the past few months. It helps to have a friend who’s been through all of this stuff before, and survived to tell the tale.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Sometimes the people you thought you knew the best, turn out to be complete strangers to you.
Also, I can survive a lot more than I ever thought I could. Who knew?
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Soap and water
Take the day from my hand,
Scrub the salt from my stinging skin,
Slip me loose of this wedding band.”
— Suzanne Vega, “Soap and Water”
(Yeah. I told you this was going to be depressing. Sorry.)
So, happy new year everybody. Let’s hope 2012 is far, far better than 2011.