1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I got married.
I ate hummus.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kinda. And maybe.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Tim’s wonderful Aunt Melinda lost her battle with ovarian cancer in July.
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico on our honeymoon.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A new job for Tim, a house, and the beginnings of a baby.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running two half-marathons and a marathon.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I destroyed a perfectly good batch of chili in the slow cooker. That was sad.
I didn’t do a very good about not becoming a crazy emotional freak in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Like, Tim and I look at each other sometimes and are like, “Remember April? Man, that sucked.” And then I think about that day that I cried in my office with the door closed and my boss found me and think, man, I’m never getting married again. I don’t think I was Bridezilla, but I am not very good at putting up with the crazy that came out of some others.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No major illnesses. I remember one nasty summer cold, but that was it.
Injuries…well, I think running kind of changed my barometer on this. Major shin splints, giant blisters, four missing toenails, occasional knee/foot/ankle pain…but nothing too awful that wasn’t ultimately solved by rest.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Where did most of your money go?
Student loan payments. Thankfully, in 2011, we have a mega-debt-repayment spreadsheet going on, as well as the discovery of the income-based repayment plan, which will hopefully mean we don’t get bled dry every month.
We also put a good chunk of change towards the wedding.
13. What did you get really excited about?
And if by “excited” you mean “wanted to vomit into/up my artichoke dip,” the marathon.
14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Uh. Probably Born To Run.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier by a smidge. About the same.
– thinner or fatter? About the same.
– richer or poorer? About the same.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Crafts. And dog training.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Comparing myself to others, and wasting time on the internet.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I am very much enjoying The Wire on DVD, and go around spurting lines like “these are my tetras” and “I shot Mike-Mike in the hind parts” because they make me giggle.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read 38 books in 2010, which isn’t too shabby. I’m going to shoot for 50 in 2011.
Least favorites were Cleaving (wanted to throttle the narrator the whole time) and Let the Great World Spin (I felt like the entire book was just patting itself on the back the whole time, if that makes sense).
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Katy Perry. (hangs head)
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26. Tim made me pancakes, I got a Nook, and we saw a car that looked like a hamburger.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Teaching Milhouse to shake. We’ve been trying all year with no luck. It’s hard to say…I feel pretty satisfied with 2010. 2011 is going to be a year of change and flux, so I feel like there’s more at stake coming up.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I discovered long necklaces and painting my nails a color other than clear, and I refuse to look back.
26. What kept you sane?
Tim. Long, venty e-mails to my best friend. Ben & Jerry’s and running.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
It’s not really that hard to pee in a wedding dress.
No, but really. I think that one of the things I’m finally coming to terms with this year is that being driven by jealousy leaves me (duh) completely unfulfilled and just makes me stew. When I channel those feelings into something productive and choose happiness instead, I feel much better.
(Example: I was nervous I’d go into a jealousy funk after spending time with my friend’s newborn this week. I decided before we went to not approach the visit that way, and instead focused on how genuinely happy I am for my friend and her husband and their baby. I used the visit as a learning experience, and came home and channeled that baby fever drive into a new slick budgeting and savings plan for 2011.)
So, yes. No jealousy. Just positive action driven by goals.