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Yearly Wrap-Up: 2011

 

I read these from friends every year, but reading Sarah’s yesterday really inspired me to FINALLY DO MY OWN, DAMMIT.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before? Ran the entirety of a half-marathon, ran a race that involved jumping in mud and climbing over walls, was assistant-producer on a musical, learned to do hair for the girls in that musical (including putting on wigs and doing french twists!), did a plank for 3-minutes…HOLY CRAP. I did a lot of stuff this year for the first time. Yay me!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always keep up with the general theme of the resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Some friends, yes. No family.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No close family, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit? None. And that answer would hold true for every year before this as I’ve never left the country.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? Easy: MORE TIME.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Blizzard (for here) in January, E’s first solo singing lines in a musical in March, Tornado in April, half-marathon in November. It’s been a great year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I’ve been telling everyone, “2011 was the year Kim got into shape.” And that is true to epic levels. I’m so proud of this it makes me tear up sometimes.

9. What was your biggest failure? I did not take as many pictures as I like to. I’m quite disappointed in myself for that.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope! Yay! I did have a few issues with my reproductive system but those are such a constant that they don’t slow me down as much as they used to.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Probably the year of boot camp. I’m convinced that decision is what put me on the path to fitness this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? MINE. What the heck? Of course I’m going to say Me! I AM AWESOME. But, I’ll also praise Donnie for having to carry more parental obligations with my new-found running habits and of course E always gets credit for being Parent #3 so often when Donnie and I want to go for a run.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? AMY POHLER. I’m depressed because she isn’t my best friend yet. YET.

14. Where did most of your money go?  Mortgage. No contest.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Lots of things! Every race and competition! And the final Harry Potter Movie! And E’s musical! And my new boots!

16. What song will always remind you of 2011? ‘Moves like Jagger’ – It’s on my running playlist and the kids ask to hear it ALL THE TIME.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
HAPPIER
b) thinner or fatter?
STONGER (Stolen from Sarah)
c) richer or poorer?
SAME

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Taken more outings with the kids. I think that’s why I didn’t have as many pictures this year. I had to be very deliberate every few weeks to SCHEDULE outings, that’s how busy life is. We used to just get up and go.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Thinking about my dirty house. I wish I could either A) Afford someone to clean (I keep things picked up, I just don’t clean) or B) Stop caring so much. My Dad didn’t care and I kinda wish I was more like that.

20. How did you spend Christmas? With all three kids. That only happens every other year so it’s nice when it happens.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011? I really think Donnie and I fell in love in a different way this year as it’s the first year we’ve exercised together and it added a whole new dimension to our marriage. I love it.

22. What was your favorite TV program? I’m going to list NEW shows (new to me, anyway) that I put on my “favorites” list this year: Revenge, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, Homeland, Once Upon a Time, Pretty Little Liars

23. This question has been deleted because it’s SOOO teenage emo Xanga shit.  (This is what Sarah replaced #23 with and I’m too lazy to look up the original question and I kinda like how she rephrased it anyway. She’s funny, that Sarah.)

24. What was the best book you read? Divergent, hands down. <<< Sarah’s answer and I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Eh. I just download songs for my running playlists, I don’t really explore music. Although, I did kinda obsess over the cast recording of Book of Mormon for awhile.

26. What did you want and get? Just Dance 3

27. What did you want and not get? Nothing off the top of my head.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? BAH. I don’t know! I loved Bridesmaids, Ghost Protocol, the last Harry Potter  and I’m sure several others. But nothing jumps out at me as BEST! BEST! BEST!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 36 and I think I just did the usual, dinner and a movie. Not sure!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Nothing. Seriously. This has been a great year!

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? I HAVE FASHION THIS YEAR. This is the first year I’ve ever had any style and I owe it all to my daughter. I guess I’m siding on a bit of funky/young because my biggest concern is always: Am I too old to wear this? I like Neutrals with CRAZY pops of color in weird places. I like my boots. I like leg warmers. I like the red jeans I just wore the other night. I’m just glad I have ANY style/fashion sense, to be honest with you.

32. What kept you sane? Running. No lie.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Darren Criss. I loved him way back when he did the Harry Potter musical spoof and then BAM! He became famous FOR REELZ and I’ve loved keeping up with his career. The VERY close second that grew out of the FIRST is: Chris Colfer. He is – hands down – my favorite young celebrity right now. I love the role model he is for gay teens and I love his wit/humor when he’s being interviewed. I can’t wait to read his book or see the movie he wrote. I also love that one time he had to use the bathroom on set and accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up peeing on the Monk soundstage instead of a real bathroom. BEST CELEBRITY STORY EVER.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? I’m very bitter at politics in general because it takes so much to really get so little done. But the issues that always take my heart are LGBT issues and reproductive rights. They will always be my top concerns.

35. Who did you miss? As always: My Dad.

36. Who was the best new person you met?  I’m not going to say “one” person but I always joke that LAST year was the year I made book club and theatre friends, this year is the year I made boot camp and running friends. LOVE my exercise friends, they keep me in line.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011. The hardest step in fitness is the one walking OUT THE DOOR. Also? Right now? Someone busier than me is going for a run. So I really don’t have an excuse.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I like you so much better when you’re naked. Ida Marie

That’s just the most recent song I’ve bought and thought it worked quite well THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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Bring It On, 2012.

This time every year I hear a lot of, “I hate New Year’s! The expectations! The resolutions bound to fail! The pressure is too great!”

Obviously these people aren’t as OCD about beginnings as I am.

I’ve always been someone that starts a “diet” on a Monday, and if I fail at any point in the week, I throw the whole week out and wait to start again the following Monday. I was the same with exercise plans. And vows to keep caught up with laundry. Monthly beginning are even more powerful: I’m going to read the kids a story every night! I’m going to cook real meals five nights a week! I’m going to shower!

(Who am I kidding with that last one, right?)

So, if Mondays and the first of the month hold that much weight for me, you can imagine how much I love New Year’s Day. BEST DAY OF THE YEAR, in my opinion.

I do get a little anal retentive about things, this LAST week of the year, however. For example, I really want to log all of my runs this year. I’ve used RunKeeper off and on this year, but I wanted to start anew so I spent about 30 minutes the other day DELETING ALL OF MY RUNS off RunKeeper. Just so I could start clean for 2012. I’m also pledging in 2012 to not start any new Pinterest projects until I finish the several I’ve started in 2011. To do that I had to clean and organize my workspaces this week.

So, basically? The last week of the year I spend prepping for the first day of the year.

But I love it. I love it ALL. I love the feeling of a fresh start, I love the potential. Do I ever really see through any of my “resolutions” of the year? Never. At least not how I map them out. But I always see some sort of change in my life. At least a budge in the right direction. 2011 was a HUGE year of changes for me that all started with the excited start to the year.

So I jump into 2012 hoping to be able to look back at the end of the year and say, “I didn’t do it all, but I made a step in the right direction.”

Because like I always say – as long as I’m trying to be better in some way, then I know I’m at least heading in the right direction. I don’t want the failures of the past to discourage me from successes of the future. That’s what’s great about the New Year, you can compartmentalize all of the failures in the past year and start with nothing but potential for success.

My Goals for 2012

  • Log all of my runs. I hit 100 miles in October when I was logging miles for my training group and knowing that felt SO GOOD. I’d love to keep track of it all for 2012 and see how THAT feels.
  • Finish projects. I’m not going to commit to finishing them ALL, because some projects are better left discarded. But I’m not going to start any new projects until I finish most of the half-complete ones I’ve got haunting my craft table and office.
  • Cut back on my consumption of Diet Coke. I’m not going to say I’ll quit, but I’m going to drastically cut back. My goal is to stop grabbing one to take in the car every time I walk out the door. But it will take awhile to break that habit.
  • Do more trail running! Did my first one last week: SO FUN. I’ll write more about that later.
  • Nag less, Goof Off more. No explanation needed, that one is pretty obvious.
  • Run the Rocket City Marathon. I’ve finally been vocalizing that goal to make it real so I feel like I can put it down in writing. I’m going to join the Rocket City Marathon training group for the last half of the year so that in December, 2012 I can run it. EEK.

I LOVE THE NEW YEAR. Bring it on, 2012. In many ways I feel like I kicked 2011′s ass, so you better watch out.

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What I’m Watching Over The Break

I mentioned on Facebook this weekend that I hate the weeks after Christmas because the excitement of Christmas is over but we STILL have to wait a few weeks to watch new episodes of any of our TV shows.

After the Golden Globe awards were announced all of my favorite TV critics were excited that Homeland was recognized. Maybe even a bit pissed they weren’t recognized more. Now, I usually don’t like programming on the Premium channels. I joke and say it’s because I don’t like Grown-Up TV. But honestly? That’s not far from the truth. If it’s on a premium channel it’s because it has foul language or sex or violence and I just don’t like watching that stuff on my TV shows.

I KNOW! I’m such a prude.

But something about the way the critics wrote about Homeland intrigued me. They mentioned a lot about the character development. And I love me some good character development.

I gave it a try last week some time using Xfinity OnDemand and I am TOTALLY hooked. (It’s free for us because we subscribe to those Premium channels. Donnie is not as much of a prude as I am.) And yes – it’s all about the character development. I mean, the terrorist plotlines are gripping and I have no idea who is good and who is bad and they throw twists and it’s great. But these characters? Totally 3-dimensional and very complicated. I love it.

I’m also still trying to work my way through Doctor Who. I’m still on Season One, and I enjoy it, it’s just really daunting because I’m SO BEHIND. But I like it! And I’m excited about finally adding Doctor Who to my Geek Cred. All of my true Geek TV friends love Doctor Who, and I’ve always felt a little ashamed that I know nothing about it. I’m watching it using our Roku Box and my Amazon Prime account so it’s free. Yay for free TV!

What other TV shows could I be watching over the break that are Free? I mean, I have 6+ seasons of Doctor Who to keep me busy, but I was just wondering if you had any other suggestions?

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I Freakin’ HATE Real Trees

When we bought our house last year, we knew we couldn’t use our older (huge) artificial tree because our ceilings weren’t tall enough. Donnie took that opportunity to INSIST we get a real tree. He liked them so much better…blah blah blah.

We went to get one for the upstairs, putting my smaller (sentimental) artificial tree downstairs. That’s when I learned the first lesson of real trees: THEY ARE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. We paid almost $100 for ours last year! And yes, I know it’s cheaper to go chop one down somewhere but the timing issues never work for us. But…BUT…a week before Christmas I saw the place was selling trees for $25 a pop! WHAT? That’s WAY better!

So this year, we waited. We wanted the tree to stay up into the New Year since that is when we’re having company, so we used that as an excuse. Unfortunately, once they put the ($35) sign up, they cut the hours drastically and they weren’t open at night. I went by Tuesday on my lunch break and they were open so I bought the tree by myself. I got it home and with E’s help we got it set up. It fell on me: TWICE. This is the SECOND reason I hate real trees: THEY ARE STICKY AND HEAVY AND CRUSHING.

Donnie came home, investigated the tree in the base, and we decided to leave it up for 24 hours to make sure it would stay up before decorated it. Last night? We decorated it. And for a few hours I thought, Okay. I like real trees. They do look so much prettier.

And then I was reminded the FINAL reason I hate real trees this morning. MY CATS LIKE TO KNOCK THEM DOWN. I had to get it back up again all by myself (HEAVY. STICKY. NEEDLEY.) because I thought Donnie would hate me if I woke him up at 4am just to help with the tree. Water had spilled on some presents and ornaments were broken. Including the one Nikki made this year. *sigh*

And all of this for my husband. Who didn’t have to lug it home because they were closed when he went. He didn’t have to decorate it because we did it while he went running. (He did not object and the kids were desperate to decorate it.) And he didn’t have to beat the cats with flogs when they tore it down and broke some of my favorite ornaments.

THE THINGS WE DO FOR THE PEOPLE WE LOVE. Let’s just say that Santa better bring me Just Dance 3 for Christmas because I have been A VERY GOOD WIFE.

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She’s Keeping Me From Leaving The House Looking Like I’m Homeless

Nikki is still very much a fashionista. She puts tons of thoughts into what she wears and she rarely leaves the house anymore without some sort of accessory to accentuate her outfit. Maybe a fedora, maybe a scarf, maybe a purse, often all three!

We went out to go shopping the other morning as a family and I was just wearing a t-shirt, jeans and my converse. Then, of course, my daughter walks down all decked out and looking AWESOME. I looked at her and thought, Crap. I can’t go out looking like a slob if she looks like she just walked of a CW TV show. So I went and changed and put a bit more effort into my outfit. My hair and face still looked awful (bun, no makeup) but my outfit was at least cute.

And you know what happened? We were stopped, interviewed, and photographed for the newspaper. They were doing coverage of local shoppers and we ended up being on of the families they photographed for the paper. It was a COLOR photo. In the FIRST section of the paper.

So…you know…thank you, Nikki. For motivating me to try to look a little nicer when I step out in public. One of these days I’ll make that decision on my own without your influence, but until then, thanks.