(photo by Steve Rawley)
thanks for the writing prompt, y’all.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before? Started working out every day.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always pledge to get more writing done, and this year I did.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My girlfriend C! She had a little girl. Happy mama of four now. And K’s mommy had a little boy. Sweet babies.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes.
5. What countries did you visit? USA and that’s it. Would like to travel to Canada next year and check out Butchart Gardens.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? World peace. Again.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Hmmm — the kids’ birthdays, probably. And Steve’s and mine, too.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting my first novel published. Also I quit drinking. Christmas Eve made eight months for me. It feels really good, and we’re saving a load of money, too.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not going there.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, knock wood.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Food.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My kids’. They make me proud every day.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? People who are in charge who should not be.
14. Where did most of your money go? House and food and utility bills. And gas.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Planting our first garden at the new house.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011? Probably “Forget You,” by Cee Lo Green.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier, for sure.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner.
c) richer or poorer? More content, that’s all I care about.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Played.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Cleaned house.
20. How did you spend Christmas? At home. It was peaceful and good, and we had good food to eat (in spite of a broken stove). For New Year’s Eve, we told the kids to invite their friends over for a kids-only party. Should be lively.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011? Man, I fall in love with Steve all over again every day. Thank God, cuz otherwise we’d throttle each other.
22. What were your favorite TV programs? Revenge, New Girl, Raising Hope, Glee
23. What was the best book you read? Whatever one I’m reading right now. Today, it’s Ruth Reichl’s memoir, “Garlic and Sapphires.” Funny and wicked.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery? Pop music! The kids have established full and complete musical domination over us.
25. What did you want and get? Love and time with Steve and the kids.
26. What did you want and not get? For all of my friends (and for me, too) to get (and keep) jobs. Also for everyone to stay healthy and for no one to die.
27. What was your favorite film of this year? The final Harry Potter.
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 47. My family made me homemade ravioli and cake poppers, it was awesome. We celebrated at home, and we celebrated after the fact, but for some reason, this just made it more special. Awww…
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If it had worked out at my last job. But it didn’t. Next!
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? Work-out attire, 101.
31. What kept you sane? Walking on my treadmill daily, doing yoga, meditating.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Occupy protesters.
33. What political issue stirred you the most? Occupy and everything they’re doing to give our country a shove in the right direction.
34. Who did you miss? (Same answer as Zoot’s) As always: My Dad. My friend Frank. And, for our entire community cuz we’re all missing him, Rob. Frank and Rob’s families are in my thoughts daily.
35. Who was the best new person you met? My friend A, who I hope to spend more time with in 2012.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011. Drinking makes you depressed. Who knew? hahaha.
37. Quote a song lyric that
sums up your year you can’t get out of your head.
“All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you’d better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet.”
Cheerful, no? Music is a sign of the times, that’s all.
Happy Year of the Dragon, everyone.