Friday, December 30, 2011

Oh, 2011.

I took this from my friend Angela's blog, Tomorrow is Another Day. (If you are looking for another good blog to read, you should definitely check hers out. You will love her!) 

{Looking Back on TwoThousandEleven}

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I hopped on a plane to meet a blog friend I'd never met before (well, three of them!). Best thing EVER.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
 I did very well on some & not so well on others. Will write more about those in a later post. And yes. I always make new year resolutions. I love them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My good friend, Tonya, had a sweet baby boy in March. Our worship leader at church had a beautiful baby girl in September. Four good blog friends had sweet babies too! Not to mention all the ones coming in 2012! Geez!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yeah... my Uncle Ruby passed away just before his 91st birthday in February. And Brad's Granny died on the evening of our anniversary (November 14th).

5. What countries did you visit?
None. We're so not the world travelers, unfortunately!

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you didn’t have in 2011?
This may come as a surprise to some, since I have never openly talked about it in my blog, but... a baby. Also, a house in Central. If you want to pray for me, this is what you can pray for!

7. What dates from 2011 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
Getting laid off. Learning I have Insulin Resistance. Michelle's wedding day. Talking to Brad's Granny on her deathbed, just days before she went to be with Jesus. Meeting Laura, Kim & Rainey!

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I got very active. For months in a row, 3 days a week, I did bootcamp. Even on Saturday mornings. And i did cardio the other two days. Started Zumba in June. For the first time in my life, i was able to call myself  "active". Not to mention eating well. I won The Biggest Loser contest at work!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Going back to eating too many carbs & not exercising enough from October - December.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance, which helped me understand why i wasn't losing weight despite all my efforts. After that I started dropping some weight finally!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new iPhone.  Oh my gosh. Worth every cent & then some!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The first thing that comes to mind is two friends dealing with infertility and my friend's sister-in-law, Molly, who was on bed rest in the hospital for TEN weeks because her water broke at 24 weeks. She made it to 34 weeks, which was yesterday, & finally got to have that baby. I don't know her that well, but I stalk her facebook, and the girl never complained. She deserves a medal. I know it's all worth it, but 10 weeks in the hospital through the holidays?! UGH! I guess any day now she gets to be back in her own bed with that sweet baby boy!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The people responsible for laying us off at my former job. OBVIOUSLY, I'm thrilled it happened now (as i love my new job), but the way they handled things was just... crap.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Gas money! Geez!

15. What did you get really excited about?
Vacationing a week in Florida = a week off = always exciting. Spending a week in Pennsylvania with Laura, my long-time blog friend! Super exciting! When I finally lost weight. When I had some serious lightbulb moments, learning how to shoot manually. :) Getting a job at Aveda!

16. What song will always remind you of 2011? I'm terrible with questions like these. I don't know!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
I'm in a good place right now... HAPPY. But if you had asked me this question 2 months ago, my answer would have been different. I was going through a rough time, but things are better now!
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner. But not for long if i don't get my booty back in gear.
c) richer or poorer? Well, starting next week I will be richer, thanks to my new job.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had done more exercising & eating right from October - December! And being a better Christian example.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How will you spend Christmas?
Tomorrow I will spend it with my side of the family at my  mom & dad's. We spent Christmas Eve with Brad's mom's side of the family & Christmas day with his dad's side.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011? Again & again. Love that man.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy. This fall i started with the first episode & am now on Season 7.

23. What was the best book you read?
Magdalene, by Angela Hunt. Amazing book. I also loved The Help.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I finally started listening to Adele! Love!

25. What did you want and get?
 A new iPhone. A trip to Pennsylvania! A job at Aveda!

26. What did you want and not get? 
I wanted Brad to be at Michelle's wedding. But we were losing his granny at the same time so it didn't work out.

27. What was your favorite film of 2011?
The Help. And Bridesmaids. (Those were this year, right?!)

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33. I took off work & Brad did the same just for me! He took me to lunch at (that new mexican place that is off Acadian...the name of it just escaped me!) & bought me new workout shoes. That weekend we had lunch with our families at The Chimes.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Part of me wants to say a baby & a house. But my stress level in October & November was pretty high & i can't imagine dealing with pregnancy hormones on top of all that... I'm praying that 2012 is the year for both.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2011?
Um... I was seriously lacking in this department in 2011. Trying to get better at it, though, now that i work at a beauty school where people are cute everyday. Ha!

31. What kept you sane?
My relationship with God. A good hubby & good friends.

32. What political issue stirred you the most?
I pretty much ignored politics this year. Sorry.

33. Who did you miss?
I have way too many long distance friends. Seriously! I missed my Cali friend Amanda & my New York friends Rebecca & Brittany. I missed several friends here who I didn't get to meet up with! And I miss Laura, Kim & Rainey right now! As far as losing loved ones, I still miss Mrs. Helen & of course, Granny.

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
See the quote at the top of my weightloss blog. And read Made to Crave.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I'm bad at song lyric questions... I can never think of a good one on the spot!

So that's it. And here's to 2012. 2011 was tough, especially the latter part of it. Not just for me but for lots of friends of mine. But I have a feeling 2012 is gonna be pretty fantastic! I'm so ready!


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