Last years, if you’re so inclined

Initial Summary:

Where were you when 2011 began?
Home, with family

Who were you with?
Justin, Benjamin, etc. Although, Benjamin was sleeping!

Was 2011 a good year for you?
I don’t know. At first I thought yes, then I thought no, then I talked to Justin and we realized how beautiful this year really was. It wasn’t an amazing year… but it wasn’t 2009. THAT was not a good year. 2011 had its ups and downs but there was more good than there was bad.

What countries/states did you visit?
Arkansas, Kentucky, Tenneesee and drove though Missouri and Illinois.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
No. I suck.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
I’m going to say no, because I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but I feel like the answer should be yes. Maybe because my soon-to-be-sister-in-law is due in February of 2012…

Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. Justin’s grandmother passed, as well as my coworker and friend JoAnna. I didn’t really know Justin’s grandmother – but losing JoAnna hurt. She was an amazing woman.

What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No particular dates stick out super crazy a lot. We bought our house March 1, 2011 though!

What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Bought a house! De-popcorned a ceiling! Went on a roller coaster SO AWESOME that I almost blacked out. Twice. Had nose surgery.

Did you have fun in 2011?
Yes, certain parts of it were pretty awesome. De-popcorning the house was a chore, but it was awesome to spend so much time just hanging out with my family listening to good music. It was the hottest summer in Austin on record this year, but we had SO much fun. Justin and I spent a lot of time at the park and/or pool with Benjamin and that was some of my favorite time. Justin and I vacationed to Amarillo to go to Six Flags for our 4th anniversary and had an amazing time. Heck, even just hanging out outside with Benjamin and Lucky in the backyard was great. We did a LOT of that this summer… Benjamin loves the water.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had spent more time with Justin, I wish I had spent more time working on the house. I wish I had spent more time exercising, even though I did a GREAT job increasing my exercise this year.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I hadn’t been as tied up with work stuff and health stuff. I’ve been training someone at work off and on since I got off maternity leave (my son is a year and a half old, if that tells you anything) and honestly, I love my job, but it’s been taking up SO much of my energy I feel like I haven’t spent enough time enjoying my job. I wish I had been less sick.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 27!! 27, you guys!! I hung out with family and got ready for surgery the day after.

What did you want and get?
A house! Weight under 200 pounds! Increased stamina!

What did you want and not get?

A trip to the zoo (Justin still doesn’t think Benjamin is old enough…sigh), and a trip to Schlitterbahn.


Whose behavior merited celebration?
Well, my sister agreed to move to Texas and try to clean her life up, and that was a good step in the right direction.

Whose behavior made you appalled, depressed, or sad?
My sister. Yes, the same one. I just want good things for her, and I don’t know that she believes she deserves them. It makes me sad that she doesn’t see her worth and potential, it makes me sad that she doesn’t realize how much it’s worth it to work hard for your dreams.

Did somebody treat you badly in 2011?
Meh. Kind of, but I expect it.

Who were some new people you met?

The people at the church we’re going to – Central Baptist in Leander. Some awesome new coworkers too!

Favorites/Least Favorites:

What was your favorite month of 2011?
Probably March – yay for buying a house!! It was a LOT of hard work, but I had a blast.

What was your favorite moment of the year?
Again, as usual, several:

Signing on the dotted line for my new house.

Benjamin’s birthday party.

Spending the day with Justin at Six Flags.

Dress shopping with Teresa and the girls.

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Finding out about Joanna and Justin’s grandmother. One of the many times I found out I was lied to.

What was your favorite TV program?
Bones. I know it’s not a “new” show but I’ve been enjoying the old episodes and the new ones!

What was the best book you read?
Ok are you ready for me to be pathetic? Goodnight Moon and an awesome version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I don’t remember reading Goodnight Moon as a kid, but it is awesome! Benjamin really likes it. I also really love Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Kate Toms. It’s a story about a little mouse and… I can’t really describe it… it’s just awesome.

What were your favorite films of this year?
I got to see the new version of Hamlet (with David Tennant) and it was very, very good. I also got to see Hugo and I don’t think I’ve seen a better movie in a LONG time. It was super incredible.

What was your favorite video game you played this year?

Skyrim!! I’ve been waiting for it to come out for ages, and I love it. Buggy as all get out and yet STILL a blast.

What was your favorite new technology/application?

MyTracks for tracking my exercise.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn’t really listen to a lot of new stuff this year. I’m kind of lame that way.

What was the best thing you bought?
My house!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buying a house… guess that’s kind of a silly repeating answer, but it is true. It’s awesome being a homeowner!

What was your biggest failure?
Not being more firm with my sister, probably. I’m kind of a pushover.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
OH MY GOSH YES. So, 2 years ago I started having this chronic sinus infection and it comes back every winter and is SO horrible. It had gotten to where I would have it randomly throughout the year, for long periods of time. I had surgery in September to try to fix my deviated septum and clean out the infection. Apparently they fixed the septum but the infection is still there, and probably fungal. Everything I read online says that the main solution to a reoccurring fungal infection… is the surgery I JUST HAD THAT DID NOT WORK. And it’s a doctor, so it’s not like we can demand a refund (which SUCKS). I am at my wit’s end on what to do and it’s stressing me out like crazy. I’m pretty sure I just have to deal with it for the rest of my life. I can’t even describe to you what it’s like to feel like I might be in pain forever. Tylenol and Sudafed help with the pain and breathability, but not the infection. And apparently, fungal infections are worsened by antibiotics (of which I have taken LOTS of over the last 10 years…because of the recurring sinus infections. See my problem here?)… so in conclusion, my nose sucks.

Where did most of your money go?

House and health.

What kept you sane?


What political issue stirred you the most?
I think the “religious right” making such a big deal out of the gays in the military is atrocious. There’s so much hate from them, and they’re making other believers look bad. You can’t impose your morality on people – LOVE THEM INSTEAD. That’s what Jesus taught!!

Who did you miss?
My mom and dad, a lot. I wish they were here.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Buying the house, Benjamin’s birthday party, making Christmas cookies, eating bread again, FINALLY getting under 200 pounds.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? I don’t know. I’m more stressed out, but I’m REALLY enjoying the age Benjamin is at right now… he is a LOT of fun. So probably happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Sooo much thinner than before! I’ve made it under 200 lbs and am hoping to get to 160 in 2012!!!
iii. richer or poorer? Definitely poorer. Surgery, house buying, etc, I’m pretty broke.

Did you fall in love in 2011?
Every year I say “over and over and over again” but every year it’s true. I love my husband so much, he’s my best friend. I am incredibly blessed.

Did you lose anything important this year?
Yes, my mother painted a watermelon designed toothpick holder and Benjamin broke it. It’s not the end of the world, but I am very sad about it.

What was your proudest moment of 2011?

Opening the door to my home.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2011?
No one saw it but me, but walking through ridiculous mud while carrying a mud-encrusted bicycle was incredibly humiliating. I was so dumb.

Gauge your:

(On a scale of: Very Good, Good, Fairly Good, Fairly Bad, Bad, Very Bad)

• Relational Health – Very Good

• Emotional Health – Fairly Good (less good than last year. Too many little things stressing me)

• Physical Health – Good (much better than last year, but still not Very Good)

• Social Health – Fairly Good (I did a bit better handing out with a few friends this year, but still have room for improvement)

• Spiritual Health – Fairly Bad (I suck, God, I’m sorry, maybe better tomorrow?)

• Intellectual Health – Fairly Bad (Need to spend more time reading adult books, apparently)

• Financial Health – Fairly Bad (I need to get my savings back up to where it needs to be.)

In the future:

How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas Eve will be our Christmas at home, and then Christmas day we’re going to church and then to Teresa and James’ house to meet up with the family.

How will you be spending New Years?
Don’t know yet. Might go see Tina and Scott and the kids in Houston!

What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Peace at my job and peace at home.

What are your plans for 2012?

Meet Jake’s daughter (Chloe, eta: 2 months), be an awesome Matron of Honor at Teresa’s wedding, be an awesome guest at Jake’s wedding to Reba, be an awesome Matron of Honor at Amy’s wedding, find Cherry Lake with my sisters in California (I have great hope but little faith we will find it), put some serious work into my savings account and RELAX.

Will you make any new years resolutions for 2012?
Last year I wanted to stop smoking and I proceeded to have one of the more stressful years of my life. Now I just want to survive 2012… I have a feeling it could be a scary year.

In Conclusion:
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Homeownership is expensive, toddlers are hilarious, and sometimes it is hard to parent your 20-something siblings.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With Peace on earth, good will to men.”