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Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review

My good friend Rachel (who blogs here) always does this at the end of the year and I have started adopting it as well.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before? I got to work for NASA...sort of

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did surprisingly. I make resolutions each year and will do so again...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister-in-law in February and my good friend Rachel in April, plus several other good friends from college.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My grandmother right before Thanksgiving, Alan's cousin right before Christmas

5. What countries did you visit? Just the US

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? A proper family vacation where we don't have to come back early, more vacation time in general, being able to take the week of Christmas off from work like the rest of the office.

7. What date(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 5: Ewan's second birthday and party 
May 5: Cecily's Baptism
May 30: My grandmother's 90th birthday
June 22-30: The vacation that wasn't.

October 21: Alan's 30th birthday
October 24-26: wedding anniversary, Cecily's first birthday and her birthday party

November 8: The day my grandmother died
November 16: Her funeral
November 30-December 1: Surprise birthday trip to St. Louis
December 5: My 32nd birthday
December 20: Josh's funeral
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting back to the weight I was the day I got married.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not paying off as much credit card debt as I'd hoped

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Pretty much the entire month of February

11. What was the best thing you bought? Our CSA membership

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? All the people who have made it a priority to spend time with me and make things special

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Not anyone specific but rude people and those who try to make you feel insignificant

14. Where did most of your money go? daycare, debt

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The prospect of being credit card debt free in two years

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2013? I haven't listened to much music, at least anything that sticks with me

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier

ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner!!

iii. richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? enjoying the little things instead of focusing on the big picture

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? being angry

20. How did you spend Christmas? We opened presents at our house on Christmas Eve morning then we went to my in-laws again this year for Christmas. Had a chili dinner at my mil and fil's, then went to Alan's grandparents where we exchanged gifts with the extended family. Christmas Day we had a Christmas lunch then exchanged gifts with Alan's parents, brothers and their families. We will celebrate Christmas with my mom and uncle the weekend of Ewan's birthday in January.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013? More in love with my husband and kiddos

23. What was your favorite TV program? Revolution, Downton Abbey, Blacklist
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No

25. What was the best book you read? Sadly, I only read one book this year, The Help. It was good though!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? As in a band? Umm...I like pretty much everything I have always liked. Even though a certain person in orchestra really grates on my nerves, I still really enjoy playing for the most part.

27. What did you want and get? A pressure canner, new digital camera

28. What did you want and not get? less debt

29. What was your favorite film of this year? I honestly don't remember what movies I have seen this year that are new...The Hobbit maybe?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 32 and on my actual birthday Alan took me to lunch, then after we picked up the kids from daycare we went to Kohl's so I could buy a new black purse. We then we to our favorite local pizza joint with friends. However, the weekend before, Alan surprised me with a trip to St. Louis.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
not worrying about debt

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Comfort

33. What kept you sane? Starbucks

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Justin Timberlake. Wanna know a funny story? Alan had thought about getting my tickets to see JT in Louisville but then didn't because I made the comment that I wouldn't want to see him because there would be so many annoying teenage girls there...except that I only made that comment so that Alan wouldn't make fun of me for wanting to go!

35. What political issue stirred you the most? birth rights, gmo foods

36. Who did you miss? My grandma

37. Who was the best new person you met? I haven't met them in person but several bloggers who have become my friends. One of these days...

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013: Never take life for granted because it's short and can end in an instant

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: I can never think of a song lyric for this question. So, I guess I will say that the song Sentimental Journey pretty much sums it up. Because life is a sentimental journey you should never take for granted.


  1. I'm with you on not paying off as much debt as I'd wanted- not even close in my case. It's my definite goal for 2014. And props to you on losing the weight you wanted!!

  2. Thanks! I'm not where I want to be yet, but I'm getting there!

  3. This is sch a great survey to reflect on 2013! Would love to have you link up at my 2013 Year in Review party! xo

  4. Would love to. Do you have a link?

  5. Hey, your answer to #21 matches mine! :) It's a lovely feeling to be surrounded by your loves every day!

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  7. looks like a pretty good year. I just finished reading the help!

  8. I really liked it. Maybe in 2014 I'll actually get a chance to read more!

  9. I work with my husband, so we really are around each other all the time!


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