Wednesday, January 07, 2015

End of the Year Meme - Early or Late?

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Performed a house concert. Had paying dog training clients. Produced a Listen To Your Mother Show. Attended jury duty in Federal court.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I crossed off almost everything on my list of things to do in 2014. The things that didn't get done were mostly shows not seen, which is fine because I saw a lot of shows I didn't intend to see! I've started a list for 2015. Oh, and I've chosen my word for the year, Forward.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, and I gave that kid a blanket and I let him blurp up half digested milk all over me and it was good.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, I was once removed from the grief this year. Fortunate.

5. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More confidence. More consistency. 

6. What countries did you visit?
No travel this year. Travel budget was spent on dog training school and was totally worth it.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 22nd was the day we completed our dog training course. December 10th was the night of my super fun but somewhat ill-fated house concert.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not only completing the initial stage of learning to be a dog trainer but putting that learning into practice both on my own and as part of a community.

9. What was your biggest failure?
This is one that comes up in all different contexts. I have trouble speaking out about things I know in a kind way when I am challenged. I default to being defensive and my argument is always diminished by that.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I burned myself a couple of times. I took steps to work on the breathing/acid reflux issue and feel better.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My dog training course. Any dog walking I paid for so that I could continue to do my learning and my own dog wouldn't suffer. Both of my trips to New England this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Everyone who has spoken out and protested the unchallenged killing of black citizens.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Darren Wilson and all of his compatriots who allowed their prejudices (unconscious or not) to strip others of their humanity. Anyone who donated money in support of Wilson.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Same as last year, "Food, training, health care, and accessories for the pets." Seriously, I did the math at tax time and I spend a lot of money on these guys. I don't begrudge it but it's a sobering number.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Dogs and talking about dogs and nerding out on training information. Completing a super fun concert in a home I adore.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Someone Else's Dream by Carolann Solebello

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?  Happier
ii. thinner or fatter?  Thinner
iii. richer or poorer?  Tiny bit richer perhaps

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Performing, fiction writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Scheduling, worrying, being a know it all.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Though the experience was not at all the same I think I'd still describe it as I did last year, "I spent Christmas in New England as happily usual. Super low key this year, in a good way. Much time for eating and knitting and chatting."

21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Heh. This was my answer last year. "Nope. I'd like to in 2014, though." You all saw my smitten temp tattoo, right? So I guess I'm right where I was a year ago on this one.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zip. Nada. Zilch. A big goose egg. (Probably just fine.)

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Good Wife.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
This is somehow an even tougher question in the year that Michael Brown and Eric Garner died. I have a lot of strong feelings. I don't know that hate is the right word but it's in there somewhere.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and/or The Magicians Land.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Karyn Oliver and The Ya Yas.

28. What did you want and get?
Real, honest to goodness clients.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Still Alice.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On the evening of my 45th birthday I asked a very few friends to go to a wine bar I'd never been to before in our neighborhood. We had a couple of drinks and then I got a ride home where Pony Express and I ordered in food and watched TV. It was exactly what I wanted in that moment.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
As I said last year, more kissing. More writing. Winning the lottery.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Comfortable, presentable, able to withstand dog drool.

34. What kept you sane?
Another that will not probably change, "Friends and dogs." At least I hope it doesn't.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I would probably actually have changed this one this year but, since Craig Ferguson ended his run on the Late Late Show last month, I have to stick with him. I let my crush run rampant since I'm not likely to watch his game show as faithfully as I did his late night one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The unchallenged deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford and so many others. Also the subsequent lack of legal investigation of their killers.

37. Who did you miss?
Auntie Blanche and Emily. They've both been gone a long while but this year brought them up for me a lot.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I finally go to meet in person some folks I've known only online for many years. Adding this face to face component to our friendships was deeply satisfying.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
If you think it's going too slowly, SLOW DOWN! (That's a dog training maxim that I find relevant to pretty much every area of life.)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
From Susan Werner's I Can't Be New

I can be your girl through the best and worst times
But I can't be the girl you notice for the first time
There's so much I can do
But I can't be new

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to read, lovely year ... and ... yay!!