Oh man, I’ve been SICK. Please forgive me for this mucho belated New Year’s post, those three of you still here reading this poor excuse for a blog.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I RAN A HALF-MARATHON, you guys. YOU GUYS. I ran a freaking half marathon. I know, three readers, that I tend to talk about it a lot (A LOT), but DUDE, I ran 13.1 miles (MIIIIIIIIIILES). I just can’t shut up about it. Running has changed me. It’s changed my body, it’s made me proud of my body, saddlebags, cottage cheese thighs, and all. My self esteem is so much better, I have made such dear friends.
I have another race in a little over a week in Phoenix and I cannot wait.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
1. Calm, patient, less yelling. Yadda yadda yadda. Same ol’, same ol’. **OH THIS WILL BE ON MY LIST FOREVER. But! I do think I’ve improved quite a lot.
2. Drink more water! **I don’t understand why I have such a hard time with this.
3. Work with my kids to figure out how to serve others, maybe through donations, projects, volunteering, and/or random acts of kindness. **This is something I think about at least once every single day. I did get the kids to go through their old toys to donate, but I we need to do more to be kind to others.
4. Call family and friends. On the phone. Just to say hi. **Well, I texted more…does that count? Yes. Yes it does count.
5. Organize the basement and
attic. **The basement. I can’t even.
6. Be a better blog commenter. **I do an awesome job of clicking “like” on Facebook, but I still rarely comment. I read from my phone and it’s such a hassle, and that’s a lame excuse.
Run a half-marathon.
Run a 5K in under 30 minutes.
Catch up on Harry Potter movies
Read 40 books this year! Let’s be friends on Goodreads!!!! Okay? Promise? It’s super fun! I think you can find me via my email address (playgroupie AT gmail DOT com.)
12. Find a TV show that Tate and I can watch together. **I GIVE UP. I’m just going to watch what I wanna watch. Watchers gonna watch.
Business: **I’m a MISERABLE business woman, though my business site is doing well–content wise. Just haven’t done any of the business-y things below….
1. Set up my business as an LLC.
Grow my business, increase pageviews to the website and get more Facebook fans.
3. Sell advertising for my business and create campaigns with local companies that are mutually beneficial.
Spiritual: **God and I are having a very complicated relationship right now. I have a lot to say about it, maybe I will in a different post.
1. Figure out how God wants to use me and then do it.
2. Read books about other faiths
3. Read the Bible
This year’s goals:
1. Do a better job of keeping the house clean. (I’ve become verrrrrrrry lax in this area, and while I don’t care to have an immaculate, spotless home, it should be live-able.)
2. Plan a vacation to either Disney or Destin again for Fall Break. (Fingers crossed for Disney, we want to wait to go back until Ella is tall enough for the next set of ride.)
3. Organize closets and the basement. (That DAMN basement just won’t go away.)
4. Train Mae to heel, come, stay, to not jump, and stop being a thief.
5. Do yoga at least twice a week and get my poor excuse for a “core” back in shape.
6. Run two half marathons in the spring…and maybe one in the late fall. (Phoenix, January 20th; Knoxville, April 7th.)
1. Make a decision by June whether or not it’s a worth continuing in terms of moola/benjamins/gettin’ paid.
1. Pray. Often. Without ceasing. With my listening ears on.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My brother and sister-in-law made me an Aunt! I’m Aunt Jennifer now to a beautiful niece.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. But Tate went to Slovakia and Austria and I’m jealous.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Last year’s answer was a clean house….and that’s the same thing I want this year. I’d also like to have a church home again.
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October: Our trip to Destin. It was just so lovely, the whole thing.
And December 14th will forever be the day that 26 people lost their lives in Newtown, CT. This tragedy has absolutely shaken me and my faith in humanity, though I realize that there were so many GOOD people, heroes, that shined that horrible day. I just can’t help feeling that I’ve lost of a sense of safety and trust.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Well, DUH, my half marathon, silly.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing my blogging mojo. This blog used to be FUN.NY. I was reading some old posts and I thought, dang girl, you were so clever and witty. I wish I still had it. If you’ve seen my Clever and my Witty, could you please return them?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My magic pants for running, my foam roller, and every pair of comfortable pants I bought this year–including my jeggings. Yes, jeggings. Shut up. I look cute in them. (Those are affiliate links, by the way.)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband at Christmas. It seemed like my Tate was back. He was so relaxed and happy. It was good to see him again.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Bad people with access to guns that never should have had access to using them to kill innocent people.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Amazon.com, our mortgage, running gear (I’m seriously out of control), and our Destin trip. I said this last year and I’ll say it again, I have little to complain about in life. I’m quite blessed, really.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Running, my friends, the Destin trip, working for Hallmark this past year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
God’s Not Dead by the Newsboys. Ella LOVED that song and always wanted me to turn it up every time it came on the radio.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier, I guess. Thinner. Richer–but now that I have no freelance job, it’s soon to be poorer. And that’s okay. I needed to let some things go.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I would have written here more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Feeling jealous of others.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas day at home, opening presents, eating fattening food, and being lazy. It was AWESOME. The day after Christmas we drove to St. Louis and got to spend time with our entire family. It was also AWESOME. This was truly the best Christmas in years and years.
21. Did you fall in love with 2012?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Hmm, maybe Breaking Bad? I’m really sad the show is ending, but truly–it NEEDS to end. I also adore CBS Sunday Morning, Ellen, and Parenthood–though I haven’t really watched beyond the first 4 or 5 episodes of this season because I just can’t commit to a weekly program! Yay for Amazon Prime Videos!
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I really don’t like to use that word, hate. But no, there is not.
24. What was the best book you read?
I read SO MUCH this year. I can’t just choose one, but the BEST books I read this year were Those Who Save Us, The Fault in Our Stars, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, and The Invisible Bridge . Each books was just so damn well written. These books just sucked me right in, authors who have the ability to craft a story and develop characters and write in such a way that is poetic and honest and smart just amaze me.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing new really this year. I still really like Mumford & Sons.
26. What did you want and get?
A race medal and a sticker on my car that says 13.1. Yep. I’m one of those obnoxious people.
27. What did you want and not get?
I can’t think of anything, I’m a very lucky girl.
28. What was your favorite film of 2012?
I FINALLY saw Crash from years and years ago-WOW! What an amazing movie. I also finally saw The King’s Speech, which I loved especially since a long, long time ago, I used to be a speech therapist.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
While my husband was in freaking Europe enjoying sightseeing and weinerschnitzel, I had a lovely lunch date with my favorite daughter at our favorite sushi place. Then I had a babysitter come that evening while I went to my running class and afterwards I went out for Mexican and margaritas with my besties. Not a bad birthday for having been abandoned for three weeks, including my birthday. (HA! Tate, if you’re reading this, I’m just poking fun.)
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A clean house.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2012?
Running clothes, paired with a ponytail.
32. What kept you sane?
Running and my friends.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ugh. I hate politics. What I hate worse than politics is discussing politics. NEXT QUESTION.
34. Who did you miss?
Family and friends who live far away, especially my niece. We couldn’t be there when she was born and haven’t had many opportunities to see her.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
All my running buddies. I can’t believe that I only met several of them last year.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Don’t give up. Stick to your guns. Try something new.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I’m not strong enough. Hands of mercy won’t you cover me. Lord right now I’m asking you to be strong enough for the both of us.” –Strong Enough by Matthew West
Did you write one of these? Tell me and I’ll come read it!