2011 in review: Part 2

Hitting publish on Part 1 of the other day’s post made me realize that if I’m going to stick to my resolution of writing more this year, I certainly want didn’t want to start 2012 by throwing up a cut and paste boilerplate post provided by someone else. So when I came across Overflowing Brain’s Year In Review post, my problem was solved. Bonus: I don’t have to change out of my pajamas or put on a bra to answer 27 questions about 2011.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I taught myself to crochet. Once upon a time (a long, child-free time ago in a world when I didn’t worry about peeing my pants when I had to sneeze) I took a crochet class at my hometown library. Twenty minutes in, I was tangled up in multicolored acrylic yarn and swore I’d never so much as pick up another crochet hook as long as I lived. This year I was able to make hats and scarves to sell and give as gifts. I’m proud of my new skill, because even though I look like a grandma while I’m doing it, it keeps my hands busy and out of the package of mint M&Ms. Those things really should be illegal.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I purposely did not make a resolution last year because I have a terrible, awful, no good very bad track record of keeping them. In year’s past I’ve vowed to follow my heart (which lead down a dark and twisty path of depression and self-loathing), to NOT follow my heart and listen instead to my conscience (who, by the way, is a terrible guide because she’s a lush who gets drunk waaaaaaay faster than I do), and to get less fat and self-loathing. I think I’ve promised myself that last one every year since I was old enough to know what a resolution was, and guess what? I’m still fat and even more self-loathing than before.

This year I just want to write more. Easy enough, I think. (Oh, that and keep my fat fucking mouth shut when someone talks about Jesus at the end of a copy/paste rant about politics. We’ll see about that.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I had a few friends in real life and on the internet, but no family or close friends.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thank the lord above, no. We had a few health scares with various family members last year, but they all pulled through. I come from healthy stock.

5. What countries did you visit?
Um, this one? I’m poor. I’d rather spend my money on remote controlled cars that the childling can use to chase the cat all over hell and half of Georgia than drink overpriced, watered down drinks on some foreign shore.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A new last name. A home that belongs to me and the man who’s giving me the new last name (and the bank, presumably.) A job. Wherewithal and follow-through.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 10. That was the day I lost my job at Charm. Although I miss it, I miss the friendship that went along with it a lot more.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I was featured on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed! I never thought that being honest with myself about the weird stuff that had been happening in our house would garner such a response. (PS, that damn poltergeist is still here. We’re on more amiable terms now that I’ve renamed him Peeves and decided there’s nothing he can do to hurt us.)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being too wrapped up in my own brain. I have a terrible habit of being overly critical about myself and everything I do. Sometimes I get caught on this awful Mobius strip where my mind cycles endlessly through all my failures and shortcomings. You’re not good enough. You’re a terrible parent. You’re doing that wrong. You’re not trying your hardest. You’re bad, bad, bad. Etc, etc. It’s hard to pull myself out of that pit, but sometimes all I really need is a nap and hug. I’m a like a giant, emotional toddler. Now if you’d just pour some booze in my sippy cup, por favor?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I’ve been sick a few times, but nothing major. At one point in January, all three of us came down with the stomach flu in one week. It was miserable. My guest bathroom will never be the same again.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m gonna go all Mommy-blogger-holier-than-thou for a second and say it was Christmas presents for Boo. Seeing him get so excited about his new toys was so freaking cool.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Where else? Bills.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Our family makes an annual pilgrimage to the Wild Wilderness Safari petting zoo every year and even though we put the childling on a leash to keep him contained, it’s really me those poor animals need to worry about.

14. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My cousin’s wedding fell on on the same day as my 27th birthday (gah… it sounds so old). She had it at a Hilton resort in Dallas, so now I’m convinced that someone needs to get married on that day every year so I can celebrate with an open bar, live band, and cake. Lots of cake.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? This time last year I was still riding the high from Red’s surprise proposal, so I’m not as… exuberant as I was then. I’m still happy, though.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter, goddammit.
– richer or poorer? Neither. We’ve got more in savings this year than we did last year at this time, but we’re not rich my any stretch of the imagination.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing. I had such momentum coming off my Month of Blogging and then I just let it slip away. It kinda seems like I’ve broken my funny bone since then. Which leads me to wonder if doctor’s prescribe narcotics for that kind of thing. I suspect not, but it’s worth checking into at least.

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

Worrying. In the end, it’s never really worth it because my brain is beaten, bruised, and bloody by the time I stop worrying long enough to look around and realize that the crisis has passed.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Our Christmas was spread out over three days and two states. Christmas Eve Eve was spent with my in-laws, Christmas Eve found us one state over at my parent’s house (and later that night at Red’s grandparents’ house), and then we celebrated Christmas day with Red’s other side of the family. It was exhausting. But the food was good.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
No matter how pissed off I get at the lopsided judging and blatant intervention on behalf of the producers (ahem, GRETCHEN and ANYA!), Project Runway will always be my favorite. Sometimes I have stress dreams about getting caught in Mood with a new challenge and absolutely no idea what kind of design I want to show on the runway or how I’ll make it. Which is funny, because I don’t know how to sew. At all.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I came late to the game (as in, I started the first book on the day after Christmas) but I fell in love with the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. It probably definitely has something to do with the amount of nudity in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, but what girl can resist that much knightly bare flesh?

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Go ahead and put your Judgy McJudgerson pants on, but I really liked Adele this year. Something about her work is so haunting and beautiful. And that’s really saying something for a woman who listened to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold whilst in a delicate condition back in 2008.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Y’all, I literally bawled during the last half of the final Harry Potter movie. I was so sad to see the series come to and end. I’m pathetic. Honorable mentions to X-Men: First Class, Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 (shaddup), and Super 8.

23. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Do you remember that Adele mashup that the Troubletones did on Glee? Yeah, that one. It’s spectacular.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?                                                                                                                               Gainful employment. Sweet Sally in a sidecar, I’d really like to be employed.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
HA. Hahahahahaha. HA. I rock a mean pair of yoga pants, if that’s what you’re wondering.

26. What kept you sane?
Red. Quite literally. He’s the only one who knows how to talk me down when I start to panic about something.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

Baby, I was born this way. Loud. Sarcastic. Foot-in-mouth more often than not. Insecure. Weepy. Anxious. Creative. I’m probably not the best me I can be, but that can always change.

Happy New Year, everyone!


About Chelsie

Mommy. Beauty product whore. Plastic lawn flamingo enthusiast. Nosy neighbor. One day novelist.
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