Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yearly Retrospective: 2011

I've done this every year since 2002. I know I'm late this year, but why stop now?

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I partied on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, was a maid of honor, painted my living room a shockingly dark color, visited Animal Kingdom at Disney World, began painting on canvas, and (finally!) saw Beirut perform live. Honorable mentions go to the Queens of the Stone Age show and the Flaming Lips show.

Queens of the Stone Age at the Ryman Auditorium - Photo by Diana Zadlo, Nashville Scene

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousins welcomed new babies to the family this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My godmother, Aunt Judy, passed away in January. I was a pallbearer. We miss her.

5. What countries did you visit?
Are we counting the World Showcase at Disney World?
DISNEYWORLD!!! John and Laura, thank you for inviting me to come with you.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
An enthusiastically willing partner. A long out of town hiking trip. To show my paintings in public. If I complete one canvas per month, I can meet that goal by the end of the year.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 12: Nothing happened.
July 3: Erin and Wai's wedding.
November 7: Beirut show at Cannery Ballroom!!!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I found the strength to leave a relationship that wasn't going anywhere.
I loved him very much, and it was very, very sad.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I waited too long to leave. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

My thyroid is acting up, but based on my genetic makeup, that's to be expected. I'm dizzy, exhausted, and jittery most of the time.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A ticket to Disney World and a Knoll sofa.
Vintage Knoll Pfister Sofa with goose down stuffing... It's love
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Lauren, Sterling, Greg, and Dan are so good to me. One night my thyroid was acting up, and I was too dizzy and shaky to drive. But Greg came and picked me up so I wouldn't miss the potluck because, "We can't start without you." D'awwww. I love you guys!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

See #38.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Kroger, gasoline, socializing at 5 Points. 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Looking forward to February 12! Staying up all night to watch the royal wedding! Going to Disney World with the Williams family! Erin and Wai's wedding! Wearing my Halloween costume!
Beautiful Bride and Bridesmaids... and one very pale Maid of Honor
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Vagabond by Beirut

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Older or wiser?
The tiniest bit wiser.
Thinner or fatter?
Richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Hiking, exploring my own neighborhood, visiting the Frist.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
See question #38. And I spent a month playing Second Life because I was trying to be invisible and not bother a person who had Very Important Things To Do. That was the worst month of the year; I felt so unproductive.
Even in Second Life, I was reading. And over-accessorized.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
On Christmas Eve I went to my parents' house for MexiChristmas dinner, presents, Apples to Apples, and margaritas. On Christmas Day, the family watched It's A Wonderful Life and played Settlers. Dad was the sheep baron. There is ALWAYS a sheep baron.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?

I love my new friends.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Television? I don't know. I watched Big Love, but didn't particularly enjoy it.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
This questionaire is digging for drama! 

25. What was the best book you read?

The Preacher series (yes, graphic novels count!) and The Magician King.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Reptar for pretty songs and Birdcloud for funny songs.

27. What did you want and get?
I wanted my paintings to turn out well, and I'm happy with them. Also, I wanted new friends, and I met better people than I imagined.

28. What did you want and not get?
I don't want to talk about it.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Did I SEE any movies this year? Umm... I liked watching Annie Hall on DVD. I'd never seen it.

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

I turned 30. Keith planned a lovely evening with friends: Dinner at Battered & Fried, drinks at 308, a Jasmin Kaset show at Dino's, and more drinks at Holland House. He made the day very special. He even got me a Tinkerbell tiara, and pirate hats for all my Lost Boys! I wish we'd taken pictures.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

I always dress like an old lady playing dress-up as a schoolgirl: Knee-length skirts, tights, cardigans, and brooches.

33. What kept you sane?

Playing board games with Lauren, Sterling, Greg, and Dan.
Lauren and Sterling are amused.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Aww, you said fancy! Honestly, I just wanted to look at pictures of Kate Middleton. I have such a fashion crush on her; she's always so classy! Thanks for bringing stockings back, Kate.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

I was too preoccupied with pesonal issues to care. And yes, my 18 year old self is throwing a fit over that right now.

36. Who did you miss?

Samantha, Emmy, Erin, and Kelly.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Lauren, Lance, Greg, Sterling, and Dan.

Lance is not amused (and will not sit still).
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Ladies, listen up: A man who can't make decisions and stick to those decisions has problems that have nothing to do with you. The inability to commit and the inability to NOT commit (i.e., the inability to move on from a previous relationship) are opposite sides of the same coin: Both come from a fear of making decisions and sticking to them. If he won't call you his girlfriend, he secretly meets his ex for lunch, he promises to commit to you and then "forgets" to deliver on that promise, and his ex comes to you to "tell" on him and upset you whenever they've had contact, you are in a crazymaking situation. LEAVE. Maybe your absence will be a wake-up call and he'll address his problems on his own. Maybe he won't. But don't sit around being sad (and certainly don't sit around playing SecondLife!) when you could be having fun with new friends and making beautiful things.

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