So I’m a sucker for quizzes, surveys, memes, all that stuff. I think these are usually more fun to do than they are to read, though — so you should feel free to just skim my answers and do your own, if you like. If you do read, though, I warn that there may be some snark along the way. That’s my traditional new year’s gift.
Year in Review: A 2013 Survey
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Well, I got married, which I definitely have not done before, to the best of my knowledge.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, and no. I made a resolution to stick to a particular diet plan and I did stick to it; it wasn’t successful, but that’s not the fault of my willpower. I don’t think I’m going to make any for 2014. Lower expectations, greater rewards, and all that.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not yet, and probably not by the end of the year, but soon. 🙂
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not really. My grandmother died this year, but in truth we were not close. I am sorry for the family members who were close to her, though.
5. What places did you visit?
The Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, and, of course, Long Island, a lot. Though it doesn’t count as visiting anymore.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Nothing. I just want to keep everything I have now.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
I think I’ll remember our wedding date, November 9, pretty much forever. But there’s also October 26, which is the day Dave came to Buffalo and we stopped being apart. That was the best day of all, really.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making it to October 26.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Weight loss. I tried a new method and it didn’t work for me. I’m disappointed to have not made any real progress this year. I’ll keep trying some other way, but I had high hopes for this.
10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
Unfortunately, as has been the case the past couple of years, I still struggle with my back. Recovering from surgery was long and hard, and only partially successful. Not to sound corny, but if you have good health, value it. I feel I didn’t do that enough, before.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Last month I bought an iPad mini (and sold the 1st-gen iPad I bought way back in the day in 2010) and I’m really thrilled with it. Steve Jobs was thoroughly opposed to a smaller iPad; in general I think he was a true genius and Apple will never innovate as it did under his direction again, but I think he might have been wrong about this one. The mid-size between an iPhone and a full iPad is perfect, at least for me.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My niece Rebecca makes both Dave and I incredibly proud just to be related to her. She’s awesome.
13. Whose behavior was not so exemplary?
Georgie is a bad, bad kitty, and he knocks things over all the time for no reason at all. I still love him, though.
14. Where did most of your money go?
FredCo’s offshore accounts. Also, rent and moving. And a wedding.
15. What did you get really excited about?
Well, the wedding. Also, in no particular order, bingo, marriage equality, Catching Fire, and spaghetti parm.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Probably Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. happier or sadder? Happier.
b. thinner or fatter? I think almost exactly the same.
c. richer or poorer? Well, I’m unemployed now.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home, with the kitties, our tree, and cheeseburgers.
19. Did you fall in love in 2013?
From now on, I fall in love every year.
20. What was your favorite TV program?
How I Met Your Mother. But we also love Modern Family. In a surprise move, I’ve also gone back to both Glee and Top Chef.
21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate at this time last year?
I hate all the same people I did before, plus our downstairs neighbor, who once complained about the noise we were making when we were out of town.
22. What was the best book you read?
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I didn’t read a ton this year, though I started a lot of books I never finished.
23. What did you want and get?
A husband. Also, a Supreme Court ruling (two of them actually).
24. What did you want and not get?
Marriage equality everywhere. A cure for AIDS. A totally non-broken back.
25. What was your favorite film of this year?
26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Dave says I was 41 this year (I never remember). We were in the Finger Lakes at our favorite bed and breakfast, The Hayward House.
27. Which celebrity/public figure did you admire the most?
I don’t think about celebrities much. But I like Sir Patrick Stewart, and not just for his ability to moo with different accents.
28. Whom did you miss?
I missed Mom a lot this year.
29. Who was the best new person you met?
Michael & Mindy Shedler, Dave’s former and sometimes boss and his wife, who came to our wedding as well. Also Uncle Norman and Aunt Jane, and a lot of other new relatives.
30. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
From the Goo Goo Dolls, “Come to Me”
Today’s the day I’ll make you mine
So get me to the church on time
Take my hand in this empty room
You’re my girl, and I’m your groom
Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
Take you back where you belong
This will be our favorite song
Come to me with secrets bare
I’ll love you more so don’t be scared
When we’re old and near the end
We’ll go home and start again