My fabulous friend Erica brought a blast from the past up when she re-found my “year in review” from 2010. I thought I’d take a look again, 5 years later. So with no fanfare and to the delight/boredom of you all — My Year in Review, 2015 version. Some things changed a lot, and others not at all…
Went to Disney World. And oh, it was wonderful.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I tried. I focused on being healthier, and stronger. I did my best, but towards the end here, my body’s let me down a little. I’ll do my best again in 2016, and every year after.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
There was that lady on the bus…
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Same bus ride, can you believe it?
5. What countries did you visit?
This one. No others. Not even my beloved Canada.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
I’m still waiting on a teleportation device.
7. What date(s) from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The older I get, the worse I am with dates. So the answer, to the question as written, is none. But there was this one day in the summer, when Dave and I went to Jones Beach. The water was warm and surprisingly clear, and we played in the waves and had an amazing time. I think I’ll remember what a great day that was for a long time.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finally figuring out where I am. GPS doesn’t help you learn the lay of the land, really, not when you just let it take you from point A to point B. That first year on Long Island, I just did what my phone told me to do. This year, I actually have a sense of direction.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Staying healthy, though I swear through no fault of my own. If there’s a weird eye infection or intestinal inflammation, I apparently felt the need to have it.
10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
See above. In September I had a joyous bout of abdominal adenitis. I don’t recommend it.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My favorite thing that I bought this year was a Kindle Fire for Dave. I was really excited about getting it for him. Also all of his Christmas presents, which I can’t describe here, obviously.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My niece Rebecca graduated from high school and started college in her chosen field, and I’m incredibly proud of her for her dedication and determination. I wish I’d been half as focused at her age.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Politicians. Reality show celebrities. People who care what reality celebrities think. Parents at Disney World who are too focused on cramming things in and don’t let their poor tired kids take naps. Myself, when I’m tired and in pain and irritable.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Disney World, tied with The Force Awakens
16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? the same
ii. thinner or fatter? slightly thinner, but not as much as I should be
iii. richer or poorer? ask Dave. I have no idea.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Seen my friends.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Home with Dave and kitties and making sauce.
22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
I always do, every year.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I pretty much hate all the same people, though a few of them I doubt I can really muster up the energy to care about either way.
25. What was the best book you read?
“A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Well, having left my gig at Sony Music, I’m not in the music discovery business anymore. Seriously, anything I “discover” has probably been around for ages.
27. What did you want and get?
28. What did you want and not get?
A cure for AIDS, but I keep up the hope we’re getting closer.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 43 this year (right?). No recollection of what we did at all.
31. What political issue stirred you the most?
The continuing efforts of some politicians to reach into my uterus.
32. Who was the best new person you met?
My favorite person at Stony Brook Medicine is Bev, who is one of the most fascinating people to listen to, and talk to, that I’ve ever met. She has an amazing outlook, a realistic view of the people around us, a wicked sense of humor, and wisdom up the wazoo. When she retires that place is going to get a lot less interesting.
33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
There’s more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line.