2015 / age 29 review

 

I’ve done these for a long time, since the live journal days, so even though I’m a week behind and I’ve only blogged twice in the past 6 months, here goes.

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1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Graduated from college! Traveled to the Pacific Northwest, got a giant tattoo.

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


I don’t know that I had one. So, good job, self!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


Same as last year: a ton of facebook/internet friends had babies, but no one I’m super close with.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

On August 10th, we lost Daisy and my world collapsed. I also lost a dear work friend in December. RIP Linda. ❤

5. Where did you visit?

DC twice, Seattle, Vancouver, Miami, Fort Myers, Tampa, Brooklyn! It was a busy year.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

A better commute.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 10th. 😦

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


I graduated.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Meh, I dunno. Not finding a job with a better commute? Breaking my camera and having no idea how I did so.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I’m always sick.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Um, probably my new Frye boots.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Student loans, car payment, Daisy tattoo.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Elyse’s wedding! Our PNW vacation!

14. What song will always remind you of 2015?

Probably Adele – Hello.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:


– happier or sadder? sadder

– thinner or fatter? Not sure, probably the same or fatter.

– richer or poorer? Probably poorer, thanks student loans.

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


Walked Daisy more.

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


Let my work-related anxiety affect my life.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas eve at the in-laws. Christmas day brunch with Keith’s grandma and then my grandparents’ house.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Hm…I watched Gilmore Girls again. Orphan Black, Shameless, Game of Thrones

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I’ve got a whole ‘nother book post coming.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?


I am like 7 years behind on music, so I have no idea.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I am woefully behind on movies.

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

I turned 29, I’m pretty sure I just stayed home with Daisy and ordered pizza.

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

More time off work. Not losing Daisy.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Well I now have to dress like a grownup for work so lots of cardigans, pencil skirts, black tights.

26. What kept you sane?

Keith.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.


I like dogs more than I like people.

2014 / age 28 review

Today I turn 29! Last year I went to Ikea and got my hair done, so this year I planned on doing nothing and I have mostly accomplished that! I did do some cleaning and laundry because I am insane but I took a nap and sat on the couch a lot so that was nice.

Here is my 2014 / age 28 year in review. You can see 27 here and 26 here.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Got married! Got in a car accident. Acquired a car payment. Got a promotion! Went to Hawaii! (more posts to come..)

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


Well, I failed at all of them except the get married one. Phew.

 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


Same as last year: a ton of facebook/internet friends had babies, but no one I’m super close with.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

No other countries, but we did go to Nagshead and Hawaii!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

More free time? Another dog? A college degree.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 24! We got married!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


I got a promotion, that I didn’t even apply for, so that was pretty awesome. I also have continued to do well in school.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Last year my biggest failure was that I got a B-. This year I was OVERJOYED to have gotten a C+. Haha. Biggest failure was probably not finding/making time to work out.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had a sore neck/back from my car accident, but thankfully it wasn’t any more serious than that. I had double pinkeye over Christmas, so that was a blast.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A marriage license? Loretta the Legacy.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Wedding, down payment on my car, Hawaiian honeymoon, tuition.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Getting married! Getting a new job! Going to Hawaii!

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Adele – One and Only. It was the song we danced to at the wedding and the song Jason put as backing to our wedding video.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:


– happier or sadder? Just as happy!

– thinner or fatter? fatter. I am up 6lbs from last year, so I need to work on that….

– richer or poorer? So much poorer. Need to work on that this year as well.

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


Socialized. Worked out.

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


Worried.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas eve at the in-laws. Christmas day brunch with Keith’s grandma and then my grandparents’ house.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Orphan Black, Shameless, Game of Thrones, Parenthood, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, Orange is the New Black, Broad City

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Sand Omnibus

21. What was your favorite music from this year?


I am like 7 years behind on music, so I have no idea.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

Maybe Mockingjay part 2. I am woefully behind on movies.

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

I turned 28. I went to Ikea and bought 2 dressers, I got my hair done.

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

More time off work. Less homework.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Well I now have to dress like a grownup for work so lots of cardigans, pencil skirts, black tights.

26. What kept you sane?

Keith and Daisy and the internet.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.


Even if you’re miserable, keep kicking ass and eventually someone will notice.

2013 / age 27

Today I turn 28! I’ve got big plans to buy a dresser today and get my hair done. I really know how to celebrate!

Here is my 2013 / age 27 year in review. You can see last year’s here.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Went to Minnesota with my sisters to meet two of my aunts! And see my Amma for the first time in ~20 years. Ran three 5ks! Bought a wedding dress! Had to rent a car when my transmission blew. Made beef jerky. Tried blood sausage, pork belly, figs and brussels sprouts. This was a year of firsts!

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


Well, according to last year’s survey my goals were:  to read 100 books, (check!) continue to get mostly A’s in my classes (check!) and finish painting most of the rooms in the house (still working on that one).

I have a few goals for 2014, they’ll get their own blog post.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


A ton of facebook/internet friends had babies, but no one I’m super close with. Someone in my family needs to have a baby but I think I am the most likely candidate so shhhhhhhh.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

No other countries, but we did go to NYC and the Outer Banks.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A long vacation…and it’s already in the works!

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Beginning of March was when we went to Minnesota.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


I continue to be proud of my school progress. Taking 6 classes per year while working full-time is pretty time-consuming so I’m glad I can continue to get mostly A’s.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I got a B- in one class, but the class SUCKED so I have already forgiven myself.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

A few colds here and there… I also hurt my foot somehow in the fall but I got a few x-rays and nothing came up, so I just quit running and it healed itself.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A heating pad for the foot of my bed. A plane ticket to MN. Oh, my photo books!

12. Where did most of your money go?

A brand! new! transmission! Hoorayyyyyyyyyy!

13. What did you get really excited about?

I was so excited to go see my amma, meet two of my aunts. One of my favorite moments of life. Also our engagement photos were fun!

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Tonight You Belong to Me. Because of this video, which I can’t stop watching.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:


– happier or sadder? Just as happy!

– thinner or fatter? Down .2lbs. After being up 10+ so I’m pretty cool with that!

– richer or poorer? I have more in my savings account but it will pretty soon be depleted by wedding stuff, so probably poorer haha.

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


Painted! Kept up with the yardwork more. Worked out.

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


Worked. Haha.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Our Christmas tradition has become Christmas Eve with Keith’s mom and stepdad, Christmas day brunch with Keith’s parents and grandma and then to my grandparents’ house. It’s nice!

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Game of Thrones, Homeland, Parenthood, Breaking Bad (so sad it’s over, still a pretty perfect ending!), The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, New Girl, Misfits (so sad it’s over too!), Orange is the New Black

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Dust, And the Mountains Echoed, The Stand

21. What was your favorite music from this year?


I am like 7 years behind on music, so I have no idea.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I am also 23 years behind on films. We saw all the superhero films, I liked Thor the best and also loved Catching Fire.

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

I turned 27. I took the day off work and painted my living room! I am wild! Keith’s mom helped and then continued painting while Keith and I went to Blue for dinner.

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

More time off work. Less homework.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Grey hoodies.

26. What kept you sane?

Keith and Daisy and the internet.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.


“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl