1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Started a business. Played in a bell choir. Painted a house. Potty-trained twins.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do New Year's resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth or get pregnant?
My brother and sister-in-law had their fifth. DOB's sister is expecting her first.
4. Did anyone close to you get married?
5. Did anyone close to you die?
My weird aunt. DOB's grandfather.
Very little. Just our get-out-of-the-house-or-bust trip in November.
7. Did you move anywhere?
We moved into our own house in May.
8. What was the best month?
I think August was pretty nice: calm, somewhat settled in, not too hectic. November had its nice points, too.
9. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Time to concentrate. On something.
10. What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 14 (day my aunt died).
11. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Working and homeschooling and staying sane--in fact, feeling saner.
12. What was your biggest failure?
Losing a major contract.
13. Did you suffer illness or injury?
There was the stomach flu of eternal doom that afflicted us all for the first few months of the year. That was . . . nasty. DOB sprained an ankle.
14. What was the best thing you bought?
I was going to put "my Nook," and then I thought, what about the house? Well, that wasn't a personal expenditure.
15. Whose behavior merited celebration?
DOB, for persevering through starting a new career, building a business, and still having energy to interact with his family.
16. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
Previous occupants of this house, who apparently smoked indoors and drank outdoors (and then smashed the bottles); grew things in the basement; and tossed dead pets with the rest of the garbage into the bushes.
On very rare occasions, the children did something stunning. Like knocking over the Christmas tree. On top of a pile of library books. Not quite appalling, though.
17. Where did most of your money go?
Most of the money I personally earned went to putting large payments on our credit cards. Which are nearing the bottom.
18. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Starting "real" homeschooling. Practicing law.
19. What song will always remind you of 2011?
20. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. richer or poorer?
i. Happier, for the most part. We are beginning to fulfill goals. I think I'm finding a bit better balance. Maybe. I can eat things besides chicken broth and yogurt.
ii. And, by the same token, a bit richer. Well, closer to zero.
21. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Organizing the basement. It's a scary, scary place down there.
22. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Taken people potty. And zipped coats. The closer children get to not being helpless, the more annoying their continuing helplessness is.
23. How will you be spending New Year's Eve/Day?
We have already spent them.
24. What was an unexpected surprise?
Everything. I am easily surprised.
25. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Only with new projects.
26. What was the best concert you've been to this year?
I didn't go to any concerts, but we did take the Duchess to The Sound of Music, which was fun.
27. What was your favorite TV program?
LOST. Yes, I'm always five years behind the times.
28. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn't dislike this time last year?
Jack in LOST. Arrogant, reckless, god complex. And still presented as a hero.
29. What was the best book you read?
Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis. (They're really just one long book split into two, so I will count both.) Honorable mention to The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. In non-fiction, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. I have not read enough old books this year.
30. What was your greatest musical discovery?
How easy it is to learn cool new folksongs using Youtube videos.
31. What did you want and get?
Children who were potty-trained. A home of our own. Work.
32. What did you want and not get?
Children who are completely self-sufficient. A home with enough rooms. Work.
33. What was your favorite film of this year?
Since my peanut gallery says Neverwhere was a miniseries, not a movie, I will say Serenity. It is one of the most recent, though, so it could have an unfair advantage because of my poor memory.
34. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33, and I played cards.
35. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nobody I knew dying.
36. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Adding classy quirkiness.
37. What kept you sane?
Reading and taking walks for as long as I could. (This is always the answer.)
38. What political issue stirred you the most?
When I thought about it, the Occupy X movement annoyed me. So I tried not to think about it.
39. Who did you miss?
My weird aunt. My mom.
The flu that would not die. Having the children baptized. Scrubbing walls in between potty runs. Feeling like a real lawyer for the first time. Hiking with the ducklings. Actually organizing a term of school and following through.