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Thursday, January 24, 2019

2018 in Review

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?

Got paid commission for a piece of art I created.  Learned to cross-stitch.  Raised the money to attend Write Doe Bay in October in only 6 weeks without any donations  Had surgery (permanent sterilization yo!).  Did an Escape Room for the first time (and successfully unlocked the door in the hour given).  Visited the Washington State Capital.  Saw a movie in the theater 3 times (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

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

These were my intentions for 2018.  I don't know that I did super great on that list.  Haha.  I did attend Write Doe Bay in the fall.  Here are my intentions for 2019.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one super close to me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I went to Canada in January with Scott, and visited some friends up there in the summer for dinner.  Not too exciting!

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?

Better sleep.  More willpower.  More intention with the way I spend my time.  More love.

7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 1 - Seeing Hamilton
July 16 - Wrote a post about Dietland.  Got commented/re-tweeted by Joy Nash, who plays Plum, and Marti Noxon.  Fangirled hard.
October 4-6 - Write Doe Bay 13
October 14 - Salpingectomy (tube removal) surgery!
November 18 - Kate's baby shower

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finally starting to wrap my head around my real goals and concentrating more on working on my writing as a craft.  Creating some beautiful art.  Continuing to build stability for my family and my relationship.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not making the time to write more.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I wasn't sick much this year!  I had surgery, but no other injuries.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My ticket to Write Doe Bay.  A bunch of flower shirts that are pretty and make me feel happy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Honestly, I don't think Scott can ever not be on this list.  He supports me more than I can even describe.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A lot of people, really.  Not the least of which is our Commander in Chief.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Food, living expenses, bills

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

Write Doe Bay (this will always be on the list)

My best friend's impending baby & getting to throw her baby shower

Seeing Hamilton

16. What song will always remind you of 2018?

All the songs from  The Greatest Showman

Lost Boy by Ruth B

Fall on Me by Andrea Bocelli and his son, featured in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

Maybe a little happier?  Definitely more stable.

Neither

Richer

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

Writing.  Reading.  Creating.  Volunteering for CTL.

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

Having UTIs.  There were only two, but zero would be ideal.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent our first Christmas as a little family of four.  It was nice and quiet.  We ate a lot of candy.  In the afternoon, Scott's parents came over and we watched Christmas with the Kranks and Scott made us pork chops.  It was a pretty good day.

21. Did you fall in love with 2018?

I don't think so.  But I liked it.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Superstore.  9-1-1.  Star Trek Discovery.  The Good Place.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don't think so.

24. What was the best book you read?

Shrill by Lindy West and The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Honestly, I didn't listen to as much music as normal this year.  I don't recognize any of the songs that were popular.  I do love Fall on Me.  It's just absolutely beautiful.


26. What did you want and get?

Jurassic World Evolution.  The Jurassic World 5 disc set.  A GIANT Niffler Funko Pop.  A Google Pixel 3. 

27. What did you want and not get?

Hmm....  I can't think of much right at the moment, which is pretty great.

28. What was your favorite film of 2018?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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

I turned 38 this year.  On my birthday, I went to an Escape Room with Scott, Mom, Paul, and my friends Kate & Trish.  We escaped in the hour allotted!  Apparently only 30% of people complete it.  Then all of us except Trish went to Boundary Bay and I ate delicious macaroni and cheese.  The next day, I had friends over for a casual hangout and got to see some people I hadn't seen in a long time.  It was a nice time!

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2018?

All flower shirts all the time.

32. What kept you sane?

Scott.  Trish (my workwife haha).  Kate.  Zoloft.  Melted Cheese.  Writing.  Love.  Jurassic movies.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Immigration.

34. Who did you miss?

My sister Kira.  Christmas was really hard this year for some reason, and I was missing her a lot.  She lives in the same state, but we're still 8 hours apart and now that we both have kids in school we don't travel either way as often.  I'm hoping to make more time to be able to go visit her a couple of times a year now that it's financially more feasible and I have enough vacation time!

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Yan Palmer.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.

Time moves really fast when you're not struggling as much.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Rollin, rollin, rollin on a river.

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