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April 2019
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 in Review

1. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

Got paid for my own writing in a meaningful way.
Earned a professional certification (aPHR).
Dealt with being the subject of a misconduct investigation at work.
Finally started my own book club.
Signed up for a Memoir Writing Workshop.
Went to a clairvoyant for a reading.
Watched someone give birth.
Bought a 2 piece swimsuit.

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

These were my intentions for 2019. I feel like I met most of them in a way I haven't for quite a while. I blew my writing goals out of the water, even though it didn't involve my book (yet). I used my creative muscles. I attended Write Doe Bay again in October, and started a writing workshop in December. And, I paid off one of my credit cards.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my best friend Kate had a beautiful baby boy and I got to be there to watch him be born. It was one of the most magical experiences I've ever had.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I went to Canada at least once.

6. What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?

Better sleep (I need to go to bed earlier).  More willpower.  More love.

7. What dates from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

February 2 - Witnessed the birth of the amazing August.
March - Visiting Kira and the girls in Colville
July 4 weekend - Visiting Moclips
October 13-15 - Write Doe Bay 15

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Writing. So much.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don't know if I really failed much, but money management is still not my strong suit.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I wasn't sick much this year!  Mostly hormonal stuff. I figured out I was allergic to Metformin and it was giving me hives, which was sort of an ordeal.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My ticket to Write Doe Bay.  Tickets to see Jon Boogz and Lil Buck with Kate, Gloria Steinem with Mom, and Hillary Clinton with Scott. Tickets to Colville.

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 few people.  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)
August (the baby, not the month)
Seeing Jon Boogs & Lil Buck
Regal Cinemas Unlimited plan

16. What song will always remind you of 2019?

Truth Hurts & Good as Hell by Lizzo
Old Town Road

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.

Fatter, but who fucking cares?

Richer

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

Reading. Volunteering for CTL.

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

Going to the doctor. Having blood drawn.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent Christmas day at home. We opened presents and I'm pretty sure I took a nap. We ate bacon and cinnamon coffee cake and candy. We celebrated Christmas with Scott's family the following Saturday.

21. Did you fall in love with 2019?

I think I did. It's been a while since that's happened.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Good Place. The Magicians. Lost in Space.

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

Maybe a little bit.

24. What was the best book you read?

Landwhale by Jes Baker

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Fucking Lizzo. 100%

26. What did you want and get?

A bunch of unicorns and dinosaurs. Tickets to some really great shows.

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 2019?

Knives Out

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

I turned 39 this year.  On my birthday, I had a party, but only my best friend and her husband and my mom came. That was fine! We drank and laughed and ate this crazy-ass unicorn cake my mom made for me. During my birthday week I got to go to a dance show with Kate, to see Gloria Steinem with Mom, and to see Waitress with my friend Greg. It was great.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2019?

Cardigans.

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?

Oh lord. Immigration. Climate Change. Iraq.

34. Who did you miss?

My sister Kira.  My BSPC community.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

August Riehl

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.

You don't have to know where to begin to begin.

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

I just took a DNA test, turns out, I'm 100% that bitch.

Previous Lists:
2018
2017
2016
2015
2012
2011

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