Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review

Well, I haven't updated here in quite a while, but I've posted these for the last few years and want to keep it up.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Ordered books with other people's money.  In my new job, I'm in charge of collection development for adults; it's a dream come true.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year.  My word for 2015 was "passion"n and I wanted to focus on things I love and leave the rest behind, both in action and in stuff in our apartment.  I did pretty well with this, though it's a work in progress.  In fact, my 2016 word, "Connect," is a continuation of the passion idea.  I want to connect more with my family and friends and with myself, particularly in terms of my health and my hobbies.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Calvin, Ava, Charlotte, Harrison, Nora, and Anna (who just arrived and was a bit early; please keep her & her family in your thoughts!) were welcomed into the world.  I also found out about quite a few babies coming in 2016!

4. Did anyone close to you die? This was a hard year with my uncle dying way too young, and then my husband's uncle dying a few months later.  We also just found out that my cousin-in-law's father just passed away.  My husband's boss also died too young.

5. What places did you visit? My big trip was to Honolulu for work.  I went to conferences in Chicago and Washington, D.C for work and went to GRIP outside of Pittsburgh for fun.  For vacations we hit Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Niagara Falls.  We also spent lots of time around Central and Western New York and visited friends in Oneonta.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?   I'm keeping the same answer as last year, since I didn't do either: a trip to see friends in NYC and a trip abroad.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 1st, when and I started my first official librarian job.  March, when we lost my Uncle Brian.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?   Getting the job as the assistant director at a local public library.  

9. What was your biggest failure? ***

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I had pink eye for the first time ever.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My robot vacuum.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband, who could write a book on loving a strong, independent woman with wanderlust.  My mom, gramma, and sister for all their help with Julian.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The majority of the Republican presidential candidates and people who can't comprehend why our gun laws are inane.

14. Where did most of your money go? Daycare.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Julian becoming such an amazing talker.  He has whole conversations and is so inquisitive.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2015? Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon, (This Ain't No) Drunk Dial by A Thousand Horses [Concert with my sister], Vienna by Billy Joel [Concert with Aaron & friends], Girl Crush by Little Big Town, and Julian's kid CDs that we play over & over in the car.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Ending happier than I've been in a long time.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner and continuing to go down.
c) richer or poorer? Pretty much the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercising and paying off debt, but we're getting there with both.  

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Being angry about work stuff that now I can't even remember.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2015? Christmas Eve with the Casells, Christmas Day with the Acquards, and the 27th with Perrines.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015? It just keeps getting better; we celebrated out 5 year anniversary.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Criminal Minds, still.  So easy to just have it on in the background.  For kids I really like Super Why and Daniel Tiger.

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2015? I had the morning off and read, I worked at night and my desk was decorated and I received beautiful roses from my son.

24. What was the best book you read? Fiction: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Non-fiction: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Book club: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Kids: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak.

25. What did you want and get? A new job!

26. What did you want and not get? A move to Hawaii, though it was the right choice and is working out well.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? Star Wars

28. Did you make some new friends this year? I've gotten closer to a few new-ish friends.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I'm ending on a pretty high note.  Maybe if I had not hurt my ankle training for the Thanksgiving 5K?

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

31. What kept you sane? My family and friends.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Bernie Sanders.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? The multitude of shootings in the US and the terrorist attack in Paris.

34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian.  At Christmas the lack of their presence was huge to me.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015. Life is really short; tell people you care about them now.

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