Another year has come and come. Another year of not much posting, which I'd like to say will change this year, but we shall see. My annual review.
1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before? Became a library director, learned to swim, went to Cape Cod, went to Steam Town, hired a realtor, was approved for a mortgage & went house hunting (then changed my mind), trained for a triathlon (that ear infections and fractured toes has pushed to 2018), got a massage, marched in a political march, rode in a fire truck & went high in the air on a bucket loader, took Julian to an amusement park & went on rides with him.
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 2017 was "Compass," which was all about focusing on what I want to do and how to get there. 2016 didn't end on a high note in many areas and I spent much of 2017 hibernating, trying to figure out where to go, reading, enjoying carbohydrates. But somewhere in late summer/early fall, it started coming together. I stopped reading so much, ate more produce, changed other aspects of life, and am ending 2017 excited about the future, glad that "compass" worked out.
My word for 2018 will be explore. Get off the couch and away from the books to explore more of the world around me, in Syracuse & elsewhere (trips [for fun & business] already in the planning stages for Orlando, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, North Dakota, and Steamtown.) I won a No Boundaries scholarship and am in training for a 5K in February. I have a new job and am exploring all of what occurs there and possibilities for the future. I'm focusing much of my alone time on exploring more of my family history, including two big genealogy education experiences (Writing in Syracuse & GRIP in Buffalo.)
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not many babies this year; we had Nora join the family as great-grandchild number 8.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Not close, but my great Uncle Danny, the last of the brothers of my Grandpa Acquard, died. I also have friends who lost parents and grandparents.
5. What places did you visit? Big trips this year to New Orleans, Scranton, and Cape Cod. GRIP at La Roche College. Poughkeepsie, Cooperstown, Kingston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Niagara Falls. As always, we spent lots of time around Central and Western New York and visited friends in Oneonta.
6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017? I'm keeping part of the same answer as the past 2 years: a trip abroad. I also want to visit more friends and family - Vegas, South Dakota, and NYC this year hopefully.
7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Labor Day weekend when Julian touched the ocean and lost his bucket. One of my Christmas presents was a sand pail Pandora charm.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Personally: Learning to swim. Professionally: Becoming a library director.
9. What was your biggest failure? The triathlon I registered for. Stupid ear infections and fractured toes. I'm coming for you again this year, sprint triathlon!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? So many ear infections and fractured my toe while triathlon training.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Vacations! And new bookshelves from Ikea for the living room.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? All those who continue to resist.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? All things government.
14. Where did most of your money go? Rent, food, student loans, 401(k), vacations (not in that order…)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Cape Cod! New job!
16. What songs will always remind you of 2017? The Frozen soundtrack, "You're Welcome" from Moana, Julian singing Kids Bop versions of songs, and podcasts. This was my year of podcasts.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? So much depressing news, so many carbs…
c) richer or poorer? Richer and in much less debt!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercising.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying. And following the news.
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2017? Christmas Eve with the Casells. Christmas morning at my mom's, followed by a stop with my Dad & Grandma, and dinner with friends in Syracuse.
21. Did you fall in love in 2017? I continue to fall more in love with my little family.
22. What was your favorite TV program? How I Met Your Mother & Friends as background noise.
23. What did you do for your birthday in 2017? Toronto with Aaron. Christmas market, Curiosa store, coffee house, dumpling restaurant.
24. What was the best book you read? Fiction: So many choices… My "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrick Backman or "Glass Houses" by Louise Penny or "Down Among the Sticks and Bones" by Seanan McGuire. Non-fiction: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
25. What did you want and get? A new job!
26. What did you want and not get? A government that is actually "for the people."
27. What was your favorite film of this year? Err… Moana? I watched it the first time this year.
28. Did you make some new friends this year? I continue to get know many amazing people.
29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A triathlon finisher medal.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017? Librarian casual (hello cardigans & comfortable footwear!)
31. What kept you sane? Podcasts.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? The ladies on Pantsuit Politics
33. What political issue stirred you the most? The "Me, too" movement
34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian, like every year now.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017: Not a new lesson, but a reminder that there are so many people out there supporting me and putting good vibes into the universe on my behalf. I'm rather lucky.