Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 in Review


Another year has come and come.  My annual review.

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before? Bought a house! Won money in Las Vegas, took Julian on an airplane, went to Arkansas, took Julian to NYC and went to see Santa at Macy's and to the Museum of Natural History.

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 2018 was explore.  I did a lot of exploring, we made it to Las Vegas, Philadelphia, NYC, and Scranton as a family, I went to GRIP in Buffalo, and to Orlando and Little Rock for conferences. I didn't make it to South Dakota, sadly, but will keep that on the list for next year, along with a visit to Chicago, and another trip to NYC. It looks like an overseas trip is unlikely in 2019, but hopeful for 2020. Plus we explored the homes for sale in Syracuse and bought one! I have also gotten back into exploring my family tree.

For 2019 my word is nurture. I was listening to a podcast recently where the guest was talking about how, for so long, she only focused on her head, like it was a balloon without a body. This resonated so much with me. My focus is on nurturing my body this year with whole foods and exercise. I also want to continue to nurture my relationships with family and friends.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend Claire. We also went to 2 weddings (Scott & Laura, Theresa & Jeremy)

4. Did anyone close to you die? We were not close, but my great uncle Bud passed away.

5. What places did you visit? Orlando, Philly, Fireman Museum, Las Vegas, Scranton, Little Rock, Washington, DC (very quick trip), Cooperstown, NYC, the North Pole (via the Polar Express Train Trip), lots of places around Western & Central NY.

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

7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 5th when we bought a house!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Something that also turned into a big sadness (sorry for the vague-blogging; see also #6…)

9. What was your biggest failure? Continually starting exercise programs, but not keeping up with it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just the usual sinus infections

11. What was the best thing you bought? Our house!!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My mortgage broker

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our government

14. Where did most of your money go? Buying a house!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving into our new house (can we detect a theme?)

16. What songs will always remind you of 2018?  Shut Up & Dance, Call Me Maybe, Santa Claus is Coming to Town (sung by Julian &n Bruce Springsteen)

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

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

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

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2018? Christmas morning was in our new house!!! Then dinner with friends. We also did Sunday with my dad & gramma, Monday with my mom and then her family, and the following Friday with my in-laws.

21. Did you fall in love in 2018? No

22. What was your favorite TV program?  Great British Baking Show

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2018? We were in NYC and saw Santa at Macy's and got a cupcake from Sprinkles.

24. What was the best book you read? I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott (not out until 2019 - one of the best parts of being a librarian is the ARCs)

25. What did you want and get? A great spring break trip to visit my Aunt & Uncle in Las Vegas; to become Membership VP for JLS; to visit NYC after not making it last year

26. What did you want and not get? To drive from Buffalo to South Dakota with Wendy and her kids.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? Crazy Rich Asians

28. Did you make some new friends this year? I did :-)

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the lottery. I ought to start playing.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018? I'm not sure I've ever had a "personal fashion concept" though I have gotten into long sleeve t-shirts.

31. What kept you sane? Reading; Aaron; driving to Madison County to see wind turbines

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Justin Trudeau

33. What political issue stirred you the most? What they are doing to the undocumented children and families.

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 2018: Wind turbines make everything better. Follow your gut.

GRIP 2019: Days 2-5

The second day of GRIP  for me and the last day of kindergarten for my little man. How could I not use this photo for today's post? ...