I know I’ve done this wrap-up before, but I honestly don’t even want to look at those answers. I have some big goals for 2012, and one of them is to write more. I’m excited for this year. I’m going to be 33 in August and I feel like 33 is going to be good.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I did a lot in 2011, but the most important thing I did was decide to let go of old hurts. It didn’t happen in the beginning of the year, and it wasn’t truly a conscious decision, but by the end of this year it happened. , I am a much happier, much more laid back person. I smile more. I feel more like myself than I have in years.
I also cut off all of my hair. And I QUIT THE LAW. By this summer I will be a certified English teacher.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t usually make resolutions because when I don’t accomplish my over-achieving goals, I feel like a failure. This year I am going to try and balance some concrete goals with moderation and forgiveness. I will exercise and read more books, but if by the end of 2012 I don’t have 50 books read and can’t do 10 push-ups, I will be okay with that, too.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister! My niece Emma is absolutely adorable and Eirin and Mike are the most wonderful parents. I am so excited for them. Will’s sister also gave birth to an adorable baby, Jackson, and he is the light of everyone’s life. I wish we got to see them more.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
I went back to Mexico in November. I love Mexico.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you didn’t have in 2011?
I would like to have more time to myself in 2012. Working and going to school made this a very hectic year. I’d like to spend more time exercising, cooking good food, reading and being with my family and friends.
7. What dates from 2011 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
September 28 — the day I became an auntie to Emma.
December 16 — the last day I practiced law.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
My biggest achievement of this year was following through on my goals of going to school for education and leaving the law. I’ve been saying “one more year and I’ll quit” since I started practicing full-time in 2004. In 2011, I went to school for teaching English and quit being a lawyer. It was both a hard and an easy decision to make. It was a hard year, but I’m so excited for what the future holds for me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I did not spend enough time with my grandmother. I know I was busy, and it was hard to go to school, work and do all of the domestic chores of life, but I should have made it a priority. I will in 2012. We’re having lunch on Wednesday!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I feel like I am always at the doctor’s office. I pinched a nerve and had shingles in the beginning of the year, but I don’t think I had anything major this year.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I paid for my tuition without taking out additional student loans and I paid off my car. I also paid down some other student loans. This year was mainly about saving, but I did buy an iPad2. I’m only human.
I also adopted (and paid a hefty adoption fee for) my new puppy, Ollie. He’s awesome.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My wonderful boyfriend, Will. This year was made so much easier by having such a supportive person by my side. I don’t even have the words to express how grateful I am to have him in my life.
Also my parents, who watched my two dogs a lot during November and December.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The Penn State scandal is obviously something that appalled and depressed me. I don’t understand the inaction of so many people. I also am pretty appalled by the politicians who signed the “no new/higher taxes” pact, the inability of Washington to come to a compromise on the debt ceiling, the dishonesty of media, and the unfathomable things said by Republican party candidates for President.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Tuition, paying off the balance of my car loan, repaying some law school loans.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was really, really, really excited to quit my job as a lawyer. I was also really, really, really excited to do my observations in a variety of classrooms this year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
What is that LMFAO song? Yeah, I heard that a lot. Also “Forget You,” by Cee Lo Green, “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, and everything on the Ke$ha Animal album. Oh, and Anna Nalick. I listened to her a lot. I’ve never said I have good taste in music.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier: new career, new puppy, new niece.
About the same, maybe a few pounds thinner.
Richer: in preparation for being an unpaid student teacher, I saved a lot. The rest of my life I will probably be answering “poorer,” and I’m totally okay with that. Not that I’d turn down a winning lottery ticket.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
As I mentioned, I wish I spent more time with my Grandmom. I also wish I spent more time exercising and reading.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Drinking. Wine is delicious, but I need to stop treating it like a food group.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We drove to Michigan and had a wonderful visit with Will’s family. It was so lovely to see his family, cuddle with his nephew and get materials for some new projects.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
As cheesy as it sounds, I fall in love with Will more and more each day. I also fell in love with my new puppy, Ollie. He’s such a fun addition to our family. And, of course, my adorable niece, Emma.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and am looking forward to the next season coming out on DVD. I also watched The Daily Show almost every day. I guess that is it for TV, although it seems like I spend an awful lot of time with my butt glued to the couch.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t think so. I think I did have a lot of hate this time last year, but I’m trying to not let things get to me.
24. What was the best book you read?
I really loved the first three books of The Game of Thrones, I am struggling through book five. I liked Cutting for Stone and I devoured all of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I liked The Discovery of Witches very much.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I started listening to Anna Nalick and now that is my Pandora station every night before bed. I also bought the Lady Gaga albums and the Ke$ha album, which I listen to all the time in my car. They’re my driving music. Finally, I downloaded the Maroon Five album “Songs About Jane,” which I received for free on the street in NYC in 2004, but never got into before this year.
26. What did you want and get?
To be a “recovering lawyer,” a new puppy, and an AWESOME student teaching placement. I’M SO EXCITED.
27. What did you want and not get?
I wish I still had an iPhone, but that is the only material possession I wanted and didn’t get. I applied for a teaching job I didn’t get, and that was difficult, but I now know that I will be a better teacher after student teaching.
28. What was your favorite film of 2011?
I liked the foreign versions of the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I didn’t watch a lot of movies. Horrible Bosses was very funny.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32 in August. I don’t remember what I did. I went to work. Will took me to Garces Trading Company that weekend, I think.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don’t think anything. Maybe world travel or winning the lottery.
Oh wait. An iPhone. I hate my Android, but it’s free.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2011?
I cut off all my hair. That was crazy-daring of me. I’m not really a cut-off-all-your-hair-on-a-whim kind of girl. My style is unfortunately very Corporate Lawyer, but I got rid of a bunch of clothes that didn’t work for me anymore and I’m trying to be a bit more daring.
32. What kept you sane?
Seriously? The app on my phone that counted down the days until I quit. As far as people go, Will tries the best he can to keep me sane, but I’m incurably crazy. Also, my sister, Sheila, is a wonderful advisor.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Education policy and literacy are my biggest political pet peeves. Penn State, debt ceiling, health insurance are particular to 2011. And the Occupy Wall Street movement.
34. Who did you miss?
Sir, my grandfather. My friend Andrea, who lives in Brooklyn. My sisters.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a great girl towards the end of the year and I think (hope) we’ll be good friends. Ollie is my favorite new four-legged friend, and I met a lovely little girl named Emma.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
I can do it, even when I think I can’t. Quitting the law does not mean I’m a failed lawyer. Letting go is easier than you think it will be. Being happy takes effort. Pinterest is addicting.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Roll your eyes if you must, but “my mama told me when I was young, we are all born superstars.”