2017 Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Researched & implemented (still) a new electronic health record for my job.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any resolutions last year, I’m hoping to try to get up & move around more this coming year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My middle daughter, Valerie gave birth to a son in July of 2017
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My mother passed away at the end of May, we weren’t especially close (not physically or emotionally) but it has definitely affected me over the past year more in things about my history etc. which I want clarity on & I can’t ask her (just silly trivia like what was my kindergarten teacher’s last name? (I went to a hippie school, her first name was Sally, which is what we called her)
5. What countries did you visit?
I did not leave the country yet again, I did leave the state 2 times though, in May when my uncle called me to let me know that my mother’s condition was serious & that if I was going to see her again, I should go do so, we picked up & went to Mass mother’s day weekend & had a good visit with her. Then she passed on 5/29 & we went back the third week in June (she had already made a plan to be cremated so there was no hurry) for her funeral & to clean out her apartment.
6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
As always, more money.
7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There were a lot.  Seeing my Mother in May, her funeral & seeing all my family, the day after her funeral when the kids & I went to the beach & my cousin joined us. My youngest child’s graduation from High School
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
As mentioned above, my youngest, Cameron, graduated from High school in May, which while it was his accomplishment truly, I am proud that all 3 of my kids graduated from high school & are happy, healthy & not (at least that I know of) on meth, pills etc.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I had hoped to have the electronic health record at work all set, implemented & up & running without the old system still in use by or before Thanksgiving, as it is, we go live on January 2nd. The news that our current system was sunsetting was coincidental with the news of my mother’s death, so I got a later start than would have been preferable to me due to not being at work for awhile while we buried my mother & packed up her apartment etc.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m not 100% sure I bought anything terribly wonderful. I inherited a lot of wonderful things, I also was able to save via a Christmas club so that Christmas wasn’t a complete bankrupt as it often has been in the past.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cameron for his graduation from high school

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Trump, his cronies, white supremacists

13. What song will always remind you of 2017?
Stressed out by 21 Pilots

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Sleep or have more money.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating
16. Did you fall in love in 2017?
No.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
Outlander again, although I really enjoyed a lot of shows this year, Timeless, American Gods, Designated Survivor (I’ll gladly go on record here as wishing Keifer Sutherland was our president instead of the cheeto overlord)

18. What was the best book you read?
My favorite thing I read this year wasn’t a book, my mother had all of my grandmother’s historical/genealogical information including a book of memories which my grandmother’s cousin collected from all of their cousins about their parents & grandparents. Many of the stories I recalled from when they were collecting the stories (during a couple of family reunions which I helped my grandmother put on) but it was so exciting to see them written down & archived like they were.

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
I wish my financial situation had been such that I could have stayed in Mass with my mother until she passed away, she was so remarkably happy to see us & sad when we left (as I said, we were not terribly close) both Lois & I wished we could have stayed & kept her company/comforted her.

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
This place right here They’re awesome, I’ve got like 10 dresses from them so far & I just adore their clothes, so much better quality and style than the majority of the clothes I’ve purchased from other plus size sites. This place is also not just plus sizes, they’re size 0-36 how cool is that?
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I’m sane?
22. Who did you miss?
After seeing my family in June at my mother’s funeral, I’ve been missing them a lot. I wish they’d come see me though, I’ve been up there every few years for 20+ years, no one in my family has come to see me & the place I love yet.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a few of my mother’s friends, none stand out as “Best” though, although I know she was close with most of them.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2017?
Too many to list.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Again, not really an one specific quote comes to mind.

 

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2016 year in review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 

Our office moved this year,  I was in charge of much of this.  That was a challenge. I can not say I pulled it off flawlessly & with out a hitch but it was bumpy, rough & quite unpleasant.

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

I didn’t make any resolutions last year & I probably won’t do so this year either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

Nope
4. Did anyone close to you die? 

No,  not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I never left the state

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

As always,  more money!

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t recall the exact date but I know that it was in late August that I was told the office would have to move by the new owners of the building the doctors office I work for were in.  The office had been in the same spot for 12 years the whole prospect of moving was overwhelming to say the least.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting the office moved without loss of life or limb.
9. What was your biggest failure?

I bought a car in April,  the engine blew up 5-6 weeks later,  I got a new engine for the car but it’s still not on the road. Then,  in August the Toyota we had died too & I had no money for a replacement vehicle,  Cam had money saved & stepped up, found & purchased another car.

10. What was the best thing you bought?

Not that car! Probably felt to make felt food which is an obsession of mine now!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Cameron is still,  for a 17 year old,  very helpful,  kind & patient with me & my issues,  from our move into our new place in March to his aforementioned saving of the day with the car purchase
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?

I am still pretty damn horrified by how many people were fooled by Trump’s BS.
13. What song will always remind you of 2016 

If I Had A Heart (Vikings theme song)
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read

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

Been sick,  I had a horrible infection during March & April

16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?

World War Z by Max Brooks

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? 

Comfortable and mostly teal,  green,  purple or black.

21. What kept you sane?

Crafting

22. Who did you miss?

My uncle Howie,  my cousin Jen (not dead,  just 1000 or so miles away.) & Eric still.

23. Who was the best new person you met?

No new friends,  just acquaintances,  I’m a pretty dedicated introvert.

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2016

Too many to list.

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

I don’t really have one this year.

2015 review

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I successfully taught my 16 year old to drive a stick shift.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to wear mascara more often, that has not worked out as I have found I’m much more prone to eye infections than I used to be.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grandmother at 47 & that’s quite all right with me!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
my favorite uncle did, he had brain cancer & my best friend’s mom, of stomach cancer.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, barely even any other counties!
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Again, more money
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Getting to see my middle daughter & playing cards against humanity with Lois’ future in laws.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
We haven’t had a single week at work where we had to wait to cash our paychecks until there was money in the bank!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I lost my house, even with the lower payments I just couldn’t swing it with my reduced hours & pay rate.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Really nothing, just trying to make it.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cameron has been quite kind, helpful and sweet.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Congress
13. What song will always remind you of 2015
Take me to church by Hozier
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?
Diet land
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot.
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I was sane?
22. Who did you miss?
Still Eric.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Other than patients at work, I haven’t really met or gotten to know anyone really.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2015
I got nothing this year
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
We are all of us in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Went to Massachusetts & stayed in a hotel instead of with Family. Although of course, I had Cam, Lois & Av with me in the hotel.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made a sort-of resolution to start wearing earrings daily again. While working at Dish, with a headset on my head all the time I was there, earrings were painful, I spend a lot of my free time making beaded earrings & it occurred to me that I ought to wear them since I don’t have to wear a headset daily.
This year, I’m planning to try to start wearing mascara daily again. My eyelashes are so light that my eyes disappear into my face with out mascara & I’d like to not look so washed out all the time.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grandmother at 46 & that’s quite all right with me!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope, not this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, just Massachusetts for 4 days in July
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Again, more money
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Nothing specific, obviously going to Massachusetts for a few days with the kids was awesome, all the holidays & multiple weekends visiting Lois & Av or having them over to our house were great. Labor Day weekend we put up the huge bookshelves that were my mothers & the main reason we took the trip to Mass. in the first place.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Work is getting smoother, we haven’t had a single week where we had to wait to cash our paychecks until there was money in the bank!
There is also the fact that I refinanced my house, decreased my mortgage payment by over $130. per month.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I’m not sure that there is anything specific, I did lose some weight, but I would have liked to lose more, we’re doing ok at work financially (which is the main focus of my job) but I would still have liked for us to do better.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing specific, I still have my house. So that’s good
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
For the first semester of his Sophomore year at school, Cameron got all A’s & B’s in 2 out of 3 marking periods!
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Politicians
13. What song will always remind you of 2014
Demons by Imagine Dragons.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gotten my Earrings out there in the public to be seen/purchased
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
16. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy, or maybe the new Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Part of the Outlander series)
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot.
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I was sane?
22. Who did you miss?
Still Eric.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Other than patients at work, I haven’t really met or gotten to know anyone really.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2014
I think I knew this one before, but I’ve had to put it into practice more this year than in past years.  You can’t always tell what people are going through in their own lives which causes them to act-react the way they do & so you have to sometimes cut them some slack even when they’re rude, unprofessional or mean for no obvious reason.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Don’t mean to let you down, but I am Hell-Bound.

2013 The Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Lots of things, most relating to my job, I’ve learned a lot “on the fly” about medical billing, finances, payroll & multiple computer programs, all of which is useful knowledge.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well I had said I would blog again more, that didn’t happen, the healthier thing, well I certainly feel better than I did last year, but I haven’t lost any weight so in the eyes of most, I’m not any healthier
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one specifically close to me did but through work I see a few tiny babies occasionally now, which is always fun.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
yes, a friend of 20+ years died in August, I’m ok with it but his loss has popped out at me in a lot of weird ways since then.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, I did leave Virginia, but only to go to North Carolina & pick my mother up at the airport in Charlotte, then to take her back there a week later after her visit in August, (the friend who died, did so while my mother was here which made for a very weird week in general)
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Money again.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 3 when Eric died, and the next day at Lois & Av’s for a cook out, with friends & family who knew Eric, plus my mother being there, that day was especially surreal. Also the holidays were memorable this year with Lois, Av & Cam of course.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don’t think I really had one, maybe managing all the new challenges at the new job without losing my mind?
9. What was your biggest failure?
I do wish the job was going better, a small family practice Dr’s office is a hard business to run in this day & age.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
I like  my new smart phone better than my old one, it was free with my bonus points from U. S. Cellular though, so I didn’t exactly buy it.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m very proud that Cameron (now 14) did the school marching and concert band all through the fall very well.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Congress and especially the congressman for my own district Morgan Griffith of VA I truly hope 2014 is the year we get rid of the do-nothing obstructionists.
13. What song will always remind you of 2013
pfffttt….. “What does the Fox Say” lol.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Read, received money
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Take verbal abuse, wait.
16. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy
18. What was the best book you read?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (also loved the second book in the series & am awaiting the third & final book this year)
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
financial solvency
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012
I tried to balance the teal, blue, green trend I’ve been on for a few years with a bit more purple.
21. What kept you sane?
Melatonin, at the least, no matter what chaos was going on, at home, at work, in the world around me, at least I could guarantee myself a good nights sleep every night.
22. Who did you miss?
Eric who died in August, and sort of because of his death, my father more, they were both Capricorns & when I missed my father I would often talk to Eric because he was analytical & thought about interesting, abstract concepts like my father did. Now I don’t really have anyone like that to talk to in my life (Lois’ boyfriend Av’s dad is similar, but I’m a little intimidated by him still)
23. Who was the best new person you met?
I like Cameron’s newest & closest friend’s mom pretty well. We share a Sons of Anarchy obsession so that’s something.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2013
Keep your friends close because you never know when you’ll see them again.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ I got nothin’

2012 The Year in Review

Ok, so I know I don’t write on this blog much at all anymore, I felt it had become a litany of all which was wrong with my life in past years & had abandoned it as a bad idea because it wasn’t really going anywhere. I’m going to try to start writing here again in the next few months and I thought a 2012 year in review would be as good a place as any to start.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Spent time in the Hospital & was very sick & weak.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had no resolutions in 2012, I was barely conscious at the beginning of the year.
My only resolutions are about trying to get healthier & maybe blogging a little more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grannie at 44.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No deaths to report this year either.

5. What countries did you visit?
I didn’t even leave the state of VA in 2012.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Money and a vehicle which works well.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 15 2012 is the day my job @ Dish ended. I haven’t missed it in the least since I’ve been gone although I do wish I could have continued at that rate of pay.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m excited that I found a new job in less than a week, but I know that was more about coincidence & being in the right place at the right time than any skill or achievement on my part.
I am happy that I haven’t ended up back in the hospital or seriously ill again though.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I found out in July that I’m borderline Diabetic now & I’ve done poorly at controlling that by my own estimation.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
I found out at the last minute that my medical bills could be claimed on my taxes & so got an unexpectedly large tax refund in early April & I replaced both my kitchen stove & washing machine, both of which have been absolutely awesome to have & use this year!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I don’t really know. Lois & Av have been somewhat helpful but it’s not often done with good cheer on Lois’ part. Cam & I go back & forth between loving & hating one another, he being 13 now has changed a lot of things, including him going to rage more often & being a lot lazier & less willing to be helpful around the house or even pick up after himself.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
The perpetrator of the Newtown CT school shootings, IDK his name & refuse to learn it.

13. What song will always remind you of 2012
Funny how the songs which occur to me aren’t songs from the actual year. This year would probably be “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald or If You Could Read My Mind” both sung by Gordon Lightfoot. IDK why but I’ve been obsessed with both songs for months.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Saved money while I was making nearly $20. per hour.

 

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Felt physically ill, weak & exhausted.

16. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Har de har har.

17. What was your favorite TV program?
I think I stopped blogging regularly right around the time I became obsessed with Sons of Anarchy but that one has to win hands down for what would be (If I’d been keeping up with the blog) the 4th year straight.

18. What was the best book you read?
Ananzi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
I went on a serious Gaiman kick this year & this is the book (albeit on CD initially) that started me on that kick.

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
If when they finally fired me @ Dish I hadn’t been so completely overwhelmed that it was actually happening after 11 years & 3 months, and I had been able to yell something obnoxious on my way out of the building or say something about my boss’ hypocrisy. 

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012
1. it fits
2. Warm when it’s cold
3. Cool when it’s hot

21. What kept you sane?
my smart phone, isn’t that sad?

22. Who did you miss?
Both my 16 year old who lives with her dad out of state & my grandmother, deceased 6 years now.

23. Who was the best new person you met?
I did Jury duty the week after I was fired & I met quite a few very nice people there, the new job hasn’t exactly yielded any new friends as I was fairly well acquainted with the people who worked there already as I’ve been seeing this same doctor for 12 or 13 years.

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2012
The Only constant is change, embrace it and go with the flow, it’s much easier than railing & fighting against it. When the universe says change, just go with it.

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
What a tale my thoughts would tell.

Picture 1 Cameron, my 13 year old on Christmas eve.
Picture 2 Lois & her boyfriend Av on Christmas day

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*The Bucket List *

Ann sent this in an Email & It’s a fun one so I’ll do it publicly

( X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
( X ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X)  Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang Karaoke
(X ) Paid for a meal with coins only
) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(X ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
(X) Made prank phone calls
) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X)Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
(  ) Been deep sea fishing
(  ) Driven across the United States alone
(  ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
(  ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Laid outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the
rickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
(  ) Enjoyed the beauty of Ole Faithful Geyser
( ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
(  ) Ridden on a San Francisco Trolley
( ) Been to Disneyland in California and
(  ) Disney World in Florida
(  ) Been to the top of an active volcano and seen hot lava
) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Gone to the top of Mt. Washington