I spent a good part of yesterday turning my apartment upside down and getting ready for a clean start to 2011. While I was doing that I tried to think back about all that has happened in the last year. I remember 2009 as being rather crappy, but I can’t remember anything in 2010 that I would rather not have experienced. This morning I browsed through my 2010 blog posts.
The conclusion I’ve come to is that 2010 was the Year of Awesome.
Last year I did a blog meme to review 2009, so here we go answering the same questions a year later.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I installed drywall studs with a cordless drill. By myself. It was a turning point for me, and from that moment onward I felt totally independent.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not a new year’s resolution person. If there’s a change I’d like to make, I’d rather start now than wait for a certain date to take action.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I saw babies born on Facebook, but no one close to me. Well, not the actual birth, that would be gross, but you know what I mean.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no one close to me. I did go to one funeral for a person I respected and was thankful for the work he’d done in life.
5. What countries did you visit?
Eeks…I don’t think I left the country at all in 2010.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More time with my family that isn’t rushed and hurried.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 2010 – The Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Reaching that comfortable stride of being me. Accepting the crazy cat lady, the neurotic worrier, the quirky collector, and the dorky knitter in me. All the while not ignoring the part of me that likes to visit McDonald’s at 4:00 a.m. for a Big Mac.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I still over commit and worry about all the things I have to do. Remember the sketchbook? It’s still pretty much empty. Remember Reverb10? I never got past Day Four. I knew going in to both of those that I had very little spare time.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing other than a little food poisoning from sushi I knew I shouldn’t eat, a bad back from lifting things I knew were too heavy, and rolling my ankle in heels I knew were too high.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Heels that are too high. They’re ridiculous and I love them.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
It’s a tie between Jen and Nate, and Rebecca and Zoe. I love Jen and Nate’s story and their wedding was definitely worthy of a celebration. I watched Rebecca and Zoe do their first triathlon. I was so proud to call them my friends and was very inspired by their drive and ability.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The birds in Angry Birds. Sometimes their behaviour was so disappointing. They really should have been able to kill that pig!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent? Food? Who knows…at least it wasn’t on strippers and whiskey…
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Strippers and whiskey. Or Angry Birds.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier!
b) thinner or fatter? After that thing called Christmas, I’m going to say fatter.
c) richer or poorer? About the same.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating, worrying and waiting.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Laughing with my parents and brother.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I got sucked into watching five seasons of How I Met Your Mother in 2010, so I guess that would have to be it.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I’m done with hating and hanging on.
24. What was the best book you read?
I’m a pathetic reader. I can never make myself sit down to read without instantly falling asleep. I did make it most of the way through Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain though.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Without a doubt, The Black Keys.
26. What did you want and get?
I’d always wanted to see Cirque du Soleil and was taken to see Kooza in August.
27. What did you want and not get?
Every woman needs to own a set of curlers. I’ve been lusting after a set for a few months now, but can never quite justify the purchase.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Black Swan. It was creepy, trippy, dark and left me speechless.
Hard Ticket To Hawaii also left me speechless, but in a different way. And yes Pilgrim, I watched the entire movie.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 29 and I went for high tea.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I’ll risk sounding corny and overly optimistic, but I don’t think there could have been anything. I’m entirely satisfied 2010.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Knitted accessories with heels that are too high.
32. What kept you sane?
My friends and family. They may drive me insane sometimes, but they are also my rock.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hugh Jackman is still at the top of my list (this STILL makes me happy), but if we’re looking at celebrities that I admire I’d have to say Meryl Streep. There isn’t anything more elegant and polished than Meryl Streep in a white pant suit. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is and will flirt with the line of inappropriate but never cross it.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Can’t say I got too wrapped up in anything political this year. Politics are kind of like reading for me. I’m embarrassed by my lack of involvement and knowledge, but I never make it past the intention of doing something about it.
35. Who did you miss?
My Grannie. Her words of advice have jumped in my mind many times this year.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I can’t pick one person. Everyone I’ve met this year offers something unique and I value it all.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
The 50% Rule. Always drink 50% of what everyone else is drinking!!
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Leave all your lonely behind, you can’t carry it with you if you want to survive,” from Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine.