Dec. 26th, 2016

notyourmama2: red-haired woman with sheep (spelling bee)
Even if I really don't post here anymore- I still stalk LJ all the time. And again, I'm hoping I start off the annual round of year-in-review(s).


What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Jesus Christ- bought a FARM. Or bought into a farm- joined a community. And as someone who's moved constantly my entire adult life, the thought of a forever home is still entirely mind-boggling. Really.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make them, and plan to continue that.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, I don't think so.

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?
None at all. Although I usually put the land here, and I did spend a month in Walhalla, and visit the land of the wyms.

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
I would like to have a job with benefits and retirement (carried over from last year)- but REALLY, if adjuncting is what it is, it's what it is. I do love my job.

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 3rd. We'd been 'dating the farm' for a few weeks, and had stopped by after attending an event in the area. Lynn (the owner of our house) wasn't home, so we hung out in her hammock, strung between a big beautiful magnolia and a pecan tree, dreaming about what it would be like to live there. Also, Halloween, when we signed all the papers.

This hammock, right here.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
This is a little redundant, but you know- bought a farm.

What was your biggest failure?
No failures- although it does seem I still didn't write a dissertation.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have Crohn's disease, but it's been not too bad this year.

What was the best thing you bought?

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Sweet supportive friends and tribe. My supportive, handy, and hot lover. People who helped us get to yes with the farm loan.

Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Lordy. Voldemort, the PEOTUS.

Where did most of your money go?
Farm downpayment, but also the usual rent etc. A chunk on Gertrude (my car), who got a new ac system.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
FARM. And living in community. And people visiting. Oh, and BABY PIGS!

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Perhaps more aware of my general happiness. There's hard stuff, but in the balance, things are just great.
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
INCREDIBLY RICHER- if you count being landed gentry :)

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise, more time with friends. I wish I'd had festival.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting around watching Netflix.

How did you spend Dec 25th?
Tons of delicious food, processed a couple of rabbits, and spend the rest of the day on the couch reading a book about sheep-keeping.

Did you fall in love in 2016?
Can you fall in love with a piece of land? We DEFINITELY dated the farm all fall, meeting and charming all the various members of the community.

How many one night stands?
None, I don't really go in for one night stands.

What was your favourite TV programme?
Well, I watched all of Gilmore Girls- but that was more of a completist thing. Probably the West Wing (I know, old) - but I've been enjoying the West Wing Weekly podcast, so I'm rewatching along with the series, and I find that I really look forward to it.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't have energy for hating anyone.

What was the best book you read?
I read too much to pick a favorite.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Music- not so much my bag. I enjoy it, but don't necessarily seek it out. I know- it's weird.

What did you want and get?
A farm

What did you want and not get?
A permanent professor job with benefits.

What was your favourite film this year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing at all. I am happy and satisfied.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
"Crap, THAT doesn't fit???"

What kept you sane?
Lists. Many many lists.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't do this either.

What political issue stirred you the most?
The election.

Who did you miss?
The women and the land. Much more than I can express. More travel, more friends this year.

Who was the best new person you met?
I met this really nice woman at Womonwrites, and am enjoying to get to know here a bit.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Anything is possible!


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