2011

Jan. 3rd, 2012 07:41 pm
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1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Passed my orals and comps, wrote a prospectus, got a master's degree in passing, drove more than 3,000 miles, rode a train across the country, traveled all over 2 countries and stayed in many many people's houses, some of whom I didn't know at all.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
last year's intention was clarity (thank you lj for the reminder)...I think I kept it pretty well, knew my own mind and tried hard to stay focused my goals. This year's theme is home: making it, STAYING IN IT, building community and a life.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my dear friend Caro had Petra, who she is graciously allowing me to auntie from afar, and Tam had Zora, who I haven't met yet and can't wait to see.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
It's funny, how do we define close? I was close to Sparky, in that in-the-woods kind of way, less so over the last few years, but felt totally reconnected and close again after visiting in the fall. Then she died a few weeks later, and I was totally devastated.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada! And the west coast twice, which feels like a different country to me. Both of these places have weird compost.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Home. Local community (although whoa I asked for this last year and really got it, thank you goddess and S, D, M, D, P, J).

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and what for?
December 5th, when I met E for our epic cross country train trip, and the day Sparky died, which I am intentionally not looking up. The day I made ABD, finally.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving and thriving (mostly) on my rootless wanderings. Accepting help. Showing up for friends in a more tangible way than I usually get to. Getting lost much less than I could have. OH, and about 100 interviews for my dissertation.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know that I have one. It was a pretty good year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Several colds (one of which is right now). A few little flares of the Crohn's. Otherwise, thankfully amazingly healthy.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a lot of train tickets. yarn.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
all the amazing women who opened their homes and lives to me and my project, fed me, let me sleep on their futon/sofa, shiatsu mat, and told me their amazing stories.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh, god. Politics. Can't really think about it.

14. Where did most of your money go?
TRAVEL. Food. TRAVEL.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
going home, starting a new job, passing my exams.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2011?
Can I give you three albums instead? Gillian Welch, the Harrow and the Harvest. Lucinda Williams, Blessed. Feist, Metals.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder
Happier. Much less stressed. Excited about new things.

ii. richer or poorer?
Lordy, poorer. But I have a job!

iii. thinner or fatter?
a bit thinner, I think.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
writing fieldnotes. getting solid sleep.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
worrying about money. missing home and things.

20. How will you be spending the holidays?
I went to Sacramento with E to her 90 year old grandma's house, picked a pomegranite OFF A TREE, cooked a lovely meal, played lots of Settlers. New years was country dancing with lisa and lia, then more Settlers with grover and nova. Lovely holidays.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Still in it.

23. How many one night stands?
Well, I had a couple of great heavy petting dates over the summer. Oh, wait...and the veterinarian. So either one or 3, depending on how you look at it.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Big Bang Theory...why didn't anyone tell me about this?

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year?
I don't want to participate in this activity.

26. What was the best book you read?
been rereading for comfort for last 7 months, hard to think of anything new.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Yeah, I'm always late to the party. But I got to see Gillian Welch live with OMB and Gilly and it was my best musical moment of the year.

28. What did you want and get?
More love. Through my travels with enough money (just barely) to rent a home. Amazing stories.

29. What did you want and not get?
Can't really think of anything.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I really loved Hugo. And the Muppet Movie.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 44, and I spend it with the amazing family of Caro and Petra (I think...is that right? It's all running together). And then a week or so later, I had time-shifted bd on a train.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
can't really think of anything. a good year.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
femme lesbian garanimals (FLG). if it didn't fit in the suitcase, I'm not wearing it. Or yes, THAT dress AGAIN.

34. What kept you sane?
Friends holding me up. y'all, for instance. Harry Potter over the phone. My kindle. Knitting.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Occupy. The upcoming Republican clusterfuck.

37. Who did you miss?
My dog, people in N.O., E, my kid.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I made a good new friend in the woods this year...and became friends or deeper friends with lots of folks who opened up their home. I'm a lucky girl.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Just do it. It will all be okay. Getting lost is always fixable.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Yeah, I don't have one...but I CAN quote myself. Someone this summer asked me why I don't like dance music, and I told her "I like my music with a little more whiskey and heartbreak." Still true.

(a tip of the keyboard to missm for poking me...it wouldn't be the new year without this meme!)

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