Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review

1. What did you do that you'd never done before?
I become the leader of a Tiger Scout troop this year. Talk about a lesson in patience. Oh I don't mean the kids I mean dealing with ungrateful parents who bitch and moan but don't lift a finger to help out.

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 was all about trying to learn to let go a little.
 I do have goals set for this year. they aren't extreme and aren't even significant for most people but my goals are:
-Pass my NCLEX-RN
-Get a full time job
-Lose 15 pounds during my 12 weeks challenge
-Complete P90X
-Lose 30% of my body weight
-Take the kids to Legoland
-Visit the beach
-Go on at least 10 dates with Chris
-Finish the kitchen remodel
-Start 3 month emergency fund

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My baby sister gave birth to the most adorable little girl. Averi Meadow is like a tiny, stinky light in all of our lives. Although aiden has made it very clear that he "doesn't want any stinkin' babies taking his toys.'

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I recently had a friends die at 29 years old. I have since grown really close to her sisters. In all honesty it made me feel unsettled a little. Life is so short and I don't want to die one day with regrets because I'm always chasing goals. But I'm human and I think all any of us can do is just our best. i wish I could do fun things every single day with my kids but thats not reality. So i go to work and try to finish school and cherish the time I have off.

5. What countries did you visit?
I did not travel to any countries. In fact I only left Arizona once in 2013. Lamesauce.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
I want to have more energy. I feel like the quality of my life is suffering because of how tired I am all the time.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
I don't really have any significant dates in my mind except this year Ryan turned 9 and Aiden turned 7. And that shit made me feel old.

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?
I feel like my biggest achievement this year was getting my depression under control. I feel more in control of myself than when 2013 started and for that I am proud.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I am going to call by biggest failure my inability to get a grip on my weight gain. But it is definitely something that I intend to face head on in 2014.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I didn't but Chris broke his ankle. and Ryan had his tonsils removed after getting an infection. Both guys are fully recovered and I couldn't be more thankful for that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I would say my laserjet printer and a new toilet for Ryan's bathroom. When did I become so lame?

12. Where did most of your money go?
Hell if I know but if you find it give me a call.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Chris bought me tickets and meet and great passes to Stone Sour in February. He gets me in a way that no one else does.

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Katy Perry's Peacock. Its completely inapropriate but I can't tell you how many night I spent with the TWASS group in someone's garage doing karaoke. It was just very cathartic.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
-happier or sadder? happier, definitely happier
-thinner or fatter? fatter
-richer or poorer? neither really but in 2014 I will be getting Dave Ramsey on everyone's asses because I have entirely to much anxiety to live paycheck to paycheck.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Hug my babies. because really can anyone ever do that enough.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Get offended at the things Chris says. Sometimes it seems like I'm just looking for a reason to raise my voice.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
See previous post.

19. What was your favorite TV show?
Grey's Anatomy, Sons of Anarchy, and Last Man Standing

20. What were your favorite books this year?
Jay Crownover's Marked Men series and Real by Katy Evans

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Stone Sour (whom I didn't get the chance to see live at UFest), Pistol Annies, Eric Church, KOL

22. What were your favorite films this year?
Iron Man 3. Total boy-mom pick.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28 this year and I celebrated by working and coming home with the worst flu and bronchitis I have ever experienced.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting it on with Justin Timberlake? No seriously, I think going on vacation with my family would have improved the year a lot.

25. What kept you sane?
Chris, he really is my biggest support. After him my friends, those women who make me laugh and pull me out of my funk. I am so grateful to finally have great girlfriends in my life.

27. Share a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
No regrets. Life is what it is. We do our best and everything else is just a lesson. We can't beat ourselves up over the things we never did and instead have to look to right now and work toward becoming who we want to be.