An old, old tradition of mine. Like... since 2005 old.
What did you do in 2011 that you've never done before?
Danced in finals at MIT.
Bought a car.
Got a real job and even raised my own salary!
Acted like an introvert.
Drove from GA to PA by myself.
Graduated from college (!!!).
Frequented a bar (salsa nights!).
Did you keep your New Year's resolution and will you make one for this year?
I made no resolution.
2012: Just do it. Stop waiting.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Becky Watlington, Christy Martsolf, Amanda Tingle, Adele Cole, Alysia Watkins.
Did anyone close to you die?
Did anyone close to you get hitched?
Sarah and Matt Martin
Arden and Mary
What countries did you visit?
This question pains me.
What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?
First week in March (a vague, blurred, but deeply etched time)
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Have a legit answer to "what countries did you visit?".
What's your biggest achievement this year?
My undergraduate Honors Thesis.
1st Semester Out of College intact (mostly)
Being there for my siblings as best as I could.
Belief that I was constantly failing.
Not telling the truth. Or not telling it soon enough.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
First ER trip of my life and morphine dose. Hello Kidney Stone.
Wisdom Teeth: The Gourd Face
What was the last thing you bought?
Wide legged dance pants. I'm aiming to become a Westie.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Gretchen. Jennifer. Isaac.
Where did most of your money go?
Food, rent, car, dance.
What did you really get excited about?
Working with Calvary Elements.
What song will remind you of 2011?
"We Found Love in a Hopeless Place"
"Stand By Me" and other various constantly replayed salsa night favorites.
The entirety of "Recovery" by Jeremy Casella, especially, "Born Again". In fact, let's just go ahead and say that "Recovery" as the album of the year in my life from March on.
Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
A stupid question. Emotions are not measurable in this dichotomy.
In my own scale, I feel what it is to have seen what one is so afraid of seeing.
And somehow becoming more rooted than before.
Grateful. Not because I am happy, but because... well... because I'm not alone.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Speaking my mind.
Going to poetry readings.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
Those two go hand in hand.
What was your favorite TV show?
Bachelor/Bachelorette (it was all about the community, ya know?)
What were the best books you read?
"Walking on Water" by L'Engle
"Body", collection of essays
Essays by Annie Dillard.
The essay genre in general was a new Love.
What was your best musical discovery?
Mumford&Sons, driving through a gold summer Lancaster sunset.
What did you want and got?
Ballroom weekends off of work
A trip to Boston with Fraleigh and Sara to see Vaughn
What movies did you see in cinema?
Final Harry Potter (while on oxycodone so I don't remember much)
What did you do on your birthday? How old did you turn?
The day of was pretty quiet. A few weeks later, I celebrated quietly with Fraleigh and Sara over carrot cake and champagne.
What one thing would have made this year more satisfying?
The one thing I wanted, have wanted, will always want, but am learning to accept may never be given.
Learning to accept it and myself and life sooner.
Learning to be patient with the process of "growing up".
How would you describe your personal fashion?
From the "cannot be bothered" to the extravagent. Eg. safety-pined shoe straps to Ray Rose dance shoes.
What kept you sane?
James and Sam.
Isaiah over and over and over.
Who was the best new person you met?
Vaughn Morgan. A wise counselor, friend. "A lot a bit". "Boys are stupid. Girls are crazy."
Mae (not technically "new", but we became friends this year).
Steve Cline, adopted little bro.
What was a valuable lesson you've learned?
-Be patient, little one, be patient. You'll grow up as fast as you can. No sense being angry at yourself while you're trying really hard to do what is good and life giving.
-Trying very hard to "be right" is a prison; "the law", as the Bible calls it.