2011: Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

I learned to weave. We planted a garden in our yard, with mixed success. I explored Kansas and posted for 31 days straight. I fell in love with electronic books and had a renewed affair with local libraries. I opened my own craft shop. I survived things I never thought I could survive.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?


I don’t know if I wrote any resolutions for 2011. Looking back on the blog it doesn’t appear that I did.

My resolutions for 2012:

* Cherish the time I spend with my friends and family.

* Whip my debt into shape.

* Knit and spin from the stash and stop buying like it’s going out of style.

* Read more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


A friend from California had a baby boy and I knit a handspun baby surprise jacket. A local friend had a beautiful baby girl and I dyed some yarn with Koolaid and knit a beautiful baby blanket.

It looks like 2012 is going to be a banner year for babies. I already have half a dozen baby gifts lined up to knit!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. Our world was shaken this year when we lost my brother in law James. We will never be the same again.

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

A vacation. We couldn’t get away this year.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

April 17, 2011, the day my brother in law died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


This year our family went through one of the toughest things a family can ever go through. And in these cases families can either splinter, or come together and become closer than ever. I’m proud to say that we have done the latter.

And I suppose I should also count finishing our wedding afghan (around our 3rd anniversary!).

9. What was your biggest failure?

Have you seen my craft room? We could talk about my out of control spending or the lack of organization. And no one ever accused me of keeping my house spotless or cooking well.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing that I can think of. And we went an entire year without a trip to the ER!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

For us, a Canon T3i camera – it’s been so much fun for us both to learn how to use it and become better photographers. For Wes, a remote controlled helicopter. He LOVES that thing. For me, I’m grooving on my Kindle Fire.

12. Where did most of your money go?

The mortgage, paying off the new siding on the house. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you at all that my discretionary “fun money” went to yarn and fiber.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Belinda visiting for a few days this fall. Getting to go home for Thanksgiving. Reading books and getting to discuss them with my knitting group. Buying some new dresses for a wedding in the spring.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:


– happier or sadder? About the same.
– thinner or fatter? About the same.
– richer or poorer? About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?


I wish we’d spent more time out of doors, working in our yard and adventuring.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?


I wish I’d spent less time worrying: worrying about money, about how things were going to turn out and just lived in the moment.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

We had our first Christmas in our house. We got a live tree (which will soon be planted in the yard) and stockings and spent the whole weekend in the house playing games, cooking and enjoying each other’s company. I wouldn’t change anything.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

As a couple, our favorite is easily Big Bang Theory. This year I was mostly disappointed that the series that I have been following were less compelling: The Good Wife, Castle and even Bones just didn’t measure up. We still love NCIS and I confess that I fell in love with watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix. The weirdest watch of the year has to be American Horror Story.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

The Help was hands down my favorite. Others are here.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?


Listening to our local band, Flannigan’s Right Hook.  Not music, but rediscovering NPR and listening to it on the way to and from work every day.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

We didn’t spend much time in the theatres this year. We managed to see the final Harry Potter. At home the highlights were The King’s Speech, Black Swan and, surprisingly, The Hangover.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

We went for our annual dinner at Piropos. We took my mother in law and her boyfriend with us, and celebrated my 33rd year.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Having us all together at the end of the year.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Hah. I normally mock myself as “what not to wear.” Of course this year I could say it’s the year of the handknit sweater, eh?

26. What kept you sane?

Wes. My fabulous family and group of friends, both online and local. My knitting/book group. My crafting.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.


Always cherish every moment you can with those around you. Keep them close to your heart because you never know what is around the corner.

I must be losing my mind.


Three years, one month and 25 days ago it all started here. Somehow in the midst of moving cross country I completely spaced and forgot to celebrate my third Blogiversary. Thanks to all of you who read and comment! Here’s to another year!

Welcome to the Old New Apartment


For those that have been eagerly awaiting pictures of my new digs…here they are. Sorry for the mess, the boring white walls and the Flickr notes that I enjoyed putting on them, but now you know where I live!

A day late…but worth the wait.


I love you sweetie.

Checklists.

Being a Type A person, I love checklists. Whenever I have too much to do, I love making lists so that I can gather my thoughts, and start tackling tasks. It give me a scary amount of joy to make lists and then check the items off as I complete them. Like so much scary joy that sometimes I write down the most minute of tasks just so I can cross more off my list. I may have even written down tasks that I have already completed once or twice, just so I can cross them out.

So here’s what I have completed today:

  • Unpacked 5 boxes.
  • Exercised – 1+ miles.
  • Knitting – working on Eiffel Sweater Commission
  • Pictures for the curious:


View from my bedroom.


A little snowy.

More pictures of the new digs to follow – once I clean them up just a little more!

The Week So Far

I know there hasn’t been much updating chez moi lately. That’s because, mostly, there’s been lots of this:


And this:


And a little bit of this:


And tonight there was this:


Which was EXCELLENT – a must see!

Tomorrow there will be this:


So things might be quiet for a few days while I drive across this:


See you in Kansas, Toto!

Good fortune.


“Your golden opportunity is coming very soon.”

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