2011 Year-End Recap

It’s time for the 3rd Annual StyckyWycket look-back.  I’m recapping the year with a series of 27 questions, that really get to the meat of what happened.  For other year-end recaps:

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Attended my first Lebowskifest.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I tried starting a second Day Zero Project, but to be honest, my heart wasn’t really in it. I couldn’t even find 101 things that I wanted to to. It was the perfect project for me three years ago, but I don’t think it’s as applicable today. For 2012, I’m going to scrap the Project, but have a small list of things that I want to get done in 2012. But, as far as “resolutions” go, I don’t have any nebulous ones.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one close to me, that I talk to on a regular basis, but two of my fellow high school classmates did.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close to me, thank god-particle. But the husband of my mother’s friend passed away very suddenly, and I get very sad every time I think about it.

5. What countries did you visit?
I stayed stateside again this year, but plans are in the works to head to Niagara Falls this year…like last year. We’ll see how that pans out, I guess.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More disposable income. More financial security. A better attitude and more patience and self-confidence.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The end of July, because I got to meet a long-time, transnational heretofore-only-by-internet friend and his wife as they toured the United States.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting myself into a personal training regime, and also seeing a therapist bi-weekly. Both have done wonders for my body and mind.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Biggest failure? Probably squandering opportunities I didn’t see for what they were, I guess. I realize that it’s a nebulous answer, but I don’t have anything that sticks out right now.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Two bouts of strep throat in a year, which blew majorly. Also, the various strains and sprains of working out with improper form.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably the fee I paid for the Zentangle class I took this summer. I really enjoyed the gateway it opened up for me.

12. Where did most of your money go?
A toss up between the basic bills (added a car payment to the mix at the end of 2010), and continuing to pay down debt.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Finally getting to meet my longtime friend and his wife. Also, seeing Anthony Bourdain live. Seeing Charlie cross the finish line of his first official 5K was really exciting, too.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
The only real music that I listened to this year were songs off of my workout playlist. Everything else was podcast or audio-book related. I can tell you the songs that I loved hearing when they came up, though:
Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Gimme Sympathy, Metric
Help, I’m Alive, Metric
Young Blood, The Naked and Famous
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry
Creature, Phantods
Dog Days are Over, Florence + The Machine
Don’t Cry Out, Shiny Toy Guns
Club Can’t Handle Me, Flo Rida

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Getting happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter, I think, but much, much stronger.
– richer or poorer? Still pretty cash poor, but I’m doing better than last year.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d spent more time making art. I also wish I’d spent more time actually studying for the classes I was in, rather than trying to cram in everything in the last three weeks. That would have made life a lot easier….

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about what other people thought.

18. What was your favorite TV program?
I discovered the Cooking Channel, and Simply Baking is one of the only cooking shows that’s gone on my DVR, so I think that says a lot. So, when I did have time to watch TV, that’s what I lazy-watched. Of course, Justified came back for season 2, so I watched that religiously.

19. What were your favorite books of the year?
The Nerdist Way, Medium Raw, and Emotional Blackmail. I also read The Help, which was good, but not my favorite. I need to get into reading more fiction.

20. What was your favorite music (podcast) from this year?
I listened to a lot of Nerdist and Extra Hot Great podcasts: I think those stayed on my iPod and got listened to religiously throughout the year.

21. What were your favorite films of the year?
I loved seeing True Grit, and also really liked Sherlock Holmes.

22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I celebrated with a good friend of mine a joint birthday at Lola. I turned 27.

23. Who was the best new person you met?
I got to “meet” a lot of people this year, but the vast majority were not physical, and the one I finally “met” in person, I’ve known for 13 years. So, the best new person I met physically, this year, without knowing previously, was probably Sunshine.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Probably better documentation of my year as it went by: more pictures, more blog posts. It’s easier to remember when you have pictures and words. Breaking my spender would have helped out, too.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Jeans, Woot Shirt, long-sleeved undershirt, and boots on casual days. Business casual-to-almost-formal at the office. Dark denim, boots, and jackets on up-dressed days. Very few dresses.

26. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Don’t feel the troll.

Friday Five for December 30, 2011 – Closing Time

Quiet plans for New Year’s Eve. Maybe next year, I’ll start thinking early about where I want to ring in the new year. That said, I’m turning into an old fart who doesn’t really have a lot of interest in watching Ryan Seacrest trot out a bunch of tired celebrity whores for NYE. I’m a fuddy-duddy like that.
Fresh start soon, even if it is more of a construct than an reality. I’m certainly looking forward to hitting the proverbial “reset” button.
Onwards, to the Friday 5!
  1. What business establishment’s recent closing was the most disappointing for you?
    I never shopped there, but there was a home design place across the street from my office called Aspen Wood Glass Co. The front doors were beautifully-crafted wood doors for the showroom. I see it every day on my way to work, and it bums me out that they couldn’t make it. Then again, they could have moved showrooms to a new location. Who knows? /hope
  2. At what place of business or service are you most likely to be the day’s last customer out the door?
    Lately, it’s been the Starbucks in Willoughby where I go to get my Friday Night Iced Chai Soy Latte Fix. I’ve moseyed in there as late as 10:45.
  3. What place of business or service seems to be closed at times inconvenient to you?
    My doctor’s office never seems to be open when I get ill or injured. I should just start saying that the Chardon Fast Clinic is my PCP.
  4. Where in the real world (not online) will you most likely spend your last 2011 money?
    Wherever Charlie and I go for dinner tonight on our date.
  5. What business or service has been the biggest blessing to you because it is always open?
    God bless internet shopping. Love it!

Source: f.riday5.com

Closing time: open all the doors and let you out into the world. 
Closing time: turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl. 
Closing time: one last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer. 
Closing time: you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. 
Closing time: time for you to go out to the places you will be from.
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losing time: this room won’t be open, tell your brothers or your sisters, “Come.”
So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits; I hope you have found a friend.
Closing time: every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Grace in Small Things #6

So, here’s a good graph on my non-work productivity in the last three weeks or so.
I still haven’t unpacked from my vacation, and I just got back from an office party, and have no interest in unpacking or getting ready for tomorrow. Here I am, blogging.
Since yesterday, I was so geeked about my final grade, and traveling back home, I’m going to post my Grace in Small Things today.
  1. Yuengling is legal in Ohio! I can now order it when I’m out and ordering a beer. So tasty!
  2. TMI, probably, but for Grandpa’s Thylox soap, which is the only thing helping my stress acne breakouts on my chest and shoulders right now.
  3. Sunday afternoon naps while spooning.
  4. The Nerdist Way, which I got as my gift for Secret Santa, and am totally digging right now!
  5. 3M Medipore Tape, which is awesome: when my cuticles go belly up, I can use this to protect them until they grow back without having a BandAid that falls off when I even think about touching a glass of water; also, a great way to keep my earbuds in when I’m running.

Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things.

Grace in Small Things #5

Well, my Christmas cards are done, as are the joint cards with Charlie. I wish they looked a little neater, but this year, I’m going for getting them done, rather than getting them done perfectly. That puts me way further ahead than last year. Who knows, maybe I will hand-gild all of them next year!
(Yeah, right…)
By the way, the new-lease-on-workout life is going well. Again, just shooting for getting in the gym, getting moving, and consistency. The results will come, or so I am told. Now, I need to tweak the diet a little bit (less “letting go” when I’m dining out), and more nutritious food when making my own food.
Anyway, I guess this was all a ham-fisted way to segue into this week’s Grace in Small Things…
  1. Sweatpants after working out (the only time I wear them)
  2. Trashy, 1000 Ways to Die while filling out Christmas cards
  3. Diet Vernors
  4. Orly Bonder, which has been the only thing to keep my nail polish from chipping after 4 hours
  5. Going to bed early…totally need it!

Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things.

NaBloPoMo’11: Grace in Small Things #4

Oh man! I was so busy yesterday, I totally forgot it was Monday, and time for another round of Grace in Small Things.  I’m no less mindful today of life’s blessings
  1. It’s clementine season. Tiny oranges with easy-to-remove jackets!
  2. Leftover prime rib for my salads.
  3. Ne gym bag from the DadZ, which was actually a huge tool bag from a set of several tools he bought. Weird, yeah, but if you saw it, it’d make sense.
  4. The Christmas cards I bought this year are adorable!
  5. Finding a base coat that actually keeps nail polish on my paper thin fingers.

Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things.