I’ve seen several people do this, and I liked it.
1. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I had resolutions last year. At least I don’t remember them. I had things that I wanted to think about more, things I wanted to be mindful of. I was mindful of them.
This year I am going to watch more TV. I know this sounds stupid (doesn’t everyone resolve to watch less TV?!) I have 6 TV series sitting on an external hard drive that I want to watch (Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, House of Cards, House of Lies, Californication, Downton Abbey) and I always think I’ll watch them on planes or in hotel rooms, but I wind up working. I need the mental break. I’m going to stop working and watch TV.
2. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Presented at conferences, hired a personal shopper.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. Babies, but none born to anyone close to me.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada and the US. 150 flights worth.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More vacations that I don’t work through.
7. What date(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
None that I can think of.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got promoted. I presented at 3 conferences. I did a webinar that 450 people registered for, and 200 people attended.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Oh, I screwed up in front of 2 of my company’s VPs and got to write a letter of apology. You know, nothing humiliating.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Macbook Pro.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Our Nephew came out of the closet this summer. I know this took a lot of courage and we were super proud of him.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Funny you should ask this – I had to hunt through our bank account to see if a cheque had cleared our account. It seems to be the usual grown up stuff (mortgage, utilties etc) and then food, coffee, shoes, hobby stuff.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to San Francisco in October with Ms. Fab.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
It’s an old one, but Leaving on a Jet Plane.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
a) Happier. b) Modestly thinner c) slightly richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Managed my time better, so that when I was working I was thinking about work, when I wasn’t working, I wasn’t thinking about work. I also wish I went to the gym more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Buying coffee. I can make coffee at home and it feels like such a waste.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Just the Mister and I, at home. Prime Rib and a dozen yorkshire puddings for dinner. The Queen’s Christmas Message.
21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Well, not love like that, but we had Travis’ boyfriend start joining us for dinner in August, and the Minion started coming in September and I have discovered that I really like both of them a lot.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Big Bang Theory, BattleStar Galactica, and a recent addition to the list – Sherlock.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you did not hate this time last year?
Not hate, but I did find someone that I equate with plasmodial slime mold.
24. What was the best book you read?
Victory Lab, which is about the science of elections. It’s certainly the one that I thought about the most.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Umm. I’m tone deaf. You know that, right? Does discovering that I am unable to turn the shuffle mode off on my iPhone count?
26. What did you want and get?
This is hard – I’m very fortunate to be able to fulfill a lot of my wants. I really wanted to organize a dinner with some friends at the conference in San Francisco, and I managed to get everyone together for that.
27. What did you want and not get?
I learned to spin wool in Feb (well, not well, but started). I really wanted to buy a spinning wheel. Unfortunately the dog got sick and we broke the car.
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went out for dinner with Mr. Spit, and then on the Sunday I had all of my usual attendees and a few more for Sunday dinner. I turned 35.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Going to the gym more.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Hey, I have one now. (See note about Personal shopper). I’m really focusing on dressing more like someone who is 35 and not 60. A few less structured suits, a few more patterns, colours.
32. What kept you sane?
Umm. Sane. Who says I was sane. <insert nervous laugh>
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
So. You know my husband reads this blog?
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The increasing erosion of women’s rights to control their own bodies.
35. Who did you miss?
Strangely, after I moved out of our apartment, I missed Mr. California.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
I have a couple of new clients that I really like?
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
That focus is a skill and not a thing that I do naturally.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’, it’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’, he’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome I could die
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go