December 31st, 2010

Year End Meme: Say I Am You, Track 9.

So what if I'm the only person in the blogosphere who still does this? It’s a tradition by now, dammit. And, hey, I added questions this year (#20 and #21).

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Was unemployed.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I really don't know why I don't just delete this question. Oh! Because I can use it to plug The 2011 Project, and remind you that it’s not too late to join in.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. It’s cute, but I still don’t want one.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Everyone in Cubs Nation lost someone at the center of their hearts. And, of course, there were other losses (with a disturbing epilogue that I can’t bring myself to write about).

5. What countries did you visit?
It’s really a commonwealth, but I’d go back to Puerto Rico in a heartbeat.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A non-academic job, eventually.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Can’t share it, but it was known as “Emancipation Day” in Kansas City.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing the P Exam.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Honestly? This was not my year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I suspect the bum knee is permanent, though sometimes I wonder what would have happened had I had it checked out back in February.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Old Navy "The Dreamer" Jeans. You haven’t lived until [sober] perfect strangers have complimented your ass.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
You know that year of weddings and babies that comes, sooner or later, in everyone’s life? This was the one.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
We can all agree that the quote of the year was “We don’t know what we aspire to, but we do know who we don’t want to be.”

14. Where did most of your money go?
See #12.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Derivatives Markets. HaShem help us all.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
It was cold, I hated the world, and I was listening to an old album (that I’d just bought) by The Weepies.. There was this pretty tune that set a scene very nicely, a hopeful spot in a melancholy world. Then the chorus belted out: “This is Not Your Year.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? “[I] keep trying to be…” .
ii. thinner or fatter? Sigh.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, but using my funds in a way that makes me happy.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Going to shul. I miss that.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
GRADING PAPERS!!! (May I never say that again)

20. What was the best thing you ate?
Mofongo with fish. Must get myself to a Puerto Rican restaurant soon. (Interestingly, the mofongos I ate in Puerto Rico definitely did not contain bacon or pork bits, unlike all of the internet recipes--and pictures--I see. While I can’t speak to the fat used for sure, animal fats almost always make me very sick. Regional variation?)

21. What was the best thing you drank?
Mmmmm, Founder’s Brewery. So glad X has family there.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
With finance, yes, I did.

23. How many one-night stands?
Is this era of my life over yet?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Raising Hope is kinda fun.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
About a week ago, the internet told me it was Festivus, and time to air my grievances. I realized that the only person I wanted to stuff was that damn PearleVision clerk

26. What was the best book you read?
Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked? Debra Spark’s Good for the Jews? Nothing made me sit up and cheer this year, but I did read a lot more. Thankfully.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I’d like to thank Lauren Graham and Peter Krause for mentioning The Iowa Channel in an otherwise lameass interview.

28. What did you want and get?
A digital camera.

29. What did you want and not get?
An actuary job.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Um…I think I saw three movies this year, only one of which (The Social Network) was vaguely intended for grown-ups. We rented “Date Night,” which was awesome; can I count that?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My birthday was on Yom Kippur. It was about that fun.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
This year, most people in my circle had to face something very difficult. Almost everyone is in a better place because of their struggle (or en route to one), but we’ve all been sad. It’s great that we’ve been there for each other (and we really have—few of these disappointments are about a lack of support), but I wish we could have been rejoicing together.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
If I go to the gym, and don’t go to work, why not wear sweats?

34. What kept you sane?
In an odd and selfish way, the Tutees. I still can answer the question, “What do you do?” and it helps to…matter.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Kerry Wood is back in blue! Hooray! (Too bad he’s rejoining a team that’s…ah…less than the one he left.)

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I repeat: The Tea Party is a smashing birthday affair for a four-year-old, and not a political movement.

37. Who did you miss?
You know what was great about this year? I got to see people, and have time for them. Still wish I could see more of them, of course.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The New Girl. I haven’t mentioned her much, but I maybe made a new friend for the first time in forever.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
We might have very different lives now, but my real friends are still my friends. (And some of my former students are, in fact, friends, and ones I am grateful for.)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: “Every day it starts again/You cannot say if you're happy/You keep trying to be/Try harder, maybe, maybe/This is not your year.” Not Your Year, The Weepies,

(Not that it was a bad year, exactly. It just wasn’t mine.)