New Year's Meme - 2018 edition

As mentioned last year, this is stolen from Philosophy Mom

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
A few things that were simply "old things in new spaces", so those don't really count.  Most of my year was spent on work and family and self-care and reading, sadly.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Here's what I said this time last year:
  • Lose weight / get in shape (well, better shape than I am now)
  • Continue to enjoy my work on the Book Award Committee
  • Get better organized (declutter plus time management)
  • Take a fun trip somewhere 
  • Be better about being connected to family and friends
And.... I did four of the five.  B/B+ for Lazygal!

3. Did anyone close to you get married?
Two cousins (second cousins) did, one in New Jersey and the other in Los Angeles.  And Thing One's niece/goddaughter is getting married later this month.

4. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope.  No one close.  But there are a lot of "work babies" around, and a new great arrived last Janurary.

5. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that close this year, only the husband of one of my mother's cousins. 

6. What countries did you visit?
Ireland (Dublin, to be specific) for three days.  Perfect quick getaway!

7. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Better health.  Thanks to the CRION, and the medicines I'm taking to control it, this has been the year of side effects.  Sigh.  Luckily, they are subsiding thanks to tapering off one really nasty one.  And when that's done, I should just be "maintaining".  More time with friends and family would be great.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A side-effect of a side-effect was a 10-day period when I was pretty much on speed (not really, but people tell me that is what it's like when you are).  So much got done even I'm impressed.  If only I could have continued in that vein, but perhaps later.

9. What was your biggest failure?
It's not a failure, per se, just an inability to really do more with friends hanks to needing to focus on helping my parents and self-care when I was home.  Not being able to do more for my parents over the summer, or since school has started, could also be perceived as a failure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Heh.  Beyond my ongoing battle with CRION, there was a lovely cough that set in two weeks before Winter Break.  And is still here, albeit in a very diminished state. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new suitcase and travel tote.  Ok, that's two things.  But for one purpose, so I'm saying it counts.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
First of all, let me quote from last year: "Thing One, duh.  He's been a rock throughout the optic nerve adventure.  Plus giving in to my whims.  What's not to celebrate?" And then my sister, who really did an amazing job dealing with the sudden family crisis over the summer.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Again, quoting last year "Several of Thing One's family who truly support the awful (racist, misogynist, xenophobic) side of our President."  Beyond that, my father, who truly did have a health crisis this summer but managed to pull so much focus that my mother's Alzheimer's got immeasurably worse.  He's better now, she's not.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel: to Dublin, to LA, to Louisville, to Chicago and to Atlanta, as well as several minor conferences and family visit events (not in that order!). And wine. 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing Hamilton in Chicago.  Going to Dublin.  Starting AY2018 with a team that I know well, that works together well and that is moving forward with our plans.  And - best yet - getting to plan a new library!

16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
  • happier or sadder?  Neither.  More worried, though.   
  • thinner or fatter?  Well, calling myself "Princess Puffy Pants" should be a clue to the answer (it's all water retention due to one of the drugs and is actually coming off as I taper off).
  • richer or poorer? Same - I've spent more on some things, but less on far more.  

17. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Well, done any of, to be honest: going to Meeting.  Every time I thought thinks were getting to a point when I could go, my eye or family or work "flared up".  Le sigh. 

18. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying.  About anything.  I mean, compared to some, my life has been pretty blessed, so getting worried (or, as I prefer to call it, fretting) about things is a bit self-indulgent.  On the other hand, I could go blind and my mother could get worse and... and...

19. How did you spend Christmas?
Oh the weather outside was frightful... at times... We woke up, did presents, then went back to nap.  Woke up to a complete whiteout, which ended quickly but made travel difficult.  So, rather than the Traditional Jewish, we just stayed in and relaxed. 

20. How did you bring in the New Year?
Reading.  Sleeping.  Watching a movie (Casablanca).  Eating a great home-cooked meal and enjoying a nice bottle of Warwick Valley Dirty Red.

21. Did you fall in love?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Holdovers from last year: 19-2.  People of EarthQ & AYou're the Worst. I have been watching less tv than in previous years, although when I can indulge, I'll binge on something like Brokenwood Mysteries or Crownies/Janet King

23. What was the best book you read?
Still can't talk about the adult books, but of the YA, The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Bang and Dreamland Burning are real standouts.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Christine and the Queens

25. What was your favorite film of this year?
I could answer this with something I've seen before, but this year I saw no new movies (or none I want to talk about favorably).

26. What was your favorite live performance?
Dorrance Dance (a former student is in this group). Hamilton.

27. What did you want and get?
Time (albeit not enough) with extended family.  Finally selling my house.

    28. What did you want and not get?
    Good health.

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    On my birthday?  Nothing much.  It was a Saturday, so we just hung out at home and then went to tea.  It was Number 54 for me, which means middle age is starting to appear in my rear view mirror. 

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Better health.  Easy.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
    Comfortable clothes in mostly green and grey.  Clothes I can move in easily, yet look polished enough for any meeting I need to attend.

    32. What kept you sane?
    Sheer willpower.  I've been holding it together... barely.  The ongoing issues with my eye, my parents and the stress over selling my house were pretty much the perfect storm.  If anything kept me even partly sane it was reading and playing backgammon on the computer as an escape.

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    None.  Is that elitist of me?

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Again, quoting from last year (because this year seems like a continuation of that):  "watching otherwise intelligent people embrace the really awful things that were bring promoted by the winning candidate.  And watching serious fault lines develop among colleagues and students who weren't on the same side of that issue (I really do understand not wanting to vote for Hillary - I didn't! - but The Donald?  His ideas are so vile.  And those who think he's ok are just beyond my comprehension)."  The divisions and rhetoric haven't gotten any better in the past year, and I despair for our future.

    35. Whom did you miss?
    My mother.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I don't think I met too many new people in 2017 that have become part of my life in any significant way this year.  Except, maybe, my new doctor, who really seems to care (perhaps just because my CRION presents such an interesting change from the usual health issues).

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
    Friends are incredibly important as you get older.  My parents are so fortunate to have really kind people in their lives, people who care about them enough to come over at 4:00am to watch my mother while my father goes in for an outpatient procedure.

    38. What was your favorite moment of the year?
    Spending time with friends and family.  Any moment I did that was a favorite moment.  Well... except for those moments I was home, at my parents, taking care of them.

    39. What was your least favorite moment of the year?
    Let's just call the entire time between late June and late August my least favorite. 

    40. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2017 and change something, what would it be?
    Honestly, I can't think of one.  Nothing I could do would change anything that happened for the better.

    41. What are your plans for 2017?
    • Work on my health
    • Finally go to Meeting
    • Continue to declutter
    • Spend time with friends and family and be grateful for their presence in my life

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