I’ve been writing this meme since I met Rob and “borrowed” it from his site. It’s one of my favorite parts of the year, although every time I fill it out, I vow to keep better records of the next year – it’s so hard to remember the early months! I hope you enjoy the look back on 2010, and I’d love for you to fill it out on your own site. If you do, be sure to let me know or link back so I can check out your thoughts!
01. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
*Published a book.
*Became a full-time freelance writer.
*Welcomed my niece into the world!
*Celebrated my 10-year high school reunion.
*Went on a business trip.
*Attended a bachelorette party in Las Vegas.
*Danced with Backstreet Boys impersonators.
*Drank (and enjoyed) wine.
*Attended a Jewish wedding.
It seems like there was something else . . .
*Oh, yeah … I got married!
02. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more?
I’ve been known to make incredibly intimidating lists of resolutions that are virtually impossible to keep. In recent years, I’ve pared down the list to just a few accomplishments to which I devote myself throughout the year. Having my first book published was a huge part of that. I did also plan to have my first national magazine clip published, but I’m still working on that. On to 2011!
03. Did anyone close to you give birth?
2010 was certainly a baby boom! My brother, Adam, and his wife, Danielle, welcomed the beautiful Brileigh Ann on November 8. My best friend Jamie and her wonderful husband, Andy, welcomed the gorgeous Lucy Gregory in July, and Jessica and Travis welcomed the incredibly handsome Carter Grant in August. Dear friends of the family, Marie and B.J., welcomed their second son in September. If I overlooked anyone, my sincere apologies!
04. Did anyone close to you die?
Fortunately, this was a year of no funerals. Can’t they all be like that? To those who did experience loss this year, please accept my condolences.
05. What countries did you visit?
U S of A, baby! Although, let’s be honest … Chicago is like a different country. A country that should be called AWESOME.
06. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
*A published clip in a national magazine.
*A feasible and interesting idea for a second book.
*An out-of-country vacation. What you know about a cruise??
07. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 6, the day I married my best friend. Our wedding was beautiful, meaningful and simply perfect. So many people approached us after the event and told us that the venue, the decorations, the ceremony/reception – everything felt like “us.” And that’s the best compliment ever. I will remember our wedding for the rest of my life and am so excited to see what the coming years bring!
Honorable mention: March 30, 2010: My first book, “Moon Kansas City,” was officially published! My wonderful stepmom and several friends planned a party at one of my favorite Kansas City eateries, Happy Gillis, and we had a blast.
08. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving! Between several close friends and family members giving birth, to the book, to planning my 10-year high school reunion, to THE WEDDING, to growing my freelance business, it’s been an incredibly challenging, sometimes stressful, yet always exciting year. I’ve said many times that I don’t know how 2011 can live up to the wonderful madness, but I’m excited to see what’s in store!
09. What was your biggest failure?
Probably personal finances. I’m not the world’s greatest saver, and that trend continued throughout 2010. The hubby and I have formulated a plan for the next year, however, so I feel confident that this failure will be transformed into an achievement by the end of next year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Several minor kitchen injuries – it’s the high price of my ongoing culinary education, I suppose!
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’d say my wedding dress, but that was actually thanks to my amazing mom! One of the things that immediately comes to mind is the gifts that we bought and Rob made to say thank you to our families for all they did to help with the wedding. Rob created four large watercolor paintings of a picture of the two of us, and he matted and framed them. They turned out beautifully, and it meant a lot to us to be able to give them an original gift that showed the depth of our appreciation.
Oh, and Backstreet Boys tickets. Duh.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Monkey and Korma continue to be a wonderfully furry support system – best cats ever! This is a hard question to answer because so many friends and family stepped up throughout the year to celebrate so many wonderful things — the book party, wedding showers, the wedding. A special thanks to my matron of honor, Jamie Young, who juggled a large number of duties during the latter part of her pregnancy (and right after giving birth). She also attended a Backstreet Boys concert with me while almost 8.5 months pregnant – that qualifies her for rockstar status!
Also, Jason Preu served as the officiant for our wedding, and it was truly an honor to have such a wonderful friend stand with us to unite us in marriage. Thank you, Reverend P!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Mayor Mark Funkhouser, you depress me on a daily basis. Also, Conde Nast’s decision to kill “Gourmet” magazine was incredibly dumb. The brand is currently being revived, but without Ruth Reichl? It’s a shadow of its former self.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The wedding, the book, my niece, baby Young, the direction of my career, writing.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
“You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye. Kind of obvious, since it was the song that Rob and I first danced to at our wedding. But it’s a beautiful song with an even lovelier message, and I can’t think of more perfect lyrics to symbolize our relationship and what we mean to each other.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Working out, cooking, knitting, querying, networking, saving.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating, crying, ignoring my laundry.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With my husband, our cats, good food and any others lucky to have us in their company 😉
22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
On November 6, I fell in love with my husband, and he’s as wonderful as I could have imagined.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Mad Men, Friday Night Lights and, as always, Veronica Mars.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I try not to hate, but there are a couple of people with whom I’ve severed ties due to extreme disappointments that occurred around the wedding. C’est la vie.
26. What was the best book you read?
“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman. This was an unexpected jewel in my personal library, and I’m so unbelievably excited for the sequel. I describe this as “Harry Potter” for adults, and it’s an enchanting and haunting read.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The merger of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys is a day for which I’ve waited for DECADES. I also deepened my love for The Bird and the Bee, thanks to their album of Hall & Oates remakes. I now view music with a heightened sense of appreciation after choosing songs for the wedding. I will never listen to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by The Beach Boys, “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne, “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damian Rice, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis and “What Is Life” by George Harrison in the same way again!
28. What did you want and get?
A kick-ass wedding, a published book, more freelance work and tall boots.
29. What was your favourite film of this year?
NOT “Sex and the City 2” – what an obscene disappointment.
I enjoyed the heck out of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Such ingenious filming techniques and casting. I also discovered, through multiple viewings, that one of my new all-time favorites is “Juno.” I know, I know – it didn’t come out this year. Whatever.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
28. This was a tough year – my birthday completely snuck up on me, and since my best friend had recently given birth, I had to pick an activity that was family-friendly. The solution? Bowling! Rob, David and I continued the celebration in Westport with a couple of drinks at one80. Low-key yet enjoyable!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It’s hard to top this year, but a couple more freelance jobs — and a national clip — would have been the icing on an incredibly delicious cake.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Mostly the same – I stick to basics and get crazy with accessories. I did fully embrace a new color palette this year, namely grey and shades of purple. I’ve also jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon and FINALLY found an adorable jacket and tall boots. Oh, yeah … and I own jeggings, too. They kinda rule.
34. What kept you sane?
Monkey and Korma.
Sex and the City re-runs.
Good friends and family.
A new love of wine.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jon Hamm, better known as Mad Men’s Don Draper. Rowr.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The state of Kansas City: earnings tax, development, incentives, crime, school, (lack of) public transportation. I’m carefully tracking the mayoral election and hope that 2011 brings some positive changes for the city.
37. Who did you miss?
Grandpa, family and friends outside the area.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Timothy Dahl. I’ve actually worked for him and the blog he founded, Charles & Hudson, since 2007, but we met for the first time this year during a media trip to Indianapolis. He’s an amazing entrepreneur and has given me so many opportunities for which I’m thankful. We’re on an exciting journey with the site, and I know the early part of 2011 is going to be BIG!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
A LOT can happen in a year. I went from being laid off to being self-employed, a rollercoaster of a journey that continues every day. The few negative events of the year were balanced by the pure joy of the wedding, which was incredible in itself — after being engaged for two years, it finally happened! I continue to learn that you must put out into the world what you expect to receive. Sure, it’s expected to have moments of sadness, anger, even depression. Yet continuing to live your life with an optimistic view, and be grateful for what you have, will result in a happy, fulfilled experience no matter what happens. And another thing? Don’t wait for a sad or traumatic event to express your love for your friends and family. Hug them, thank them, tell them how you feel – you don’t need a reason or an occasion. In fact, I think those sorts of sentiments mean more when they’re unexpected and not tied to any significant event.