2012, the questions

The 2010 EOY edition. Same questions, different year.

  1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? Survived a hurricane (thanks, Sandy, your aftermath has been devastating) and this year I received a Master’s in Human Resources & Employment Relations from a baby ivy.
  2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t even try.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No one.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? It was a terrible year. If I knew what was around the bend, I don’t know that I could have lived through it. This year I lost my father (on Thanksgiving night) and my uncle/godfather just a week earlier. Sigh.
  5. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? I gained perspective on what’s truly important: the people I love. Comparatively, the rest is pretty small potatoes.
  6. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year? My graduation from Penn State.
  7. What was your biggest failure? Not phoning my parents on their anniversary and two days later on Thanksgiving. I never talked to my father that week and he passed that night.
  8. Did you suffer illness or injury? Maybe a broken heart and a lost soul – does that count?
  9. What was the best thing you bought? I can’t think of anything, other than a few bottles of the Spanish wine that I love.
  10. Whose behavior merited celebration? All those heroes who helped out during the hurricane, and the troops who continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. We, all Americans should feel indebted to them.
  11. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Congress – same old story — for the budget bungle and for making hurricane relief a political issue rather than one of safety and welfare.
  12. Where did most of your money go? Tuition, for Caleah and me. Necessary expenses to bury my dad.
  13. How did you spend Christmas last year? I have no idea.
  14. Did you fall in love in 2012? No, nor did I date anyone seriously.
  15. What was your favorite TV program? The Daily Show. I don’t dislike the other shows I’ve previously mentioned, I just don’t like much television.
  16. What did you do for your birthday in 2012? Met friends at McKeowns. I even got a birthday pie from the girls.
  17. What was the best book you read? Nothing is coming to mind.
  18. What did you want and get? To be done with school once and for all. Although after a few months, I can honestly say I miss the classes. 
  19. What did you want and not get? Peace of mind. Financial freedom.
  20. What was your favorite film of this year? Caleah and I saw Les Miserables on Christmas day. What an amazing film.
  21. Did you make some new friends this year? Yes, and I reconnected with a few old ones, too. Facebook has allowed a connection with people from way, way back.
  22. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? This might sound eerie, but so many people came out for my dad’s prayer service and funeral. I felt so grateful that they were there for our family.
  23. What kept you sane? I don’t know. I keep thinking that the fact that I wake up every morning means that I have a purpose in this life, now I just need to find it.
  24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Paul Krugman is my go-to until some other notable mind rises from obscurity.
  25. What political issue stirred you the most? Budget issues. That whole fiscal cliff business made me want to jump off one.
  26. Who did you miss? This year, and right now, my dad.
  27. What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012? Life is too short to slow down, to hold grudges, and not to say “I love you”.

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