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1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?

Had a conversation with a two year old in French.

Found out my father is dying of brain cancer.

Ate crab legs.

Drank cinnamon whiskey.

Watched the last shuttle launch of Atlantis.


2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I have the best of intentions, but did not keep all of my resolutions. I am a big fan of lists, so yes, I will make resolutions for 2012.


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend, Beki gave birth about a month ago.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

The ability to run a 5K.

Offspring.

Finished manuscript.

The doctors to be wrong about my father.




7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 03, 2011 - The day I learned my father has a year to live.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

After three years I finally got a steady paycheck job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Inability to cure cancer.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had strep throat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Libros.


12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My mom.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I'm still not terribly happy with me.


14. Where did most of your money go?

Student loan repayment.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My cousin's wedding.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna - "We Found Love"




17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?
sadder

ii. thinner or fatter?
fatter

iii. richer or poorer?
richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Dancing.

Drawing.

Writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Crying.

20. How will you be spending the winter holidays?

Traveling around the country.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?

Everyday.

22. How many one-night stands?

Nada.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Walking Dead.

Supernatural.

Downton Abbey.

24. Do you hate anyone or anything now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I hate cancer. I didn't like cancer before, but damn, I really, really, really hate cancer.

25. What was the best book you read?

Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

DeadMau5

27. What did you want and get?

Paid employment.

28. What did you want and not get?

I am still waiting for the call from my stepmom where she explains that the doctors were wrong.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Rise of Planet of the Apes. No, really.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I got drunk with a French rapper and turned 32.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I know, I am sounding like a broken record, but my dad not having terminal cancer and less than a year to live would be the best.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Pinstripes and Chucks and Black Frames and Plaits, or an accidental NDN version of the 10th Doctor.

33. What kept you sane?

Graphic novels. Coffee. The ability to play the violin.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Hannah Hart from My Drunk Kitchen.


35. What political issue stirred you the most?

LGBTQ rights.

36. Who did you miss?

1989

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I am going to go ahead and say my cousin's fiance, even though I won't technically meet her for a couple more weeks. I think, however, if my cousin thinks she is boss, then she will be boss enough to win best new person I met for 2011.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

This was a year full of surprises. Some good, like babies, employment, weddings. And some bad. I spent a lot of time surprised and not expecting a lot of things to happen that did. So, for the year 2011, the life lesson I learned can be best summed up in six words:

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. -Monty Python

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that.

-Dog Days Are Over by Florence and The Machine

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