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December 31st, 2011
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2011
Back with the little quiz I've posted the last seven years. 2011 was quite a year. Huge highs and accomplishments, and a bucketful of trouble to go with it. Quite the roller-coaster, in many ways.


1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before? Finish the five Geren books at last! Also visited King's Canyon National Park, enjoyed the waterfalls of Yosemite, and got to see the stars from 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley at Glacier Point.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did not have any for 2011, but in 2012 I want to memorize Psalm 73 because I really identify with it.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die? I never met this little one, close by blood. The seventh child of my brother and sister-in-law, who did not live long enough to be born and see the sunlight.
5. What countries did you visit? None but my own.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? A year in the black, rather than the red!
7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Definitely April 14th, when I finished the fifth and final Geren book at last, and toppled through the biggest finish line of my life.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? See number 7! Finishing the five Geren books was the biggest achievement, by far, of the year, the decade, and my entire short 36 years. Hurrah!
9. What was your biggest failure? Probably my very stinky 2011 word totals, that didn't even reach 90k.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? All sorts of (expensive) fun with the vertigo I had at the beginning of the year, and it still gives me small bits of trouble from time to time, but thankfully nothing else.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I know I should say my new pc Tertius, but I want to say my 'Among the Roses' and 'Never Alone' blankets because I love them so so so so sososo MUCH! So...how about all three?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? How do I keep this short? First and foremost I have to mention the Towners, and all the help and support they provided during the vertigo mess--getting me to my MRI and my NDBC appointments and making sure I had what I needed when I couldn't drive...they were beyond priceless!! My best-in-the-world Aunt Hilda, for reading book 5, and her incredible hospitality and over-abundant generosity that I aspire to even remotely attain. My cousin Diane and her husband Ed for taking time from very busy lives to show my mom and I such a good time when we were in Florida. My uncle Hector--it was a small thing, by most standards, how much he enjoyed that meal at Cracker Barrel and how he expressed it, but considering how much I've thought about it since, not small to me. I wanna be like that! Also the cards and generous gifts from family to celebrate the biggest accomplishment of my life. Can't forget Sarah Jestin, and her kindness in mentioning me in the acknowledgements of her first published book! And Shelley's overabundant help and kindness in trying to 'pay me back' for covering most of her job for so long when she was on medical leave. I really should try to stop now...but there was the kind man at the Urgent Care clinic who gave up his seat so I could sit with my parents...I've prayed blessings on him a few times this year.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Those rude, characterless, self-centered vermin, who will remain unnamed, who couldn't pull their heads out of their own orifices long enough to congratulate me on the biggest accomplishment of my life.
14. Where did most of your money go? Medical bills, and dental bills, and car repair bills, and helping people out...and amidst that, some wonderful vacations, celebration spending, and a long-awaited new pc as well.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My 18th anniversary, finishing the Geren novels, and my birthday gift for t'DoL.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011? Probably none, unless the song I mention in question 40 gets linked with 2011.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, since I'm not sick with vertigo and able to eat!
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, thanks to my fasting regularly on Wednesdays of late.
iii. richer or poorer? cue hysterical laughter Poorer, MUCH poorer! Another two years like this one, and I'll be out on the streets starving, if I ain't froze solid yet! Worst money year of my life by a million miles!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Definitely writing; I haven't gotten much done this autumn at all.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Work? ;) But I'm very, very grateful for my job, even if it's been trying to trash my health these last few months.
20. How did you spend Christmas? A nice lazy day at home, listening to music, opening gifts, talking to my parents, savoring favorite bits from books 1-3, then off to the Towners from 5-10 pm, for a huge dinner and traditional Jesus' birthday cake. Great day!
21. How will you spend New Year's Eve? Being lazy, reading, watching 'Smallville' episodes, church, nothing special. Try not to think too much about it being the 6th anniversary of Holly's death.
22. Did you fall in love in 2011? I fell in love with Culinary Circle's Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese frozen pizza, but I'm not sure that's what this question is after!
23. How many one-night stands? Same answer as the last years: Never have, never shall.
24. What was your favorite TV program? Definitely 'Smallville,' which I discovered thanks to Netflix this year. Currently watching season 8 of 10, and having a blast!
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, same as the last seven years.
26. What was the best book you read? 2011 was a non-fiction reading year for me, and I can't say any one book stood out, but there were a few great reads, including 'Heaven' by Randy Alcorn, 'Seeing Voices' by Oliver Sacks, and Augustine's 'Confessions.'
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? I got the cd 'Siempre' by Il Divo, and discovered 'La Vida Sin Amor,' which I now think of as The Changer's song. Always delighted to find another piece I can associate with one of my characters.
28. What did you want and get? Finishing the Geren books, a new pc, a fabulous vacation at Sequioa, King's Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks, some great book 5 celebration rewards, a diamond ring for my 18th anniversary...lots!
30. What was your favorite film of this year? I'm guessing that would have to be 'The Knowing' that I got out from Netflix, since nothing I saw at the theatre really sticks out in my mind.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 36, and it was fantastic! Me, my mom and her friend Cindy were in Yosemite that day, and we spent time hiking to some beautiful waterfalls and closed the day up on Glacier Point at dusk, and I got to see the Milky Way again after far too long.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More feedback on novellas, stories, and novels.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? Same answer as the last years: I just keep on hating fashion, as I have since elementary school.
34. What kept you sane? Same answer as the last years: t'DoL keeps me both sane and insane. =)
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Couldn't really be bothered to pay attention.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? Ugh, right now I'm trying to forget politics even exist, and I would dearly love a year off from constant election craziness.
37. Who did you miss? My mom.
38. Who was the best new person you met? Well, 'best' might not be the best word, but I'm happiest to have met Kristin, who led the women's small group at church I joined this autumn. I'm so very grateful she chose to lead it and go through 'The Creative Call'!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011: Two: The opposite of love is not hate, it's apathy, and the true spelling of love is T-I-M-E. 2011 was just another year of being endlessly reminded that people have far more time and passion for sports teams, twitter feeds, tv shows, 'popular' websites, computer games, reading gobs of books, or people that live near them than they will ever have for me. Cursed to remain on the bottom of everyone's priority lists... Yes, I had forseen as much since high school, but the major depression year destroyed the plans I'd enacted for consolation, and now there is none left.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: That would be 'Move' by MercyMe. So wish that song had existed in 2008 when I really needed it. But late is always better than never!:
I'm not about to give up
Because I heard you say
There's gonna be brighter days
There's gonna be brighter days
I won't stop, I'll keep my head up
No, I'm not here to stay
There's gonna be brighter days
There's gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but won't break
As long as I can see your face

[Chorus]
When life won't play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I can't seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I won't let it drag me down
Oh, I'll keep dancing anyway

I'm gonna move (move)
I'm gonna move (move)
I'm gonna move



This hurt is getting heavy
But I'm not about to cave
Everything's about to change
There's gonna be brighter days

No matter what may come
Gotta move to a different drum
No matter what life brings
Gotta move gotta move to a different beat

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From:brezzydal
Date:January 2nd, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
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i enjoyed reading your answers. I am glad to hear you will be memorizing
Psalm 73.
I liked the words in the song in question 40. I will try to listen to it.
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:January 2nd, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Been too many years since I tried memorizing something longer. =)

You can hear the song here if you'd like.

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