(After seeing this on some other blogs, I decided I should partake).
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Gave my male bosses makeovers, manis and pedis and gyrated my hips all over the stage during our company Halloween showdown...I guess hip gyration really isn't anything new for me though...
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Are you serious right now? Lord, I barely remember this year's resolutions! You can rest assured I do NOT remember last year's.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, apparently 2011 is going to be the year of the babe.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My great aunt Esther died at 101, marking the end of a chapter for my family. I selfishly didn't make it to the funeral, but it was a time of reflection for me. Aunt Esta and my Amie were two funny, funny ladies and their stories will continue to be passed down. I mean, I can't enjoy a good doggie bag without telling whomever I am with about the missing ham or go to a wedding without sharing about the oldest wedding crasher you've ever met.
5. What countries did you visit?
I was supposed to go backpacking in Europe, topping it off with a giant Vienna sausage with my best friend Natalie. But, I'm a wimp and canceled the trip because of terror alerts. The last time I was in Europe there were terror threats and it was stressful. So, we didn't go. Lame, I know. We should have gone.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Bond No. 9 perfume. A hammock swing. A piano.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Amongst the countless weddings and birthdays and fabulous trips of this year, my top 4 dates include:
March 28 - joined my church.
Sept. 2 - Surgery. Best decision of my life.
Oct. 28 - found out my best friend Kristin was with child.
Nov. 10 - Celebrate Life Day. Two girlfriends of mine and I took the day off work, ate our fave meal, visited the psychic (blog forthcoming) and drank mimosas seaside. It was a glorious day.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably becoming a better chef. I've always enjoyed cooking but I took it to new levels in 2010 and can absolutely say I'm a good cook. Good looks don't last forever but good cookin' do! Too bad you're gonna have to earn my cookin'.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I'd say my half marathon training was definitely 100% without a doubt a fail.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had plastic surgery in Sept. for something I have wanted for as long as I can remember. I am beyond blessed to have wonderful insurance that covered the majority of the procedure and a company that allowed for the time off after less than a year of employment. So while I did have injury and illness as a result of this surgery, I wouldn't say it was a suffering. At all.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A garlic press and a velvet romper.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine. So much so that I celebrated it every weekend.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
John Edwards. He flat out disgusts me. And I still think Michael Vick is a prick. but I've always thought that.
14. Where did most of your money go?
many, many restaurants. and itunes apparently.
15. What did you get really excited about?
learning to play golf. And for some reason, I got really excited to learn about some water park in Orlando you can swim with the dolphins. I mean, I'm a pretty excitable person as it is, so maybe neither of these should count.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Thanks to one person in particular I encountered, Sara Bareilles' "Between The Lines."
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) happier or sadder?
(b) thinner or fatter?
(c) richer or poorer?
I am happier, fatter (do we have to say fatter? what about thicker? rounder? stouter? yeah, i guess there's no good option here) and poorer. Only poorer though because I'm in that middle time where I've used all my Christmas money and gift cards and am in between pay checks...good thing I'm not 30 yet and can still live this way.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Paddled more, put my toes in the sand more, spent more Saturdays at the soup kitchen, worked on my book more, read more, prayed more.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eaten a lot less...
20. How did you spend Christmas?
fireside in NC with my family while it snowed outside (Christmas post forthcoming).
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I did. But then again, I suppose it's easy to fall in love when you're surrounded by water, setting suns and palm trees.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
This hasn't changed in the past 30 years: The Bachelor/ette, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, East Bound and Down, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and of course, Hannah Montana. I did discover Criminal Minds and spent the latter part of the year scared out of my mind.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Well, the real question should be do I want to blog about who I hate now that I didn't hate this time last year.
24. What was the best book you read?
The Help. A Reliable Wife. Blue Like Jazz. American Wife. Just to name a few.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat. Why it took me this long to discover them I will never know.
26. What did you want and get?
Peace of mind and clarity of the soul.
27. What did you want and not get?
Specifically a sugar daddy, but generally speaking, I would have been happy with a flawless Harry Winston and a pair of Christian Loubiton pumps.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Holiday. I came upon it during the scene where she says:
"I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you. And it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends... you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he'll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new. And you'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade."
and I think we can all relate to that.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My 28th year started on Oct. 28 when I received a surprise from my best friend Kristin: a purple baby onesie with the words "Happy Birthday Aunt Meredith!" on it. After determining it was not an outfit for Pete, I began to scream and cheer and cry. What a surprise! My parents arrived the next day and I made a delish dinner of lasagna, sally, herbed garlic bread and chocolate cake for them. We spent the weekend tooling around Amelia Island and lounging at the Cabana Club. It was a special weekend to have my parentals all to myself. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. The actual day was spent at work. I was supposed to go to the shuttle launch but it got postponed due to weather (it's just freakin' space). Some friends took me to dinner the next night. It was a low key birthdizzy this year, but I spent it with some really close, really dear friends and rang in my 28th year in true contentment.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A personal jet.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
2010 was the year of fashion for me. I really got into tights (couple years late on that one), big bangles and baubles and flat boots. But don't get too excited - I only know how to work it with a few outfits so I do a lot of repeats.
32. What kept you sane?
Who, not what. and their names all end in some way with the word Wolford.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I found myself spending exorbitant amounts of time defending Johnny Weir, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. and of course, my staple celeb crush: Jessica Simpson.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Besides everything Obammy has done that I haven't approved of? Hmm...
35. Who did you miss?
I missed North Carolina. The older you get, the harder it is to not remember your roots (yeah Alex Haley!)
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Hands down, Betty. Have you ever had a friend whom you had nothing in common with (as in you keep track of the things you do have in common, and they don't go past your fingers) yet you genuinely are interested in everything they have to say? Because I have that friend in Betty.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Life goes on. over and over again. And the Lord continues to meet you where you are. That never fails.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here