Posted by: malia | January 1, 2012


can i just reiterate how much i love the snow falling on the page? i like when it softly drifts down the page and then you move the cursor sharply to suddenly change the direction of the snow. ooo snowstorm! fun!

okay, let’s see what posting one more will do. i got the “1 more to go” after that last post. what does this one have in store for me? a load of disappointment, i’m guessing…

from here.

The 2011 Year End Meme

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
planned a whole trip by myself! i’ve always thought about it, but never did it, or it was always planned for me.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i didn’t make a resolution, but for this year, i’m going to try to be more active.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
i spent it as i always do–home alone with the animals. i thought this year would be better because of the ban, but, no. someone was setting off LOUD ones every couple of minutes that scared the poor animals. geez. and this year it felt a bit odd because the past few years my “company” was an IM buddy but he doesn’t talk to me any more so it kinda felt a bit lonely, too. aww.

4. Did anyone close to you give birth?
a colleague of mine did, at the beginning of the year.

5. Did anyone close to you die?
no, thank goodness.

6. What countries did you visit?
i didn’t visit any.

7. What would you like to have in 2012 that you didn’t have in 2011?

8. What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
hmm. i really don’t know. i guess the beginning of june was pretty nice, as i spent it on vacation. 🙂 it was nice to relax just a little bit, before the summer of work.

9. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
cleaning out my classroom. i got rid of a LOT of junk. 🙂

10. What was your biggest failure?
not taking care of myself.

11. Did you suffer illness or injury?
yes. well, i don’t know how much it is an “illness” when they don’t know what’s going on with you and suggest that it’s all in your head. 🙄 but it was a scary time, and i didn’t think i would make it.

12. What was the best thing you bought?
i had to get a loan to help pay off bills since i didn’t get the incentive pay we were promised, and i had a little leftover, so i treated myself to the 4s. yes. we have a lot of wonderful conversations together, siri and i.

13. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
i’ll have to get sappy and say my kid’s. he’s been very helpful, both at home and at work, knowing that i can’t do or lift certain things, so he’ll do it for me, even if done begrudgingly. he’s also done well in school, scored in the top percentiles on national tests, and even tried out for the volleyball team, much to my surprise. i’m just dreading that in a couple of years, this may all head downwards…i already see that teen quality coming out. eeks!

14. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
the general public.

15. Where did most of your money go?
bills. *sigh*

16. What did you get really excited about?
vacation! 🙂

17. What song will always remind you of 2011?
i really have no idea. i don’t associate songs with years.

18. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– Happier or sadder? about the same.
– Thinner or fatter? fatter.
– Richer or poorer? poorer.

19. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t really hate this time last year?
no, but i have become more *annoyed* at people that i wasn’t with last year.

20. What do you wish you’d done more of?

21. What do you wish you’d done less of?

22. How did you spend Christmas?
the same as always: mornings and gift-opening at my sister’s; afternoon nap at home; dinner with the extended family at my aunty’s.

23. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
gosh, i never talk on the phone. i would guess my mom, who, before, would be the only one i knew who didn’t text, so to get in touch with her, you’d have to call. but, now, she texts, too! 🙂 but, i guess it’d still be her.

24. Did you fall in love in 2011?

25. How many one-night stands?
sadly, none.

26. What was your favourite TV program?
i really didn’t watch that much tv this year. oh, i guess it would be glee, but i didn’t care for it much in this current season. they don’t do as many songs as they did before, and i guess i only really watched it for the songs. the characters didn’t hold my interest very much.

27. What was the best book you read?
well, i know it’s not ranked on any lists or anything, but the one that really made me stop and think and then redo my whole thing this year was The Cafe Book. it’s not “best” as in captivating and mind-blowing, but it’s the best in getting me to reflect and change some things up, hopefully for the better.

28. What was your greatest musical discovery?
well, i don’t know if it’s the “greatest,” and i wouldn’t call it a “discovery,” and this probably sounds very teenaged fangirl-ish, but, because of glee, i looked up darren criss and found his old videos of songs he did and i was impressed. just love that acoustic guitar! i also really got into a cappella singing genre, again, because of glee. i think the harmonies and stuff remind me of high school, in a way, so that might have influenced my ear.

29. What did you want and get?
my phone.

30. What did you want and not get?

31. What was your favourite film of this year?
i really didn’t see any films this year, save for kung fu panda 2.

32. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
it was a typical saturday routine, except that i got taken out to dinner. 🙂 and i hit the age i thought i would never live to see. 😯 i am officially old.

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

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
comfortable. but girly. 🙂

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
i’d have to say i have become quite smitten with mr. darren criss.

36. What kept you sane?
my family, i guess. when things go crazy, i can always turn to them.

37. What political issue stirred you the most?
politics in general stir me. ugh. i guess one that stirred the most was one that affected me the most–our governor promised no more furloughs if elected. well, he was elected, and forced a contract on us that has, guess what? furloughs. but they’re not called that. they’re called “department-directed leave without pay.” hey, a rose is a rose is a rose. or maybe it’s a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet? or how we’d use to say when we were little, “same smell.” 😆 and, in this case, the smell was putrid and sneaky. i know sneaky doesn’t have a smell, but if it did, it would smell like this. don’t say something to get elected and then renege, or well, finding some loophole or way around what you said by renaming it. bah. it’s still the same. and there i go, again, which is why i always try to avoid politics! grr. 😡

38. Who did you miss?
once in a while, when i flick through my phone’s contacts or scroll through my emails looking for a certain subject, i’ll see the name of my friend who passed away last year. well, 2010. oh my gosh 2010 isn’t even last year any more. 😮 but i’ll see her name and feel a twinge of sadness, wishing i could once again call her and hear her voice, or email her and get her hilarious responses. 😦

39. Who was the best new person you met?
one of my new colleagues has a sort of can-do quality that i admire. she swears a bit more than i’m comfortable with, and sometimes i can’t tell if she’s being sarcastic or sincere, but she would be the “best” new person i’ve met.

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
you really don’t get a second chance in life.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
oh, i’m so not creative with these. i’ll have to think about it.

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
i guess there were some that were lesser than the one i’m thinking of, but it’s in my head because of my rant above–not getting our incentive pay. because i *really* counted on that before planning my trip, and to go ahead and pay for everything, with the expectation of having that extra pay to help out–and then *not* getting that pay…argh. 😡 it really put me in a bind. and i don’t like being binded up.

43. Where were you when 2011 began?
i was at home.

44. Who were you with?
just me and my animals and an IM buddy.

45. Where will you be when 2011 ends?
same place.

46. Who will you be with when 2011 ends?
same, except without the IM buddy.

47. What was your favourite month of 2011?

48. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2011?

49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2011?
just prescription ones.

50. How many people did you sleep with in 2011?
not enough.

51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
i’m sure i have.

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2011?
i wasn’t *told* the lie, but one was told *about* me, that i discovered on facebook, after going back a bit. i don’t know if that was the “worst” lie, but it made me sad.

53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2011?
i don’t think so, but i’m sure some people would disagree.

54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2011?

55. How much money did you spend in 2011?
too much. oh, don’t get me started again. 😕

56. Best app of the year?
well, i know it didn’t come out in 2011, but i only discovered it earlier this year (ack! last year!). after wrinkling my nose up at my son trying to show me the game angry birds all last year (ack! the year before!) and pondering just how it could be the #1 game in the app store week after week, i got hooked. i became obsessed. i remember my dad showing us his new ipad, and my son playing angry birds on it, and i was thinking how can flinging yourself into a building to save your eggs be productive? you’re on a suicide mission! how will that help the eggs? they get their eggs back, but they’re *dead*? what’s the purpose? my son was all 🙄 he had been playing it for a while, and just assured me it was fun. then i went into the hospital, and while there, to pass the time, i thought i’d try it, since not only my son was hooked, but my dad, my niece, my sister–what’s the harm, right? well, i got so darn obsessed with the game. i had to get 3 stars on each one. i had to get all the golden eggs. i had to get all the feathers. man! i took a break once school started up again, but just recently, during the break, i got into it again, partly because when i got my new phone, the data didn’t transfer, and i had to start ALL OVER AGAIN. talk about frustrating! darn birds.

i also like where’s my water. that’s a cute game. and i had to try it once i saw it knocked angry birds out of the #1 position one week! 🙂

57. What do you think was the top news story of 2011?
i don’t know. i guess because i just answered an app question, i’m thinking steve job’s death. but i know that can’t have been the top news. there were also some things that happened locally that affected me, but again, i don’t think anyone else would look at it as the “top” new story. i seem to be using a lot of “” huh?
…okay, i had to cheat and look at some past new stories. i think one of the top ones was the tsunami and earthquake that hit japan. that just seems like so long ago, i forgot it was 2011. but i remember the images on tv of the tsunami sweeping over the land. gosh. and then all the problems with the nuclear stations and whatnot. okay, maybe i’ll have to change a couple of my answers about a date etched in my memory. although…it wasn’t really etched that far, as i didn’t remember it, did i? 😳

58. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2011, what would you change?
well…i can think of something, but i don’t know…i would’ve done it, anyway, i think. but it would’ve saved me months of worry/damage.

59. What are your plans for 2012?
just trying to be more active–not only physically, but getting out more and doing community things.

60. So in as few words as possible, how would you sum up your year?

okay, so let’s see what my “2 more to go” meant 2 posts back…



  1. I stole both of these long memes. 🙂

    • yay!

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