Year in Review: 2014

A friend of mine does this survey on her blog every year, and I decided to adopt it for mine. Here goes…

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Went to FOUR new states, saw the Seahawks win the Super Bowl(!!!), played on an Underdog kickball team, and started going to a therapist.

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

You may recall my resolutions post. I didn’t do very well…

  • Go to at least six book club meetups

I think I went to one? I decided that group probably isn’t for me, because so many of the people in it are already close, and I just feel like an outsider every time. They are friendly and inviting, but it’s just too exhausting.

  • Read 40 books (or 14,000 pages)

I only read 22, and one of those was an audiobook that I listened to while driving back and forth from Vancouver. For some reason I just couldn’t get into any books between June and August…

  • Keep my condo tidier

Well, I did better at from the end of October through the end of the year. But before that? Yikes.

  • Visit a new state

Check! New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Utah.

  • Visit a new country

I had hoped to go to Iceland, but the Super Bowl trip derailed that idea. I am 100% planning to make good on this resolution in 2015, though. (More on that in a later post.)

  • Figure out how to get my 5th year of college credits, in order to take CPA exam

Still figuring this out… At least my manager is starting to bug me about it again, so hopefully I’ll figure it out soon.

  • Study for and take the GMAT

I studied twice, but this kind of fell off the to do list when Bea moved to Spain and our study group disbanded.

And yes, I’ll make a few resolutions for 2015, also.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yep! Lindsay had her son Tyler, and a cousin had a son named Aiden. Now another cousin is pregnant, as well as Adrian!

In other news, the book I started reading on 12/31 was I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids by Jen Kirkman. It’s a little repetitive, but she makes some good points.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, my grandma.

5. What places did you visit?

New York City, New York; East Rutherford, New Jersey; places around Tampa, Florida, as well as Crystal River and Key West; Tucson, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

More of a sense of “belonging.”

7. What days from 2014 will you always remember?

February 2 when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. March 17 for the craziest St. Patrick’s Day of all time.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Seeing a manatee (#manateeze). And also finishing a year-long project at work.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not keeping my condo clean for most of the year. It was a symptom of another issue, but I’m glad that my space is tidy now and in a condition where people can actually come over to visit.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had the flu at the beginning of the year that seemed to last for like three months. So, that was fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Super Bowl ticket. Also, a grown-up (queen-sized) bed and mattress.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Hmm, not sure. Richard Sherman?

13. Where did most of your money go?

Seahawks tickets and related expenses (airfare, beer, etc.).

14. What did you get really excited about?

The Seahawks winning the Super Bowl (am I sensing a pattern?), visiting Mariana in Florida, and that project at work finally (FINALLY) ending.

15. What song will always remind you of 2014?

I listened to Sharon Van Etten’s “Serpents” more than any other song (according to Last.fm), so I suppose that one?

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

a) happier or sadder? Probably happier, but not by much.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Slightly richer. Not quite time to buy my Lexus baby yet. (And, honestly, I should probably spend my savings on school.)

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

I wish I’d read a bit more. (See resolutions question above.) Also, there are some friends I didn’t see or keep in touch with as often as I’d have liked.

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

Going on first dates. I am so ready to delete Tinder, OK Cupid and Coffee Meets Bagel once and for all, but they’ll remain installed for now…

19. How did you spend Christmas?

As usual, we spent Christmas Eve with 30 others in my grandparents’ tiny house and had a buffet-style dinner. We’re officially short on chairs now, and my sister and I both sat on the floor. We started one new tradition, though, and hopefully it gets bigger next year. A few of the cousins brought presents for a white elephant gift exchange, and I “ended up with” moonshine maraschino cherries. They are delish, and will go so well with the cherry grenadine I have.

20. What was your favorite TV program?

I finally got over my fear of American Horror Story, and I’m so, so glad I did. It’s amazing! Sarah Paulson deserves all the awards.

21. What was the best book you read?

Station Eleven by Emily St. Mandel was awesome. I couldn’t put it down and told everyone I know about it.

22. What music did you get excited about?

Jenny Lewis finally released a new solo album, and it didn’t disappoint at all. So good. St. Vincent’s new album was her absolute best yet, and I’ve been binge-listening to it a ton lately. Also, I finally saw her live for the first time in seven years and it was incredible.

23. What did you want and get?

A positive experience from putting myself out there and joining a kickball team. That decision was one of the best I made all year.

24. What did you want and not get?

I put an offer on a house and didn’t get it, but I’ve since decided to just stay in my condo.

25. What was your favorite film of this year?

I didn’t see too many movies this year. Gone Girl was probably the best, but, honestly, I think the only other ones I saw were Her and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Can that be right?

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

Went to work, and then the entire finance department went to the Mariners game. (The date was a coincidence; I swear I didn’t plan it that way.) People bought me beers and shots, and that ended very poorly. I somehow managed to drag myself to the Pink Door for dinner with my family, where I didn’t consume anymore alcohol. And I turned 29… Eep!

27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Greys with a few pops of color. Dark jeans.

28. What kept you sane?

Therapy.

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

I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but it’s a pretty big loss that Ryan Gosling is off the market now.

30. What political issue stirred you the most?

This will make me sound like a terrible person, but I try not to follow this kind of stuff too much. I know it’s important to at least have opinions, and I do to an extent, but I hate debating and I would prefer to keep them to myself.

31. Who was the best new person you met?

I made some good new friends (Drew and Mitch) through kickball, and now we’re the core of a trivia team with a lot of others who rotate in and out. I also started hanging out with Christina, and that’s been fun, too.

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

I understand much more how I can do better in social situations. I thought I was more extroverted than I actually am, and it’s just too overwhelming for me to continuously go to Meetups where there are always new people. I am more comfortable at a party or whatever if there’s one or two friends there that I can use as sort of an anchor. I might branch out and talk to new people, but I need someone I can go back to, otherwise I feel awkward, nervous, and out of my league.

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

The beginning of the year, anyway…

I feel so lonesome, I could cry
But instead I’ll pass the time
Sitting lonely with somebody lonely too
Well, there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do

Are you lonely, too?
Are you lonely, too?
Hi-five! So am I

- Angel Olsen, “Hi-Five”