How was my 2014

Remember those old school “journaling” memes? I always loved this one.

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

Wow. I’m having a hard time coming up with this one. I need to do new things more often this year. There must have been something new I did last year.

Ok. Here it is. Marco and I went away for a night without any of the kids for the first time. We spent one night in Santa Barbara for my friend’s wedding.

Oh and hey, it counts as a double new thing, because it was the first wedding I’ve attended where there were two brides because California finally realized Love is Love.

2. Did you keep your resolutions? Will you make new ones this year?

If I did keep any, it was totally unintentional. Because I don’t remember making any.

This year, my only resolution is to Be Awesome. If I’m not feeling awesome, then it’s up to me to change it. I write the story here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one close to me gave birth in 2014. But in late 2013 my stepdaughter (long time readers remember her) had a baby girl. She just turned a year old and I love that she calls me for mommy advice.

I need to see them more in 2015. And my stepson and his little girl too.

I already know of one baby to come in 2015 which is awesome! I’m so happy for my friend.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no. I need everyone in my life to stay alive please.

5. What countries did you visit?

Ha. I’ve visited many places in my imagination. One of these days, we will travel to all the places we’ve talked about. Like Paris. And Madrid. And all over Italy.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn’t have in 2014?

A healthy me. One of the main things I need to Be Awesome about.

7. What dates in 2014 remain etched in your memory and why?

November 7. Because number one, it’s Marco’s birthday. So it’s always a fabulous day to celebrate him. But also because this year, Mel came for a visit and we had a weekend of awesome that I want to happen over and over. I couldn’t love Mel more. Meeeel!!!

Also, December 6. Our anniversary. We were able to go to dinner just the two of us and had a fantastic time. We really do enjoy each other’s company.

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?

Again, I’m having trouble thinking of something that’s outstanding. Pretty much every day my biggest achievement is my girls. I’m amazed by them constantly.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I still let anxiety keep me from accomplishing things. I’m working on it. Always.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I fell on my way into my office building at work. Got some worker’s comp appointments and physical therapy.

I had kidney stone episodes again last year. I really need to drink more water every day. Add that to #9.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

We got a smart tv. Which is awesome. But also, a dangerous thing because I can end up bingewatching all dang day.

I also upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy s5. I love my phone.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Gabi has matured a lot in the past year. She’s really become an awesome big sister. And she is trying hard in school and at home. I love to see her try new things. She’s a pretty cool kid.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

On the whole, there have been so many instances where mankind in general can use a time out. Ferguson, New York, all the people hating on immigrant children trying to escape violence, and more. It’s all awful.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Too much of it went to convenience foods and eating out. It’s something I need to change.

15. What did you get really excited about?

BlogHer, Mel’s visit, My inlaws visiting for the holidays, My kids’ birthdays, Oscar movie madness, My friend’s wedding in Santa Barbara, Knott’s Berry Farm, More Grey’s Anatomy.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Chandelier by Sia.
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist..

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Happy New Year, everyone! #Emasays

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