Cribbed this from Alana over at Morning Coffee and thought I’d give it a whirl. Since my memory is suffering, and it is quite faulty don’t be surprised if most of the answers are “I don’t remember!”
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before? Went on the St. Tikhon’s Pilgrimage with two priests and had a great time! Also spent the same evening with Bishop Michael while he opened the remainder of his consecration gifts. That was really cool! Quit my job after walking out following a bad interchange with someone in the office. It was a long time in coming [the walking out part not the bad interchange] and I am glad to be in the place that I am now.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t normally ‘do’ resolutions since I almost always forget what they are a month after I make them!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, my 17 year old niece to a beautiful baby girl, Isabella.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Our choir director, Rdr. Michael. And the father of one of my ‘growing-up’ friends.
5. What countries did you visit? None except those in my dreams and in the books I read.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? A crockpot since the dog decided to trash the last one. And a waffle iron. And if my new house has carpets, a Bissell steam cleaner. Self disciplined time of watercolor painting.
7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Discovering that someone I had known for 7 years, and had vetted to make sure he was who he said he was, and trusted, had been lying to me about who he was; the way I found out and learning about his addictions; feeling like an idiot for not picking up on it all sooner; and the peace of untangling my sin from his and being about to forgive all parties involved, including myself. The date was March 9.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Quitting my job and becoming ‘self-employed.’ Going to my counselor to tell him that what he does for a living does help people, that I was one of those people. Often we do not get to see or witness success in our jobs, especially as a psychological counselor. I wanted him to know that I was one of his success stories and that I finally believed his statement that dreams really do come true. I am grateful for his faith, his insight and his help. He saved my life.
9. What was your biggest failure? Lack of charity, kindness and unconditional love of several parishioners.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes, to my back which I believe was due to a bad case of bronchitis and the stress of the March 9th discovery. Thank God for the talent of my chiropractor. It took nearly 9 months but to be pain free is a blessing. Also had surgery which was successful.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Not a single thing I can think of.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? You know, I can’t think of any thing for this answer. Isn’t that terrible? I remember the ‘bad’ but not the ‘good.’
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? See question 7. That particular situation had a long lasting effect but I am grateful to have gotten through it and receive peace.
14. Where did most of your money go? To the bills.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My husband’s new job and the new adventure awaiting us in the place I always dreamed of living as a child – the beach!
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2010? Music is not a big part of my life so this is one I cannot answer.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Thinner or fatter? – the same; Richer or poorer? – Richer in spirit and peace
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Pray, laugh, paint.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Be angry, spout off at the mouth, be critical.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? With family
21. How many one-night stands? EXCUSE ME?
22. What was your favorite TV program? Criminal Minds, CSI, Law & Order
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No
24. What was the best book you read? None jumps to mind. Shows you the unimpressive books I read! LOL!
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? None
26. What did you want and get? I wanted for nothing and needed nothing.
27. What was your favorite film of this year? Harry Potter. We didn’t go to many movies this year.
28. What did you do on your birthday? Stayed home I think or maybe we went out to dinner. I honestly don’t remember.
29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? The same – comfortable and thrift store cheap
30. What kept you sane? Confession, prayer, my husband.
31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None
32. What political issue stirred you the most? I am not a political animal so really can’t think of anything. Injustice gets my goat. Bad news reporting and sensationalism too.
33. Who did you miss? My mother, Seraphim
34. Who was the best new person you met? Mother Sofronia, Fr. Andrew, Bishop Michael, Bishop-elect Matthias, Fr. Nicholas Sorak
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: I learned the necessity of separating my sins from another’s sins in order to better confess my own and in order to be able to forgive and feel compassion for the other person. I also practiced more how to ‘lean into’ a problem or fear so that it does not over run me and knock me down. I learned the big difference between being a victim and being victimized. Someone may ‘trespass against’ me but I do not need to harbor the feeling of being a victim. Yes I may have been victimized but to continue to live and act as a victim gives the perpetrator continual power. I will no allow that to happen to me anymore, so I learned and continue to learn, to acknowledge the trespass and retain the power not give it to another. That is the ‘leaning into’ the fray (problem) that I mention earlier. I have the situation mentioned briefly in question 7 to thank for learning this. Glory to God!
Too all those who read this blog, I wish you a joyous and blessing-filled 2011!