I like to answer some questions from this survey whenever it's end-of-year season.
At best, it's a tool that helps me realize how much my life has truly changed and moved forward, thereby defeating my tendencies toward feelings of frustration and stagnancy.
What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
-- moved to Detroit, visited St. Joseph & Lake Michigan, got an iPhone, acted in a staged reading, lived in community with friends, worked with Special Needs adults @ Camp Lake Louise, wrote press releases for new novels, had a job interview in Grand Rapids, saw a concert at DTE...many more, I'm sure...
Did anyone close to you give birth?
-- Yes! My friend April had an adorable baby girl named Emelyn.
What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
-- December 23, because it was the day of Jeremy Combs' funeral.
What was the best gift you received?
-- My new-to-me computer for Christmas, a refurbished HP laptop. I'm very grateful.
Where did most of your money go?
-- Gasoline, I suspect
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
-- My niece turning 3, spending so much time at Camp Lake Louise, my new pastor's arrival, the "Dance 'Til Dawn" movie night @ Zach and Erin's house
What song will always remind you of 2011?
-- The Beatles' "Oh Darlin'"
What do you wish you'd done more of?
-- Keeping in touch with friends
What do you wish you'd done less of?
-- Worrying, stressing, wasting time
How did you spend Christmas?
-- My family spent Christmas Eve day together, then went to my parents' church, and the next morning, my parents came to church with me and we had dinner at Buca di Beppo...delicious!
What was your favorite TV program?
-- Parks and Recreation
What was the best book you read?
-- Soul Pancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions ~ Rainn Wilson
What was your greatest musical discovery?
-- nervous but excited
What was your favorite film of this year?
-- I didn't see enough great ones...but I did love The Help
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
-- I was 35. I went out to eat with my family & my friend Tim @ Red Devil (delicious!), then the next day, we had our Sunday night youth group at Buddy's Pizza, which turned out to be such a fantastic dinner...aaaand then I ended the day with a ferocious gallbladder attack. But let's not focus on that.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
-- Layers, scarves, jewelry, and color; mainly purple. I tend to wear lots of black because it's "slimming," but I'm learning to mix in brighter colors and creatively accessorize.
What kept you sane?
-- Music, writing, reading, and long talks in dive bars with close friends
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
-- Kevin Smith, probably...I listen to his podcast network every day
Who did you miss?
-- My late grandparents
Who was the best new person you met?
-- Kimberly's brother Kyle and his wife Emily, and my new pastor, Phil Apol and his family
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
-- Faith can be both a very healing force, and/or a very dangerous liability.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been and how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything when you've got no one to tell them to
I was made for you