Monday, January 2, 2012

::twenty eleven

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 t
ell 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 
It's true
I was made for you 

~Brandi Carlile


Erin said...

Love Brandi Carlile and I love that our movie night made your list! Zach's planning the next one with a babysiting theme: Adventures in Babysitting and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. Can. Not. Wait.

Αναστασία said...

Ohhh yes, that night was one of the best of my year!

A babysitting theme?! Awesome!
I've never even seen the latter movie...I'm EXCITED!
Maybe for intermission, we could head to Sugar Berry and tell some of our own babysitting misadventures. :)

ZSB said...

Dude, everyone needs to tell a babysitting story. That's your re-admission after SB!

--V-- said...

LOVE SModcast! I was able to see them live in Ohio a few years ago and got to ask Kev a question. We were best friends for like 4 seconds ;)


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