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I can’t even see that far back…

Okay, so I’m a sucker for end of the year blog posts. I stole this from Brie. You should check out her responses too, cause I love her blog!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I got married! I also did a lot of traveling and saw a lot of places for the first time: Jamaica, Austin (Texas in general), New Orleans (Louisiana in general), and West Virginia. Oh, and I got my first ever massage on our Jamaican Honeymoon.

I also ran my first race on January 3rd. It was FREEZING!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did a pretty good job with my resolutions. I’m happy with this past year. And I definitely plan on making more resolutions. More on that in the next few days!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one gave birth this year, but I have good friends due in April, May, June, and August!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. I’ve been very blessed this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
Jamaica!
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6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A lot less student loan debt!

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 27 – Our wedding date!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing two races and planning a wonderful wedding!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I missed out on several races. One I was registered for but decided not to run (as it was the day after we moved). I also intended to run several others but never followed through. I’m fairly disappointed with myself for not following through.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A couple bouts with food poisoning and a variety of work out “ouchies” with a side of achy knees. Otherwise, again, I’ve been very fortunate.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My wedding dress! (I’d love an excuse to wear it again…)
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12. Where did most of your money go?
My Student Loans and Hub’s tuition. More recently, to this little fellow:

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13. What did you get really excited about?
Getting married, going on our honeymoon, all my work travel.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Our first dance song (David Gray’s This Year’s Love) or Don’t Stop Believing (specifically the amazing rendition from Dan and Kelly’s Wedding)!
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15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder?  Happier!
– thinner or fatter? About the same, maybe a little fatter (Sad smile).
– richer or poorer? About the same.

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

Camping.
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And, spending time with my friends. I love to relax and sometimes it turns me into a little bit of a homebody. So, if you’re reading this and you live in/around/near DC – let’s hang out!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Waste time: on the internet, watching mindless tv, etc.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Surrounded by my wonderful family in Atlanta!

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I enjoyed: Top Chef, Biggest Loser, Glee, Gossip Girl, and The Office.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I finished 62 books this year. Highlights included: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, the Hunger Games books, The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright), Zeitoun (by Dave Eggers), and Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan).

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Sarah Barailles, Florence and the Machine, The Used, and mind-numbing top 40 music.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I only saw a few movies in theatres and none of them were anything to write home about, sadly.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 and spent the day at work. I had delicious, cheap Italian food and drinks with friends that evening. Hubs and I belatedly celebrated my birthday a month or two later with a fancy, wonderful dinner out.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Paying down my loans farther. I wanted to be at a certain number by 1/1/11 and I’ll fall short of that. I’m making it my goal to have no more loans by the 27th birthday – ideally, though, the loans will be gone this time next year!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Well, I’ve been trying to diversify my casual wardrobe and move away from all my college t-shirts. That’s an ongoing battle. It’s hard to buy casual clothes when you really need work clothes.

26. What kept you sane?
Hubs, my amazing friends, my parents, and good workouts.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010

I learned a lot this past year. I need to believe in myself more and follow through with challenges I set for myself (running: case in point). I also need to stop worrying about what other people do and don’t have. Someone will always have more than me and someone will always have less – I need to be happy with exactly what I’ve got.

 

All right, the Dawgs on on TV and I need to concentrate on football. We’re headed in to Old Town in a few hours and I can’t wait to chow down on some tapas.  There’s a delicious chocolate stout six pack in the fridge and a large saison for toasting with at midnight. This is certainly a fortuitous start to 2011. Happy New Years, Y’all!

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High and Low

Let’s play a little game I like to call high-low. I always look for the bright side of things because I feel like life is just easier if you’re looking for the good in things, people, etc. So, here are some of the highs and “lows” of my week. (I’m all about balance!)

High: Awesome 2 mile run on Tuesday. (I set out to run a mile and then circuits but pushed through and ran two miles. That’s the longest distance that I’ve run straight since the quarter marathon in May.)
Low: Today’s two mile run? Not as hot. I still finished it but it was a slough. My chest was burning and I kept having to fight the urge to spit (gross, I know). Hopefully next week I can have a better run and add a little more distance.

High: This week was a three day week for me followed by a three day weekend. Love it!
Low: Next week is a five day work week. Boo! I don’t even have the option of teleworking a day or two since I’m responsible for safe checks at the end of the day. Oh well, luckily I love the people I work with!

Low: Hubs was out of town this week for work. Going to bed alone is a little lonely sometimes.
High: I got some awesome downtime to myself, watched some Anna TV shows that Hubs won’t watch, and got time with girlfriends (Blair and Coworkers A, E and T). Also, Hubs came home last night – a night early!!

Low: Had a serious six hours of for real irritation with myself when I got on the scale Wednesday am. I’m supposed to be losing weight, not gaining weight! Bah!
High: I’m already back on track. I had a sit down talk with myself and figured out a plan. I set some very specific goals for myself for the next two weeks. Next week, I’ll set up goals for the week after.

And, some more highs… because I am a lucky woman!

High: Pumped about book club tonight with Mia and two new friends (aka people I’ve never met before). An excellent book (Little Bee – review coming soon), wine, and finger sandwiches? Yes please!
High: Another awesome book on the current read list: A Secret Kept. After struggling through Anna Karenina (another to be written review), I love getting through books in a day or two!
High: Thinking about going camping Veterans Day weekend. It’s a four day weekend for me and I love camping in chilly weather. Okay, really I love camping. (Car camping anyone?)
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High: Football and eats tomorrow with two of my favorites who just  got engaged! I can’t wait to start planning parties for them! Smile
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High: Finally, since I’m off today it’s pedicure time!! I love nothing more than sitting in a massage chair while someone brings my feet back into working order. Plus, pretty toes make me feel pretty all over. Smile

Happy Friday Y’all – have a great weekend!

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