Saturday, December 31, 2011

so long, 2011

what follows is the 8th edition of my yearly survey... been goin' strong since 2004!

1. what did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before? i moved into an apartment by myself. it was really exciting. see #7, #11, #14, #15, #25.

2. did you keep your new years' resolutions and will you make more for next year? the way i see it: if you don't make resolutions, you can't disappoint yourself later on.

3. did anyone close to you give birth? my good friends amanda & andrew had a stillborn baby boy, maddox, on december 13th.

4. did anyone close to you die? see #3. also, brandon's grandfather passed away on the 4th of july.

5. what countries did you visit? unfortunately, just this one.

6. what would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? patience? hah, that's unlikely.

7. what date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? january 21 (starbucks), march 27 (brandon) may 7 (graduation), the whole trip to chattanooga, july 30 (first night in my new apartment), august 22 (first day of grad school/teaching).

8. what was your biggest achievement of the year? i was accepted to every grad school i applied to and received amazing assistantships for three out of four of them.

9. what was your biggest failure? oh man, i was the worst pet owner. i gave up on my puppy after 1 day and had to give away my rabbit after 3 months.

10. did you suffer any illness or injury? nope! nothing too terrible.

11. what was the best thing you bought? EVERYTHING for my apartment. :)

12. whose behavior merited celebration? i don't tend to assess my friends on their behavior.

13. whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? i'm not going to call out any names.

14. where did most of your money go? oh, most of my money undoubtedly went into furnishing and decorating my new apartment... and then into paying rent for my new apartment.

15. what did you get really, really, really excited about? in random order: moving into my new, beautiful apartment with no roommates! trip to charleston, sc with hannah speight! the end of spring semester! graduation! the end of fall semester! trip to chattanooga, tn with brandon! my last days living in boone! dierks bentley concert! decorating for christmas! dating brandon! weddings (even though they aren't 'til 2012)! the discovery of pinterest!

16. what song will always remind you of 2011? "goodnight moon" go radio

17. compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier!
ii. thinner or fatter? not sure, really.
iii. richer or poorer? richer!

18. what do you wish you'd done more of? saving my money (will there ever be a year when i don't have that response to this question?).

19. what do you wish you'd done less of? worrying, sacrificing

20. how did you spend christmas? my christmas was wonderful! on christmas eve, brandon and i took emma to lunch and then we went to the lovefeast at bethania with my brother and his girlfriend. we visited with my godfamily, then had dinner with the callaways. on christmas day, i made dinner for my family and then came back to greensboro, where brandon and i exchanged christmas gifts.

21. did you fall in love in 2011? yes.

22. what was your favorite tv program? programs that are new to me: ringer and modern family. program that is old: the big bang theory. program that is really old: friends (currently watching season 10 as i write this!).

23. do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? i don't hate anyone

24. what was your greatest musical discovery? um, i didn't realize how amazing jimmy eat world was until this year. also, mumford & sons. also, needtobreathe. this was a good year for hannah and music!

25. what did you want and get? my own apartment, a boyfriend

26. what did you want and not get? a new camera, to go to the beach, to go to disney world

27. what was your favorite film of the year? goodness, i can barely remember any of them! the last harry potter film was amazing, of course. and so was girl with the dragon tattoo! the remake of arthur was surprisingly good and probably my favorite.

28. what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? i turned 23 on june 10th. brandon and i ventured to charlotte to visit ikea and had dinner at the cheesecake factory. then, some friends and i went to badin lake and spent a really fun afternoon/evening together at jenn's lake house.

29. what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? well, i worried. A LOT. it would have been nice not to have so many things to worry about.

30. how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011? librarian-chic (since i became a professor this year!)

31. what kept you sane? martha elster & jennifer mathews

32. which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? adam young (owl city)

33. who did you miss? at different points in the year: meridith, brandon, hannah speight, meghan

34. who was the best new person you met? brandon callaway, of course!

35. tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011: people and circumstances change and you've gotta learn to roll with it and move on.

36. quote a song lyrics that sums up your year: the entire song "where our destination lies" by ben gibbard

all in all, it has been an incredible year for me. difficult at times, but well worth the trouble. this will be my last post of 2011. thank you all for reading my blog this year! and if you are reading, please leave a comment and let me know. :)

i'll be back next year!



  1. I read! Very cool that this has been going since 2004! It's neat to look back and see how things change.

  2. well, well, well. meridith, thank you for being my one loyal reader. are we gong to see more blog posts from you this year?