2012: Year in Review

The 2013 calendar on my wall suggests another year is over. I marked the end of 2010 and 2011 by answering the following set of questions. The questions annoyed me this year. I hope that means the dying embers of my “I have to track everything” fire cannot be stoked back to flame. I’m cultivating a new mellow vibe. Next year I will sum up 2013 by how I feel at the end of the year, not by how many boxes I can tick off a list. I don’t plan on doing this quiz again, so let’s send it out with a bang (or a whimper).

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Enrolled in some adult education, started making ice cream, created an ice cream blog, published a memoir piece, gave up trying to de-link my name and this blog (note to co-workers: while I mutter profanity under my breath at the office, I write it out loud here), “won” a craft contest, and had a tarot card reading.

The tarot reader was kind, but these cards basically said, “get off your ass and make a decision already.”


2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Yes and no, and not really. The monster in my head set 30 goals for 2012. You can see them here. I have a different mind-set about goals right now (stay tuned). I have no desire to paste my 2012 goals here and painstakingly document which I met and which I did not. Does it matter that I didn’t run a 5K in under 30 minutes when I trained really hard, completed two races, and ran faster at the end of training than at the beginning? Does it matter that I went to bed an average of 20 minutes earlier in 2012 than 2011 or that I got 33 minutes extra sleep per night on average when I’m still tired a lot? Isn’t it disturbing that I can tell you those figures?

Looking at last year’s goals cracks me up now. How did I get to a point in life where I could suggest “scheduling weekly unstructured time” without irony? How did I type “go cold turkey on perfectionism” as one of 30 goals with a straight face?

One of my goals was to “locate my inner voice.” Wait…shh! What’s that? I think I hear something…


I like my inner voice.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I’ve been meeting quite a few childfree people lately. And I’m getting old. So I’d be really shocked if anyone close to me got pregnant/gave birth.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I spent several horrible days believing one of my in-laws was not going to make it, but thankfully (and possibly miraculously?), he did not die.

5. What countries did you visit?
If the U.S. doesn’t count, then 0.0.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Enough money to retire. Not kidding.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I could talk smack about the ice cream class or some other happy event, but the only day from 2012 that “will remain etched in my memory” (which I interpret to mean “never going to forget the date of the event”) is November 6. That was the day my Mom told me she had cancer.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I guess I’d say making new friends. I had really started to worry I wasn’t capable of doing that.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Negativity? Not being a good-enough listener?? Not getting enough sleep??? Tracking my failures so vigorously???? Fuck this question.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Ice cream machine!

12. Where did most of your money go?
Seriously? Mortgage. It will always be mortgage (or rent), won’t it?

13. What did you get really excited about?
Ice cream!

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
A whopping 9.5 percent of my music collection came out in the last ten years. Here is the only new music I bought all year even though I’ll almost certainly not associate it with 2012 long-term.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?
Both. The more I know, the harder it is. The closer I get, the farther away it seems. You know?

b) thinner or fatter?

c) richer or poorer?
Richer, bitches (it’s all about retirement, baby).

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

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
What I didn’t want to do.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
In Erie with my family. Spent the first few days of my vacation frantically trying to finish my first cross stitch ever. I won a Subversive Cross Stitch in the Craft Whores contest and selected the bad boy below for my brother, only to be surprised (and horrified) that it was a kit I had to make myself. This was one of my brother’s favorite phrases in our misguided youth. By the time I got this in the frame, it also turned out to crystallize my thoughts about cross stitching eloquently.

peace on earth

peace on earth

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I’m addicted to watching House Hunters International while saying “fuck you” with jealous venom. You guys need a vacation home in Belize? Of course you do. Fuck you. Accountants can easily find work on Grand Cayman? Fuck you. You’re really going to complain about the lack of double sinks in a vacation home? Fuck you. Special shout out to the guy with a 2 million dollar budget who expressed disappointment that there were no windows in the closet: OMFG, FUCK YOU!

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
If I wanted to read, I’d go to school.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Holy repetitive quiz, Batman. See #14.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Jesus, I don’t get out much, do I? We streamed Moonrise Kingdom for our 2nd annual pajama night and were not amused (we have a 0% success rate for avoiding movies in which a dog bites the big one on our “happy family PJ movie night”).

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I guess I’m too old to remember what I did on my birthday. I know I ate cake, but that’s only because I have a blog. I turned 39, and I don’t plan on aging further.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Errr! How does this question differ from #6? 

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Not naked

26. What kept you sane?
Fear of anti-depressant side effects.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
A lot of the stuff I thought was important (or at least devoted a lot of time to) is really, really not. Like tracking every last detail of my life…ahem…like end of the year surveys such as these.

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10 Responses to “2012: Year in Review”

  1. Jen@whenpigsfly
    Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    You are too funny! I love the cross stitch. And, the fact that you had to laugh at yourself about last year’s resolutions cracked me up. I decided not to make any “resolutions” this year. So far, I’ve accomplished much more than in previous years at this time. Enough said.

    • Tracy @LogyExpress
      Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks, Jen! I guess my one resolution this year is to not have any resolutions.

  2. Rebecca Latson
    Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I laughed out loud to your answer for Question 9. I also liked your answers to Questions 16 & 17. I’ve never seen the show you talk about in Question 19 but I laughed out loud to your answer to that one too. And you need to quit doing this question thing because I think these questions are meant for people who have nothing better to do with their lives except collect as many “friends” on Facebook as they possibly can and who never get out of the house. You, my dear, are waaaaay better than all of that.

    • Tracy @LogyExpress
      Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      When I first saw these questions on someone else’s blog a few years ago, they seemed harmless enough. Thought they’d be a good way to wrap-up each year. But “what was your biggest failure?” Ugh. My biggest failure was spending time thinking about what my biggest failure was. I think I’m done!

      Hey…want to be my friend on Facebook??? (not that I’m collecting them or anything…)

  3. Kat Stewart
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    These are great! And, hey, thank you so much for biting the bullet and watching a movie that had a dying dog in it. The more I know of these, the more I can avoid them. I love Tom Hanks but was clued in on Hooch before I went to that one. How dare he! (Although I saw him on a talk show where he said he would never, ever be in a film if any animal died in it…he got too much bad fan mail. Heheheheh.

    • Tracy @LogyExpress
      Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Animals should never die, right?

      I liked this “Life with Dogs” Facebook page, but I think I might have to unlike it…half the updates are these heart-warming photos of dogs being adorable. These give me a warm fuzzy. Then the other half are these horrific stories of abuse and neglect…often with a happy ending, but still so upsetting. Those make me curl up in the fetal position for awhile and mutter to myself about how I need to unlike that page.

      So to recap on movies–Blue Valentine is a no. Moonrise Kingdom is a no. Hell, I even have trouble watching those Air Bud movies because even though you know he’ll be OK, the adorable dog is always in some amount of danger before the end.

  4. Jill
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Amen to #26 – and a big fucking WHOO HOO!!! to #4!!!

    Even though I understand why you don’t want to do an EOY list again, I really really like reading posts like this, especially the way you respond. So, please consider other list post ideas that come across your path. For your readers!!!

  5. Deb
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Excellent wrap up of the year! I’m with you on limiting the resolutions. This year I’m down to one: inviting friends to do stuff more. Hope your mom’s doing okay…

  6. Alex
    Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Baha! Love this, reminds me of old Facebook notes I completed with friends in junior high and early high school. They made me giggle then too! Especially loved that you described your fashion for this year as “not naked” – this is so me!

    • Tracy @LogyExpress
      Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks, Alex! I held firm to my resolution not to do this end of year review again…but I still have no fashion sense other than “not naked.”

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