Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 IN REVIEW


My friend Amy at Keeping Up With The Schultz Family did this so I thought I would give it a try.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Traveled out of the country.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No I did not keep it and I don't think I'll do any for 2012.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A dear friend had a little girl in November and a close blog friend (Amy) also gave birth this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No but I am closer to people who have lost a loved one this year through my blog. Their pain is unbearable and my heart hurts with them.

5. What countries did you visit?
I was in the UK, France and Italy.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Great health and energy with a little bit of ambition on the side!

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 29th for the Royal Wedding. October 3rd because I turned 60! December 11th because we saw Wicked which was my birthday gift.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think sightseeing around Europe, alone most of the time, was a huge achievement for me!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Weight loss.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Well I have very severe asthma (COPD)which is always present. Had a scare with a lump in my breast which turned out okay. Glory be to God.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I think maybe my netbook by Toshiba. It is great for travel. (I also just got a Droid incredible 2)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I believe that each year when something devastating happens all the people who go over and volunteer their time to help should be celebrated.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The football scandal at Penn State

14. Where did most of your money go?
Beside the normal bills I would have to say up in a cloud! I never have much to show for the money I spend except for the charities I donate to.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I stayed up all night and going to Westminster Abbey this year was a thrill for me! Also seeing the famous kissing balcony was a dream come true.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
I will say Firework by Katy Perry. (click here for lyrics)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
A little happier, a little fatter and about the same money wise.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I would have gone out more to meet with friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating the wrong things and wasting time on feeling sorry for myself.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

At home with our son, his girlfriend, our daughter, son in law, husband, dogs and a friend from my husbands office. We ate snacks, opened presents, laughed, ate pizza, decorated gingerbread houses and danced to a Michael Jackson game!

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I fell in love with Paris!

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I have many but Modern Family is on of the best. I am also enjoying Two Broke Girls!

23. Do you hate anyone now that you did not hate this time last year?
I don't do hate. I think I have disliked our government more!

24. What was the best book you read?
Water for Elephants

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Liking some country music with Scotty McCreery!

26. What did you want and get?
A Wii and also a Pandora Charm Bracelet. Also got a new phone, it wasn't on my list but I wanted one!

27. What did you want and not get?
A cruiser bike, Justin Beiber cologne, a movie and a book.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Help but seeing Breaking Dawn was pretty good too!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
We hung out at home, I turned 60 and got the tickets to Wicked. See #7

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having my father her with me. He lives in Florida and I miss him.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Well I spend a good part of my day in my pajamas. Otherwise it's jeans and a blouse.

32. What kept you sane?
Well this is kinda mixed, blogging kept me sane but it can also drive me crazy!

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
William/Kate and Scotty McCreery.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't do politics so no answer here.

35. Who did you miss?
Family members who are no longer here on earth. Wouldn't one more day be awesome?

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Well I enjoyed meeting Win & Bob who are Phil's parents and also Ali his girlfriend back in the UK.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011?
Life is short. I have always heard that phrase and have seen the years fly by but reaching 60 this year threw me for a loop! Where did my life go?

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Band: Baz Lurhman (performed by) Written by Mary Schmich in 1997.
Song: "Everybody is free to wear sunscreen" (click to see all the lyrics, they are pretty awesome)

"Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded, but trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine."


32 comments:

Sandra said...

Oh my your life is so interesting it makes mine look deadly boring. I have never been out of the USA and have not been out of Florida in 3 years. i am a homebody and rather be home than anywhere else, but i am old and retired so that might be the reason. i enjoyed your answers.

nancygrayce said...

I love all your answers! I have never been to Europe and have never cared, but now that I'm looking at 60, i might have a little craving! I've never even been on a cruise! Gasp! Poor little me.

2011 was a hard year in so many ways and a wonderful year in so many others. I pray 2012 will bring blessing in abundance to all.

I cherish my blog friends and seriously? sometimes you all do keep me sane!

EmptyNester said...

Wow, that's quite a list. I don't do hate either but I'm not overly fond of the neighbors on one side of us. LOL Glad y'all had such a lovely Christmas and that your dad was with you!

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

What an interesting way of doing your year in review. I don't do hate either, but I have been known to feel some very strong dislike. ;-)

Wishing you a blessed 2012!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Well, some of your cloud money is going to the wonderful city of Chicago and their food. ;)

I don't do politics either. Can't stand the topic!

Any chance your dad might come live with you or move closer?

Happy New Year, Debby!

That corgi :) said...

This was good to read to look back on the year; sounds like it was a good one for you, Debby, for the most part! Now on to 2012 with the adventures that lie ahead!

Happy New Year!

betyt

Deb said...

Love your answers Debby....love learning more about my blog pals..

Mary said...

Just saw Breaking Dawn last week with MS. Can't wait for the next one!
We enjoy watching Two Broke Girls, too!
Happy New Year!

Amy said...

Oh my friend I am so happy you did this.. I loved all of your answers and learned more about you.. I have learned what a kind and caring person you are..

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

What an interesting list of questions. I enjoyed reading your answers. Wishing for you a wonderful year and hey, I'll join you in July for #60. I've never thought much about a birthday but I find myself continually thinking about this one. Ugh! Happy week!

Cherie said...

It will be fun to look back on that list in 5 or 10 years!!

Ahhhhh Paris - My favorite city - I was there with you this year!!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

What a wonderful recap of a stupendous year. It made me remember all your wonderful photos of your mega trip. Happy New Year my friend and I am wishing you a blessed 2012.

Caroline said...

Loved your answers & such a neat way to remember the past yr.

Happy New Year !!

Garden of Egan said...

Great learning post.
You have had a great year. I bet you are excited to see what happens this year.

It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday season.

Trish said...

Rented "The Help" this weekend and really enjoyed it...left me feeling very melancholy though.
I will turn 60 this year...where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday that i was a sweet young thing...Lol.
Happy New Year Debby!

Headless Mom said...

You got a Droid!!! Yay! Can't wait to see it on Tuesday!

Emily said...

I'm disappointed you didn't get the Justin Beiber cologne, but it sounds like you had a great Christmas and a full 2011. It must've been amazing to be in London for the Royal Wedding!

Becca said...

I love your answers! Yay for Scotty! I was too happy when he won American Idol! I went to the UK over 10 years ago and just loved it. I would love to explore other parts of Europe as well.

Laura said...

Love these! I have only a few more blogs and then my year in review and then time to print my book! So excited!!! You sure had a great year Debby! Looking forward to sharing another year with ya and following your adventures! <3 Happy New Year!

Kathy said...

I enjoyed reading all of your answers! You are so right--life is short! I look at myself in the mirror each day...and wonder where my youth went! Time seems to be flying, especially lately.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debby, I just finished reading Water for Elephants, so it is fresh on my mind. Great read! I read The Help, but haven't seen the movie - hopefully soon. I've never heard Everybody is free to wear sunscreen", but the lyrics you posted make me want to go hear it. Wishing you a wonderful 2012! laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Forgot to tell you - your blog looks so cheerful and cute! laurie

Chatty Crone said...

I'm with you - Paris. Everything is pink in Paris - you see everything out of rose colored glasses.

sandie

Pen Pen said...

You have had a fabulous 2011 and I hope you can even top it in 2012. Ps... I'm with you on #31.

Katherines Corner said...

What a wonderful post my friend. I loved reading all of your answers. Wishing you a joy filled 2012 xo

Unknown Mami said...

I've enjoyed reading about your adventures in 2011 and I look forward to your adventures in 2012. Don't hate me, tomorrow I have a very critical post of 2 Broke Girls coming up.

secret agent woman said...

I like the wrap-up in the form of questions. It's been an interesting year for you, especially with the traveling.

Life is good! said...

sounds like a wonderful 2011. I hope this year will be a terrific! Happy new year!

Nichol said...

PJs are the best, that's why I love that I am a full-time blogger working from home:) You had an amazing year with your trip and the Royal wedding was definitely a HUGE highlight.

Amy said...

just stopping by to say Hi..

Katherine said...

I'd say you had an amazing 2011. I'd LOVE to go overseas and am inspired by your ability to get on a plane and head on over there. It's on my list of things to do for sure!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Crud I keep forgetting to post my best of 2011 lol maybe tomororow!

What a fabulous year my dear. I'm still so jealous of the Travel :)

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