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Year-end round-up Q/A meme

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?

Traveled to the southern hemisphere.

2. Did anyone close to you give birth?


3. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness. Although the Sculptor lost her mom.

4. What countries did you visit?

Mexico and Peru

5. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

More time to write

6. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?

Early June sticks out, my trip to Mexico and Peru.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

For me, I guess, actually starting the writing of my new novel instead of just fiddling with it.

8. What was your biggest failure?

Gained four pounds above my WW goal and haven't been able to shake it.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The annual cold and flu, and maybe a smidge of Montezuma's revenge.

10. What was the best thing you bought?

Blu ray player that plays internet downloads

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I had several friends start new ventures—jobs, school—this year. Go, them.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A medical system so worried about malpractice suits they don't give you *any* reason for wanting more tests and scans, so they frighten you half out of your wits for no reason.

13. Where did most of your money go?

My Fab Trip south of the border.

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Pyramids! And other ancient remnants....

15. What song will always remind you of 2011?

I think you need to listen to music to have an answer to this question.

16. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Happier, generally. Work was a bear this fall, but I think it was a tad worse last fall.

17. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Write. I write a lot, but it still feels like I don't get enough time to write.

18. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Work for my job.

19. How will you be spending Christmas?

With the MasqBroFam, MasqMom, and the Sculptor

20. Did you fall in love in 2011?


21. How many one-night stands in this last year?

If I'd had any, would I tell you?

22. What was your favorite TV program?

New find late in the year: Merlin

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Who has time for that?

24. What was the best book you read?

The Millennium Series by Stieg Laarsen

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

White noise mp3s.

26. What did you want and get?

I am able to get the things I want if I am willing to spend the money, so I am grateful for that.

27. What did you want and not get?

The things I was reluctant to spend the money on.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I don't go to movies anymore, for the most part. But I believe the final Harry Potter movie lived up to the hype.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went out to dinner with the Sculptor, and none of your bees wax.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Getting my old novel self-published. Still working on that.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Arizona. Hot flashes. Same old same old, now with less fabric.

32. What/who kept you sane?

White noise mp3s.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Who are these people?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Head. Sand. Goes right to the source of the pain.

35. Who did you miss?

My father, as always.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

My new travel agent. Although I suppose technically I met her in 2010.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

It's probably better to tell people about important stuff in your life sooner, rather than later.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

See answer to #15