Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017: Year in Review

Here we are! Brought to you by popular demand!

End of the year, 2017 Review.

1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
* Swam in the Atlantic Ocean.
* Moved to a house outside St. Louis City.
* Rejoined Facebook.

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

Flashback to my Goals for 2017:
Reach Out. I have spent a lot of time turning inward for the past six years, and I think it’s time to be more social and do more stuff, particularly becoming involved in causes and issues that I care about.

I’ve blogged before about the possibility of writing a book about Eliza. I think I’m scared of writing something that will never measure up to how much I love her and will face rejection and criticism. AND YET it feels important and like I'll always be sorry if I don't do it. So I’m going to take the pages of writing (I have more than 30,000 words now!) and I’m going to write a little more and I’m going to turn it into the shape/form of a book. And then I’m going to figure out what happens after that.

I did reach out. Like, a lot. I connected with people on Facebook. I connected with people in person. I went to dinner with moms from Zuzu's school. I joined a book study with moms from We Stories. I attended a Moms Demand Action meeting. I joined a church. (I can't even believe I did all that stuff.) So I basically kicked ass on that goal. But... my writing has been sadly neglected. That's just the truth.

Goals for 2017:
New years resolutions:
- Meal Plan
- Meal Prep
- regular yoga + exercise
- more fun stuff with frieds
- more fun stuff with family

So far, we're having good luck with the first two, mostly because David is on board and has done the heavy lifting. A miserable cold took me out of the first week of the new year, and I fell behind on my 30 days of yoga with Adriene because I couldn't stop coughing. BUT I'm picking up right where I left off.

I was also thinking more broadly about why I want to make these resolutions:

- I want my house/routine especially after school/work to feel peaceful and relaxed, not chaotic and stressful.
- I want to feel strong and healthy.
- I want to reap all the benefits of hanging out with friends.
- I want to make lots of good memories with my kids--in big and small ways.


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Nicole had her fourth baby girl, Anna, and my friend Christine had her third baby boy, Fredrik.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the U.S., but visited Arizona, North Carolina, and Indiana.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Still with new light fixtures and curtains, just in a new house! Honestly, though, I don't feel that 2017 lacked much. I'm feeling really grateful this year.

7. What dates from 2017 will remained etched upon your memory?
March 7 was the birth of my niece, Curie. And not a specific date, but our family vacations were really special--taking the girls to Arizona, which was such a big part of my childhood, and taking them to the beach for the first time.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
We moved to a new house, which was no small feat for me. I don't do well with change or uncertainty, and I didn't exactly handle it with grace (there was a middle of the night panic attack in June) but I did handle it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
The writing goal stings pretty bad. Also I have basically stopped exercising except for the occasional yoga video at home. I really need to do better.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My hip flexor, dancing at Funkytown. It is FINALLY feeling better.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets are always on this list--I need to remember that! Our new house was also a good investment, I think. There are still lots of things my sentimental heart misses about the old house and the old neighborhood, but in terms of the ease of every day routines and also being surrounded by trees, I think we're in the right place for now.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Social activists, feminist activists, and people fighting for DACA.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The President of the United States.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Down payment on the house.

15. What did you get really excited about?
vacations, Zuzu starting kindergarten, choosing paint colors at the new house

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?
Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling" and the soundtrack to Moana

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder? happier - the end of 2016 and the election felt like a kick in the teeth to me; this year I'm inspired by the persistence and resistance of many people I admire
- thinner or fatter?  no significant change
- richer or poorer?  cash poorer

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

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying (easily said in retrospect)

20. How did you spend Christmas?
at our home in St. Louis with my parents, then at their home in Nevada with my brother and his family, at my Aunt Tammi's with the cousins, and then NYE in KC with Monica and Johnny and Ellie Kate

21. Did you fall in love in 2017?
with my niece Kiwi Squirtle Taylor also known as Curie Talcott Taylor

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Anne of Green Gables on Netflix (SO GOOD). Stranger Things Two. Alias Grace. Longmire.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
Oh, man this is hard. The best book I read had to be The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. But I also really liked some thrillers--Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips was terrifying. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik was also un-put-down-able. And I loooooved Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, which is a sort of homage to Jane Eyre and was my favorite book I read over the summer.

25. What was your favorite musical discovery?
I wish I had a cool answer to this like I would have in college or grad school, but I got nothin'. I mostly listened to the Moana soundtrack.

26. What did you want and get?
all the important things

27. What did you want and not get?
a new couch

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Did I even see a movie in the theater this year? Oh, yes. I saw Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson. It was great. Was it my favorite film of the year? I guess, by default, yes.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 37. We did not do anything really exciting. I think we went to the Botanical Gardens and then out to dinner. I should make a resolution to make next year's birthday a little more special.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I'd like to say a new couch, but not really. I'm working on practicing gratitude and contentment, so let's just say I'm feeling pretty fortunate and satisfied.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
A lazy person's version of Ann Taylor Loft meets Thred Up meets Nordstrom sales.

32. What kept you sane?
Friends who send funny texts and link to meaningful articles and people who continue to work for good.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I'm going to cheat and give the January 2018 answer to this: Oprah

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Black Lives Matter, DACA, #metoo, #timesup

35. Who did you miss?
Eliza, of course, and David’s grandma Peggy as well as my grandparents who have passed--especially when we were in Arizona. I often think about how much our grandparents would have delighted in our kids, and I wish we'd had more time for that.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
David's new co-workers and my new friend Kate at church

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
Keep the first aid kit completely out of reach of three-year-olds.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
from Hamilton "Dear Theodosia"

Dear Theodosia, what to say to you?
When you came into the world, you cried and it broke my heart

I'm dedicating every day to you
Domestic life was never quite my style
When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart

You will come of age with our young nation
We'll bleed and fight for you, we'll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We'll pass it on to you, we'll give the world to you
And you'll blow us all away...
Someday, someday
Year, you'll blow us all away...


  1. Love it!!

    I just don't think any of us will regret having things like this too look back on, or for our children to read somedaaaay... (soooomedaaaay). ;)

  2. I think your (demanding?) public needs to see a tour of your new house! (Please?)

  3. I agree on the tour.

    Also, 2018 Resolutions post can have ENGLAND listed in countries visited. Just saying. . . .

  4. ooh, I hope I'm part of no. 32 (funny texts), and also Dear Theodosia was the highlight of my year too, because, yeah, well... you know. (not bragging, just saying)


  5. I didn't previously cast a vote ;) but I'm glad to see your Year in Review post, particularly since I think I got the idea for mine from you! :) Looking forward to reading more from you in 2018!

  6. How is the Meal Plan/Prep goal going? I am in meal plan rut and could use some inspiration...