You will take this wrap up and like it.

I know you’ve read 800 of these already, and you’d think I’d take pity on you by giving you my 2010 wrap up in some interesting form, like written in dry erase marker on the shower wall, or delivered in a speech by Brinkley in Phil’s good suit, but you’d be wrong. Sundry has a great year end survey that she has been using for years, and do you think that I think that I’m better than Sundry?

God, what kind of delusional asshole do you think I am?

Anyway.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

I got my own dog.
I got married.
I got pregnant.

Not, uh… in that exact order.

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

I don’t really do resolutions, but at the end of 2009, as an owner of a new camera, I said that I would try to be less fussy about putting pictures of myself on the Internet.

While I think I promptly forgot about the actual resolution, I did post more pictures of myself than ever before, including a project where I posted a picture every day, plus my engagement pictures, plus my wedding pictures, but you can rest assured that any wedding pictures I found particularly unflattering did not see the light of day, so I might have missed my own point entirely.

For 2011, I don’t really have a lot of goals that can be made into resolutions. I want to pop out this kid and maintain both my sanity and my marriage through the remainder of the year after that. Also, Phil’s grandmother and her partner Nina were kind enough to gift me with two Colin Firth movies for Christmas, reminding me that I have an actual task to finish (start) – one that meshes nicely with my couch plans between now and May.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

The neighbors behind us/Phil’s co-worker and his wife had a baby, and as we live in military housing, they are quite close, physically, at least.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

None. You can also retroactively write that down as my year end wrap up answer for every year since 1981, though it isn’t really fair to count 1981, since I was born in December of that year and didn’t even have my birth certificate issued until early 1982, let alone a passport.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A baby!

Man, this survey is pretty easy when you’re pregnant.

I’d also enjoy a non-wedding-related trip out to PA, probably for the holidays.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 23, obviously.

September 9th (when we both accepted the positive test result, even though we didn’t tell you guys for two months, because like I said – this isn’t a team effort, y’all).

November 3rd (when the doctor swooped his wand around to show us actual, for real baby in there).

March 1st (house! With no roommate!)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I think this year was kind of a dud, in terms of achievements. I mean, I planned my own wedding, but that doesn’t really earn anyone any medals, even if a lot of the women on The Knot seem to think it’s the crowning glory of their entire life.

Oh! I cooked Christmas dinner, all by myself, with multiple dishes and cooking times and every burner on my stove going, and everything was done at once and tasted like it was supposed to! I seriously rode that high for days.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I think lack of actual achievements is well paired with my lack of actual failure. I’m not saying that I am so awesome that I didn’t fail at a single thing (though I am that awesome, I like to sprinkle in a few fails here and there to keep myself relatable), but more like I didn’t even attempt anything this year, so I really had nothing to fail at.

I’ve failed at cooking dinner a LOT. I’ve failed with keeping these ridiculous floors defended against the ridiculous dust field that is Arizona. I’ve failed at convincing Phil that I am as funny as I think I am, but he’s coming around.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Does pregnancy count? Because I have felt alternately ill and injured.

In general, though, no, nothing serious. I really don’t tend to get sick, and while I do tend to get injured, I had a pretty off year in terms of clumsy adventures. Arizona seems to be pretty good for my health – even my yearly struggles with allergies seem to have disappeared, and other than the occasional headache, I feel quite well.

Phil, too, I think. We’ve had quite a healthy year between the two of us.

Now, if I’m allowed to bring the dogs into this, Sheldon came home quite ill with kennel cough, and promptly jumped on Brinkley causing a pretty painful shoulder injury to him. The dogs had a rough start together, but both seem great now.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Do I have to be the one who bought it? Because I’m still floating on my giant underpants cloud.

How about Sheldon? I think he’s turned out to be a pretty stellar purchase, though Phil might disagree. Sometimes he has trouble seeing Sheldon’s potential through all the frustration.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Bills and bills and bills. Outside of that, moving expenses earlier in the year took up a big chunk of money. We don’t have any regular, huge expenses, though I guess you could count “rent” – instead of actually paying rent, Phil’s BAH goes directly to the management company instead of into his paycheck like it used to. So it’s not that we’re spending a huge amount of money there – it’s more like we used to have that money and now we don’t.

Also, again, did I mention we got married? Yeah. A lot of our money went there as well. Ask me someday to tell you about the ten minute, $400 limo ride.

Oh and the dogs. Both for vet bills for illness and injury, and just in general upkeep. And spoiling. They are not inexpensive creatures. In case you’re thinking about getting one. They do cost money. A lot of it. The bigger the dog, the more the money. Measure how big your dogs are, and then imagine a container of exactly that shape and sized stuffed FULL of cash. That much money. At least.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Pet Poolooza.

And Bon Jovi (the first Phil story!)

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?

I don’t think I really have a song for 2010. Our first dance song, maybe. Probably not. No music has made much of an impression this year, I stuck mostly to stuff that reminded me of other years.

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

– happier or sadder? Happier. (married, in our own house, pregnant, Sheldon, etc)
– thinner or fatter? Heh.
– richer or poorer? Cash-wise, definitely poorer, but not feeling much more of a pinch than at this point last year.

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

Anything out of the house, though you can’t really convince us to do those things in the moment. We gravitate towards home in all circumstances.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stressed out about the wedding. Yelled at the dogs for just doing [obnoxious] dog things.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Here with Phil and the dogs. Second year in a row where travel just wasn’t feasible for us. We did Skype gift opening with my family at a ridiculous hour, and called his family later in the evening, and had an excellent dinner. That I cooked. By myself. That was all on the table at the same time.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I watched the same stuff this year as I do every year – House, Bones, Law & Order: SVU. You know. Those things. I also developed a fondness for watching murder-related television while we’re going to sleep at night.

Oh. Also. The Big Bang Theory. That was new for me this year, shamefully, but I quickly caught up.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

The Hunger Games, hands down. I didn’t put it down from when I first opened it til the end. The other two in the trilogy were excellent as well.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

I’ll have to refer you back to question 14.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I am pretty sure the only one we saw was Harry Potter, and it was awesome, as always.

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

We went out for a normal dinner, and I was 29.

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

Hm. That’s a tough one. I don’t really find myself to be unsatisfied with this year. Maybe having Sheldon fully trained by the end of the year would have added a little bit, but I have a hard time really thinking of anything I’d add to this year to make it specifically more satisfying.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

I have been a solid and dedicated fan of the Gilligan and O’Malley line of fluid knit pajama pants, and my dogs have been equally dedicated to eating every pair I bring home.

26. What kept you sane?

Naps. The DVR. Sheldon’s kennel.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

I never learn. Ever.

17 thoughts on “You will take this wrap up and like it.

  1. Issa

    I kinda like this. Can I steal it? I’ll link back here.

    I always love these type of posts, because you learn small things about people that you sometimes don’t learn online.

    TJ Reply:

    Definitely – but it’s Sundry’s, so link back to her for credit. Looking forward to seeing yours!

    Issa Reply:

    Oh yay! I’ll link to you both. Thank you.

  2. Nancy P

    Nothing impresses me more than someone who can/will cook an entire meal by themselves and have everything ready and warm AT THE SAME TIME. I am in awe. I think that will be on my bucket list for 2011. (I am wayyyy older than you so you would think I would have it down by now) :)

    TJ Reply:

    That was my FIRST TIME.

    And honestly, not being modest or anything, but I REALLY think it was a fluke and it will take much, much longer for me to be able to do it consistently, because I really can’t cook.

    I’m not saying I’m a terrible cook, I’m saying I’m still learning how to cook actual meals, and I really do have about a 50% success rate in general. But hey, when my mom got married, she couldn’t even make a baked potato in the microwave, and now we are always after her recipes, so there’s hope for me yet!

  3. Carrie

    Excellent wrap up, I must say. I may also steal this. I haven’t posted on my blog in months, I think this would be a good one for a comeback. Though… I can’t really remember my birthday. It was in February, which is a really long time ago, in my defense. I know it’s a pretty poor one.

  4. Mandapanda78

    I can’t get past this line: “delivered in a speech by Brinkley in Phil’s good suit”. Because the mental image I have is just fantastic.

  5. lindsay

    We watch a lot of late night murder television now. glad to see I’m not the only one. Happy new year!

  6. sKRAPS

    So much this –

    “20. What were your favorite books of the year?

    The Hunger Games, hands down. I didn’t put it down from when I first opened it til the end. The other two in the trilogy were excellent as well.”

    Most entertaining read of the year, my son and I red all three of these books in a single weekend. He started, then I folowed him around the house saying “are you done yet? I need the next book!”

  7. Adlib

    Wow, I just read this post with my new copy of The Hunger Games that my sister gave me for Christmas sitting on my desk. Getting ready to crack it open soon so I’m glad there are tons of other people who love it too (besides my sister)!

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  9. Kristin

    We also loved The Hunger Games trilogy. There were four of us at our house following each other around saying, “Are you done yet?”. When we got the second and third in the mail from Amazon, there were actual arguments over who would read them first. and second. and third. and fourth.

    And Congrats on Christmas dinner. I’ve been doing the big meal thing for a while now, and sometimes I still find it impossible to get everything on the table at the same time. Hell, sometimes it’s challenging to get it to all FIT in the oven.

  10. Alex

    “…even if a lot of the women on The Knot seem to think it’s the crowning glory of their entire life”

    This! So much this! Those women are crazy.

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