Sunday, December 29, 2013

Nothing Else Even Comes Close

From Sunday Stealing

Let's go!!!Questions for a New Year’s Eve Reflection Meme
From the archives!

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
My husband's award from the Commonwealth.
A. The single best thing that happened this past year to us as a couple was my husband winning the farmer of the year award for implementing a major project on the farm. The single best thing that happened to me personally was overcoming my fear of public speaking and figuring out that I can teach.
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

A. I had to have gallbladder surgery and have had complications from that which have proved a puzzle to me and to my doctors.

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
A. My husband threw me a surprise 50th birthday party.
4. What was an unexpected obstacle?

A. My health.

5. Pick three words to describe 2013.
A. Fifty, Thirty, bathroom. (I turned 50, we celebrated 30 years of marriage, and we redid the master bathroom.)
6. What were the best books you read this year?
A. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley, Fried Green Tomatoes, by Fannie Flagg, Sabriel, by Garth Nix, The Shoemaker's Wife, by Adriana Trigiani, This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley.
7. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
A. My husband, my email pal Inga, my friends Leslie, Teresa, Brenda (among others), and my brother.
8. What was your biggest personal
change from January to December of this past year?

A. I lost 25 pounds.
9. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
A. I have learned to control myself better when other people fail me.
10. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
A. I started reading the Tao Te Ching.
11. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
A. I shrunk a little bit, see #8.
12. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
A. I grew distant from one close friend, for reasons I still don't understand.
13. What was the most enjoyable part of your work?
A. I loved the writing I did, and I enjoyed creating new courses to offer at the local community college.
14. What was the most challenging part of your work?

A. Being "on" so much of the time while in front of people in a classroom. That's hard on an introvert.

15. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
A. Playing video games. Nothing else even comes close.
16. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
A. Reading and writing.
17. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

A. That death is closer than I think.

18. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2013 for you.
A. 2013: the year I turned 50, celebrated 30 years of marriage, and lost another body part.


  1. Very interesting and insightful post, Anita. Congrats on the weight loss too, something I struggle with all the time. Also congrats on the birthday and marital milestones. Thanks for your comments and views of our blog too. Wishing you and your wonderful husband a joyous, loving, and Happy New Year!

  2. Congrats to you hubby, and to you for losing 25#'s!!

  3. Congratulations on the 30 years of marriage, turning 50, and losing 25 pounds! I can relate to #14, about having to be "on" all the time which is difficult for introverts. I sometimes wonder if I'm in the wrong profession because of that. And that's something on my mind a lot recently, about death. I hope your health improves and you have a wonderful 2014. Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations on the award! That is huge...and awesome. Your three words will very likely be my words for next year. I will turn 50, we will celebrate 30 years of marriage and we will hopefully be remodeling our bathroom.

  5. That is an impressive award for any farm to get. Congrats!
    Oh, and 51 sucks worse than 50 for some reason.

  6. Lots of wonderful things have happened to you this year--lots of milestones!

  7. I'm glad you explained the bathroom part of your answer to #5. I was thinking along the lines of turning 50 and having bathroom issues with age! Ha ha! I'm glad it was just a bathroom remodel. Wow, 30 years of marriage is a big accomplishment! Wishing you the best in 2014!

  8. Nice recap and I learned a lot. Glad you are on the mend and had an overall good year. The new link from looseleaf to here works!


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