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2010 in Review 
31st-Dec-2010 11:48 am
Time for the year-end meme!

For those of you just tuning in, my 2010 in ultra-condensed review:
Marks our second full year of living in Columbus, Sam's first year with his new employer and my first year going to classes at the Ohio University Athens campus. Wrapped up my general education (mostly) and started on journalism courses full-force. Taught English twice a week. Continued writing and webdesign work for one of the colleges on campus. Continued working various web design jobs as a contractor. Finished paying a chiropractor exorbitant amounts of money. Won "best dressed" and generally had an A-list time at an Oscar gala. Went to zillions of board game meetups and a few board game dinner parties. Took a week-long, solo, driving road trip to Tampa to see my sister, her (now) ex and my mom and dad. Saw the Parthenon (in Nashville). Saw awesome exhibits on DaVinci and Dali. Paid ridiculous amounts of money to fix my car, which rolled 200,000 this year. Went to a board games convention. Had almost too much fun at dueling piano bars. Made a wellness plan and stuck to it ... at least until the Holidays happened. Spent my birthday in Cincinnati with family friends, followed by a few days spelunking in Kentucky. Started (re)learning French. Started writing for a student magazine. Applied for internships. Went to a Somali wedding party. Visited Sam's parents in Iowa for a week in between Thanksgiving/Christmas.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Wrote a researched cultural essay, a long feature, an oral history and a sense of place essay. Conducted a news interview on camera. Designed a newspaper. Went to a Somali wedding party. Ate goat kidneys and foie gras (not together). Applied for internships. Visited Florida. Went spelunking. Built a career library. Lost 30 pounds. Made a beef wellington and biscotti. Went to a geeky convention. Helped friends move. Contributed backup vocals for an album. Went on a haunted tour. Owned a car with more than 200,000 miles on it. Went to a dueling piano bar.

I want to experiment more with cooking and visit more places in 2011.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My goal in 2010 was to do well at school and balance it with my relationships. I did really well at school, but at the expense of some of my relationships. I fell out of touch with a few friends, but I now realize that I probably have too many friends right now. Things at home were exceedingly tough, to boot. I am hoping that this will be better in 2011 due to less coursework and my own efforts to focus more on my close relationships, rather than trying to give little pieces of my time to everyone. My goal for 2011 is to reach my fitness goal by graduation.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Loreen and Damon just had their second baby girl, Linden December. Gold star if you can guess when she was born.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I can think of.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
An internship! My B.S. is almost a given at this point, but I will be happy to finally have SOME sort of degree to my name. A journalism or writerly job would be nice too, but first thing's first.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My birthday trip to Cincinnati and Kentucky, which was supposed to be Cincinnati and Nashville before our plans got wrenched. Dad said "disaster is the mother of all adventure," and he was so right. We had a great time in Cave City, much more than you would think for a little tourist trap town.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
School. I produced some works I'm really proud of, got an A in communication law, got more involved on campus and applied for internships.

9. What was your biggest failure?
See #1.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had some gnarly sinus infections, but nothing too serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new smartphone ... and this Oxford Companion to Music, which is going to rock my world, I just know it.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friends who've stuck with me through my massive unavailability, read my stuff, offered up words of encouragement and provided important support through some serious emotional trials.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Politics. Bleh. And my sister's ex. I don't care what you say, Aliciabee, he's not my ex, so I can hate and judge him all I'd like!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Eating out, expensive car repairs and school.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing my sister in Tampa.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Little Boots' "New in Town," Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes "Home," Kelis "Acapella," Miike Snow "Cult Logic." OK, since this list is getting long, I'll make a full last.fm playlist later.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sadder. Not as much to look forward to (yet!), and it's hard to top last year's finish (when I got accepted into jschool, got state residency, and hosted an earth-shatteringly awesome New Year's party).
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner! BOOYAH!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer. So happy Sam has a job.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I know I just got over saying I neglected some of my relationships, but I really think that just staying home and doing absolutely nothing in my off-time might have helped me deal with personal problems a little better. I also need to exercise more.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Letting my demons get the better of me.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Hopefully, in celebration of Sam's birthday, and nothing more.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
It's an ongoing thing

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Soup, Mad Men, Pushing Dasies, So You Think You Can Dance, America's Next Top Model, Top Chef, Wild China, Better Off Ted

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yeah, I guess I made an enemy of sorts. My circle of friends is huge and pretty drama-steeped, but I manage to stay away from it by generally liking everyone, flaws and all. Believe me when I say that making an enemy is not an everyday occurrence for me. She's just the most unpleasant person I've ever met, and she's always around. We don't interact, so whatever. I just wish she'd go away and stop agitating my friends. Also, see #13 -- not an enemy, just intensely disliked.

26. What was the best book you read?
Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm smitten with the Budos Band. I'm ready for a 70s revival, baby!

28. What did you want and get?
A nice time for my birthday and anniversary.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
"Black Swan." Honestly, I don't think I could write to do it justice. Suck it, "Inception!"

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29. We were going to visit friends in Cincinnati and Nashville, but our Nashville friends had an emergency, so we went caving in Kentucky instead and had an amazing time.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A teleporter. I don't mind driving, I just do a *lot* of it, and missed out on some fun times in Athens because I didn't want to drive there on my days off.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Mostly it was all the same stuff I wore last year. I dunno, people seem to really like all my ruffled shirts.

34. what="What" kept="kept" you="you" sane?
Sam and my friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hey, same as last year! Natalie Portman.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gee, where to start? 2010 was a doozy, wasn't it, folks?

37. Who did you miss?
I miss everyone in Eugene ever-so-much.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Jessica and Matt. Richard and Sonje. Meg and Matt. Jon and Cheli. My Speakeasy peeps.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Nothing I didn't know already, but it was certainly the theme: if you're not happy with the way things are, you have to fight, and fight hard, to get what you want. You frequently have no one to blame but yourself for life's dissatisfactions. Figure out what will alleviate it, and fight for it, tooth and nail. If you've exhausted every option and things still aren't better, you have no regrets. If things still aren't better and you haven't exhausted all of your options, you don't deserve to mope.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Hell, I don't know. With respect to the above, maybe "Eye of the Tiger" :D
sam and lauren
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