Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thumbing my nose at 2012

I do this thing every year. I almost didn’t this year, because it was such a bad one, but I’m going to do it anyway. Posterity, I guess.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

I choreographed the dancing and acted in a production of Twelve Dancing Princesses for Actor’s Theater for Children. I shot a starter pistol as a stagehand for Bullshot Crummond. I stage managed a production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. I became a real life, official aunt. I did a wedding for people I didn’t know at all and then I did several more. I got featured on A Practical Wedding. I spent seven months mostly alone. I drove up the West Coast. I worked a cash register and made aesthetically pleasing arrangements of lamps. I did most of the planning and a fair amount of the cooking for my sister’s baby shower and only cried once in the back yard alone.

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

No comment.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

MANY people. My sister-in-law had a baby in May and my sister had a baby two days ago. Several friends were successful with infertility treatments and one set of friends had delicious twins.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What places did you visit?

We drove to LA to see a friend’s short film at a film festival at the Chinese Theater and got to visit with some friends. We flew to Washington DC in October to meet our new niece. We took a road trip up to Vancouver, BC and back down the west coast. This added Oregon to my list of states I’ve visited.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?


7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Valentine’s Day was pretty traumatic. Dan was in a car accident, the car was totaled, and he was more than 100 miles away. I didn’t even get to see him for several days after that.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Stage managing the show was a HUGE achievement for me. Getting my floral crowns featured on APW was pretty big, too.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Even bigger LOL.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I started the year with a double ear infection that took forever to go away until I finally got some antibiotics. I fell into a blackberry bush and had a terrible bout of poison oak that took ages to clear up, and discovered that coconut oil was the only thing that helped.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I would not have preferred to do so, but I bought a new-to-me car. She now sports a mustache.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Uh. Survival?

13. What did you get really excited about?

All the theater I was involved with. Turns out putting on a show is still in my blood.

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?

The Lab Coat song.

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

– happier or sadder? LOL

– thinner or fatter? Fatter, because I have a husband at home cooking for me again.

– richer or poorer? LOL Oh man, this is hilarious.

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

Earning income

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


18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve was just us and a friend, working on projects and eating appetizers. Christmas day was at my mom’s house with my extended family. Boxing day was in Berkeley with Dan’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, and baby.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I worked my way through some terrible television when Dan was gone all the time. When he was around, I watched the good stuff. Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I listened to a ton of audiobooks while out walking or taking the bus to/from rehearsals. I read a ton of library books. Don’t know if I can pick favorites.

21. What was your favorite music this year?

I didn’t listen to a lot of music this year. Lots of instrumental stuff to fall asleep to while Dan was gone.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I liked the Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods, and Looper best of what we saw this year.

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

I turned 33 and didn’t feel like I had anything to celebrate.

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

Not having the rug pulled out from under us twice.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Braids. My hair is really long now and braids keep it out of my way.

26. What kept you sane?

Frankly, I’m surprised anything did. Going for days at a time with almost no human interaction is not good for my mental health.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Most of the time it’s just easier to do things yourself. Turns out when everyone is working for free, the free work becomes lowest priority.