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2011 Wrap-Up

3 Jan
So technically, you’re supposed to do this before the end of the year, but I was too busy stuffing myself and doing nothing to get off my butt and sit in front of the computer to write this post. Anyways, I found this really cool idea on this blog  for a yearly recap which I loved because it appealed to the inquisitive part of my brain. I love questionnaires! So without further ado, here is my 2011 recap. Hopefully, I’ll start doing this every year.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before? 

I can think of a few things: I started my Master’s program, went to Asheville, NC, shot a rifle, drove by myself for over 5 hours more than once, ran non-stop for 10 minutes ( I cannot do it anymore, ha!) and got a speeding ticket. I’m sure there are more first-time events, but that’s all I can think of right now.

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

Well, I technically didn’t make new year’s resolutions last year. Later on, I did make some but I didn’t make them public.I had a few important ones which I did keep: start school, lose weight (I briefly succeeded on this one until I started school and stopped working out) become more stable emotionally, and others which I failed at: floss every night, get more sleep, read 25 books, lose weight and keep it off, save money and call my extended family back home more.

I think making resolutions is kind of inevitable. Some people make a big deal out of it, while others keep the resolutions to themselves. I, for one, plan to make my resolutions public this year, but I will make an effort to make more attainable goals so that I can stick to them and not just ditch them by the end of January. I will try to publish them here  as I recently discovered how awesome it is to go back and read something I wrote a year ago.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Some friends in Colombia did, but no one in my close circle of family or friends (that I recall).

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Again, some acquaintances and relatives of coworkers, but thankfully no one really close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?

None. Or only one if I count the fact that I spent the first 10 hours of 2011 in Colombia.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

Oh, man. So many things. Consistency, discipline, self-control when it comes to spending. Money!

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My birthday (March 19) is the first one that comes to mind. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve had. It would have been perfect if I had been able to be with my family as well. But it was pretty damn close to perfect. Other awesome dates: December 30 and 31. On the former, I spent a wonderful day in Asheville, North Carolina. I know it wasn’t an extraordinary adventure, but I was happy all day long. On the latter, ditto on the happiness and also it marked the end of a great year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I successfully started my Master’s. Also, I lost 15 pounds.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I gained those 15 pounds back. Ha! Also, I had never been so broke, but that is not entirely my fault.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just a very persistent flu towards the end of the year.  Also, my migraines diminished a little this year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Shoes (I’m not even kidding).  Also, my awesome new camera. 

12. Where did most of your money go?

School tuition, books, gas, lawyers, and other school related expenses. And shoes.  🙂

13. What did you get really excited about?

Starting grad school, openly announcing to my family and friends that I was in a serious relationship, turning 27 (it felt like a milestone birthday to me), living in a big city again, albeit for a short period of time.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Adele’s Someone Like You

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter?Richer or poorer?

Definitely happier, same weight as this time last year, and a tad poorer. 😦

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

Exercising. Sleeping. Saving.

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

Late-night snacking. Wine-drinking. Stressing.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

I spent Christmas’ Eve with my boyfriend’s family. Everyone was really nice and the food was amazing. Christmas Day was spent mostly watching movies and eating chocolate chip cookies. 

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Dexter! I can’t believe I have to wait 10 months to see what happens next. 

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

UltraMetabolism by Mark Hyman
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Lee Dugard
Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

All of Adele’s 21 album, The Temper Trap’s Love Lost, Coldplay’s Charlie Brown and Paradise, Katy Perry’s Fireworks, and Glee’s version of Baby It’s Cold Outside.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

This is hard to answer as I’ve become some sort of film snob. Most movies I watched were kind of meh. I really liked Water for Elephants, The Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels. My favorite would be Midnight in Paris. 

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

I turned 27. I had two birthday celebrations. I received great presents and had a memorable birthday dinner.

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

If I could have spent at least a week with my mom.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Same as 201o. Nothing outlandish. Mostly neutral colors in the winter, bright ones in the summer. Lots of shoe variety!

26. What kept you sane?

Long phone calls to my mom. My boyfriend. My best friends.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

Life proved to me once again that everything does happen for a reason. Even the really bad things.

Subject to Change

27 Dec

Today is the second day after Christmas day and the fifth day of my vacation. I am currently in Allentown, PA at my best friend’s sister’s house. It is a REALLY nice house – with a jacuzzi and everything, hello!  I had my first Christmas american style and I have to say it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t great either because I wasn’t with my mom and the rest of my family. 😦

There’s a couple of differences between American Christmas and Colombian Christmas. First of all, we don’t usually buy presents for EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the family. In Colombia, or at least in my city, children are the ones who get presents, not adults. If there are presents, we open them at midnight and not on the 25th. And third, it is not Santa Claus who brings presents; for us it is Baby Jesus who does it. We spent Christmas at my friend’s aunt’s house and there was a lot of people there, mostly Colombians, so it felt a lot like home. Except for the fact that everything was covered in snow and I was almost freezing to death.  The next morning, we opened presents by the Christmas tree, sipping hot chocolate and eating doughnuts. I got three different presents: a pair of pajamas, a scrapbooking kit and cute basket full of beauty products. The rest of the day I did nothing but hang out in PJ’s, eat Christmas dinner leftovers and watch movies all day. I didn’t shower until 8 PM that day. Yesterday, we went out to a small town near Allentown and went shopping, which I can say is the hobby of most Americans. I got a nice jacket with a hoodie from Aeropostale. It was my Xmas present to myself! Then there was a little impromptu party in honor to some relatives who arrived from Texas. Again, I met a bunch of cousins and uncles of my friend and had to introduce myself like a million times.

Right now, I am sitting on a couch in my pajamas still and eating chocolate chip cookies. Everyone is either watching TV, playing video games or playing with their laptops. We still haven’t decided what we’re doing today. But since it’s sunny out and it will snow tomorrow, we are thinking of going out and enjoying the beautiful day. I am a bit bummed because no one wants to go to NYC with me. But as everything in my life, that is also subject to change.