A Year In Review: 2012 1


1.What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? 
I got to live through having my house condemned. I lived in a city other than Huntsville for longer than a month–around five months. I’ve had to live without having a fur-baby of some type. I had iron infusions. I was officially creeped out by several relatives. I didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving. I acknowledged a long-held secret, but managed to do it in a quite secretive way. (Vague enough for you?)

2.Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
Generally speaking, I don’t make resolutions.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth?
Physically close? No. Emotionally close? Yes. Several people that I was very close to as a child had children. Then, of course, there was teh interwebz baby boom of 2012.

4.Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, Xander. My sweet, little baby. I miss him every single day.

5.What countries did you visit?
None. I’ve never left this country. I guess you could say that I lived in redneck country for a while. That would be true. I was in an area of the world where around 98% of the people (seriously) are white, and some of those people tend to complain about how the other folks are taking their jobs and houses away. (Oh, it was also a first to actually be in an area where there were so few non-white people.)

6.What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Iron. Money would be nice, too. And less drama and depression.

7.What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Just one day? I don’t know if I should go for Easter, when Xander died. The next week, when our house was condemned. Two days after that, when my mom went in the hospital for two weeks and nearly died from kidney failure. May when my parents had to officially sign the dogs over to the city. Three days later when we were told we couldn’t see them again. That day in July when I fell in the park because I got bitten by fire ants and then found out that I had developed an allergy to said fire ants. The next day when I started my first round of iron infusions and then had to check my dad into the hospital because he was suicidal, before going back to Nana’s and finding out that my aunt thought my dad was faking his depression, my mom was faking her kidney problems, and that I’m, as always, evil. The day that I had to go to a cancer center and found out that my family doctors had fucked up royally when it came to my anemia, then I came home and all some of my relatives cared about was that Obama was (in their minds) an evil Muslim out to turn everyone into a socialist and do all that anti-Jesus hippie-esque stuff. Or Election Day, when I got called crazy by a friend because I said she didn’t understand what racism was. I think I know which day I’ll go with. Today, because it is the end of this godforsaken year.

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not killing myself (or anyone else) or cutting or wrist-banging. Oh, and I haven’t said “fuck you” to any city attorneys this year, so that’s a plus. Oh, and I finished my 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time.

9.What was your biggest failure?
I still can’t stand up for myself in most non-internet, non-court situations.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from the anemia, depression, and the anaphylaxis? Yeah, I’ve had headaches, but most have gotten better with BOTOX. (Whodathunk that poison could do some good?) I’ve had anxiety, but that’s nothing new. And I’ve had the bumps and bruises that come with my clumsiness.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
food

12.Whose behavior merited celebration?
Dad–even though he’s been so angry since we moved back into the house, he’s worked so hard this year.

13.Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Aunt Barbara, Deb, and Billy – Stalking? Disturbing and twisted. Setting someone up to get picked on via a Facebook post? How juvenile. Giving a twenty-eight year old a hard time for a Facebook picture with a Hello Kitty toy when you, as a sixty year old, have hundreds of Beanie Babies? Lame.

Also, Aunt Judy. Holding me responsible for something that you think happened (but didn’t) when I was twelve now that I’m twenty-eight? Unbelievable.

14.Where did most of your money go?
Paying off credit cards and getting groceries.

15.What events did you get really, really, really excited about?
Every day while the dogs were at the shelter, I got excited to see them. I also got excited when my mom got out of the hospital. I think the most excited I got, though, was when I found out that our house was no longer condemned.

16.What song will always remind you of 2012?
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

17.Compared to this time last year, are you:
i.happier or sadder? Sadder
ii.thinner or fatter? thinner, oddly
iii.richer or poorer? poorer

18.What do you wish you’d done more of?
Write

19.What do you wish you’d done less of?
Cried

20.How will you be spending Christmas? 
I spent Christmas sleeping and watching Doctor Who with a headache.

21.Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Nana, probably. Or one of my parents. I never talk to anyone on the phone. (Phone fear.)

22.Did you fall in love in 2012?
No.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
True Blood and Glee.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Ha ha.

seriously, though26. What was the best book you read?
The best book that I read was either The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Hate List, or Katherine (a historical romance novel about the relationship between my 19th great-grandfather and 19th great-grandmother)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?
Gin Wigmore.

28. What did you want and get?
My mom to live.

29. What did you want and not get?
Alice, Gretchen, Molly, and Willow. Also, Xander to be okay.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
I didn’t go to the theater this year.

31.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I probably slept. I turned 28. As you get older, you have to sleep more. 😉

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
BOTOX and having a purple bedroom.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Pajamas. I rarely get dressed anymore.

34. What kept you sane?
Um, who said I was sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most/least?
Least would probably be Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan or John Boehner.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Election in general.

37. Whom did you miss?
My babies.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I tweeted more with some internet folks (Kelsey, Erin, Nancy, and several others), but no one off-line. Oh, except my hematologist. He’s pretty cool. Oh, and the middle school principals that saw me faint at the park, came over and tried to cool me off, helped my parents keep me on the ground, and called 911. Those were definitely the best.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
There are some people you just don’t need in your life.

40. Do you have any lost feelings of others.
Probably.

41.Quote a song that sums up your year:
“So as I write this letter and shed my last tear. It’s all for the better that we end this here. Let’s close this chapter. Say one last prayer, but don’t say that you loved me.”


About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.


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