1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Became a nurse and had lots of new experiences that came it, including becoming chemotherapy certified! I performed my first static trapeze routine and learned new flying tricks. Also, I tried online dating and went on my first real "first date." I hiked a mountain, photographed a wedding for the first time, went on my first cruise, went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, rode first-class on a plane, and went to my first renaissance faire.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I meant to try and be happy this year. Oops.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A friend from nursing school had a baby at the beginning of the year, my trapeze instructor became a father, and two of my fraternity brothers adopted the most adorable little boy.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My mother. I also lost a lot of incredible patients.
5. What countries did you visit?
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I think I'd like 2011 to have a lot less drama.
7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 12, the day my mom passed.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing the NCLEX. But I'm also pretty stoked about my static trapeze performance, too. And finishing my scrapbook from college. And starting and sticking with (I'm just a bit behind on posting) a 365 photography project. And getting my mom's house sold by the end of the year was HUGE. Even though I feel pretty lazy, I guess it's been a productive year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Becoming kind of an emotional mess for a big part of it, and also not being the best nurse I could've been at times.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I've pretty much had a cold since the beginning of 2009, though I apparently have no allergies and my CT scan was normal. I was diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome and did a few months of PT for that.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'm pretty pleased with my purchase of these Fluevog boots and my new Coach tote has been pretty useful this year. But the money I spent on trapeze was probably the best spent. Oh, and those Something Corporate tickets! And of course paying for the surgery that saved Lola's life after she ate garland.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of my incredible friends who helped me through a rough summer and were amazing in helping to get my mom's house cleaned out.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
There were some people who severely disappointed me this year in how they behaved, but I'm leaving it in the past.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Um, clothes. And trapeze. But I'm okay with that.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing Justin in La Nouba and going to Harry Potter world!
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I don't know if there's a specific song, but this year I listened to a lot of Glee, Something Corporate and Taylor Swift.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? I think after the holiday weight, I'm netting about the same.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer... I actually have a paycheck now!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Trapeze, and exercise in general.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Had friends over during the day on Christmas Eve before spending the evening with foreverseenstar's family where I fell asleep in a chair. Spent Christmas day with family and then worked that night.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Probably Grey's Anatomy.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate? That's a strong word. No, I don't hate anyone.
25. What was the best book you read?
Water for Elephants.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Regina Spektor and Taylor Swift
27. What did you want and get?
A job on an inpatient oncology unit. And a new tattoo.
28. What did you want and not get?
The money from my mom's estate/life insurance.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Easy A. And Deathly Hallows.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27. I worked on my birthday and waited for my mom to die, who thankfully waited until the next day.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
30 hours in a day?
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I spend a third of my time in scrub, another third in tights, and the last third in clothes I can't really afford.
33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Oh, hrm, probably stuck with my usual celeb crushes, but maybe added Matt Bomer to that list.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Yeah, on the list of things I don't need to remember about 2010: all the political garbage. So disillusioned.
36. Who did you miss?
My nursing school friends.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
I wouldn't say I learned it, but 2010 definitely reinforced the fact that life is short and you need to live each day to the fullest because you never know what to expect. Also, life is a rollercoaster with incredible highs and lows, and there's nothing more valuable than amazing friends who are there to share those highs and pick you up during the lows.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"...Reasons like seasons, they constantly change, and the seasons of last year like reasons have floated away. Away with this spilt milk, away with this dirty dish water, away..." - Something Corporate, "Me and The Moon"
I'm glad I did this, because really I had it in my head that 2010 was this terrible year full of loss and heartache and while there was a lot of that and I had a lot of loved ones who went through hard times, there was just as much good that happened this year. It just goes to show I need to write in here more often. It's therapeutic. But I think 2010 started on an exciting note (I passed the NCLEX and landed my dream job), had a challenging summer (lots of heartache and loss), and despite lots of stress with trying to deal with everything, it ended pretty fantastically (I met an incredible boy which is developing into a relationship I'm pretty excited about and I took an amazing trip to Florida).
As far as 2011 is concerned, it's been off to a slow start... I feel like I'm still trying to recover from the holidays and being sick for a week and digging out from one snowstorm after another. I've been slowly chipping away at my to-do list but I'm finding it hard to get motivated. This year I'd like to take better care of myself: eat better, exercise, and get more sleep. I want to grow as a nurse, too. I just signed up to take a test to become Oncology Certified and I'm taking a class in May to become a Reiki Master. I want to get more serious about trapeze, actually train like I mean it. I have a performance (that I keep growing more terrified for) on Feburary 5th and at the end of February I'm going to NECCA for trapeze teacher training. I want to finish out my 365 project and I also want to start scanning and archiving a lot of the old photos I've recovered from my mom's house. If I can stick to all those I'll be happy with myself. Okay, about that whole getting more sleep thing... Later, skaterz.