(Idea from Notes of an Anesthesioboist .)
I last did this on 1 Jan 2010, then forgot all about it. I’m a little late this year.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’ve never done before? Finished a bathroom renovation. I’d never had anyone else renovate anything in a house; this renovation started in Oct 2011 and ended in February 2012. Also, designed and planted my first permaculture garden. And met someone in person (Shelley and Gerard) whom I’d only known through Facebook!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t make them. I just do what I want when I want.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Our favourite vet died in January 2012. Bella bulldog (Shelley’s dog) died suddenly in July 2012, which was shocking to me.
5. What countries did you visit? Just this one… Jekyll Island GA, Boothbay Harbor ME, Ogunquit ME, Baltimore MD, Boston, NYC, Bath ME, Manchester VT, etc. I would rather not use the carbon that it takes to fly.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? Actually, 2012 was pretty great: lots of entertaining and time with friends; lots of walking, snowshoeing and exploring; took several interesting classes; went on a number of fun trips. It was a good year.
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 29 July, when Bella died.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? A good balance of rest and exercise, inside and outside, solitary and social, planned and spontaneous, traveling and home.
9. What was your biggest failure? Always, a failure to love more, to be compassionate, to be fully aware and appreciative of what I am receiving.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Some upper back pain for several months.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I like my Razr Maxx droid phone quite a bit.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Journalists around the world in dangerous locations.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My government’s.
14. Where did most of your money go? Housing/renovation, health insurance/care, retirement savings.
15. What did you get really excited about? Trip to Jekyll.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012? None.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you…
-happier or sadder? happier, I think
-thinner or fatter? same
-richer or poorer? richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Loving. Letting go. Lightening up. Meditation. The usual.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Fretting. Acting out of fear. The usual.
20. How did you spend Christmas? At home with spouse and dog, eating take-out Indian food. The usual!
21. Did you fall in love in 2012? Of course. Almost any time I look through the camera lens, I fall in love.
22. What was your favorite TV program? None … we have almost no channels and rarely watch TV. We have been watching Frasier on dvd but that’s been in 2013.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I can’t think of anyone I hate.
24. What was the best book you read? When We Were the Kennedys, a memoir by Monica Wood, was very good. And the 4 books (so far) in the turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna crime novel series by Frank Tallis were excellent.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? None. Didn’t listen to new music this year.
26. What did you want and get? A dog caretaker who would stay at our house while we’re away and ease Gretty’s stress.
27. What did you want and not get? World peace. Again.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? None, really. A Late Quartet was nice, but rescreenings of Something’s Gotta Give and My Architect were my favourites.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old are you? Hung out at home, early 50s.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I can’t think of anything. Perhaps more time at the ocean.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? One basic uniform for winter, one for summer. Fall and spring are slightly problematic.
32. What kept you sane? Time alone. Time outside. The camera. The garden. Meditation. Exercise. Fiction. Friends. Stable marriage.
33. What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I still like Pema Chödrön a lot. And Rene Girard.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? US: gun control reform (please), drone killing, health care reform (more, please). Globally: Scapegoating, witch hunts, and all other forms of mimetic violence. Torture as legal punishment. Oil/resource wars.
35. Whom did you miss? My friends from my former community. My dad. Rachael and Charlie. The ocean.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Many … I met Caroline and Jim, Candis, Liz, Ann, Natalie, Mary Lou and Larry, and others between 2009 and 2011, but really got to know them all better in 2012.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. Nothing stays the same.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
A new Moon leads me to
Woods of dreams, and I follow.
A new world waits for me;
My dream, my way…
I know that if I have Heaven
There is nothing to desire.
Rain and river, a world of wonder,
May be Paradise to me.”
— Enya, “China Roses