Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Quiz 2013

For my year end post, I'm trying something new. I've seen a few of my favorite bloggers do this quiz, and I thought it'd be fun to try.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I made a human, which is pretty damn miraculous when you stop and think about it.


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

I did worry about some things before I really needed to, but I think I appreciated life as it happened. Willa definitely helped me live for the moment.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

You mean, besides me? Yes. Many many friends, and my sister.  

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, my grandfather.

5. What countries did you visit?

No countries, but I did go to Kansas City, Boston, Palm Desert and Denver. 

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

This one is hard. I guess I'll have to go with being easier on myself and my limitations.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 27, 2013, the day we became three. May 15, 2013, the day my grandfather died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I have a few achievements this year that I am proud of. First, successfully transitioning to working mom. Second,  breastfeeding Willa for seven months. My biggest achievement though: Willa.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I can't think of anything that I would classify as a big failure. A bunch of little things that don't mean anything. Six months ago, I may have said I regretted how Willa was born, but I've actually accepted that it happened how it happened, and how it happened is neither a reflection on me as a mother nor a result of anything I did or didn't do. So I can't say there is anything from this year I regret.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Food poisoning this summer, a stomach bug via Willa on Halloween and another small stomach bug on Christmas Eve. I have thrown up more times this year than I have in the last five years at least.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Tie between plane tickets to Boston and our freezer. I love being able to cook a lot on one weekend and freeze everything for future weeknight dinners. Makes it so easy on me.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Our families. Friends. Cooper for being such a great furry big brother.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I'd rather abide by the rule that if I can't say something nice, my mouth stays shut.

14. Where did most of your money go?

We had a baby. Need I say more?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Willa and her first, well, everything. Our trip to Boston. Seeing all my friends this year. An amazing year at work.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?





17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner but only because I was pregnant this time last year
c) richer or poorer? Poorer in the monetary sense, but richer in blessings
   
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Take more pictures.

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

Less critical of the expectations I have for myself.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

I fell in love with my daughter while I carried her. I fell in love with her again when I first saw her as she lay on my chest. I fell in love with my husband again as I watched him stare at the tiny human we created.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

New Girl, Once Upon a Time, Elementary, Downton Abbey

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is a waste of time and energy.

24. What was the best book you read?

I read so many good books this year. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Arcade Fire

26. What did you want and get?

I feel like I could list so many things. But really, a beautiful, healthy baby.
27. What did you want and not get?

A clean house that is easy to maintain. The ability to clone myself.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I didn't get to the movies much this year, but I enjoyed all the ones I did get to see. Ender's Game. Catching Fire. Now You See Me. Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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

32. Willa had a doctor appointment so I took the day off. We had lunch with my parents, did some shopping and had my favorite tacos for dinner. I got a freezer for my birthday. Never have I been so excited for an appliance.

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

Less throwing up.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

For the seven months I was breastfeeding, easy accessibility.

32. What kept you sane?

Bar Method. Willa. John. My mom and sister. 

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I have a major girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence. She seems so fun and real. Also, Joseph Gordon Levitt.


34. Who did you miss?

My grandparents.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Willa. (I feel like all my answers have been Willa, but that doesn't make it any less true.)

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Ignore the haters. You're not the jackass whisperer.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I don't need no money, fortune or fame
I got all the riches baby, one man can claim
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl




Friday, December 27, 2013

Nugget Month 9

Dear Willa,

Nine months. It feels like at this rate I'm going to look up tomorrow, and you'll be turning a year old. So much has happened in the last month.



First Thanksgiving. We didn't do my favorite Thanksgiving tradition this year... the Turkey Trot. Your cousin Beckett was born two days prior Thanksgiving, so we opted to skip it for 2013. The day after Thanksgiving we did one of my other favorite turkey day traditions... the Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth. Opie and your cousin Lily also came with us. You loved the music and the lights on the floats as they went past us. The delight on your face was how I hoped you would react to the parade.




And then Christmas. I have always loved the holiday season. The little girl inside me still finds magic in this time of year. But I must say you have made it a million times more magical. Even though you had no idea what was going on, I had so much fun shopping for your gifts and helping you unwrap them and imagining all the future Christmas traditions we'll enjoy together.




I insisted that we take you to see Santa Claus for your first Christmas. Your daddy really didn't want to go to the mall (the mall is his least favorite place). So when I remembered that every year our city did a village of little houses with different activities including visiting Santa, he was happy. The first night we tried to go, we got there right as they opened, and we estimated the line was going to take about three hours. We didn't think you would last that long so we decided to come back another night. The second time we got there more than an hour early and were the third in line. I had thought we'd have one year when you did not cry at Santa, but that was not to be the case. Originally, you were in a good mood, but after waiting you had gotten cranky. The second I placed you on his knee, you screamed. 




This month you got four teeth on top. Four. In case I'm not clear enough, allow me to spell it out. Not one. Not two. Not three. FOUR. That two times what you got a few months ago. It made for a tough, exhausting week or so. There was one night where we were all up for two hours because it didn't occur to me or your dad that the reason you woke up screaming was because you were teething. Once we did realize it, we were able to get you to sleep again after relieving your pain.





You started crawling on your hands and knees a week or so ago. If you have far to go or want to go faster, you still crawl on your stomach. You can also pull up to standing now all by yourself and walk with assistance. It would seem your dad and I need to finish babyproofing this house as quick as we can.




When you smile it lights up your face and brightens up my day no matter what has happened. May you always find things to smile about.

Love,
Momma


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Christmas

What Christmas song was written on a hot summer day by two songwriters who were hoping that wintry thoughts would cool them off?

"The Christmas Song," popularly known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." It was written in 1945 by Mel Torme and Bob Wells.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Christmas

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

What Christmas song was written on a hot summer day by two songwriters who were hoping that wintry thoughts would cool them off?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Science

Which chemical element got its name from a Greek word that means "stench"?

Bromine. Bromos is the Greek word that describes the element's pungent odor.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Science

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

Which chemical element got its name from a Greek word that means "stench"?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

How many innings did Jewish baseball great Sandy Koufax pitch in a 1961 game that started shortly after his 25-hour Yom Kippur fast had ended?

13. Koufax won 3-2 in a 205-pitch, 15-strikeout game against the Chicago Cubs.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

How many innings did Jewish baseball great Sandy Koufax pitch in a 1961 game that started shortly after his 25-hour Yom Kippur fast had ended?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Her first book after the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy takes place in a small English country town. A city councilman dies, which kicks off a war in the town over his empty seat, and a political struggle the town has argued over for years comes to a heady climax. 

It is not a secret that I love the Harry Potter series. I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling's writing style. She is such a good storyteller. I know many Harry Potter fans did not like her first book post-Potter. I am not one of them. I LOVED it.

There are a ton of characters, and each one lends his or her perspective to the story. There are very few likeable characters in the book, but the fact that so many are despicable is what makes this book so great because it makes the story so real. Like it could actually happen. 

Rowling effortlessly moves the narrative among her characters at a quick pace so the story never stagnates which can happen with a book that takes place in a small town. 

It's not a feel good story. In fact it's almost Shakespearean in how tragic the story ends. Actually it's not so much an ending as much as it's life moving on. A few characters at the end of the book have hope but most do not.

If you like a story that feels real, if a book does not have to have a happy ending for you to enjoy it, read this book.

Next month - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Colleges

How many of the eight Ivy League schools were founded before the American Revolution?

Seven. Only Cornell University was founded after the Revolution in 1865. The seven that predated the Revolution are Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Colleges

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

How many of the eight Ivy League schools were founded before the American Revolution?