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Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 Meme

Since the year is mostly over I figure I can go ahead and post this now since I have some time! :)

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

visited the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the North Carolina mountains

Can you find me?

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

I didn't make any that I recall.  No, I don't think so.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

my sister in law so I got a new nephew this year, Zach!

He's a keeper!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

no, but the pastor of the very small church I attended growing up died on November 10; he was 86

5. What countries did you visit?

none although Andrew went to Kenya so I felt I visited it through pictures and his stories

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

hmmm,maybe a trip somewhere interesting; a settled soul; consistent hope and thankfulness despite life's circumstances

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

losing weight without really trying

9. What was your biggest failure?

inconsistency in faith

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

well, the Shiatsu massage pillow is so rough it bruised my backbone - ouch!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

meals for the elderly through our county's Meals on Wheels program

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Michael - as usual he's such a wonderful young fellow

Love him!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Bashar al-Assad's

14. Where did most of your money go?

probably health insurance and taxes

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

to be honest, I rarely get "really, really, really excited" about anything as it's not my temperament, but what I loved doing this year was spending time with my nephews and I was really excited when Andrew came home from Kenya (but don't tell him)

They're baaaaack!

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2011?

Peace,Peace, Wonderful Peace -- my mom sang it at my former pastor's funeral; he always said he wanted her to sing it at his funeral so she did

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

i. Happier or sadder?

ii. the same

iii. Thinner or fatter?

iv. a bit (and I mean a bit) thinner although Christmas gatherings may have reversed that in recent days

v. richer or poorer?

vi. well, Andrew just broke his finger, had surgery and went to Kenya in December so ...  

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

traveling - I missed our summer beach trip due to Hurricane Irene coming through that weekend

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

worrying, being fearful

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

with family after church

21. How many one-night stands?


22. What was your favorite TV program?


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

I try not to hate people, but I suppose I dislike some people more this year than last (see # 13 for starters)

24. What was the best book you read?

Wow, I just checked my end-of-the-month lists and was reminded of how many good books I read this year. It's a tough choice as there is no one book that stands out as my absolute favorite. I suppose it depends on what genre you are interested in. Since I have to choose, I'll go with Girl Meets God which I read in February if you care to go back and see what I noted about it.  Some books I remembered so well, I could hardly believe it had been several months since I read them.  They seemed like books I was reading just a few weeks ago not back in January or March!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Juan, my brother in law's brother who visited for a couple of weeks from Venezuela

such a sweetheart

26. What did you want and get?


27. What was your favorite film of this year?

I only watched 2 movies, The Bucket List and Steel Magnolias; both were good and both made me cry; I'll choose the first as my favorite since I'd not seen it before and the second as my favorite because of the great southern accents

28. What did you do on your birthday?

went to a dog show with Stephanie and Michael during the day and out with Andrew for supper at Ruby Tuesday

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

comfort is key
Me and the Ninja Child on Halloween

30. What kept you sane?

I'm not sure if I am

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

I love all the characters on N.C.I.S. and wish I'd been watching this show for the years it's been on TV (I guess I could get the past seasons on DVD eventually, right?)

32. What political issue stirred you the most?

the hypocrisy of so many people on the Arab Spring and more; so I guess foreign policy once again

33. Who did you miss?

talking to Louai from London once he moved back to Damascus

34. Who was the best new person you met?


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

If used correctly, Facebook can be a tool for learning a lot about a variety of viewpoints!  And oftentimes it's fun meeting new people, but hard to tell them goodbye.
Come again soon, Juan!


Usman said...

Merry Christmas!

Susanne said...

Thank you! I hope you are doing well. I've missed hearing from you this year. :)

Wafa' said...

merry Christmas, hope it was a great time for you and your family :)

And i enjoyed reading the meme, as always love to know more about you :)

Susanne said...

Wafa', today was very nice - thank you!

And I like learning more about you as well so the feeling is mutual! :)

Amber said...

I cannot find you in the first picture! Which one are you? ;)

You have the cutest nephews!

Yes, NCIS is a wonderful show and you can get all the seasons on dvd. Pretty much anywhere that carries dvds should have them and I know that they're available at Amazon.

I've got to remember to do this meme at some point...

Susanne said...

Yes, my brother said I was hard to find! ;)

NCIS DVDs -- great! I'll have to get them eventually!

Yes, you need to do this one. I wanted to beat you to it this year! Hahah! Last year it was several days into January before I got it up and I copied you. :)

Lat said...

Loved and enjoyed reading all this! Perhaps next time you can come to S'pore for a visit,inshaAllah! :D Send my love and hugs to young teddy bear,Zach and ninja Micheal!:D

Susanne said...

It would be wonderful to meet you one day, Lat! :) your words about Zach and Michael made me grin really big. :D Thanks!

sanil said...

Hey, I remember most of this! :) Thank you for sharing your life with us. I hope you had a good Christmas, and wish you a happy new year.

Susanne said...

Ha! Good memory! :) Hope your holiday is going well. Happy new year to you also!

observant observer said...

Merry Christmas still! I did enjoy the meme, all cute and wonderful questions and aswers. I wish I could befriend you on Facebook, how? Have a wonderful New Year too!! God bless u and your fam....!

Becky said...

So with Christmas and everything, I didn't realise you actually were the first one to do this meme (at least of the blogs I follow) :P

I really enjoyed reading, being reminded of your year :) Sounds like a pretty good one, and hopefully the next one will be even better :)

I did it as well, yesterday, but it's set for publishing tomorrow (don't like publishing too many posts on one day, and this way there'll be a bit of action every day :P )

Susanne said...

Observant, you can find me here, I think. Just ask to be my friend if you want.


Thanks for your comment!

Becky, Amber beat me to doing this last year and I wanted to win this year! Haha. Kidding. I had time and just finished it fast this year. My 2010 meme didn't get published until January this year! :)

I'll be looking for yours then! You know I read your posts/view your blog even if I cannot comment on all of them, right? I was looking through some of your Link Loves just yesterday. :)

Becky said...

Yeah I didn't publish mine 'til January this year too :)

And I know sweetheart :) don't worry about it :)

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