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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Meme

Happy New Year to all who celebrate! ;)

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

helped sort food for the Allied Churches of Alamance County's food pantry on Black Friday and a few times since then

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

Well, my gratitude journal got neglected more than written in in 2014 so ...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

my sister in law had a baby girl, Sophie

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Mema died on July 13. She was 91.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

a trip to visit Samer

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

besides the two mentioned above (birth/death), I will remember September 30 since that is when we closed on both our old and new houses

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

selling our old house a couple of days after putting it on the market

9. What was your biggest failure?


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I got the family sickness a few days before Christmas (cough, sniffles, sore throat, chills).  Probably because Zach was sick and wanted me to hold him, and he breathed right into my face.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

frozen custard

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Andrew's - he's most always a cheerful, helpful guy

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

certain family members

14. Where did most of your money go?

the new house

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

 I really enjoyed a couple day trips I took with my mom, and the beach trip we went on with my sister and nephew

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2014?

Ummmm, All About That Bass

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

i. Happier or sadder?

ii. same

iii. Thinner of fatter?

iv. same

v. richer or poorer?

vi. well, we bought a house so probably poorer in some ways, but if a house is a good investment then maybe richer

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

hiking in the mountains; visiting Samer since we didn't at all

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

It was our first Christmas without Mema alive - rather odd since during my childhood, we always went to visit Mema and Pop. Even through adulthood we were there at Christmas or somewhere around the holidays.

All of us except my brother's family (they were in the mountains visiting his wife's family)  and Lorraine (who was visiting her mom for a few days)* met at my sister's house around 4:30. Andrew and I had eaten lunch and exchanged a few gifts with Andrew's parents, brother, and his wife earlier in the day.  It was wonderfully sunny for the first time in a few days so we ended up going to see the horse.  My sister in law was taking pictures of herself and the horse - trying out her new phone. 
Anyway, later in the day we went to Steph's house where we ate, watched The Andy Griffith Show (Opie the Bird-man), played one game of Apples to Apples (Will won) while Daniel watched "Frosty the Snowman" since he'd not seen it this Christmas season (yeah, really!)  We decided to see the lights on Marye Drive. They were in time with some music on the radio.  A really nice display which we enjoyed!  Then we drove up to Walgreens since they were open.  I guess we were bored and wanted to see what was happening.  I bought some Combos which were 2 for $2. Then we went by Sheetz for free hot chocolate or coffee or whatever.  Walgreens and Sheetz are both close to my sister's house. 
Andrew and I got home around 9:15 or so, and I made our online reservations so we could leave for Southport in the morning.  I had to pack then. 

* We had our family meal/gift exchange the Saturday before Christmas since some folks would be out of town on the 25th.

21. How many one-night stands?

I still hate this question

22. What was your favorite TV program?


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

Time Warner Cable (corporations are people, right?)

24. What was the best book you read?
This is always a tough one for me because how can I pick the best out of dozens of books?  Among my favorites were the memoir from the deaf man, and the lady who helped blind people around the world

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Zach singing

26. What did you want and get?

a rug for the living room

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don't think I watched a movie this year

28. What did you do on your birthday?

watched Zach some; went out with Michael and Andrew that evening

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

practical, comfortable

30. What kept you sane?
several short trips just to get away and enjoy nature; walking, walking, walking

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

Peppa Pig (especially when Zach introduced himself as Peppa to someone at the park)

32. What political issue stirred you the most?


33. Who did you miss?  

Pop, Mema

34. Who was the best new person you met?


35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

remind your fears how big your God is (although, truthfully, I still don't think I've learned this lesson; still, it's a good thought)


Niki said...

I enjoyed reading this.

My responses to a few of your answers:

1. Cool.

5. I'm surprised. Seems like you go to another country every year the past few years. I thought you'd done that again last year, but obviously not. lol

11. Frozen custard? lol I thought you would've said your new house. :-)

21. Me, too. Maybe I should just remove it from mine next time.

22. I like NCIS:LA. Good show.

23. lol Problems with TWC?

Susanne said...

5. -- Yeah, it does seem like we've traveled to several countries the last few years, but really they've all been in 2009,2012 and 2013. I would have gone last year, but Samer kept having to postpone his trip to visit his family due to visa issues. We finally was able to go, but then got sick over the summer, then we decided only in July to sell our house which meant we had to stick around. We had talked about going to Nuremberg around mid-December, but then Samer's sister wanted him to visit then since the kids were out of school. But he got denied a visa because he's Syrian! Ugh!

Truthfully I HATE preparing for trips so I'm glad I didn't the stress of that on top of moving. But I do love the trips themselves. I wish I could skip the preparing part. :)

11 -- I still miss my old house/neighborhood. :)

23 -- yes, when we moved I could never get a situation resolved until after several phone calls. I hate phone calls.

Susanne said...

Um, we finally WERE able to go...then HE got sick.

Didn't HAVE the stress...

I should have proofread before hitting send. Sorry!