2012 Wrapup

Time for the year-end roundup! (I’ve been copying Chele with this for many years now.)

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Went to Africa
Jumped off the Stratosphere in Vegas
Saw the Gophers make the Frozen Four
Got some really expensive dental implants ($6,000 and I still don’t have the actual teeth yet!)
Bought a kayak
Was able to run two miles straight
Celebrated a wedding anniversary
Learned West Coast Swing at an actual dance studio (not just community ed)
Went to Oktoberfest in New Ulm
Touched the Mediterranean Sea
Took part in a minigolf league
Hired a financial adviser
Wrestled (and lost) in a sumo suit
Went to the famous Casino in Monte Carlo
Took the St Paul Gangster tour
Drove a pontoon boat
Almost got murdered on an abandoned naval base in Alameda (ok, the murder part isn’t true, but we were nervous)
Had a cocktail at the Ritz Paris
Built a fake hockey rink with cardboard and felt
Took a train through the Chunnel

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

I didn’t do traditional resolutions, but I’m still working hard on my 101 Things list. I just hit day #900, so there are only a few months left to go!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Dan and Kate (Eddy)
Bill and Katie (Amanda)
Chris and Meg (Henry)
Ryan and Chris (Robinson)
Klein and Steph (Jackson)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

Eight new ones this year: France, Italy, The Vatican, Monaco, Spain, Tunisia, Belgium, the UK

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Vacation time. I mean, I had a lot of vacation time, I just always want more.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day the Gophers beat UND and made the Frozen Four. There was a lot of yelling, laughing, hugging, and crying.
The day Wendy and I jumped off the Stratosphere. I want to go again.
The evening we sailed away from Rome on our honeymoon.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making massive progress on our financial goals, kayaking a lot, general yard and garden improvement.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think about failures too much, but I do wish I could find something to replace the 3-Day in my life, and I haven’t yet. I haven’t really found anything that demands that level of intensity, and that’s one of the things I really loved about it. Oh, and I also didn’t do any letterpress work all year, and that bothers me. So I need to fix it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had a hell of a cold in March that resulted in a sinus infection, double ear infection, and pinkeye. It stuck around for two weeks, too.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A trip to Europe for our honeymoon, and also our kayaks and treadmill.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

The people who voted in various states to legalize (or not make illegal) gay marriage. Also Minnesotans for not allowing the voter ID law to pass.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Republicans. Always the republicans. Oh, and the people who think the solution to gun violence is to arm everyone. What kind of world do you want to live in, exactly?

14. Where did most of your money go?

Getting our finances in order to go buy a bar in the Caribbean. (I would like to point out that this is the first time in years it didn’t mostly go to travel… that’s how it works when your honeymoon is mostly pre-paid.)

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

Vacation! Hockey! Camping! Financial nerdery! Holidays!

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Solo Tu Tienes la Llave by Cuarto Poder
The Road
by Frank Turner
Hey Jealousy because of Colleen… it’s a long story.
Oh Love by Green Day
Gangnam Style (because it reminds everyone of 2012)

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

i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? a little thinner
iii. richer or poorer? richer

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

Tech reporting. It’s a great source of income, but when I get busy at work it’s impossible to devote much brain-space to it. I took a break from it at the end of the year, because I can’t spend enough time on it.

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

Getting upset at other people for being lazy/unmotivated/flaky/quitters etc. It’s their issue, not mine.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Usually we’d be in Watertown with my in-laws, but since Jumi and Josh’s wedding was this weekend, they came here instead. The four of us celebrated Christmas Eve at our house, and then spent Christmas Day with my side of the family at my parents’ house. There were 12 of us there, and it was awesome. Except for the part where I had to be back at work today.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?

I stayed in love in 2012. Matt’s my favorite. :)

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Thick Of It (I’d listen to Malcolm ranting all day)
Breaking Bad

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


24. What was the best book you read?

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. I wanted it to be ten times longer than it was.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2012?

Matt introduced me to Frank Turner.

26. What did you want and get?

A trip to Vegas, a trip to Europe, a trip to San Francisco with Steve and Colleen, a trip to Chicago to see my homeland, a camping trip to Itasca, a treadmill, to redo our office at home to make it useful. So yeah, that worked out well.

27. What did you want and not get?

I wanted to play craps in Monte Carlo, but that salon was under construction. GOD. I lost 10 euros on video poker instead, so technically I probably came out ahead.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I was late to the game, but Cabin in the Woods was excellent. So was Argo.

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

We had happy hour with friends, went to a Twins game, had dinner at Bar La Grassa, and stayed in a fancy room at the Marquette. I turned 39 this year. *GASP*

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

I mean, I guess I could be living on the beach right now, but I can’t complain.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?


32. What kept you sane?

Matt, exercise, building new things at work (instead of fixing old things).

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


34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The economy and taxes. I feel like nobody understands how the economy works at all, and it’s going to keep getting worse if we continue on the current path.

35. Who did you miss?

My grandma, especially when my parents said they were selling my grandparents’ house and made us decide which of their items we wanted to keep. I still cry every time I think about it.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Our pub crawl friends on the cruise. They’re so much fun.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:

Constantly re-evaluate, especially financially. There’s room for improvement and efficiency everywhere.

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

Oh my good friend let’s start something
Then throw it all out to the wind
How many mountains will we conquer?
We’ll never know till we begin

Bouncing Souls – Ship in a Bottle

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