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Day 4: Kate's Meme

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I know, I know - I keep saying I won't do anymore of these, at least not for a while. But my daughter sent me this one, and how can I say no? I indulge my children, lol...

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Went to Canterbury Cathedral, just like one of Chaucer's pilgrims.

2. Did you keep your 2010 resolutions, and did you make more for 2011?
Some more than others, and yes - always do!

3. What places did you visit?
The big trip was to Kent (is this repetitive? lol). Shorter one-day trips to Derbyshire (loved it, want to go back), Staffordshire, the local zoo in Chester, a few National Trust properties.

4. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Okay, I know it's materialistic 'n' all, but - money. I don't need to be filthy, stinking rich, just comfortable enough to feel secure.

5. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
You know I can never pick just one--! There's a date in February and another in July, but both are associated with not-very-good things, so I refuse to dwell on them. October 14 was an outstandingly good day: we were on the grounds of the battlefield where the Battle of Hastings took place, on that very day (14th October) 1066. That was incredible.

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Did I achieve anything? Well, perhaps nothing important in the grand scheme of things (she said modestly). Lost weight... got healthier... brought the blood sugar down quite a bit, the blood pressure down a little. Yes, I guess those qualify as 'achievements.' So the biggest one of the year? Mmm... getting healthier, I think.

7. What was your biggest failure?
My inability to rebuild a collapsed relationship.

8. What was the best thing you bought?
Mostly a case of little stuff. There are a couple books that are meaningful for me, but nothing that I use every day or that I spent a lot of money on or anything. Nothing standout.

9. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Fellow Sparklers, as much as anyone. LJCannon, perhaps most of all.

10. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My mother. Let's not go there.

11. Where did most of your money go?
The bad stuff: household maintenance, as in when we had to replace a couple of appliances. (The other side of the coin, of course, is the blessing that we could afford to when we needed to.) The good stuff: probably the single biggest expenditure was the trip to Kent - we were away for nearly two weeks, and accommodation and meals out aren't cheap, even though we tried to be budget-conscious.

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing Hever Castle, for real! I've been reading about it, seeing pictures of it, since I was a kid. The adventure of a lifetime to see it FOR REAL! Runner-up would be Canterbury: ever since I saw the movie Becket way back when (the one with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) I've wanted to go there.

13. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Do I know any songs from 2010? Mmm, not sure I do. I'll have to get back to you on that.

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier. So far. (lol!)
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner.
c) richer or poorer? In a material sense, poorer. In the abstract, intangible sense - richer.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Goofing off.

17. What was your favorite TV program?
There are a couple of medical dramas I watch every week, but I'd have to say the 'Don't Miss, Can't Wait for the Next Episode' was the Pillars of the Earth mini-series. Definitely.

18. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Ah... no, I guess not. Should I? :-)

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dunno that EYE discovered them, but I've heard a couple things from The Secret Sisters that's prompted me to check out some of their stuff. Adele - she's just fantastic. And in the course of doing some research for background music (don't ask, lol) I stumbled across some very early Norse and Anglo-Saxon music, some of it quite strange but very interesting. Oh, and a hammered dulcimer musician - some neat folk music.

20. What did you want and get?
Trip to Kent.

21. What did you want and not get?
A cruise. I was thinking about a cruise around the Baltic capitals... Comes down to money, I suppose, really.

22. What was your favorite film of this year?
Inception, no question. True Grit was technically released in 2010, but I haven't seen it yet - it's not released in the UK till the next week or so.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
We went to Rochester (in Kent) and toured the cathedral there as well as the castle. Also had lunch with one of my fellow Sparklers, which was a real treat. I turned 58.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Actually getting something written and published.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
If it fits and it's comfortable - wear it, lol. I'm not sure it's a fashion concept - maybe more of a way-of-life.

26. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't want to go there. (Mimics her Great Aunt Ethel:) 'Never discuss politics or religion, dear.'

27. Who did you miss?
Rick. Always.

28. Who was the best new person you met?
Sue. She's another Sparkler.

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Live in the moment - be aware, be mindful.

30. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
As long as it doesn't have to be a current (i.e., 2010) song - 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.'

Tomorrow: Back to Alphabet Soup! :-D
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  • LEANJEAN6
    Happy great blog--I think you should write!
    3613 days ago
  • LJCANNON
    emoticon emoticon Me thinks you give me too much credit, my Friend!! Everything good that I have accomplished this year has been either directly or indirectly due to my SparkFriends.
    emoticon You have been such a Blessing to me!!!
    3613 days ago
  • SROUS1340
    A great way to look back at the year, you have a Kate-I have a Cait-Caitlin too. You have such a different tone this year, you really seem to have embraced optimism my friend. I'm hanging with you more, my glass has been half empty for a while and your bright and shiny take is lifting my spirtis.
    3620 days ago
  • ANASONIC
    OH what a wonderful recap of your year! Mine not so exciting...have always wanted to visit England and hope to someday. Yes Pillars of the Earth was an awesome book! Hope your New Year brngs you health, happiness and wealth!

    Ana
    3620 days ago
  • DR1939
    Loved Canterbury Cathedral. We took the train out from London. Like you I had wanted to see it since seeing Beckett. I met an author in Poland (American author) who writes "Walking to" books. He wrote "Walking to Canterbury" and I read it before going. Interesting book.

    Enjoyed your questions and answers. Made me think back across 2010. Our big trip was a Russian river cruise. We're Yanks but travel with an Aussie friend so had to find a cruise with no airfare. Ended up with a group of Brits. Really interesting experience. Spent a lot of time with our table mates discussing differences in table manners, language, etc. They are planning to visit us this year and we will visit them next time we are in the UK.
    3620 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8752472
    I loved your blog!

    I was such a fan of Pillars of the Earth too! Loved the book also!

    And one of my favorite places in England is Canterbury, we have been there a few times and I just see it as magic. It takes ME back and I can picture myself living there ... LOL

    You have such a rich life ... travel, discovery, etc.!!!!

    Thanks to your daughter and thanks to you for indulging here (and me) ... I love this kind of stuff! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3620 days ago
  • TURTLETALK
    Great questions. I haven't seen Pillars of the Earth miniseries but I loved the book.
    3620 days ago
  • BLONDWUNN
    This is a wonderful way to recap the year PERSONALLY. We always hear the year in review as a nation or globally, but this sketch is a perfect bookmark to use as reference for your memoirs! It highlights the fact that the 'road of life' actually consists of many sideroads and meanderings, some leading to deadends and some that continue by necessity to an unseen, but perhaps predetermined (?), destination. Good thing we don't know all this in advance!

    I love your writing. It's definitely a gift.
    3620 days ago
  • MTULLY
    Interesting questions, interesting answers. Makes me want to invite you over for tea and chat some more! Your comment about Inception makes me want to see the movie. Your comment about writing and publishing gives me hope that you might make this the year you do. Just a book of your memoirs would be a hit - be sure to include your Christmas 1960. That was another nice piece of writing!
    3620 days ago
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