Hi, folks. Looks like I (completely, by a long shot) missed posting this “new year post” at the official beginning of 2016. But hey – Chinese New Year was only yesterday! Gung hey fat choy! And since we did not manage a proper Christmas card this year, this must serve as our retrospective message. Time to get this year bloggily rolling.
- What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
Me: Finally got rid of a lot of baby stuff (sigh), made my own Irish Cream on St. Paddy’s, performed with my dance troupe at the Pirate Festival, made Strata for Christmas morning.
Sean: Turned 38, bought a house while the wife was out of town, and sold a house – also while the wife was out of town.
E: Turned six; learned to draw a minion and read in French (as well as English); got glasses; moved; got a new couch; lost two teeth!
A: Saw aerialists performing on Canada Day, got to try silks myself at Family Camp… and have been aerialisting as much as possible since.
- Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Me, Sean: Who can remember? And you betcha! They’re epic.
E: Six-year-olds don’t need to resolve things.
A: My parents didn’t know it, but I resolved to ONLY wear things I DEEM CURRENTLY ACCEPTABLE. I kept this resolution as firmly as possible.
- Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me: My cousins had a son ON MY BIRTHDAY! Yeah, baby! Also, congrats and love to Lindsay, Eleanor, Catherine, Jaya, Katie, and probably more…
Sean: See above.
E: Well, I did spawn thousands of pigs in Minecraft.
A: No, but I’m the mama of many babies, including Minnie Mouse. And a minion.
- Did anyone close to you die?
Me: Jonathan Crombie, a.k.a. Gilbert Blythe (sniff!), and Jurgen Gothe, a.k.a. my fave CBC Radio voice since I was a kid.
Sean: Leonard Nimoy.
E: All those pigs eventually died.
A: My Elsa crown got broken, which is about the same level of tragedy.
- What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Me: Organizational skills, for real this time. And an extra dose of will power.
Sean: Discipline. Other than that, I want for nothing. OFFICIALLY.
E: More pages for my Pokémon cards.
A: A light blue stuffed dog that I can take for indoor walks.
- What countries did you visit?
Me: The exotic land of my garage. I cleaned that sh*t up.
Sean: Jakku and Takodana.
E: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States (in my virtual car-racing schedule).
A: Arendelle. Many times.
- What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:
Me, Sean: August 27th – moving day; October 19th – goodbye Harper!; November 13th – terrorist attacks in Paris.
E: Visiting the Science Centre and the African Lion Safari.
A: Visiting the African Lion Safari and the Science Centre.
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Me: That one kid-free day in October where I spent the entire day working my tail off and GOT SO MUCH DONE.
Sean: Making the perfect, harmonious configuration of apps on my phone.
Me and Sean: Ten years of marriage!! (Celebrated at Niagara-on-the-Lake.)
E: Surviving another new school – and liking it. Also my earthworm diorama rocked.
A: Dancing at Talent Night with my Grammie and my friends.
- What was your biggest failure?
Me: Major blog neglect, e.g. NaBloPoMo. Also, not managing to finish unpacking by 2016.
Sean: I did not manage to keep my bonsai tree alive.
E: I did not manage to convince my parents to move back to the old house again.
A: I did not manage to secure the title of Supreme Dictator of the New House. People keep thwarting my plans to be the OVERBOSS.
- Did you suffer illness or injury?
Me: Teacher immunity, baby. I just stave it off.
Sean: I get cut all the time at work, but I’m cool. Nobody worries about it but my wife.
E: Chest infection. Two ear infections. Stomach bugs. But worse than all those… The times I bit my tongue.
A: Stomach bugs, to match my brother’s, and a flu or two. (Remember that time we tobogganed at the big hill and I throwed up on the road?)
- What was the best thing you bought?
Me, Sean: New house! AND pretty area rug!
E: I earned myself a lot of virtual cars on the iPad – does that count?
A: My Elsa dress, even though *I* didn’t buy it.
- Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Me: Last year’s students. Every damn day.
Sean: Donald Trump.
E: Mommy and Daddy, when they make me wash my hands. Like, ALL THE TIME.
A: Mommy and Daddy, when they don’t let me have and do EXACTLY WHATEVER I WANT.
- Whose behavior merited celebration?
Me: This year’s students! (Hurray for 20 kids in a class instead of 29.)
Sean: Trudeau’s, for being just such a nice guy, not to mention bringing everyone to the climate conference and fixing that Cabinet that was all crooked.
E: I got a sticker chart for doing my homework!
A: I got a sticker chart for dry mornings!
- Where did most of your money go?
Me, Sean: See #11.
E, A: In my piggy bank!
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Me: Essential oils and diffusers.
Sean: Two words: STAR WARS.
E: My new zebra backpack!
A: Turning three!
- What song will always remind you of 2015?
- Compared to this time last year, are you: i) happier or sadder?
Me, Sean: Not that simple, but working on happier.
E: Sadder. We can never live in our old house again.
A: Happier, but I wish I could go back to being two. I liked when I was two.
ii) thinner or fatter? Nope.
iii) richer or poorer? Poor in house-debt, rich in automatic dishwashing power.
- What do you wish you’d done more of?
E: Play dates with my best friend from my old school.
A: Wearing tights. Tights are LIFE.
- What do you wish you’d done less of?
Me: Raising my voice.
Sean: Spending money.
E: Putting my clothes away.
A: Wearing pants. Pants are for non-royalty.
- How will you be spending did you spend Christmas?
All: We were lucky enough to spend time with all the branches – and we all managed to be not-sick over the whole holiday! A Christmas miracle.
- What is your resolution this year?
Me: Go to bed earlier. Also, write 52 blog posts. I was going to aim for 100, and then I looked at this past year’s track record and realized I was setting myself up for failure. This is a one-post-a-week number, and I’m already behind, but tarnation, I’m going to make this one.
Sean: Five words: Joy, Patience, Humility, Discipline, Compassion.
E: Finish authoring a 90-page Pokémon novel.
A: Earn back my Pony tights (confiscated due to my bloodcurdling screaming habit).
- Did you fall in love in 2015?
Me: Yes, with a golden beet. So much so that convinced my Hubbibi to base our main-floor paint colours on them.
Sean: I stayed in love. I think that’s better. (Direct quote! Aww. Points for you, honey.)
E: Not this year. In JK I was gonna marry Bronwen, but now I’m not planning on marrying anyone.
A: Why can’t I marry my big brother?
- How many one-night stands?
If you count standing up at night to help a small someone go pee or feel better after a nightmare… then lots.
- What was your favorite TV program?
Me, Sean: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bojack Horseman.
E: I spend my screen time on Minecraft these days.
A: Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Dinosaur Train.
- What new thing(s) did you try in 2015?
Me: Rainbow Loom.
E: A waterslide!
- What was the best book you read?
Me: I’m working on a book post. Please stay tuned! In terms of appropriateness for my life, though, I loved The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.
Sean: Game of Thrones is pretty exciting so far.
E: We read the whole Great Brain series at bedtime, and it was awesome.
A: My Princess Adventure storybook.
- What do you regret?
Me: Not investigating/fixing the sound-proofing in the new house before moving in. (Auntie Beth, unfortunately for her at-home noise level, is our attached neighbour.)
Sean: Several purchases…
E: Putting my tooth under my pillow. I would rather have my tooth than money. (We’re looking into a strategy to attract the tooth fairy back and offer a deal.)
A: Growing out of my favourite purple leggings.
- What decision are you glad you made?
Me: To continue working part-time.
Sean: To come home (again) to Apple.
E: Keeping my second tooth.
A: Being Elsa for Halloween.
- What was your favorite film of this year?
Me: Far From the Madding Crowd.
E: Minions movie!
A: Please. It’s always Frozen.
- What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Me: 37, went to the park with my family.
Sean: 38, cleaned up my daughter’s vomit, but on the bright side, had my favourite cake.
E: I turned 6, and celebrated with an epic game of balloony-bounce with family.
A: I turned three, and everyone got to come to our new house, and I got pyjamas that match my cousin’s!
- What new thing would you like to try in 2016?
Me: Driving to North Carolina for a family reunion – can’t wait!
Sean: Playing guitar and singing.
E: Wearing a watch (preferably Pokémon). Yes, I can tell analog time!
A: Whatever new food looks good.
- New fashion item in 2015?
Me: Barefoot sandals.
Sean: My interchangeable NATO Watch Straps.
E: My glasses are pretty fashionable. The arms have airplanes on them.
A: Do you even have to ask? Elsa + tights = ELSA TIGHTS.
- What kept you sane?
Me: Same things that drive me crazy: my kids and my students. Also: my Hubbibi, my co-workers, a week at OELC, and a week at Family Camp.
Sean: My wife and my Cipralex.
E: Well, it definitely wasn’t Horizon Chase.
A: I’m three. I reserve the right to be insane.
- Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Sean: Elizabeth Olson as the Scarlet Witch was pretty hot.
E: Bob, Stuart, and Kevin.
A: Elsa, Anna, and Rapunzel.
- What political issue stirred you the most?
Me: Syrian refugee controversy.
Sean: Harper government’s muzzling of scientists.
E: Equal access to my parents’ gadgets.
A: Being forced to go to the babysitter’s house.
- Whom did you miss?
Always Sebastian. Also, please see #4.
- Who was the best new person you met?
Me: New OELC staff and participants.
Sean: Our next-door neighbours, Dolores and Leo, are cool. (They use Nordic walking poles!)
E: My best friends (at my new school) Jesse and Alex.
A: Little Emily (as opposed to Auntie Emily. Not actually a new friend, but newly bonded).
- Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Me: Music really is the international language – no translation necessary.
Sean: Always keep an edge on your knife, son, always keep an edge on your knife, ‘cuz a good sharp edge is a man’s best hedge against the vague uncertainties of life. (Thanks, Corb Lund.)
E: I’ve (almost) learned to unpack my backpack and bring my lunch bag to the kitchen so the leftovers can go in the fridge.
A: Unwarranted bloodcurdling screams will get me in trouble.
- Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Movin’ on up, movin’ on out, movin’ on up… Nothin’ can stop me!