2016.

It’s a little early, maybe, but…
The 2016 New Year’s Meme:

Did you do something you thought you would never do?
Cut my hair short!

Did you keep any New Year’s Resolutions?
I don’t recall making any. Every year, it’s basically the same: try to be kind, patient, and a little more disciplined.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. I think I am aging out of this question.

Did anyone close to you die?
My uncle died. I wouldn’t say we were particularly close, though.

Did you visit any countries outside the US?
Nope. I tried to get The Who to agree to do a week in Europe instead of a month in Boston this summer, but he wasn’t having it. Not yet, anyway.

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
I’ve got pretty much everything I need. Maybe a more reliable migraine treatment? I’ll get on that this year.

Will any date from 2016 stay etched in your memory forever?
11/8/16. The day I lost all faith in humanity.

What was your biggest achievement of 2016?
Teaching Hebrew school. It doesn’t seem like it was that big of a deal on its own, but it’s helped me build the Jewish community that I have been looking for for a long time.

What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping my car clean.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major. A cold or two. A monthly migraine.

What was the best thing you bought in ’16?
The complete set of Harry Potter movies. Endless joy.

Did your behavior change over the year?
I think it’s constantly changing.

Where did you spend most of your money?
Right now, it feels like Hanukkah gifts, but I actually think we spent more on the month in Boston (including the house rental, airfare, my parents’ anniversary, and my cousin’s wedding.)

Are you happier than this time last year?
About the same, I think.

What song will remind you of 2016?
The Star Spangled Banner. The Who is so into it this year.

What do you wish you would have done more of?
Going to bed early.

What do you wish you would have done less of?
Wasting time, procrastinating, and beating myself up about wasting time and procrastinating.

What did/will you do for Christmas ’16?
We’ll be in Boston this year, joining into my brother’s family’s Christmas traditions.

Did you fall in love in 2016?
No

Did you get your heart broken in 2016?
No.

Favorite TV programs of ’16?
Project Runway, Madam Secretary, Sister Wives, 90-Day Fiance, This is Us

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone, but I am way less fond of a few people this year than I was last year.

What was the best book you read and/or movie you saw?
The books in the Harry Potter series continue to be my favorites. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople was my favorite in-theatre adult movie. Moana was my favorite kid movie.

What was your greatest discovery?
Figuring out that I could talk myself out of my anxiety. Or at least out of acting on it.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 42. I had breakfast with a friend, grabbed The Who early from school, and we spent the weekend with friends in Washington, DC.

What would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A more professionally satisfying job and more money.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Um.

What was your greatest disappointment in 2016?
The election results.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
HRC’s. I continued to be amazed at how she kept her cool, maintained her stamina, and refused to go low through that whole shitshow.

Who was the best new person you met?
Anna.

Who did you wish you did not meet?
No one.

Who was your best friend?
M* is my best friend. Kay, Lena, Kristen, Michelle, Sarah R., Cheryl, Stepho, and Sarah C. are my circle of closest friends.

Who was your enemy?
No enemies, but a few I could really do without.

Who do you miss?
I miss my grandmother more often. I wish The Who could have really known her. Also, I feel like maybe she could have had some wisdom for me about a family member who is getting under my skin.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016?
Nothing is as bad as I think it is.

What will you always remember about 2016?
The day a fascist real estate mogul-cum-television reality star became fucking president of the country.

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