WWTK — New Year’s

PhotobucketThis week’s questions come from the lovely Queso:

{1} What was the best part of 2011?

Being given the opportunity to spend as much time with friends and family, regardless of the circumstances.  This year I think I’ve seen most of my extended family and family-in-law for the first time in many, many years.   This summer I saw my Aunt Irene and Uncle Dale, along with two of his grandsons.  I saw my nephew, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Ellen.  I saw my niece, Tiphany, and her kids.  I spent time with Cassie and her boys at a water park in the rain, under weird circumstances, yet it was still good.

My mother-in-law, Barbara, and my brother-in-law, Bret along with his family came to California from Texas.  We were able to spend one day as a complete family here at the house.  All the cousins were in one place, which hasn’t happened since before Israel was born.  It was hectic, but it was good.

My mother had surgery in November, which wasn’t great but it was needed.  She is so much better and healthier.  It’s funny because her shoes are too big because her feet are now skinny (they always were when I was growing up).  Her heart valve needed to be replaced.  It was touch and go, but I am thankful that I was able to be there for her. I also got to spend more time with Tiphany.  Heck, I went to a Justice for the first time in my life (sick comment: not recommended for anyone prone to seizures or epilepsy.  There’s a LOT of glitter and sequins.) with her and her daughter, Audrey.

I was also able to visit with the people who came to see my mom — some of her former colleagues as well as extended family.  I also got to see Des Moines in a new light.  That was all good.

{2} What do you look forward to in 2012?

A chance to start over, to reassess what and who I want to be when I grow up.  I’ve stopped expanding and stretching myself so that’s on my list of things.  I need to regain my passion for my craft.  I’ve talked 3rd grade, which seems young but then I could probably be goofy and get away with it.  I don’t know.  But I’m eager to find out.

{3} Do you actually keep your New Year resolutions?

No.  I forget that I made them unless I write them down.  Generally I strive to be a better person.  I think that’s the only good resolution — to be kinder, more caring, more involved and passionate about life.  Everything else is a delivery system of doing that.  I’m impatient by nature, and when I’m in my head (especially working out annoying things), I look angry.  It’s important to me to remember about others.

{4} What are your top 3 resolutions for the new year?

  • Regain my passion for teaching and find a way to deliver it that’s interesting to me and the students.
  • Find a new position that will help me fulfill #1.
  • Be healthier — mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Do something daily that meets one of those areas.

{5} Do you have any fun new years traditions or plans?

My dad was an alcoholic who NEVER went out on New Year’s Eve.  He called it “amateur night”, which means that everyone who doesn’t know how to drive drunk or tipsy is out and dangerous.  Therefore, we were never encouraged to go out.  So I don’t.  I stay home with my boys, we watch the celebration in New York, then head to bed.  I like the idea of eating 12 grapes like the Spanish do, but I don’t.  We just hang out together, which is quite all right with me.

CREDIT: I always pick up my information from Jolene. Here’s her button.

4 thoughts on “WWTK — New Year’s

  1. crazymama says:

    I like your resolutions and your drive to enjoy teaching.

    I hope you have a happy new year! Thankss for linking up

  2. Yes, it is for sure Amateur night, and there are definitely crazy people on the road! It’s a good reason to stay home!

  3. Mamarazzi says:

    FAB resolutions!! Take luck!

    thanks for linking up and welcome to the party!!

  4. Jolene says:

    Your resolutions are good ones! I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve.

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