At the beginning of 2011 I made a list of things I wanted/needed to accomplish this year. One of the things I didn’t do was get a passport, but there are a few big things I was able to cross off of my list. I did finally get that Texas drivers license that I have been talking about. I did a ton of stuff around the house. I am officially divorced *gasp*! Here is a list of other things that I learned or relearned this year.
I went to San Francisco for the first time this year. We did a bunch of cool stuff but there is definitely more exploring to do. I learned a bunch of things there but one thing that really sticks out in my mind is that I learned about my love for grapefruit.
While it is impossible to stub both of your toes at the same time, it is possible to stub both of your toes in the same night. Toe injuries are painful and your big toes are very important instruments, so be very careful!
Schwann products are not as good as I remember them being when I was a kid. This actually applies to a lot of things but Schwann is what sticks out in my mind for 2011.
Softball NOT Volleyball is my sport of choice. If you had asked me this question last year I would have answered it the other way around.
I’m still bad at remembering birthdays. I suck at sending cards to people. Maybe this will be the year that I get better at it?
I decide what’s for dinner 90% of the time. Sure I ask JP and Lily if anything sounds good but in the end I am always the one who makes the final decision.
Cardboard boxes of stuff are overwhelming. If you were at our house in the beginning of 2011 you would know what I am talking about. I am down to maybe 15 boxes and they are all in the same room… 2012 is the year that they will all be gone!
Pool cleaning companies are not necessary. I do this chore all by myself and our pool looks clean and blue. Sure there might be some leaves in there but all of the chemicals are balanced correctly.
Don’t go to Incredible Pizza Company on a Saturday afternoon. I have only been there once and because it was so busy I don’t really have a desire to go back. I keep telling Lily we can go back because we still have some credits on the cards that we bought, but I am a little bit freaked out by it.
Plants die if it drops below freezing… even in San Antonio. I knew this one already but when I was in Washington DC in December there was a night when the temperature dropped below freezing and killed a bunch of my beloved plants.
Squirrels can’t swim. We have a lot of them in our backyard and I love watching them but I hate finding them floating in the pool, yuck! This past year we watched one jump into and then out of the pool when the water was low. We are pretty sure that they have a nest on the inside of the fake chimney on the pool house but we don’t care because they are outside. Oh and I also saw two squirrels doing it the other day…
Florida is fun. Actually Florida is a blast! I went for my first time this year with my friend Angela and I really really want to go back again.
I love Portabella Mushrooms. I always knew that I liked mushrooms but I never really cooked them before this year. I discovered earlier this year that if you cook up some Portabellas and wait until they are almost done, then crack a couple eggs on top you will have the best breakfast ever. JP and Lily are not big fans of this breakfast but I love it!
Phoenix, AZ is a fun vacation destination. I went for my first time this year and I would totally go back again.
It costs about $300 to fill our swimming pool. Last winter we let the pool get nasty and ended up having to drain it and fill it back up again. Not only was it $300 for water but there was a LOT of labor involved.
Cornflake covered baked chicken is delicious. If you haven’t tried it you need to. This is one of the meals that I make that Lily and JP go nuts for. We never have leftovers.
I can make crawfish at home. We did our first at home crawfish boil this year and as soon as they come back in season I will be doing it again. Sure it is a lot of work to eat them but we love it.
Our new pool furniture is amazing. I really liked our old pool furniture but the stuff we upgraded to this year is even better. Anyone who spent time out at our pool this year loved it to. Everyone always wants to sit on the chair that fits two people; it is by far the most popular one.
Next time you are about to take a shot of tequila cut up an orange and sprinkle cinnamon on it. Take the shot then suck on the orange… you will thank me.
Co-ed Flag Football is hard. I played for one season this year and then I gave up. Maybe if it wasn’t 100 degrees outside the experience would have been better. I think I will stick with softball.
Friendship. I feel like this is something that I am constantly learning about. No matter what you can’t be friends with everyone, it is just not possible. It is a challenge to be friends with some people and these are the people I am slowly crossing off of my list. I know who my true friends are and this year I resolve to take the rest of them with a grain of salt.
Reading… I love it! I have always liked to read but I think 2011 was a big year for me in the reading department. I read a couple books that were out of what I thought were the genres that I like. Maybe in 2012 I will read a non-fiction book?
People have really good home grown gardens in Michigan. My brother Alex, my sister Vanessa and my childhood friend Beth all impressed me with what they had growing. We were able to eat some of Alex’s strawberries but the rest of the stuff wasn’t ready to be picked yet when we were there in June. However over the next few months I saw pictures of the stuff they pulled out of their gardens. Pretty amazing. It makes me want to have a garden like theirs… but who am I kidding?
For a very long time I have wanted to have crazy colored hair. This was the year that I finally did it. Pink, purple and blue to be exact. It was one of those things that I wanted to do at least once in my life and now that it is off my list I won’t be doing it again. I don’t need crazy colors in my hair… I am happy with my shades of brown.
Cucumber water is easy to make and tastes so good. I made it a couple times this year and everyone liked it.
Seattle is cold in July… and November. We went to Seattle two times this year and I don’t remember either being very warm. On both trips there I wanted to see more people than I actually saw but I ran out of time. I said it before and I will say it again though… I flew like 2,200 miles to Washington and any of those people could have taken their time to come the next 20, 30, 40 or so miles to see me.
I still hate spiders. I have seen more spiders this year that I have ever wanted to. They are never inside of our house because we have a pest control company that comes quarterly but there are some big suckers that hang out outside. You can almost always find a big one floating around on one of the pool toys. Just this morning I saw one about the size of a quarter or bigger sitting on the chlorinator in the pool. Freaky!
Hummingbirds are awesome. This was our first year that we discovered they like our backyard. You know what else likes our backyard? Butterflies! We have a ton of them fluttering about. I guess I never really thought anything of them until people kept pointing them out. Every single day I see them fluttering about. I’m willing to bet we have some plants out there that they really like.
If something isn’t working correctly always check for a filter. I had two expensive lessons this year having to do with filters that needed to be changed. Not too long ago someone mentioned to be that something in their house wasn’t working correctly and I said “Is there a filter on it?” Lesson learned.
Always take the truck when picking someone up from the airport. My deepest apologies to Angela for this lesson she helped me learn. I was going to take the truck but I was running late and it was out of gas so I took my car. Angela is like 5 feet tall so I figured it would be ok. When I pulled up to the curb at the airport she said something like “Really Rose, you brought your car?” I said something like “Angela I didn’t realize that you were gonna have a suitcase with you that you could fit your body into”. Needless to say it was an exciting ride home and I had a major blind spot.
Same goes for buying large items when I am driving my car. I bought the Barbie Malibu Dream House a couple weeks ago. I got home safely without hitting anything… never again!
I have a couple people this year that I tried to be a little bit nicer to and get to know better but it didn’t work out the way I thought it would. I got a hand written thank you note from someone that made me feel bad after reading it. I’m not sure if that was their intention but it still hurt my feelings. I keep most of the cards/notes that I get from people but I threw that one in the recycling bin.
Raiders’ stadium is rowdy and the fans are crazy. No matter what you do NEVER wear the opposing teams gear to one of their games. I wanted to wear a Jets jersey… thank god JP told me not to. I bought a Raiders t-shirt at the stadium because I wanted to fit in.
I can ride a bike without crashing. I have avoided bikes for years because I always crash. This year I went a few times with Lily (yes, we wore helmets) and we had a blast.
Trees die. I read somewhere that over a million trees in Texas died this summer due to the drought. We had one big tree in our backyard die… I am glad it wasn’t more.
I have a lot to learn about photography. I took a 4 week class about digital photography that I learned a lot from. I want to know more though. I want a hands on lesson.
Teak oil is amazing. I recently used it on the outside teak furniture and now it has me wondering about the teak that we have inside… hmmm.
I have always heard that around Christmas time people tip their service providers. I did it for the first time this year. I tipped our landscaper, our pest control guy and my esthetician. I would say of all of our service providers these are the three most important.
Albuquerque isn’t that bad. I didn’t realize how much history they have there until Lily and I went on a pedi-cab tour.
Just outside of San Antonio in November there is a festival named Wurstfest. It’s a German festival that we went to for the first time this year. I can hardly wait to wear my German Beer Wench costume again.
I am a better cooker and baker than I originally thought. Every once in awhile I hear JP telling someone about how much better I have gotten. It always kinda makes me wonder what he thought of my cooking before I became more adventurous.
I have a laundry list of things that I am going to accomplish in 2012! But I would say my ‘ultimate goal’ for 2012, is to be content, just the way things are. I still have a way to go, but I know I am closer to it than I was 12, 18 or 24 months ago, and that’s an achievement in itself. I make my choices for me and for the betterment of my family, and have zero concerns about outside influences and their opinions of my choices.