What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
I didn’t realize it until I started going through my photo files for this post, but 2016 was a year of quite a few firsts for us. I managed to get tickets to a secret Louis CK show, which is something I definitely have not done before. We sent both kids to a week at camp; I was a nervous wreck, but they had a great time. The kids and I rode the Seven Dwarves Mine Train for the first time. The kids entered some stuff into our local fair and brought home some prizes. Pete and I did our first voter-registration drive. And most importantly, we celebrated our first Cubs World Series win.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to make more homemade pizzas last year. That seems like an easy one to keep, and yet I did not manage it. This year I’m going to try to treat myself with more kindness and mercy, and I’m going to try to go out with Rockford more often.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
I have a couple of new baby cousins!
Did anyone close to you die?
Let’s not talk about death this year.
What countries did you visit?
I did not leave the United States yet again this year.
What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
I’m copying and pasting from last year’s: Willpower in the face of delicious, unhealthy foods and the motivation to work out regularly.
What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8 wasn’t my favorite.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Man, I don’t know.
What was your biggest failure?
OK, so I had tickets for “Hamilton” in my cart, and then I didn’t buy them because they were so expensive and we’d have to fly up to New York and stay in a hotel and… and… and…
And I’ve regretted not buying them ever since.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing terrible, thankfully.
What was the best thing you bought?
We bought a new-to-us car. That was pretty great.
Where did most of your money go?
To the mortgage, as usual.
What did you get really excited about?
What song will always remind you of 2016?
“Go Cubs Go.”
What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish we’d taken a few more hikes as a family.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about my pants size.
How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas with my dad, his girlfriend and the Perry Mason family.
What was your favorite TV program?
We started watching “Speechless” as a family this year. It’s our first appointment television as a family, so it’ll always be a little special.
What were your favorite books of the year?
I’m going to post my Books of 2016 post tomorrow, so be sure to return for that riveting programming. My favorite book of the year was “West with the Night” by Beryl Markham.
What was your favorite music from this year?
“Hamilton Mixtape” and Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got it from Here, Thank You 4 Your Service.”
What were your favorite films of the year?
I didn’t like “Rogue One” as much as “The Force Awakens,” but I did like it quite a bit.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 38 this year, and we went to see “Doctor Strange.”
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting those “Hamilton” tickets.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
I actually have a personal fashion concept this year. I’m trying to be more comfortable with myself, which has lead me to a Jim James Meets Mrs. Roper aesthetic. It’s slightly less wacky than it sounds, although it probably wouldn’t be if I weren’t relying on Dia to send me the appropriate attire. It’s a clothing subscription service for plus-size ladies, and I’ve been very happy with it. Here’s my Dia link if you want to check it out. I’ll get a $20 credit if you sign up.
Happy New Year!