a 2013 wrap up

I only remember to do this when Chele does it. Thank you for the reminder!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?  Got married. Completed a semester at school without dropping a class.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think so. I always go back and forth on making them, and then I always go back and forth on whether or not I really made them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sarah (and John), Sarah (and Doran), Kate (and Dan), Chelsea (and Josh), and I think that’s it, but if I forgot you, please don’t take it personally!!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No!

5. What countries did you visit?
Didn’t use my passport at all this year. 

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Extra time? Other than that, I don’t know. 

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  August 24th (our wedding) and May 14 (Governor Dayton signed the gay marriage bill).

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Good year for this! Getting a fantastic new job and going back to school.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Well, I haven’t taken my Biology final yet…

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got a cyst removed today. That was exciting.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Everything wedding related. 

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My friends, my family, the LGBT community for never giving up what we deserve. 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The usual. Narrow-minded people who refuse to believe equal rights means equality for everyone. Racists. Diana Taurasi.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our wedding, Las Vegas, school. 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our wedding. My new job. Going back to school. 

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? 
“Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or Sadder? Happier.
b) Thinner or Fatter? Thinner.
c) Richer or Poorer? Richer. 

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading, writing, taking pictures, traveling. 

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Thinking “what if”. 

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Driving down to Missouri and spending it with my entire family. 

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Even more with my wife.

22. What was your favorite TV program?  Sons of Anarchy and Walking Dead are the only two shows that I can even tell you what night they actually come on. 

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  I don’t hate anyone. Waste of time.

24. What was the best book you read?
Hmm. Good question.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2013?
Did I just discover Macklemore in 2013? Otherwise, I got nothin’. 

26. What did you want and get?
A successful wedding. A new job. 

27. What did you want and not get?
A Mini Cooper or an unlimited vacation budget. 

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I saw lots, but a favorite? Maybe The Heat. 

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 35. The weekend before consisted of a drag show and some hockey and went to dinner with my family on my actual birthday. 

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to truly tell people what I think of them and of their behavior without it resulting in fisticuffs. 

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Comfortable. And I finally became comfortable wearing ties after I got past that weird psychological thing.

32. What kept you sane?  My wife, my kid, my friends, my pets.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t know. I don’t know why I’d bother.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Equality. A woman’s right to choose. 

35. Who did you miss?
I always miss my grandma. 

36. Who was the best new person you met?
My new co-workers. Julia.  

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
Stepping away for someone or something that makes you feel anything but good is 100% worth it and you shouldn’t hesitate to do it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up