It’s 2014! Wowza! 2013 went by in a bit of a blur, but a lot of stuff happened. Mostly good stuff, too.

I am a fan of the blog All & Sundry, and took this quiz from her website, because I’m a great big copycat.

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I took a risk and quit my job before having a new one in place. With the support of M, as well as my friends and family, I felt and still feel confident in my decision.

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and do you have any for this year?

Ugh, I’m afraid not. I posted a number of resolutions last year, and only kept a few of them. I did not read one non-school book each month, as I got too busy or, in the case of the Song of Ice and Fire books, they were ridiculously long and took longer than a month to finish, on top of everything else I was doing. I also didn’t write a blog post at least once a week, for reasons I’m not quite sure of. I also didn’t regulate my sleep schedule because there is always just one more article to read at 12:30 AM.

did, however, make my relationships a priority. I made some new friends and set aside special one-on-one time for M and some family members. I also continued to eat well and worked out regularly, so surprise.

I really tried to strive for progress and not perfection, and I also tried to be kinder to myself, but those are hard things to do, and I’m not perfect (surprise!).

This year I will keep the same resolutions as last year, but I will also add that I’m going to try to be less judgmental. This is a toughie for me, too, because there are tons of stupid things/people out there and I am always right and people need to know that!

Did anyone close to you give birth?


Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness.

What countries did you visit?

None. After the wedding expenses of 2012, and leaving my job this past summer, out-of-the-country travel wasn’t in the cards for 2013.

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More time with my family. I am trying to get my mom and stepdad to come out to Seattle more, and it is a slow, uphill battle. I would also like to call my out-of-state relatives more often, like my 90-something great-aunt in Florida and my fabulous uncle down in Eugene.

Gal time with Mom IN SEATTLE!!!!

Gal time with Mom IN SEATTLE!!!!

What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Leaving my job. It was a big risk for me, and something I had never done. It also brought a lot of happiness and was very liberating.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I  got out of my comfort zone and met some lovely ladies that have become great friends. I’ve always been the type of gal that has more guy friends than girl friends, so it was with great effort that I sought out new friends. Girlfriendships are important!

What was your biggest failure?

No big ones that I can think of. I am pretty irritated that I didn’t work on my back yard’s garden at all last year, though.

Did you suffer illness or injury?


What was the best thing you bought?

It’s not a new expense, but my gym membership is well worth the $65 each month.

Also have to agree with All & Sundry, that Hitachi Magic Wand is amazing.

Where did most of your money go?

The mortgage, chocolate, and wedding presents. A lot of people got married this year.

What did you get really excited about?

I got to see one of my older brothers, his new wife, and their three kids for the first time in years this Thanksgiving. It was wonderful having the whole family together and impressive how much those kids have grown.

What song will always remind you of 2013?

That Goddamn Get Lucky song by Daft Punk. I hate Daft Punk, but I love Stephen Colbert.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier!
– thinner or fatter? The same, I’d say, but more muscular. High-ya!
– richer or poorer? Poorer, since I quit my job.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Cooked at home.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Compared myself to others, beat myself up over silly things, etc. I need to work on those.

How did you spend Christmas?

With M’s family down in Wichita! We switch back and forth between families and this year it was his side’s turn. We had a lovely time and I’m pretty sure I gained 5 pounds thanks to my MIL’s cooking. Totally worth it.

What was your favorite TV program?

It generally stays the same (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bag, The Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars, etc.), but this year’s new addition was Downton Abbey, which I am in love with. And it’s almost back and OHMYGODI’MSOEXCITED! Also, Orange in the New Black and House of Cards were really impressive and amazing.

Not impressed by Dexter‘s end this year at all, though. To be fair, though, I wasn’t really impressed with it after the Trinity Killer, but the series finale was just horrendous.

dexter series finale

Failure, thy name is Showtime.

What were your favorite books of the year?

After binging through Orange in the New Black on Netflix, I read the memoir it’s based on and really, really loved it. I also finished A Dance With Dragons and am now not-so-patiently waiting for GRRM to finish the next two books in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

What was your favorite music from this year?

I Love It by Icona Pop has been on repeat during my runs lately.

What were your favorite films of the year?

Django Unchained was incredible. I love Quentin Tarantino and I thought Leo was amazing as a bad guy. The Conjuring was super scary and made my gal pals and I wet our pants and scream our heads off. I just saw American Hustle yesterday, but it came out in 2013, so that counts, and it was incredible. I loved it. And Jennifer Lawrence. I want to be her BFF. This Is The End made me giggle a lot, too.

jennifer lawrence academy awards

She looks like she needs more Caitlin in her life.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

M took me to Canlis for a delicious dinner and I turned 26.

Hell yes I ate it all.

Hell yes I ate it all.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Sounds lame, but more money. M and I want to move into a new house, and more money would have meant more savings.

What kept you sane?

My lovely husband M, of course! He keeps me grounded and makes me smile every day. Also my mom and my lady friends.

Share a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Not to take your relationships for granted. If you don’t tend to them and show your partner, family, friends, coworkers, etc. respect and treat them how you’d like to be treated, don’t expect them to stick around.

Happy New Year, all!