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03 January 2012 @ 11:41 pm
2011 - Month By Month.  
I saw a meme floating around and I thought about doing it, but there are like 40 questions on it and I'm too lazy (re: busy playing Wii). So let's just write up my months and maybe if I feel like it next week, I'll do a fic list for the year.

January - I got myself my very first IPod. I named it School of Rock and it has made therapy a hell of a lot more fun. This is also the month The BFF got her Law School degree!! And on January 10th, I got my one year drug free and my very first tattoo!!

February - Started back at therapy for my shoulder. Awesome fun trip to attend hiyacynth's baby shower - still have semi-wet dreams about the salmon they served. Grandpa's health worsened and we realized he would never be able to leave the nursing home.

March - hiyacynth's baby boy, Campbell (codename: Munchy P) was born!!!!! <--extra exclamation points! Also, I discovered Baby Hoarders, the best show you are not watching. (Okay, I saw it again when flipping through my LJ and had to reshare). I got glasses for distance-vision.

April - Met Campbell for the first time...swear he lets off this baby-fresh scent that makes me want to bottle it up and sell it as perfume. The BFF moved into our basement apartment. Finished the final extras on the final DVD of the final season of Buffy - thus concluding my epic watch of all things Buffy. I discovered I like Michael Rosenbaum in drag. (yes, I feel it belongs on the list, okay).

May - Comment section on Everything is Just Fine rolled over to three pages...the only time this has ever happened for me. hiyacynth and her boy made a surprise visit and totally made my week! I had my one year LJ anniversary. I had my Hobbit Coming-of-Age - (that's 33 for those of you wondering) - and participated in my first beating of a pinata. It was also The BFF's birthday, (we share the day). My Canadian-Nephew, Tyler, was born!! He looks so much like The Canadian-Brother and The Guy Cousin did at that age.

June - I started back at physical therapy, again. My sister's birthday was this month. I hit my 200th post!

July - Best roadtrip. Ever. Still beyond thrilled that The BFF agreed to drive me to VT for my friend's wedding. It was quite an awesome trip and I am unbelievably thrilled to have been at David's wedding. Which leads me to #2, my long-time friend David's wedding!! I met The Canadian-Nephew for the first time this month. I hit 18 months drug-free. I was brave and invited new people (Kevin's two daughters) to a movie, which is a big deal for me. I started a zombie dance-off with menel. (Yes, it had to make the list).

August - I met my first LJ friend in RL, ceitfianna. I had met some of my sister's LJ friends back in the day, when I didn't have a journal of my own and then in 2010 when I got one, I friended those people. But this is the first time I met someone under their journal name, talked through LJ and then made plans to meet them in person. She needed a paper shredder and we were selling one at our garage sale and that was that. We are currently gearing up for a Gilmore Girls marathon sometime this month. Also, we finally moved my mom out of her terrible living situation.

September - The month started good, with me once again being brave and pushing my social boundaries (one of my goals for the year). I sucked it up and asked Cherie from therapy if she wanted to grab lunch...we could have stayed gabbing for hours. But then the month went bad, as I lost my best kitty, Papa Bear. He was sick all month and it was a long struggle. I got him just before I turned 20 and he was with me all those years, the first pet that was totally and truly all mine. My best boy.

October - The Detroit Tigers made it into the playoffs, but sadly not The World Series. My brother came to visit and I got to see him and the family, briefly. And then the bottom fell out and I got very, very sick. Passed out, had a seizure, went to the hospital, the whole deal. Was pretty tired and ill for weeks afterwards. October blew. Oh, there was Halloween and I just thought I should mention that we were Reapers this year.

November - The Nephew broke his arm, his first broken bone ever. We got our first snow on November 10th. Attended Dark!Alec*Con with The Sister, The BFF and oselle - (lucky for us the convention was being held right in our own living room!). Started back at therapy, again. Lord of the Rings extended edition rewatch...flailed everywhere.

December - Crappy hair dye job. Had the worst week of health since I came home from the hospital, thus confirming that there is still something wrong with me. David came to visit!! I got a Wii!! Moved Mom into her new house. Did I mention I got a Wii?

Wow. That probably took longer than just doing the actual meme. I guess I'll save the year in movies/music/etc for later. I will also tag this later, because now I am tired).

It was clearly a long, crazy year full of ups and downs, goods and bads...and I am grateful that all of you were there with me!
Jojo: Stock ⇒ Woman [photographer]jojothecr on January 4th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Up and down. And up and down.

I hope this year is at least a bit more steady. And only up. :)
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
It was a very up and down year, wasn't it? I kept thinking it was a truly crappy year actually, so doing this meme was nice because it helped to show me that there were a lot of good things sprinkled in there too.

I don't need this year to be terribly up...I'll settle for neutral and steady. Same for you too, darling. :)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 4th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. I can't even remember what I was doing for most of last year. It all got subsumed in work. You are amazing for posting this - and I really hope this year has less down and more up (it is possible to have that? or does physics preclude more of one than the other?)

Back to work with the kids today. Think of me!
dodger_sister: girl powerdodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
To be fair, I only remembered like half of the things on this list and even those I wasn't entirely sure about the months for a lot of them. I actually flipped through my journal to get most of this stuff on the meme.

I was glad I went to the work of posting this because even though I have had a crappy last few months, it showed me that the year actually had a lot of good stuff to it.

and I really hope this year has less down and more up (it is possible to have that? or does physics preclude more of one than the other?)

Ha! You boggled my mind with this. Idk but after last year, I'll settle for a nice steady length of neutral.

Hope the kids weren't too unruly their first week back, babe!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 8th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Hooray for mind-boggling! >:)

Most were lovely. One group was awful, but they usually are. *sigh*
lizibabeslizibabes on January 4th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
A very up and down year, I hope this year is filled with lots of good things!
Sorry to hear about the loses and bad health.
Baby smell purfume would sell really well if you could bottle it lol
dodger_sister: happydodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. My memory had me believing it was all losses and bad health, but I see now after posting this that were some good things in 2011 too!

Man, if we could figure a way to bottle that newborn baby -smell, we'd be rich, babe. Rich.

Hope 2012 is going well for you so far!
lizibabeslizibabes on January 8th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I guess it's nice to look back and see all the stuff that happened, helps you remember the good.

It would make so many people broody though lol

So far I think I've been to the hospital twice and been booked appoinments to talk to two Different surgeons.....Umm yay for hopefully getting better? not so much yay for possible surgery's
dodger_sister: upsetdodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
It would make so many people broody though lol

True. My problem was that all the really bad stuff (re: my cat dying and my new mysterious illness) happened in the last three months, so I was convinced the year was just terrible all around.

So far I think I've been to the hospital twice

Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear that. The surgery thing is always a bitter pill, like no one wants to have surgery ever but if it helps with the 'getting better' thing - just wish there was a way to get better without you having to have the surgery.

I too have already made a trip to the hospital this year - 2012 is not doing us any favors, is it?
lizibabeslizibabes on January 8th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Still so sorry about your cat, that kind of thing never stops sucking. Snap on mysterious illness(they have a theory now though, so just need the scan to confirm and an op to fix)

I've had a few surgeries before, but I hate staying in hospital. I try and convince them to let me leave the moment I wake up.

Sorry you had to go to the hospital as well, hopefully the first week on 2012 won't be how the whole year goes :)
dodger_sister: upsetdodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
I've had a few surgeries before, but I hate staying in hospital. I try and convince them to let me leave the moment I wake up.

Ditto. If I'm going to feel crappy, I want to feel crappy in my own bed.
lizibabeslizibabes on January 9th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
they feel the need to poke you every five minutes. It's like go away before I hit you.

I'm the same, I'd rather be crappy at home than in hospital. So if I have the choice or get my own way, I won't be staying in lol
dodger_sister: upsetdodger_sister on January 9th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Good luck!
lizibabeslizibabes on January 9th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Thaanks :)
wolfrider89wolfrider89 on January 4th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome summary is awesome. :) Hope next year is amazing and wonderful for you, and that that stupid illness takes a hike soon. ;)

dodger_sister: valarie rae millerdodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! It took a lot longer than I thought to rehash my 2011 year. And yeah, I had to throw in a few fandom things too. ;)

2012 is a little shaky so far as I've been sick all weekend, but Hawaii Five-0 is back, so it all evens out (wow, my priorities are whacked).

<3 <3
wolfrider89: Em Hardison/Parker hugwolfrider89 on January 8th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Aw baby! I'm sorry to hear that! <3 Good thing about H5O though. Priorities are important. ;)
ranua: gumby'll eat youranua on January 5th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Why is it that reading over this summary I can recall all these events in your life but I've no idea what I've been up to the past 12 months?

There's some quote out there I remember that goes something like 'Of course I can remember all the good things in my life, they're outlined by the shitty things.' Or something to that affect. Anyway, here's to hoping 2012 is way more up than down for all of us. :D
dodger_sister: audrey hepburndodger_sister on January 8th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
You know what's weird for me too? I can remember a whole bunch of stuff that happened with you in 2011 but I had to scroll through my LJ to get most of the stuff on this list. Like getting my tattoo - I was shocked to realize that had happened in 2011. It seems like a million years ago.

2012 is starting out a little slow as I've been sick all weekend, but I hope that means it will pick up soon. For you too, babe!
ranuaranua on January 9th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
I suppose that's why we have the journals in the first place though, to chronicle our lives so we don't forget what all it is we've been up to. Well, that and the porn. ;)

Feel better soon dear. Tho really, if you're gonna be feeling poorly January and February are the months to miss.