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A trip all the way back to the year 2012

Hey, a post from the road! (But not about being on the road.)

I’m currently in the middle of making my trek from Texas to California. Tonight finds The Dog and me at a motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and I’ve got nothing to do. So I decided to steal The Wife’s year-in-review thingee and do it myself.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Hmm. Lived apart from family for six months. Flew to another city solely for a job interview (multiple times and to multiple cities). Had multiple job interviews in the same day. Packed up a four-bedroom house by myself. Trusted my spouse to pick out a house without me even having seen it. Went to Las Vegas. Went to a college graduation ceremony that wasn’t at Texas A&M. Appeared on House Hunters (although only for about a third of a second). Downsized to just one car for the family. Ate one of those Doritos tacos. Watched a Star Wars movie in 3-D.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t think I made any resolutions for 2012, so mission accomplished on that.

For 2013, my only resolution is to move to San Francisco. I’m currently in the process of doing that and should be done in less than 48 hours, so this year is already looking pretty good on the resolutions front.

I guess I could resolve to blog more often in 2013, but I’m not ready to commit to a second resolution at this point.

Oh wait, I do actually have a second resolution: To continue bugging Anderson Cooper until he agrees to get matching tattoos of Wolf Blitzer with me. Entering year five of that little project.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I don’t think so, but honestly my memory of the first couple of months of 2012 are pretty hazy right now. No family members or co-workers did though.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Nope. Except Larry Hagman’s endlessly fascinating eyebrows.

5. What countries did you visit?

Uh, none other than our own I guess. But I certainly crisscrossed the southwestern portion of it about a billion times this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Stability. And a lot of money. But mostly stability.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I’m not sure there are any particular dates that will be “etched upon [my] memory.” This whole year was about gradual change and evolution.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Surviving.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I spent the last year and a half working on a major project at work and didn’t get to launch it before I left. I don’t know if my successor (who hasn’t been hired yet) will continue to work on it or just scrap it entirely. But I guess either way, it’s not my problem any longer.

Also, I crashed and burned during the last two weeks of the fantasy baseball season.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Airfare and tickets to Star Wars night at the ballpark for my son’s birthday. I surprised him with a visit and we had a blast at the game, watching the fireworks after the game, and negotiating the vagaries of late-night mass transit in the Bay Area as we tried to get back home.

12. Where did most of your money go?

To JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, U-Haul, Motel-6, our new landlord and the general direction of San Francisco.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Visiting the wife and kids throughout the fall. My wife’s graduation in May. Seeing the space shuttle fly over our house (literally).

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Either “Gangnam Style” or “Call Me Maybe.”

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? Happier. Last year, we were trying to figure a way to reinvent ourselves. This year, we’re well on our way.
  • Thinner or fatter? About the same.
  • Richer or poorer? Richer, at least on paper. The cost-of-living difference between College Station and San Francisco makes such calculations difficult when you’re tired and sitting in a motel room in New Mexico and your wife handles all the finances anyway.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Watching TV. Seriously. I was pretty much without television for the last five months of the year. That’s rough.
  • Working out. Perhaps another quasi-resolution for 2013?
  • Spending time with my family. Duh.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Spending time at work. I basically lived up at work for 16 hours a day after August. And as noted above, it was pretty much all for nothing.
  • Applying for jobs. I must have applied for a billion jobs in the past year. I’m glad it all worked out in the end, but I would have rather it worked out much sooner.
  • Spending time at airports/on the road. For as much as I flew back and forth this year, I guess it wasn’t that bad, but I had a couple of days where the delays stacked up and made life crappy. And I got tired to driving to/from the Austin airport in the wee hours of the morning and night.
  • Worrying. I guess it all worked out in the end.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

As with the rest of 2012, I spent Christmas traveling back and forth. The Wife and our children flew into Austin on Christmas Eve. We spent a few days up there with her parents, then went down to the Swamp for a few days with mine.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I really didn’t have access to cable at all after July, so it’s hard to answer this one. I did spend a lot of time watching Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement and How I Met Your Mother in syndication though, all of which I had never seen before. They’re all okay I suppose. I still love Doctor Who.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I finally finished Roy Jenkin’s massive and onerous biography of Winston Churchill, which was incredibly good, even if it often required slogging through pages of British political and parliamentary minutiae.

I tore through the first three James Bond books in a couple of days and am looking forward to reading the remainder written by Fleming. They’re not great literature by any stretch, but perfectly fine for some lighter, more leisurely reading.

And I’m currently in the middle of Team of Rivals, which is fantastic. I believe I’m probably the last person on the planet to read it.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Nothing. All this noise you kids listen to these days is crap.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I think I’m the only person who enjoyed John Carter.  I also really liked The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall. The kids and I watched Wreck-It Ralph the other day and I thought it was pretty good as well.

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

I turned 34 and spent the day at my cousin’s wedding. All in all, it was a weird birthday.

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

Being together with my wife and kids for the last half of it.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Lazy and uninspired.

26. What kept you sane?

Twitter, FaceTime, occasional flights out west and Netflix. And baseball. Always baseball.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

How to pack a suitcase. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

2 Comments

  • Betty on Jan 04, 2013 Reply

    Good luck in SF–it was good to see your wife this week.

  • Carol on Jan 05, 2013 Reply

    hoping 2013 allows you all a lot more family time!!!

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