Aditto tagged me, after asking me if I would want to do a 2012 round-up post. I said yes. Even though it meant breaking my “No new Post until the last one has 20 comments” rule. Yep, I have a ridiculous rule like that. And no, I do not define what the 20 comments can or cannot include. I do mark the “Man killed because of flesh eating bacteria” sort of spam comments though, so they don’t count (I get a minimum of 2-3 per post of these, does anyone else? I am getting worried now). Everything else does, even my responses to comments which might be just a grinning emoticon.
But it’s not easy you know. Getting 20 comments on a post? If you say “Yes, it is” I’ll be very angry with you. Even if you say it anonymously, because I know who you are, you super-popular blogging people who get 20 comments within the first 5 minutes of hitting publish. Yes, I am talking to you. You know who you are! *wags accusatory finger, the index finger*.
On top of it, I saw that whole Annual report thing that those WordPress monkeys make for you. I also just typed “monkeys” as “monkies” and it got highlighted as a spelling error. It says I wrote 26 posts in 2012. I think that is an achievement and then I saw people lament about writing “only” three or four times as many posts, so I decided to shut up. I also realised that if I keep having 20 comment rule, I will write maybe 2 posts in 2013. Then I told myself in my head that I do not get to complain about hardly any comments these days because I have been ridiculously lazy at commenting myself. So I decided to break my awesome rule. To make myself feel better, I saw I had 28000 visitors in 2012, so I did some simple math, and came to the conclusion that this meant 1000+ views per post. So fine if you don’t want to talk to me, atleast you were here. And since you are here, let me bore you some more. Ok? Ok.
Now for the tag. Yes, that’s the main post, so even if you’re exhausted reading the post till now, too bad, you are expected to go on anyway. Please?
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? Grew up. No really. Apparently what 7 years of corporate life, and 5 years of marriage could not do to me, little Zo did, just like that. So one day I am lying on my lazy ass staring at the TV thinking bah, it’s only 10 PM, what do I watch next, and the next, I am only thinking of when I will watch TV next without doing something simultaneously. That next day was the whole of 2012. Really.
2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next? Yes Yes. Let me think. I lost weight, my retrospective resolution I came up with in the last week of December (refer last post for meaning). And, I survived as a mom. This was a toughie, and is a semi-retrospective resolution I decided upon mid-way through the year.
3. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I don’t know, these days the only dates that matter are Zo’s vaccination dates.
4. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I can now live with 6-7 hours of sleep (with multiple breaks in between)! A life changing realisation, and my biggest achievement of 2012. Even weight loss comes second to this.
5. What was your biggest failure? What failure? No failure. Failure is just the pathway to success. By the way, I might quote this as my retrospective resolution at the end of 2013, this whole positive thinking thing, not this obnoxious cliched self help statement quoting thing.
6. Did you suffer illness? No, thankfully. After a whole year of being called a “patient” at each Gynae visit in 2011 (what IS with that really!), 2012 was good to me. Touchwood.
7. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Thin people, “behaving” all thin,, and other mommies telling me how their baby “sleeps ALL through the night, and naps all the time and needs to be woken up even for food”. Sob. That sob was brought to you by the latter category.
8. Where did most of your money go? Diapers. HAHAHAHA. Ok, no seriously, those things just vanish! Otherwise shopping for different sizes of clothes through the year. From Medium, to Large, to Medium to Small. Heh. That was fun. Oh wait, it still is.
9. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Oh that one day when Zo slep for 8 hours straight! Ok, I’m being mean now. But frankly, 2012 was all about “annoying-parent-syndrome”. I was constantly on the “Oh my baby is so clever she pooped on time” mode. So there was a lot of excitement, you don’t want to know all of it.
10. What song will always remind you of 2012? Gummy bear – the first song Zo recognised. Chikni Chameli – Because she sleeps to me humming the interlude to that. The title track of Two and a half men – Because Zo says “oooh” when the song goes “ooo”. And Hookah bar, because I love it.
11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Last year at this time I was worried. Happy but worried about how things would pan out. This year, I am a little more confident of handling life (by which I mean Zo, because life otherwise is so, seriously, simple) and by that equation, happier too.
12. What do you wish you’d done more of? Does you’d stand only for ‘you had’? Or can it be used for ‘you could’ also? Because I wish I “could” have slept more. Though I can’t say I wish I “had” slept more because trust me, that was impossible. Also, reading, writing, playing with Zo, and changing the world.
13. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying. But that’s not a 2012 thing, that’s just me.
14. Did you fall in love in 2012? Oh yes. Multiple times. With gummy smiles, and impromptu hugs, and “Awwooaa” kissies. 2012 was all about falling in love over and over again.
15. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery? Harmonies. If you have a group of people sing the same song at different chords, it can sound heavenly if done right. See, that was so technical right? Also, there is no H chord.
16. What did you want and get? Are the two related? Because I want a lot of things ok. Like a BMW, and a vacation in Antarctica, and to be able to eat all the chocolate I want without gaining an ounce. What I got however was a status quo on all the other already awesome things in my life. So yay.
17. What did you want and not get? What is this now? Ok, I did not get my BMW, or my Antarctic vacation, and I also had to work for getting thin. Bah. Rub it in now.
18. What was your favourite film of this year? My favorite film for this year is any film I watched because Oh My God I hardly watched films in Multiplexes. Ok, cynicism apart, I liked “Talaash”, because I am an Aamir fangirl, and also “The Dark Knight Rises”, because commercial films with happy endings are nice. Just saying.
19. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 30. That’s what I did. Oh, and to celebrate that I went on a birthday week vacation, which was awesome.
20. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I did not have to strike out reading as a hobby from my list, I would have been a happier girl. And one who reads at that.
21. What kept you sane? The basic truth that at the end of it all, I actually have it all. That. was. so. deep. Touch the freaking wood man.
22. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. Sleep less. And also, you cannot eat chocolate and be thin, so stop saying “Oh but working out doesn’t help me!” while holding a half eaten Bournville.
23. Which new places did you visit in 2012? Mauritius, Mysore, Coorg and Bidar . Oh, Weil am Rhein in Germany, and Alsace in France. The latter within 2 hours because I went for work to awesome (NOT) Basel and it shares borders with the two countries.
24. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year – This.
Yep, I wanted to be Everything at once. Do Everything at once too. Still want.
25. Tag some bloggers you would love to read these answers from.
Smartassbride - We want Proton, we want Proton, Subbu - Some cynicism, some sarcasm and a lot of wisdom at 23 , Preeks - Wake up call maybe? and Nu - For the feel-good factor. Take it up girls, the floor is yours.
And with that I can officially bid adieu to 2012. For me, it was a great year. Hope 2013 beats it at that.