What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Ate raw fish sushi, crayfish, and frogs’ legs. Wrote a eulogy. Had a Christmas tree.
Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?
My New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were: pray more (I didn’t accomplish this, not nearly), write every day (noooo), lose weight (didn’t happen), read at least fifteen new-to-me books (I’m sure I did this), and meet at least one internet friend (it happened!). Rather pathetic, all told. You can see my resolutions at the end of this post.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Did anyone close to you die?
My dad passed away to Heaven on September 26th.
What countries/states did you visit?
I wrote everything down in my notebook, so I wouldn’t forget. In Canada: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta. In the USA: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Washington DC (not a state, but still), Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Some of those states were drive-throughs, not visits, but I think they still count.
What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A husband? #seriousnotserious
What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory?
Did you move anywhere?
Yes. My family moved to Edmonton, Alberta in November. It was a difficult move in some ways, but we all know that it was God’s will, which makes everything easier overall. We have a cozy house and a wonderful church and good friends and God has blessed.
What was the best month?
It’s hard to call any month of this year the ‘best’ because there’s been so much upheaval – both physical and emotional. So I can’t really give a good answer to this question.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Taking over the schooling of my little brother, Ethan. It’s been challenging, but so fun and fulfilling.
What was your biggest failure?
Failing to love Jesus the most.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
In October, I twisted the muscles in my right foot and it’s probably the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. It’s healed nicely though.
What was the best thing you bought?
I’m rather happy with my Wonder Woman Funko Pop figure.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
My dad, for being the most wonderful father I could ever hope to have. My mom, for her courage and determination and steadfast love and the way she has held our family together. And every single person who made meals, helped us pack, prayed for us, gave us financial aid, allowed us to stay in their home…I am so grateful for each and every one of them.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Several people, who shall remain anonymous on this blog.
Where did most of your money go?
Christmas gifts! Shopping for everyone was so much fun.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Ark Encounter and meeting Hamlette. The whole trip, really. It was incredible.
What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
I don’t go to concerts.
What song/album will always remind you of 2017?
‘See You Again’ (Charlie Puth, no-rap version). For various reasons.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder? I’m doing okay.
2. thinner or fatter? Fatter… 😛
3. richer or poorer? Richer.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Read my Bible.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Played idiotic games on Facebook and through Google Play. Even though I didn’t do too much of that.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
How did you spend Christmas?
With my family, of course. I woke up really early Christmas morning and made pancakes, bacon, and eggs for breakfast. We opened our stockings before we ate and then waited until the kitchen was clean to read appropriate passages from Luke and Matthew before opening the bulk of our gifts. I received and gave several amazing presents. 🙂
A small sampling of the presents my family gave me.
For Christmas dinner, we had our pastor and his family over to eat – we exchanged a few gifts with them as well. And then we ate tons of sweets and drank lots of coffee and watched ‘Exodus’. Not a Christmas movie, I know, but still awesome.
How are you spending New Year’s?
Well, last night (New Year’s Eve), my family went to a church for a NightWatch service. We had preaching, personal testimonies, tons of yummy food (#FilipinoFoodIsTheLiteralBest), and ended it all with praying in the New Year. So good. Then we went home and some of my family went to bed and some of us stayed up until three doing random stuff. I woke up at eleven in the morning and embarked on my new Bible reading plan, courtesy of my pastor (it’s an awesome plan). Now I’m writing this blog post and we’ll watch a movie sometime today (my vote is on Arthur Christmas) and then have a ham-based meal.
Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I hardly ever talk on the phone just to, you know, talk. So I don’t think this question is very relevant.
What was the best book you read?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Yes, it’s a series. I cheated. It doesn’t matter.
Did you fall in love in 2017?
Crushes, yes. Love, no. John Watson especially. (BBC Sherlock’s John, that is.)
What was your favorite TV show?
Sherlock. Gilligan’s Island was pretty good as well.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. But I’ve come close.
What did you want and get?
What did you want and not get?
So many things. And circumstances. And people.
What were your favorite films of this year?
I’m Not Ashamed (2016), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Risen (2016), The Princess Diaries (2001), Room for One More (1952), Blackboard Jungle (1955), Lifeboat (1944), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Rio Bravo (1959), The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), Batman Begins (2005), Moana (2016), 42 (2013), Gladiator (2000), The Jungle Book (2016), and While You Were Sleeping (1995).
What were your favorite books of this year? (This question wasn’t in the original tag. But I added it in anyway, because WHY NOT?)
You can read a semi-comprehensive post answering that question here.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was nineteen. My birthday fell on a Sunday, and it happened that some good family friends from Tennessee had paid us a surprise visit the day before. So they were still there and Mom hosted a little surprise party during our church break time. (We had services at our house that day.) It was very fun. And then that evening I watched ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (1957 version) which is what I’d picked to be my birthday movie. And I also watched the Combat! episode ‘The Hostages’, which is full of Doc2 awesomeness.
What kept you sane?
God. Nobody and nothing else could have done it.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If God had healed Dad. It sounds so…obvious? But it’s true.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
All the stupid hashtags that people make up, criticizing President Trump and his family. Ugh.
Who did you miss?
Is that even a question?
Who was the best new person you met?
The pastor my family stayed with in Wisconsin.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
Family and friends do come and go, people change drastically, but Jesus is always the same.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Can you see how,
Can you see how far,
It’s such a miracle. -‘Build You Up’ (Kim Taylor)
Most of the lyrics to that song, actually.
Five things I want to do in 2017:
- Give more than I get.
- Read the Bible through.
- Write every day.
- Get my Beginner’s driver’s license.
- Watch Dunkirk (2017).
Feel free to snatch up this tag to use on your own blog! Have a happy new year, everyone.