In order to make sure it never gets boring here we decided to buy a house – with a garden! No more schlepping the kids to the third floor! So excited!

is written and handed in.

 

Mi Marido has a new job in yet another city a couple of hours away. It never gets boring.

said my midwife. (A word play: It is childbed and not market stand, saying one belongs to bed and should not take care of house hold and such.)

And how right she was, and is, I realized a bit too late when I was back home with La Primavera. Not taking enough rest sent me back to the hospital after a week, and I am lucky and happy that no operation was necessary. It was a bit of a warning shot. I did, however, spent the nights and part of her sleeping time transcribing an interview for a study. Silly me. Really silly me. But I was young and needed the money – and the reputation.

With El Segundo I did not want to be that stupid. I am older and wiser. And thus I was smart enough to tell the editor of a book that I would not be able to meet the deadline of January. Nor February. Nor March. He still wanted me to write the article. Which I will. In April. When childbed is over. Until then I use the time to nap with El Segundo, play with La Primavera, and enjoy the moment.

Home with our new bundle of joy. Spending the days getting to know El Segundo.

Gained or lost weight?
Gained. A lot🙂

Longer or shorter hair?
About the same.

More nearsighted or farsighted?
Has not changed noticeably.

More or less money?
About the same.

Spent more or less?
More as I am working and thus need to drive, and La Primavera is at day care.

Moved more or less?
More.

The most crack-brained plan?
Finishing all required visits from my Ausbilder before maternity leave and writing my master thesis and having a toddler at home and being pregnant and staying sane.

The most dangerous action/adventure?
Driving to MyOldCity with La Primavera, which ended in a hospital stay for me.

The best sex?
Oh well…

The most expensive purchase?
None.

The most delicious meal?
Lots of our cooking throughout the year was very delicious.

The most impressive book?
Der Klavierstimmer by Pascal Mercier (review is still set private).

The most moving/touching/best movie?
The best CD?
The most beautiful concert?

No movie, no CD, no concert.

Spent the most time with …?
My car. My students. My toddler.

Spent the loveliest time with …?
La Primavera.

Prevailing emotion in 2011?
Quoting last year:
“Is it already again February March April May June July August September October November December – what, already 2012? I though we are still in January, January 2011 that is.”

Did for the first time in 2011?
Taught high school students for real.

After a longer pause did … again in 2011?
Night shifters to finish work.

Three things I would have done without?
Physical problems. Procrastination and laziness.

The most important thing I wanted someone to convince of?
We need more space!

The most beautiful present I made someone?
Love, friendship, support, trust, kindness.

The most beautiful present I received?
Love, friendship, support, trust, kindness.

The most beautiful sentence someone said to me?
I am so happy to be married to you.

The most beautiful sentence someone I said to someone?
I am so happy to be married to you.

2011 was – expressed in one word …?
Wonderful.

And another Meme:

What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Taught high school students for real. Not only during interships.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I do not make New Year’s resolutions – I switched to New-Months resolutions some years ago: each month a goal like going swimming for x times or so. But this year was so full of events that I did not stick to that and stopped after some months. However, I will start again and already know my resolution for next month.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

Did anyone close to you die?
My uncle.

What countries did you visit?
Denmark.

What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A finished thesis.

What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There are so many! My first day at school. The Unterrichtsbesuche which I aced and loosed. My trip to the hospital.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Enjoying the moment, not planning too much in advance.

What was your biggest failure?
I wish I could spend more time with La Primavera.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Sort of.

What was the best thing you bought?

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Whose behavior merited celebration? Why?
My parents. They are so supportive.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

What songs/artists will always remind you of 2011?

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same.

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

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying. Regretting.

How did you spend Christmas?
24th: cooking with The Husband and La Primavera.
25th: cooking goose with potatoes and red cabbage, and dessert for the parents in law and BIL.
26th: At my parents.

Did you fall in love in 2011?
Yes. Every day over and over again.

What was your favorite TV program?
Political news magazines and political cabaret

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I do not hate. Luckily.

What was the best book you read?
Der Klavierstimme.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

What did you want and get?

What was your favorite film of this year?

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Enjoyed the company of The Husband and La Primavera.

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

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
In transition.

What kept you sane?
My parents, La Primavera, my husband.

Whom did you miss?
K, A, all my friends abroad.

Who was the best new person you met?
N.

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