Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Taught Bollywood Aerobics!  So much fun!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to buy myself no new clothing until my birthday, and I succeeded!  Then I bought a great dress for my birthday party, and then I didn't really think about it much.  I haven't come up with any resolutions this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, not this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My sweet great Aunt Sudie passed in November.  It was expected, she was ready, and it was still such a loss.
5. What countries did you visit?
Chile and Argentina!  We've been watching the photos on our screen saver.  What a memorable trip!
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More organization, more free time (ha!)
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My 40th birthday was fabulous - what a party!  Exactly as I wanted it.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Helping two friends finish their first triathlon this year (Luis and Sandra).
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not making the minimum case requirements for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.  Still a work in progress. 
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing more than a cold, touch wood.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new kitchen!  From Ikea!
12. Where did most of your money go?
Food.  Travel.  New kitchen.
14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I've Got a Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.  I don't love it, but it was everywhere.
 15. What did you get really, really, really excited about this year?
Emily moving back to Texas!  Sadly, a few months later my other sister Stephanie left for California.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading.  Cooking.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being stuck in traffic.  Picking up the kids' things.
18. What was your favorite TV program?
19. What was the best book you read?
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Vergase.
20. What was your greatest musical discovery?
All those great Bollywood tunes!  I have a great playlist.
21. What did you want and get?
A new kitchen!
22. What did you want and not get?
Not much.  New carpet?  (its an area of contention between Anthony and me)
23. What was your favorite film of this year?
Toy Story 3.  It clobbered my heart.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I was gifted an amazing Scrub + Massage.  I could have used one every month.
25. What kept you sane?
Regular exercise.  The wonderful support staff at my clinic.  Red wine.
26. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
You can be a generous, quiet, kind person and leave a huge impact on friends, family, and your community (see: Aunt Sudie Pearl)
27. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Bring it on!  Bring it on!  Bring it on!
Ab to Forever! and Ever!"
(its Bollywood)


Doll said...

My goodness... I did not know we had such nice Bollywood fan following outside !... I am amazed and happy :)

What songs do you have on bwood playlist ? My friends and I are most intrigued !
Also, whats bollywood aerobics ?

Anonymous said...

What a nice sum of 2010. I loved reading this.

Your comments about Sweet Sudie Pearl are priceless. Yesterday at breakfast, after finally settling Mom into her new, single apartment, I looked around and it hit me again. I really miss Sudie! She loved her breakfast - her best meal of the day. So I sit here writing, remembering and crying....Love, M

Vetmommy said...

Doll, thanks for visiting and commenting. Bollywood Aerobics is like a regular aerobic dance class, except with great Bollywood tunes. A lot of the steps I use are similar to what are in the videos on YouTube, but simplified. We workout for about 40 minutes, then do arm/leg/abdominal exercises. We have a mix of Indian and American women who attend the classes.

Some of the songs on my playlist are: Twist, Nagada Nagada, Barso Re, Dil Se Re, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Dholna, Ye Ishq Hai, Love Mera Hit HIt, and everything from Dil Bole Hadippa and Slumdog Millionaire. Heavy on the AR Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal -- I love her voice! Several of my Indian students have asked for the exact playlist for parties! Quite a compliment. What do you think?

Doll said...

I am sooo amazed !!!
You guys have the best party mix in the playlist !!!
Next time a great peppy song comes in Bollywood, I will send it to you...
Can you try looking for 2 major hits these days on youtube ?
they are :
1. "Munni badnaam hui darling tere liye"
2. "Sheila, Sheila ki jawani"

Would love to know how you like them... :)

Rahman is amazing... he has a great sense for music and Shreya indeed has a lovely voice...
btw, you have a lovely family !! :)

Emily said...

What a great post! We have much in common, but I may copy your format anyway. :-)

get2eric said...

New carpet would be nice. Great post. I like your pic. I almost erased it from the stick but there was something about it..