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Reverb 11 | Reflections of 2011
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Reverb 11 | Reflections of 2011 Days 2 thru 12

December 13, 2011

I give you my abbreviated version of Reverb 11 hosted by the Modchik.

I really aspire to finish this exercise but I’m already 10 days behind. Bear with me, readers.

Reverb 11 – Day 2
What would you do with more free time?

The question asks what I would do with more “free time” – meaning sans preschooler – and I feel all sorts of guilty when I dream of alone time. Will I ever be alone again? I miss those days when it was just me. The days when I would accomplish all the things on the daily to-do list. Days without repeatedly telling someone to put their shoes on and that “we gotta go.” But those days were often lonely. So, I’m glad to have my little one tagging along. But, if I did have a few extra minutes of free time I would simply love to be alone in my house. Shuffling around the house, organizing things, shifting things into near perfection, quiet time to be with my thoughts, quiet time to read a book, lounging around with my feet snuggled under a warm blanket. These things I dream for.

Reverb 11 – Day 3
What projects have you started?

A vegetable garden. Remains incomplete.
Window treatments for the downstairs. Remains incomplete.
This blog. Ongoing.
Me. Ongoing.

Reverb 11 – Day 4
What projects have you finished?

I would have never imagined that we would have renovated our kitchen this year. It really wasn’t on the major to-do list until we decided we were going to stay put in this house. I love it. My dream kitchen.

Reverb 11 – Day 5
Highlight of 2011

When: October 13, 2011
Where: The Forum, Inglewood, CA
Who: Foo Fighters
Why: To hear Dave Grohl sing the words I have been feeling for the last three years was pretty f’ing amazing.

Reverb 11 – Day 6
What was a difficult part of 2011?

I made a really stupid and lame mistake this year that will bother me for a life time. I know what I did was silly and childish and I feel all sorts of regret. And I must pay the consequences. Enough said.

Reverb 11 – Day 7
What was a lesson learned in 2011?

See Day 6.

Reverb 11 – Day 8
When were you proud?

I’m a proud mama, hands down.
In terms of being proud of myself – that takes a little more reflection.

Reverb 11 – Day 9
Who or what inspires you?

I have really great role models in my life who I draw inspiration from all the time. And then there is Oprah, of course. But, I will forever have the image of LeBron James after he shoots and makes a last second shot in Game 2 of the 2009 NBA playoffs against the Orlando Magic. Now hear me…I”m not a basketball fan. I’m not a LeBron fan. Or a Cavs fan. But the emotion on LeBron’s face after he sinks that three-pointer is something I could just drink in. I’d die to feel that kind of elation. I’m inspired by his determination that yields those kinds of results. I want that for me.

Reverb 11 – Day 10
How do you fill the void?

Simply, I eat. I’m certain I have some kind of eating disorder.

Reverb 11- Day 11
Holiday traditions

My mom’s peanut butter chocolate blossom cookies.

peanut butter cookies with chocolate Hershey kisses in the middle

Reverb 11 – Day 12
What books did you read?

Yikes. I haven’t read a lot this year. And it will be something I set out to change in 2012. I do have waiting for me “The Help”, “Room”, and I have to finish “The Happiness Project.” I’ve read a lot of preschool-age books, if that counts.

the book cover of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project

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Lindsey (aka modchik) December 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey fellow reverber – ok I totally forgot to put the happiness project on my book list! Maybe I should wait until I finish more than a few chapters, eh? I’m loving your video clips and also keeping some days short and simple, there is a nice flow going on, I like it don’t stop.

PS Tomorrow we are half way there!
PSS your blog is looking so pink and pretty.


Mama Bub December 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Your kitchen is a major accomplishment. It’s gorgeous.

Also, Day 6 has me very intrigued.


Ashley December 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Oh, I’m kind of jealous that you knocked all these out. Im so behind.


Maegan (@ByndTheBandaids) December 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Now I wanna do the reverb11!
I love your kitchen!
I love your home!
I love this post –

that is all. xoxo


Heidi December 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

love all your answers… and yes, I feel the guilt too about alone time – but I dream often of what I could get accomplished or even the fact that I could get a full night sleep. As for your mistake… we all make mistakes and we are all human. No need to beat yourself up over it (although I am sure I have stayed awake thinking of all the things I wished I would have done). You are a wonderful person and have a heart of gold. :-)


Kathleen December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Love this. Makes me want to reverb. Thanks for the inspiration.


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