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2011 in bullet points

Fic, film, stuff, navel gazing. All in all, a pretty good year.

I'm trying to be more grateful for things - experiences, really, I'm super grateful for my health, for my wealth (as in that I'm not poor) and for my family. I can get really down about not having achieved the things in life I thought I would have by this point, so this serves as a good reminder that I've done a lot in my life. I've gained new friends, which is always wonderful - smart, up front, intelligent women with a naughty sense of humor used to be so hard to find. <3 I've lost some friends, too, and that was incredibly painful for me, but what can you do? I know I'm a lot to take, so I have to accept that I've pushed people away.



  • filmed two shorts this month that are still sitting in the can. But it was interesting work, I met a new crew of people, and that was lovely. I did have to smoke one of those awful herbal fake cigarettes, and I continue to hate things in my lungs not oxygen related.
  • this was when I was tricked into going to that horrible party, and got a great story out of. Holy Nacodotches, I still laugh at the democracy loving Indians. WOW.
  • the last day of this month was when I was able to buy the domain for Hey Don't Judge Me. Best thing I did all year.


  • The broken security alarm fiasco.
  • I started the HIIT/TurboFire workouts and fell. in. fucking. love. Dude, these will make your heart pump like nothing I've ever done, ever.
  • every other post was pretty much me promoting HDJM. [Sorry in the way I'm not?]


  • Book of Mormon the Musical was leaked. I had an aneurysm from need.
  • I pulled my old manuscript out and dusted it off. (I'm still dusting =/)
  • 10th wedding anniversary trip with the Mr. with a trip to my favorite vineyard of all, Silver Oak. Came home with a case of their wine, alone.
  • Dallas International Film Festival happened, one of two films I was in showed and were well received. (Wuss, still getting awesome press)



  • Osama Bin Laden was killed, and I mention my buddy Ray and how that relates.
  • HDJM started to really take off with the Game of Thrones recaps - this was the second time we were linked off boards (the first was for Big Love, marking us as a reference for accuracy. *is proud*)
  • Our star recapper Sam was born this month with her hitting the sweet spot with a Thor recap that STILL gets hits. (All of her movie recaps do, actually.)
  • I stopped being angry about having been a devout Mormon for most of my life. Thank you Matt & Trey! (No, really.)


  • This was when I was sucked into Glee fandom. You can blame flaming_muse and her hammock story. (I'd always watched the show, I'd never been in the fandom until then.) You should be reading everything she's ever written. Seriously. Otherwise, don't tell me you're a Klaine fan.
  • The best damn horse ever died. RIP, Doc.
  • The Glee recaps and Bingo Drinking Game began, and boy, was that a lot of work. Each recap is almost 7000 words. PLUS a cocktail for each one. Loved it, won't ever do that much work at one time again, though. 9 shows at once I was recapping. Kee-rist.
  • the rest of this month is a haze of shots, cocktails and swimming. <3



  • HDJM was featured on MetaFilter! And we promptly crashed. For an entire god damned week. I STILL feel nauseous about that.
  • Warren Jeffs was found guilty on all counts. YAY TEXAS. :) (For doing what AZ and Utah wouldn't, you see.)
  • I got a year older and became best friends (lol) with Matt Paxton of Hoarders. (He reads HDJM, you see. <3)
  • And then Dorothy Breineiger messaged me a thank you for the recaps (she's one of the organizers and the Exec. Producer for A&E) and our website got some hard core street cred.
  • had a very sad moment as a mom and vowed to cut the "fat talk" and all of that nonsense out of the house (I've never called my daughter fat, for the record. I mean that I will never say things about MYSELF, thus teaching her how to hate herself, you see.) Also had a breakthrough about my relationship with my father, and that was pretty damn emotionally draining, but life-changing. In a good way


  • Fires all over the state left us constantly smelling like campfires
  • We started selling ADORABLE PRODUCTS that no one (but for three of you, and i love each of you dearly) is interested in. That was fun to spend money on. *cries* LIVE AND LEARN.
  • Started putting the Glee Cocktail Book together - I still need to fix cover art and learn how to put pay for downloads on the website before it goes up. So it can sit there, mocking me.
  • Coon Pecker.
  • Posted a big ol' recs list from wines and cheeses to fanfic that I enjoy.
  • Again was told off for having a poll that didn't think of other people's needs. Because I'm Gallup and my polls about stupid shit are academically and socially important?


  • We added Supernatural to HDJM and it. went. bananas. Thank you, Vinnie!
  • I changed my LJ's user name after being linked to yet another anonymeme where it was said about me that: "That writer is talented, amusing, and basically the biggest egomaniac shitheal on LJ, nicely disguised in a good-ol-girl wrapper." I almost cried, then I laughed and changed my name. Better response, I think. (and I am awesome and didn't comment back correcting the spelling on "shit-heel.")
  • I posted a story that pretty much expresses everything I wish and want as a child for a mom and as a mom about her son.
  • I BOUGHT TICKETS (bad ass ones, too!) FOR BOOK OF MORMON THE MUSICAL AND FOR HOW TO Succeed IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. And I cried a little. (For BoM, not H2$) And then flaming_muse and I began our countdown to January
  • here's a polygamous head stone. (my family)
  • I reposted the original fic I had written about gay Mormon missionaries, And It Came To Pass
  • Walking Dead came back. I exposed just how far my apocalypse training extends.
  • Halloween shenanigans.


  • Haze of linking people to HDJM and all of the awesome recappers we'd added (Breaking Bad! Top Chef: Just Desserts! So, so many more!) and all the cool merchandise no one wants and links to booze recipes and how Matt Paxton and I are totally in a relationship now (omg, lol) and that he and I are saving the world singlehandedly from cat poop.
  • Oh, and I started writing that little fireman fic.
  • And I drank a lot of wine while doing P90X to keep it all in check.
  • And was accused of giving my husband cocaine.
  • My feels on Twilight, let me show them to you. Again. (Spoiler alert: I hate twilight!)
  • I discovered Mamrie. I want to marry her and make drinks with her forever.



  • The best things ever: after trying for almost 2 years, I launched a website that I am damn proud of. I have writers that give their time and talent for nothing more than your praise (and mine, I'm a pretty good boss, lol) and we get about 600,000 hits a month now. Not too shabby for only having truly been "live" since April.

  • I made a deal with flaming_muse to pay attention to everything she does and tells me, and I think I have grown TREMENDOUSLY as a writer as a result. It helps to sit at the foot of someone that knows what the hell they're doing (and can push you in a way that makes you determined to do better. That's the best thing of it all.)

  • My family is healthy, we love each other, we have inside jokes and laughter and drama and problems and in the end, not one of my children ever leaves the house without being told that I love them. And they still hug and kiss me, too.

  • LJ is wonky, it's been attacked, and I'm still here.

  • I had an amazing trip that will go down as one of the best of my life with one of my dearest friends, dovil, visits with old LJ buddies, found a kindred spirit in my own home town, and drank a ton of wine.

  • My husband loves me, I have a roof over my head, and my sister is close enough that I can have lunches with her and be reminded of how lucky I am that she's one of my best friends.

Pretty good year, over all. Hope it was for you, too. <3 AND GET A CAB TONIGHT. PLEASE. I expect every one to be back on Jan. 1. *stern motherly look*


( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Pretty good year? Seriously, it sounds like a fantastic year. Here's to 2012 being even better. Thanks for the recap. I'd missed the alarm story and you giving your husband cocaine. Good times.
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Also, you should be really proud of all your accomplishments this year. HDJM rocks.
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Dec. 31st, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD it took me like 10 whole minutes to identify the scary prune thing in your icon, dude.
Dec. 31st, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
If it helps, you can imagine it quickly turned into Goya's painting Saturn Eats His Son. DOES THAT HELP?
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Dec. 31st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love you Sister! Happy New Year to you!
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
I LOVE YOU SO, SO MUCH. See you next week!! <3
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Dec. 31st, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks Miss Sue! I'm so glad we got to reconnect this year, too, and with margaritas as is written in the Scroll of Life somewhere.

I hope 2012 is a year that makes your life much happier and more fulfilled, as well. *noms that Jonah boy's cheeks*

Dec. 31st, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this is very handy for me - a breakdown of a year's worth of posts! Although I'm only up to February and I'm feeling quite exhausted. My year on the other hand can be summed up thusly - had a cup of tea, had a cup of tea, went to work, had a cup of tea. Which was a pretty good year for me too, I'm glad you had a fun-filled 2011 and here's to a great 2012. Happy New Year from south-west England. *raises a cup of tea in toast*
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of that, too! I mean, I post almost every single day, so that would just be an exercise in futility to post about EVERYTHING I did, lol. And incredibly boring, I'm sure.

YOUR YEAR SOUNDS PRETTY AWESOME REGARDING ALL OF THAT TEA. I approve. :D Here's to a great year for you, as well, and it's just about to ring in for you, too! <3 <3 <3
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
I always find myself wishing there were a like button on LJ, but that is a cop-out. Which I'm entitled to because I sprained my back while on vacation (at a spa--still working on better story, perhaps poledancing). Anyway, instead of clicking one button to express my approval of this post, I am writing an entire paragraph. Aren't you lucky!

This post brought to you by Percoset and a heating pad.

Derpa derp.
Dec. 31st, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Mmm, Percoset and heating pad. THAT SOUNDS NICE. Well, for you. (I hope you start feeling well soon, sugar butt.)


Happy New Years, sweetheart!
Dec. 31st, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am so proud of you....
Dec. 31st, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
YOU HEAR THAT, DAD?! Someone is... *sobs* Ahahaha.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I hope you have an absolutely OUTSTANDING 2012!! <3
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Dec. 31st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
You are SO stinkin' welcome!! - right back at you, darling!!
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
I love you and all that you've done. I think you should be saying to camera that it's been a pretty good year as you sit across from your dapper boyfriend. :)

Also, you give me way too much credit, but thank you, and you're welcome!

And... if pressed I'd have to choose the Serbia story as my favorite thing you've written this year, and you know how damn much I love everything you've written.
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, I think I should be saying it to camera as well - cream fitted jackets look outstanding on me, also. :D

Oh, I think it's just the right amount of credit, personally. And seriously - you're one of the best things to come out of 2011. <3
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
*loves you*
I hope 2012 will be just as amazing for you lady.
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
*hugs hugs hugs hugs HUGS*

M, I hope 2012 is outstanding for you and your beautiful boys. <3
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Happy new year to you, as well!! <3
Jan. 1st, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
AND you still have the zombie apocalypse to look forward to! Anticipation is half the fun. Automatic weapons is the other half.


I thank Raptor Jesus every day for the Stoney in my life.
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Um, I didn't realize that you worshiped Raptor Jesus. I worship T-Rex Santa, and now we are mortal enemies. *smites you until you are well smottened*

YOU ARE SUCH A LOVELY PERSON, I CAN BARELY STAND IT. Just, you're amazing. And you save bats from kitties. You can totally be on my zombie apocalypse team.
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'd say that sounds like you had one HELL of a year! :-D It does look damn good, I'd say!
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
It was!! I agree! :D Happy New Year to you!!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Laundry is important!

Happy New Year!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Apparently - that whole "walking around in the nude" stuff didn't go over too well in my neighborhood.

Happy New Year to YOU, too! <3
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! It's nine days old now and covered in vomit and regret, but who is to judge.

Amazing trip was amazing, and every time I pop on my Zion National Park hat I think of it and inwardly go yay. And also quickly avoid eye contact and leap into traffic to avoid the two Mormon boys that made a beeline for me on seeing it.

May 2012 be even more awesome, though looking back on 2011 you did incredibly well! A toast to you with my office coffee cup!
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I MISS YOU!! I'm racing, but hit me with an email - you went awol again!

<3 <-- creepy internet love that is inappropriate.
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