exit interview

Sluiter Nation: Hello there, 2011.  Why do you take a seat so we can get started. Thank you.  Now, you’ve been around for a year.  How do you feel your overall performance has been?

2011: Well, I know there were a few stumbles, but considering the mess that 2010 left for me, I feel that I handled things quite well.  In fact, I feel that I left them better than I found them.

SN: Indeed.  I would agree with that.  2010 was a total bum. Total.  In fact, upon his departure, I recommended he quit the “year” biz.  Anyway back to you…what do you feel were your strengths as a year?

2011: Hmmm.  I brought some life-changers to the table.  You know, a new sister-in-law, new nephews from Ethiopia, a pregnancy.  I’d say those were pretty huge strengths.

SN: Ok, you don’t have to be so smug about it.  Yes, those were life-changers.  And they were good ones.  Anything else you are proud of?

2011: Oh, oh, OH!  I also brought a job for Cort.  That was a biggie.  2010 COMPLETELY dropped the ball on that one.

SN: You don’t have to keep comparing yourself to 2010 to look good.  We have established that he was a loser.  You also brought us some fun that deserves recognition, yes?

2011: Oh yeah, I did!  Six weddings for family and friends and some cuddly twin girls for your great friends is WAY fun, in my opinion.  And don’t forget that trip to San Diego you got to go on and meet all those bloggers.  Eh?  Fun times for sure.

SN: Oh it was.  But you are being too modest.  You’re just pointing out the big stuff.  You are also the first in 5 years that didn’t have me on the pink slip list at work.  That is sort of a big deal to me.

2011 (looking down and turning toe into the ground): yeah, well.  I thought you deserved a break with that.  I wasn’t able to keep your pay the same though.

SN: I did notice that.  And yes, that was and has been a struggle.  But we are making it.  It helps that Cort is working.  But on that note, what do you feel your weaknesses were this year?

2011: The biggest one was probably that case of depression you went through during your first trimester with Charlie.

SN: Agree.

2011: And then there was the lack of family vacation this year.  Sorry about that.  But from my chats with 2012, it sounds like there are some in the works.

SN: Oh yeah…you have been prepping 2012.  How is that going?

2011:  It’s going ok.  He’s definitely green.  Total newb with pie in the sky ideas, but I think he can handle it.  We’ve been collaborating on Project Charlie for awhile now, and he has some really great ideas about vacations and some other things.

SN:  oooo!  that all sounds great!

2011:  It should be.  Here’s hoping 2012 doesn’t get carried away and mess up.

SN: I am sure it will be ok. Are you disappointed your time here is just about up?

2011: Yes and no.  This has been a difficult job.  Restoring hope and mending brokenness is not for the faint of heart.  I am ready for a rest from it all.  But it has been a joy to see your family find happiness.

SN: And we thank you for that.  But can I just point one thing out?

2011:  sure.

SN: It’s not that we don’t appreciate your awesomeness, but could you maybe let 2012 know that besides doing great things for us, we would like great things for our friends and family too?  Maybe even more than for us?  I mean, you were GREAT, really, but in helping us, you neglected some of our closest friends.  In fact, you were the worst year some of them ever had.

2011: I know, I know.  That is the crappy part of this job.  You can be “the best” for everyone.  Some people get the shaft.  And I happened to give a LOT of people the shaft.  Part of it was my own fault, but part of it was started by 2010 and even years before him.  I just couldn’t fix it all.  There wasn’t time.

SN: I get that.  I do.  But maybe…maybe…you could let 2012 know that there are a few people who deserve a break.

2011:  Totally.  I can do that.

SN:  Oh, and before you go…I have one more question.

2011: Shoot.

SN: What is with all this talk about…you know…the “end of the world” and 2012.

2011: He he he.  I guess you’ll find out.  I’ll tell you this:  2012?  Is a funny guy.

SN: Ok.  I can respect that.  Hey, 2011?

2011: Yeah?

SN: Thanks.  Really.

2011: It was my pleasure.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. What a great way to look at the year. I really like, Sluiter Nation, how you bring your spirituality and humor to all your work.

    • Thank you! I’m not one to make resolutions, and I figure if people want “the best of the blog”, they can look in my archives. I like to try to keep things different 🙂

  2. i LOVED this! absolutely LOVED it 🙂

  3. This post is full of awesomeness.
    Hope 2012 does your and your friends right!

  4. Cute idea, Katie. Happy new year! xo

  5. I appreciate 2011’s honesty. He was a total jerkface to me in most ways. Really, high points were few and far between. I’m glad he’s been giving 2012 notes.

    Glad, though, that his good deeds went to someone who deserves them!

    • yeah, he was a buttface to a LOT of people I love. I did not appreciate it, and I had to call him out. At least he knows that was sucky.

      I think 2012 has your name on it, Cam 🙂

  6. Great post! Loved your approach 🙂

  7. Katie, this is cute. Really really a cute way to look back at the year. here’s hoping 2012 knocks your socks of.

  8. KT:

    You are beyond fabulous. Best interview I’ve read this year. I wish I’d thought to sit down with 2011.

    But that’s why you are the big blogger. 😉

    Happy New Year!

    May everything be smooth sailing with you and he-whom-I-shall-not-name because I’m superstititous. And fingers crossed on that bay-cay!

  9. I sent 2011 a bomb in the mail so I hope that you two aren’t that close.

    I’m glad that you had such a wonderful year. You totally deserved it and then some.
    Cheers to 2012 not being a blowhard of “Hey I guess the Mayans were right”…that would definitely suck.

    • I figured 2011 was a marked man. That is why I had to get my interview with him before he was done for the year.

      And yeah. If the world ends in 2012? I am going to be pissed. Really really pissed.

  10. So clever, Katie! I love it.

    Wishing you and your family all the best in 2012!


  11. What a cute way to say goodbye to 2011. Any entrance interview for 2012?

    Happy New Year, Katie.

    • nope. no entrance interview…I am letting this one come in and show me what it can do 🙂

      Happy New Year to you, my friend.

  12. I think this was my favorite round up post ever (besides my own). I’m so glad you had a good working relationship with 2011.

    • oh hey! that’s quite the compliment since there are a MILLION round up posts out there! I love coming in #2 to you, my dear!

  13. TheNextMartha says

    My goodness this was brilliant.

    • brilliant? that rarely happens here. you must be trying to comment on a different blog.

      and thank you.

  14. asking 2012 to help the ones you love? kindest thing ever.

  15. You are simply adorable.

    In every way.

    p.s. PEEP BOMB!

    Oh yeah.

  16. That made me smile! Happy New Year.

  17. This post is twenty-eleven kinds of awesome! 🙂 How do you come up with all these great ideas? I’d like to be green with envy at your wit and humor, but I like you too much to have anything negative going on here. 🙂 I can only hope that someday in the future I can repay your talent by inspiring a few chuckles and smiles for you with my stuff. Happy New Year!