Every Year, Happier: 2013 Wrap Up

Got it from Linda, just like everyone else. (20122011. Previous years buried in my email account rather than published.)

1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
Got acupuncture. Ate pub cheese at a pajama party. Got a real (not limited/temporary) job. Ran regularly, and enjoyed it. Stumbled upon a pile of best friends. Waited to find out our baby’s sex until she was born (this was so, so cool). Introduced my daughter to her sister. Successfully nursed a baby. Co-slept. Went camping with two (2) children. Took my girls to the beach their daddy grew up on. Took Eliza kayaking.  Lots of tiny, wonderful things.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Had to check last year’s, but I made a few mostly easy ones for 2013.

  • Read 25 28 32 books. Some of them aren’t on Goodreads, because reasons. Ahem.
  • Cooked some new recipes (no idea if I hit 12, as I definitely wasn’t keeping track. I bet I did.).
  • Wrote here more, though I wouldn’t say regularly, exactly. 60 posts, versus 47 in 2012, but 30 were in November. Heh.

I’ll keep basically the same ones for 2014, with the addition of exercising 100 times, and going on six family adventures. I used to do monthly resolutions too, but I’m not sure I’m capable yet – still a little baby hazy. We’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
So many people! My sister in law. My proximal BFF. Several of my favorite internet ladies. There were a slew of internet babies, in fact. #oprahvoice

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Kevin’s grandmother passed away. She was in her 90s, and had lived a very full life, but of course her passing was still very difficult on Kevin’s mom.

5. Whose behavior merited celebration? 
I’ve said Kevin the last couple of years, and that remains true, but for variety, let’s also say…. hmm. You know what? Me. ME. I think I’ve done a damn good job handling the middle of the night baby stuff mostly myself.

6. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? 
Oh most current events. Also me, every time I lost my patience with Eliza.

7. Who did you miss? 
My brother and fam, haven’t gotten to really see them in a year. My college buds. My far flung friends, even if I DID get to see some of them a good bit this year.

8. Who was the best new person you met? 

9. Where did you travel?
Let’s see here. We went to LA again in January for frisbee/friends (and I got to meet some internet folks!). I went to Arizona in February (pub cheese! friends!), San Antonio in March for work (and to say hi to Meggles). Denver in May to see friends. In September we went to Georgia to see family, and me and the ladies tagged along with Kevin on a work trip to Denver (and Jess’s house). Written down, this seems like a lot, but it felt like a slow year for travel! We also had folks come visit us a good bit, which was a nice change of pace (and good to get it in this year, because it looks like Hazel will lay official claim to the guest room soon.)

10. What would you like to have in the new year that you lacked this year?
More sleep, more patience, and more motivation.

11. What dates from the year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 13th. I hope. Honestly, I keep forgetting the actual day, because Eliza’s birthday is the 14th of October, and gah. But, you know, mid-June.

12. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

On paper, getting hired on as a staff scientist. And making a person, that was pretty solid.

13. What was your biggest failure?
Each and every time I lost my patience with the ladies. Seems like patience in the face of insane children will be the hardest part of parenting, for me (how unique!).

14. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Oh, a variety. Let’s see. I got bronchitis in my third trimester, which was both unpleasant and embarrassing (cough pee!). I sprained the hell out of my ankle a week before Hazel was born, which was both unpleasant and inconvenient. I got norovirus, along with everyone else, on our September beach trip, which was the wooooorst thing eveeerrrrrr. And then I’ve had a bunch of little colds and whatnot in amongst the more notable illnesses. Not a banner year for health, but not bad either – nothing was actually serious.

15. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets. No question.

16. Where did most of your discretionary income go?
Travel – and it was well worth it! Travel seems to be the theme of 2013.

17. What did you get really excited about?
Hazel being born, and being awesome, and our newly embiggened little family. Visiting friends and family. Most recently, a Secret Santa thing some friends and I did that was just really fun, somehow.

18. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier. Every year, happier. So lucky.
– thinner or fatter? Thinner, because not pregnant.
– richer or poorer? A wee bit richer, thanks to a promotion.

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


20. What do you wish you’d done less of?

I wish I’d lost my patience less.

21. What did you want and get? 
Hazelnut bear. More close friends, and opportunities to see them. A promotion.

22. What did you want and not get? 
Sleeeep. More free time.

23. How did you spend Christmas?
My parents visited for the week, and we spent the day watching Eliza go nuts with everyone’s gifts. She loved to help everyone open them, and she was so excited by the toys she got.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who!

25. What were your favorite books of the year?
Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell), Flight Behavior (Kingsolver), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor), Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand), and the Divergent trilogy (Veronica Roth).

26. What was your favorite music from this year?

My running playlist.

27. What song will always remind you of this year?
I’m not sure I have one this year – usually my song of the year is from Potlatch, but I was a little too distracted to fully participate this year, as Hazel was only three weeks old. I do really love Lorde’s Royals, but I’m not sure it will have left that big an impression compared to the songs from previous years.

28. What were your favorite films of the year?
Uh, we saw Catching Fire recently, and that was pretty good, I guess.

29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 
Joseph Gordon Levitt, I think. Yes.

30. What political issue stirred you the most? 
Marriage equality, and equal rights in general, will be my answer for this until it ceases to be an issue, I think.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29. We had a quiet weekend, punctuated by Eliza trying to give me a heart attack by falling off a play structure. I also gave away a necklace on the ol’ blog, which was super fun – I should do that kind of thing more often. One thing we didn’t have was delicious cake. Kevin, you are already on notice for 2014.

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

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept this year?

34. What kept you sane?
iMessage and my husband.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year.

It can probably wait till tomorrow. Or the next day.

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6 Responses to Every Year, Happier: 2013 Wrap Up

  1. Lara says:

    Man, I really hope you get cake this year.

    I’m so glad we met this year (Wait. Last year.) and that I get to see you NEXT MONTH.

  2. RA says:

    OOOH, I like this exercise 100x in a year idea! Totes stealing that!

    I love that you said your own behavior merited celebration. YOU GO, GIRL! (finger snaps in Z formation!)

    Every year happier, yes. Lovely.

  3. It makes me happy that you are so happy, friend :)

    So very sad I won’t get to see you at PJ’s. I miss you!!

  4. Miranda says:

    I SWEAR I didn’t read your post before writing my own.

    2013 was pretty alright- here’s to 2014!

  5. I love the title of this post.

    #35 – Very excellent lesson. I would like to adopt it as my own.

  6. Ginger says:

    Mmmmm, JGL. I concur.

    Here’s to a 2014 that is as good as this last year seems to have been!

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