2013 wrap-up

2013 was, for me, a year with a lot of changes. And by a lot, I mean A LOT. I left a job, sold a house, moved to Indiana, started a new job, moved back to Michigan, started another new job, and moved again into a second apartment. Despite all the self-inflicted upheaval, though, we are really pleased with where we are. We’re delighted to be back in Mount Pleasant and have been welcomed back into the community by old friends. We’re back to being a relatively quick drive away from my folks and it’s been really terrific to get together with them regularly. And my new job is going well. It’s definitely very different from the other places I’ve worked, but I feel like there is a lot that I can do and that I am doing it well.

According to Goodreads, I managed to read 40 books this year.

Goodreads 2013 stats photo Goodreads_My_Review_Stats_-_2013-12-31_090735_zps30e5f04c.pngForty that I remembered to add to Goodreads, at any rate. I’m sure that there are at least a few that I forgot to record.

I thought I’d add some stats from Flickr, but then remembered that they only offer them going back about a month – LAME. I also found Facebook’s year in review to be super-boring (this is possibly because what I post is boring, but I’ll choose the popular way: blame Facebook). In putting together this post I also realized that I’d never installed a stats plugin here (until now), so I’ve got nothing to share there for this year. Ah well!

Though I disappointingly did not find a tidy way to see them on Ravelry, I did a tally and noticed that, yeah, I did a lot of knitting this year: 185 finished objects! That includes over 70 Cunning Hats and about two dozen xmas gifts. I participated in the Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup in the Winter, Spring, and Fall terms (stupidly I just missed the deadline to be sorted for winter 2014 – guess I’ll be participating as a Student on Sabbatical this time!).

I’m looking forward to another productive year in 2014. I’m planning to keep up with reading and knitting and to do a lot more sewing than I did in 2013. I’m also looking forward to doing more Blythe stuff – with all the moves, my dolls were packed away for a good portion of the year and I’m happy to say that they have now reemerged (and are ready for some hair treatments – holy static cling!). How was your year? Did you meet your goals? Do the things you wanted to do?



I have been so lax about posting in recent months! We had a crazy busy year and blogging fell to the bottom of my priority list in favor of things like moving three times, starting two new jobs, considering more from my employment agency in Edmonton and maintaining some sense of mental well-being while experiencing so much change. (Happy to say that things are currently hunky-dory on the whole.)

Kneading nap

I’m happy to report that I am ready to put myself on a schedule again so that blogging once again becomes a routine. I’ve really missed it and I’d like to be doing more writing than I have been. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile but was spurred to action by seeing one of Sam’s resolutions for 2014: to blog several times a week. I’m not sure what schedule I’m going to set for myself yet, but it will likely be a few times a week. Since we’re living in an apartment right now gardening will be a topic in the wishlist/someday sense, but less so in terms of practical things I’m actually doing. But classic pastimes including Blythe, sewing, knitting, books, movies, and TV will return to more or less regular appearances here.

While I’m at it I thought I’d make a few other resolutions to round out a list:

  • Blog regularly
  • Continue to attend yoga class once a week at OmBodies
  • Take more photographs, especially of Coraline while she’s awake (this will require some effort)
  • Go for more walks/explore Mount Pleasant (this may not happen robustly until spring)
  • Create a couple of websites for folks who could use them
  • Participate as a swapper in the Blythe Swap Group at least a few times

So, are you making any resolutions for the new year?