Looking Back on 2013

Posted by danielle on January 1st, 2014. Filed under: Home Sweet Home.

Here’s my past year, reviewed using a commonly used meme:

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Being pregnant for over half of 2013, it wasn’t a big year for new experiences. It was more of a binge watching TV in bed kind of year. I did start some in depth exploring of my family tree though, so I guess you could say taking up Genealogy was something I’d never done before, as dull as it may sound. Incidentally, thanks to the Internet, this is a hobby you can take up while laying in bed.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make any for next year?
Last year I resolved to sew more and to finish all of the unfinished projects in my sewing room. It was a fail. I not only didn’t finish projects, but I started plenty of new ones. Then, I had to pack them all up and move them to my new sewing room in the basement to make room for the Niblet.

Under the circumstances, I won’t be making any resolutions for 2014.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My best friend was supposed to give birth to twins in February, but they surprised us in December 2012 instead. A few other friends had babies this year, as well.

This was great timing for us, as we’ve already been receiving tons of hand-me-down toys and clothes for our 2014 baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, nobody close to me died. A lot of people I know did lose loved ones this year though, and they all have my deepest condolences.

5. What countries did you visit?
We did a lot of travelling in the US this year: Florida in January, California in March, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in June, Pennsylvania in July, and then a few trips around New York State in August.

We’d hoped to get away for one last trip with just the two of us in November, but it didn’t happen. I had some minor complications in my second trimester, so it was recommended that I stay close to home – just in case.

We’re really hoping the Niblet will enjoy travelling as much as we do, especially as an infant. It would be nice to take advantage of the flexible schedule I’ll have while on maternity leave next year.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Energy. I went right from the winter blues to pregnancy related fatigue. I feel like I’ve been just dragging my ass all year.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
This year has been a bit of a blur. Very little of 2013 is etched in my memory.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
This wasn’t a big year for monumental achievements. I managed to show up for work and stay somewhat awake on a daily basis. Most days, I considered getting out of bed a big achievement. That’s about all I could manage for most of 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not achieving something big?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Unless you count morning sickness as an illness, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
We bought a 13 foot camper. We’d been talking about for years and on the long weekend in May, we finally bought one.

12. Where did most of your money go?
We bought the camper, two new furnaces (one for the house and the other for our rental), a new couch for the living room, and took two winter vacations. So…we spent a bit of money this year.

13. What did you get really excited about?
The baby. Obviously.

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
The only song that comes to mind is Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, and mainly because of
Stephen Colbert’s hilarious reaction to their snub on his show.

It’s a really catchy tune, although I doubt years from now I’ll make the association.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?

Happier, temporarily fatter, and about the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Creating. With my grueling napping schedule and work, I had even less time than usual to write and make things.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sleep. I feel like I missed so much this year.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas hanging out with family and friends. I usually love Christmas, but this year I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I just didn’t have it in me this year.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Downton Abbey. I just finished season 4 on Boxing Day. For my fellow North Americans who are about to watch it on PBS, it did not disappoint.

I also really liked Happy Endings (RIP), The Mindy Project, Suburgatory and Orange is the New Black.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I was uninspired by what I’d read for most of 2013, then in the fall, three of my favourite authors released new books: Sue Grafton’s W is for Wasted, Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, and Bill Bryson’s One Summer, America 1927. Book-wise, it was a great end to the year.

21. What was your favourite music from this year?
This isn’t from 2013, but this year I really got into The Beach Boys. I’d always just thought of them as a cheesy nostalgic novelty band (which I guess is what they eventually became) but recently discovered, in the 1960s, they were totally legit.

22. What were your favourite films of the year?
The Great Gatsby. As my love for Downton Abbey might indicate, I’m a sucker for costume dramas and The Great Gatsby was pure eye candy. It was just beautiful to watch.

23. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 39 in April and I honestly don’t remember what I did. I’m assuming dinner was involved? Maybe some cake? I have no idea. I apologize to anyone I may have celebrated with – somehow this event has been blacked out in my memory.

24. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

25. What kept you sane?
Jeremy, the daily 200 mgs of caffeine the medical community permits me to consume while pregnant, and Netflix.

26. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
By the end of the summer Jeremy and I were in rough shape. I was tired and nauseous and Jeremy had been ill and was waiting for a Kidney stone surgery. Nothing was getting done around the house. The lawn grew to the point that you could only see the ears of our backyard rabbits and dishes in the sink stayed dirty for days, sometimes weeks. Things like this would normally stress me out, but this year I learned to just let it all go. Our health and sanity was far more important.

I suspect this attitude will be good practice for the busy years to come, although I’m sure this is nothing compared to the life lessons I’m about to learn in 2014.

Happy New Year!

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