I’m stealing this from Josephine Myles. I know everyone usually does top book lists, but really, I read nearly 350 books (including many many short stories) so I just can’t do it. If you are really dying to know which books I gave 5 stars to, become my friend on Goodreads and check out my bookshelf. (I’m so lazy)
So I thought I’d post some of the good things that happened this past year, just life events. I’ll kind of go through the year chronologically because in my dotage I forget things about 20 minutes after they happen.
I have to confess, nothing too much happened in the beginning of the year. I did get a work trip to San Francisco, which was marred by a tooth infection, but will still interesting and I experienced my first “big” earthquake. (4.2)
Vacation: In early July my daughter and I went on vacation. We went to Vancouver and then drove to Calgary to visit family and we visited some universities as well she is applying to for next year. One of my highlights were the whale watching trip where we saw killer whales. I have been fascinated with killer whales since my teens and too see them live, well… We saw one breech and do silly things like lay on their back and kind of do the back stroke, it was so cool. Also saw a bald eagle next.
Family: As part of our trip, another great thing was we got to spend time with my cousins in Alberta. I don’t think I’ve seen them in a couple of years and despite everyone’s distaste for Facebook, before we were on there, we rarely knew what was happening in each other’s lives, now we are closer than we ever were and it was so much fun to be with them. We also got the chance to see another cousin as well, unfortunately all four of us couldn’t meet the same day. And my daughter got to see the Calgary Stampede, something she has always wanted to do. It was a super summer vacation.
UK Meet: It was amazing to meet so many authors and in typical style, I had to cross the ocean to the east to meet Jordan Castillo Price who lives south and west of me. Hmm. It was an amazing weekend and I was just thrilled with the whole process. I seriously hope I can make it next year, but it’s going to be a bit of a crazy year for us, so we’ll see. Fingers crossed though.
Mike and Ty’s Wedding: We had so much fun at the wedding. We danced, we laughed, and met Roscoe. How could you go wrong. It was great to spend time with Adam and Drazen and Craig and Enrico and David as well. Wish we all lived closer so we could hang out together more often. And of course, a trip to New York is never a hardship. We saw a show, eh, and did a bunch of shopping and enjoyed ourselves immensely as always.
The Play: Forever that will be capitalized in my life. One of the most stressful, craze-inducing things I’ve ever done and I was so proud of those kids at the end that I nearly exploded all over the theatre. They were amazing, they worked their asses off and dazzled everyone with their professionalism. From the Chief of Production Services, “They were so amazing to work with – more professional than you would think possible from an amateur group.” So they made me proud, but I’m not looking to ever do it again. LOL
My Kid: Of course, kind of related to the play, I am so proud of my daughter. She took the bull by the horns and made the best out of a horrid situation and made us all proud. I’m so proud of her everyday, how she handles herself, how she dealt with the media and I’m sometimes amazed that this wonderful young lady is my child. How did that happen? Wasn’t she just learning to walk at 9 months and being precocious a little bit ago? She’s everything a parent could hope for (if only she’s study a bit more, LOL, and clean up her room.)
Farewell: Of course our little Bun passed in December. It was sad, but he was 12 years old which is well over 100 in bunny years. So he had a good life and had had respiratory problems for about a year, but he was happy to the end, so we can’t be too sad that he passed quietly and peacefully.
So that was my year. Work was pretty normal, nothing exciting there. I didn’t move houses or make any large investments like a new car, but 2012 was a good year and I know 2013 will be full of many changes with my daughter graduating and my work situation possibly changing, so I know it will be full of exciting (and scary) challenges.
Wishing everyone a wonderful year and if you head out tonight, stay safe.