I swore I wouldn't do a Year In Review, other than the Facebook one below:
2013: We did stuff, we saw stuff.
We ate things, I drank a lot of things.
I started a blog, blogged a little.
I donked a ton of things up, hopefully I learned from that. *shrugs*
I tried to see things from other peoples' point of view.
I tried to talk less and listen a little more.
I tried to be better for my kids.
I did my best....most of the time. Probably.
This is different though. This year I found something in Considerings blog that helps me look at life in a new way. The Ten Things of Thankful is a fun, useful way to look at all the bullspit of life and say "Hey, I'm thankful that at least this day only sucked to a level of 9, it could have been a 10 on the Suck-O-Meter" and right now, this is really important.
I'm late as usual, but the TToT 'rogue' players looked back on the things thankful from the year, and what got me was Lizzi reminding me that:
'Oh yeah, I started an effing BLOG this year, so I don't have to remember anything, it's all right there in black and white... and orange all over.'
January (I can't stop singing the "Calendar Girl" song)
I started this comic strip of a blog, knowing I wouldn't have much time, and deciding since hubs purchased the domain, the money is already spent. Let's try to make it worth it. Or at least fun, which is the same thing to me.
To give people an idea what I'm all about, I wrote 2 not-really-reviews of a movie I let's say, didn't care for, Ted, and also one that I adored, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
February (every day, every day of the year! The song.)
I was thankful I could blog and vent about how much I hate Valentine's Day and what you could do if you agree, so I pissed a bunch of people off with my hate-hate relationship with Valentine's Day.
Thankfully I was able to win a few back actually doing something worthwhile, volunteering for my favorite charity, Equality Illinois and I wrote a real(ish) post about tolerance, and a little logic vs. religion. Not bad for a 4a.m. post.
Then I gave the whole Mom Blogger thing a try and gave my opinion on diaper reward programs. Spoiler: Not a fan.
I was over-joyed to over-share about my Old Man Crushes. Yes, it's weird but it's also my favorite thing I think I've ever written.
I'm always as thankful as a Stark in Winterfell for Spring. This Spring I was thankful my son Tinny gave zero sh|ts about going to prom! I even look back at my lame, stupid experiences with prom. Yes, there are pictures. From the 80's.
Thankful to have posted my first-ever Wordless Wednesday! I can be funny (kind of) without words. Beyond thankful to be celebrating my 5th wedding anniversary, huzzah! I do an interesting comparison to our 1st, in what is mysteriously my most-pinned post (no idea why) and then I thankful to the moon to be able to write my way out of an actual anniversary gift, and hopefully let other people know that if their spouses have super-WEIRD but funny clothing issues, hey, you're not alone, toots.
Thankful my son graduated high school. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do and I really wanted to dance. Then I lighten up with a hilarious look back at an actual movie I made with Corey Haim. TRUE STORY.
I give way too much thought, and a gross picture, to the ironic beauty of the birth of ballet.
Thankful to The Next Step blog for reminding me of the best $5 I've ever spent. Whatever you're thinking it's probably worse....it involves strippers and sock puppets and a LOT of laughs.
Everyone is thankful I discovered how to make a publicly acceptable flask and of course shared this day-drinking life hack with the world. It's my gift to the universe. I think it's why I was born.
We gave Naughty Night Names to Lola's toys. Why? Mmmmm.....Weirdness?
Speaking of weirdness, I was thankful to be awarded the coveted "Golden Sideboob" award by the lovely, lively Lizzi and answer with a not-so-coveted "Fleshy Fowl Underbun" award.
I try my hand at my first recipe post, which I fill with way too many words shockingly, but luckily the recipe is an easy one for a very delicious soup. I also write a half-(ass)review for Game of Thrones in honor of George R.R. Martin's birthday.
We have an...interesting challenge with a kid in a wedding.
Thankful for candy, and I had a sweet, sweet epiphany about converstional Halloween candy that really should exist.
Movember. It drives me cray-zay. In a good way. And avoiding Black Friday, which drives me kray in a bad way. I'm given some perspective delivered from my son's friend.
SO much. Too much. It's so too much I write about some things I Can't Even and the pay-off for Game of Thrones fans is a peek into the Lannister Family Holiday Greetings.
Thank you for letting me relive all the thankful of the year, and letting me vent/look at my lifestuff in a new, more positive way. Probably. Most of the time. Some of the time. More than I did before anyway!