I was ready to chalk up 2012 as a wash...as a pretty-good year, a year with challenges and good things but mostly meh things.
And then I scrolled through my pictures, the snapshots that I took on my phone over the course of the year. And a lot happened!
I threw a kick-ass 40th birthday weekend for my hubby at Deep Creek. Four other couples, an ice storm, too many G&Ts in the hot tub, pizzas that were ridiculously huge. A beautiful view from the great room.
Ryan Adams at the Strathmore. Great, intimate show in a beautiful space. Dinner at Black Market Bistro with BP beforehand. A fab evening.
Gave a master class at American University. Loved teaching again!
Found a hand-drawn picture of 2 hands making a heart in a book that I bought. What a wonderful surprise!
Went to the podiatrist to figure out why my ankle hurt. Realized that I will likely never run a marathon, and made peace with it.
Visited with RT and singers who were back on campus for the Artist's Lens show.
Visited Pgh to meet with the Chatham Baroque and saw my girls D & K. And spent a rare few hours at the Carnegie Museum, walking around the Hall of Architecture and reminiscing.
BP framed a doodle & poem of mine. That made me feel special.
My car made it to 100,000 miles! And then I got a new one.
Went to Boston to represent WT at the Inspector premiere, and then walked around all day...and saw my old roomie K and her hubs and their little man.
I found a huge wolf spider in my office. HUGE.
I went to the Opera America conference, and participated in the Opera America Leadership seminar. Opera Camp was a wonderful time, and the folks I met were really spectacular.
We lived through a derecho in July. (And by "we," I mean "Northern Virginia AND Don Giovanni." Can't imagine what the dude did with the found time...oh, wait. I can.)
The costume shop gifted me with a pair of superbly hoochtastic periwinkle suede heels.
I got paid for writing my first article.
We got a new shower.
Worked a concession stand (for a monster of a kids' show!) for the first time.
Started a blog about work transitions. More importantly, heard a lot of interesting stories about other's struggles, and got some good supportive feedback about the project.
I went to a ball.
Hubby took me to Colorado - Denver, Vail and Boulder.
My engagement ring broke. (Altitude? Or indulging in too much bacon? We'll never know...)
I reunited with cousin Eric after - what, 30 years? - and met his family in California. Also reunited with a slew of pals from undergrad, my teaching days at CTY, and students who have grown into exceptionally cool human beings.
Saw JG and met his hubby C, and saw his show...and sang along (in my head) with the whole performance. Such fun!
Jogged in Seattle, San Francisco, Cincinnati, New York, and Houston.
Climbed up to the Coit tower.
Hosted K for her first night in NYC. Fashion District, Broadway, Times Square, Lincoln Center, Upper West Side. Fun stuff.
Tried kombucha for the first time.
Outran hurricane Sandy.
Fell in love with Pumpkin Spice Rooibos tea and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore.
Kept a journal.
Made a happy dance video.
Sent postcards from the road to pals in the US, Switzerland, and Germany.
Ran a 5k.
Spent long-overdue time with Rach. Beers and bagels, forever and ever amen.
Played on the stage at the Barns as part of the annual X-Mess Spectacular, which was quite spectacular this year.
Finished NaNoWriMo. Even went back and re-read it without tossing my cookies.
Made some great new friends, and got to know some folks better. They've been the real highlight of the year.
Not to say that crappy things haven't happened to me or to people that I love. There have been lots, really volumes of heartbreaking suck. But in between those moments have been some wonderful moments, too.
Wishing, for all of us, more highs, and fewer lows in 2013. Let's take care of each other well.
Or your death will be a happy day.
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