January 3, 2013

2012 in Review

Zinnia

2012 in numbers:
– 1,965 hours worked and 324 hours of paid time off
– 1,549 visitors to this blog. February had the most visits and The Stuff Beast was the most popular post of the year. The most referred search term was “gorilla bread”.
– 527 photos uploaded to Flickr
– 31 tweets (23 personal and 8 professional)
– 25 blog entries (24 personal and 1 professional)
– 23 books read (5 non-fiction, 16 fiction, 2 professional)
– 10 books sold on Amazon
– 9 cities visited San Francisco (x2), San Jose, Chicago (x2), Orem, Park City, Las Vegas, Boston, Seattle and Victoria BC
– 8 yarn projects completed (1 crochet, 7 knitting, 3 frogged)

My personal goal for 2012 was to bring out my writing voice through blogging and tweeting. I also had sub-goals that included going to concerts, vacation travel and house projects. 2012 was a two part year, defined in the middle by a huge work project that happened in July and August. From January to June I was on track, going to concerts, vacationing in San Francisco and blogging once a week. After June things fell apart. Starting in July, work became an all consuming stress ball. On top of that, July and August were the home insulation months, with contractors coming by and the culmination of all our insulation planning. I took another vacation in the fall to Seattle and Victoria and then slid into the holiday season, never regaining my writing or concert going momentum.

It feels easy to think of 2012 as a bit of a failure. Even though I accomplished a lot, the accomplishments were not the ones I set out to achieve. In addition to all of the above, SB had a very unhappy year at work. With his work situation up-in-the-air, we had a general unsettled and unhappy feeling most of the time. Questions like, “Would we need to move out of Madison?” and “What does it mean to have a career?” were discussed at great length. The uncertainty has been exhausting but I’m happy to report that SB has accepted a new job in town and we are starting off 2013 on much firmer and happier ground. Whew!

My personal goal for 2013 is to achieve more physical fitness. I’ve learned in recent years how satisfying it can be to be more financially disciplined. Now I want to apply that same self-control to my body. I’m thinking about this in terms of life long habits more than what I can accomplish in the next year alone.

Other things I’m looking forward to in 2013:
– Getting back to blogging and tweeting
– Going to concerts, plays and other events
– House projects including finishing the basement, crown molding, a bathroom remodel, a kitchen remodel and a home loan refinance
– Selling, donating and generally getting rid of more stuff
– Travel vacations!

I hope you are also looking forward to an even better 2013. (The photo is from our fabulous zinnia garden this summer. I’m particularly proud of our gardens this past year and am looking forward to even more success in 2013.)




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