Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Hi, 2013, I'm ready for you. 2012 was ok - I did a lot of fun activities, and it seemed that things were going better (um, on average) for my family and friends. I had some kind of intense medical issues in 2012, and that created stress. I lost my kitty this year. And, of course, I bought my condo, which has kept me busier than I even anticipated. But it's becoming home and I'm very grateful for it. 

If I had to pick a theme for this year, it would be travel. Actually, it would be sex, but this is a family blog so we'll go with travel. I started the year with a ridiculous number of frequent flier miles and free hotel nights. I'm part of Alaska Airlines' mileage program which has miles that never expire. (I think it's the only one like that.) I've saved my miles for years, through long periods of inactivity, and finally this year decided: WTF, YOLO. Or something. So I used them. And used them and used them. It was a fricking BLAST. 

I make new year's resolutions every year, because - of course I do, and I thought I'd write some of them down here. It's isn't a to do list or anything; it's fluid - shit happens, priorities change. But in the interest of having fun, learning, connecting with others, growing, pushing myself forward, I'd like 2013 to include some of the following:

  • Reading: Actual books. My non-blog, non-periodical, non-business reading has become abysmal. That's not ok.
  • Travel: Home to see family, Seattle, Dallas, a surfing trip (probably Hawaii), and I really want to see the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota. I'm anxious to do an International trip, but that's looking like 2014, isn't it?
  • Serenity: Al-Anon, therapy, prn. Reserve the summer weekends for surfing. It's important.
  • Health: Lose weight, exercise regularly. Emphasis on regularly.
  • Shows: Paid Dues, Aesop Rock, Doomtree (Blowout 9!), Jason Aldean. And a few others who tickle my fancy.
  • Hobbies: Basketball, sewing. Keep doing them so I have interests to cultivate outside of work.
  • Non-navel gazing: Keep volunteering with my current place and find a few new opportunities so I can stay in touch with the "give" side of "give and take."
  • Relationships: Keep trying.

That's what I have so far. I'm going to cuddle up to 2013 and whisper sweet nothings in its ear. Maybe bat my eyelashes at it. Show a little leg. With any luck, I'll be back here in a year telling you guys that I'm ready for 2014 but 2013 was great, and if I had to pick a theme it would be happiness. And actually, it would be sex, but, well, you know.


  1. I wish you the best of luck with your resolutions. Sounds like you are ready to straddle the new year in style!

  2. I love these! I think this year is going to rock for you in so many ways.

  3. I hope you get laid A LOT in 2013.

  4. And when Vahid says "straddle the new year" he actually means "a hot, tall guy" (that's my interpretation.

    Hope 2013 is all you need it to be. xo

  5. Try to make a visit up North as well, but you know I'll be visiting around May, so hopefully I FINALLY get to meet with you again, after like 4 years!

    Oh, by the way, when you said "I started the year with a ridiculous number of..." after you mentioned sex, I was like O_o