7 January, 2013  |   4 Comments

2012 Recap, 2013 Resolvations

There are a lot of them, my “years in review” since 2002.
So much clear-headed retrospective and bright-eyed optimism.
How could I possibly measure up to past me?

2011 recap, 2012 resolutions
2010 recap, 2011
2009 recap, 2010
2008 recap, 2009
2008 recap,
2007 recap,
2006 recap, 2007
2005 recap, 2006

I can’t.

But I keep documenting.
That’s what I do.

So let’s take a peek back at 2012.
I continued to love working with some of the the most interesting writers on the internet. I traveled to Mom 2.0, to EVO, to the Digital Family Summit, to BlogHer, to BlogHer Food, the FoodBuzz Festival, the League, and the Wine Sisterhood Gathering. There was travel.

(Thankfully, my helpful manfriend best partner ever guy made it work.)

Mom’s stroke was an early year surprise that changed my life. Because my body is often smarter than my brain, I got really, really sick the entire next month — requiring a few hospital visits and some serious recovery time. Thanks be, the year only got better from there.

Nora Lea and I attended a cash mob to give a local used bookstore a quick boost to their bottom line. I wouldn’t have known about it if it weren’t for our magical friend Malcolm, a guy who continues to inspire and encourage our family in every way.

Malcolm got the word out

My bocce team continued to make me grin. I can’t wait to make the playoffs in 2013.
Men of bocce

A few good looking friends got engaged(!). This means we attended the loveliest engagement parties.

Engagement Party

The SEVENTH annual Chili Cookoff went without a hitch. I still can’t believe that the winning chili was made of venison.

Bocce Chili Cookoff

Nora Lea turned four and a real (awesome) ballerina taught her and her friends some moves.

Nora Lea's fourth birthday

Nora Lea's fourth birthday

Porch parties, porch parties, sweep off our porch!

We threw a whole lot of parties this summer on our front porch.
From Oktoberfest to Dips to Pozole to just, “Damn, it’s good to see you,” friends on the porch became a tradition. I’m so happy my girls get to be a part of it.

Porch Party, June 1

We got a generous invitation to the Harvest Stomp, a party that always polishes my grin with the generosity of our host and the creativity of the organizers.

Laughing Liz

Taking the family to Green Bay in September was a hoot. We celebrated mom’s birthday at a huge family dinner and the girls fell even more in love with my hometown. Go Pack go!

Dottie is a firefighter

The girls couldn’t wait to wear their halloween costumes to both the pet parade and trick or treating. I took some time to make Dottie’s little lion costume and the photos of her getting into character still make me grin.

Halloween 2012

After all that travel and partying, I invested in way more vineyard walks. It cleared my head to write.

Like when I wrote about how blogging can be like dancing, and about how I plan my meals, and then I shared my Mom 2.0 presentation.

You know, WRITING.

October Vineyard

We attended the always fun Bagna Cauda party.

Dipping cheese, meat and vegetables into a bubbling olive oil/anchovy/garlic mix with good wine and great company is the secret to looking younger, I think. Also stinkier.
(The next day’s impromptu brunch was the year’s highlight.)

Bagna Cauda at Trinchero Estates

Dottie turned three.
Damn. Three.

Dottie turned three!

Our holiday cocktail party was the most fun I’d had in a long time (and I have a lot of fun).

Between mischievous make outs (yay for a party where people make out!) and the New Jack Swing dance party, I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Sexiest noggins in Napa Valley.

Christmas with the girls was everything you’d hope Christmas with a three and four year old would be.

Having my sister here, sitting down, was a treat.
I sat down a lot over our break.
I am a new person for all that sitting.

Christmas Morning

The girls grew from this:
January 2012

To this:

They continue to become the people they will become.
And I hope to help them get there with all the creative love I have to give them.

2013 is off to a good news start.
We’re optimistic.
We’re looking forward.

In 2013 I want to:
1. Throw a 10 year wedding anniversary party with James. Can you believe it’s been ten years since we got married?
No you can’t.
I can’t.

2. Publish my own project(s). It’s time. I’m ready.

3. Contract as both noun and verb.
Verb: Contract my body. Contract my responsibilities.
Noun: Read and sign contracts.

Welcome 2013, welcome welcome.
I’m so happy to see you.
I’m so glad you’re here.

4 thoughts on “2012 Recap, 2013 Resolvations

  1. 1
    prettycrabby says:

    I love it all! The picture of Nora Lea and the ballerina made me TEAR UP it’s just so sweet. Happy 2013 to all of you! xoxo

  2. 2
    ShellyBeach says:

    I *seriously* cannot believe that you have been married and I have been lurking, jealous of your honeymoon and your sociable partytime demeanor and your happy little life and your cool writing (and handwriting!) for TEN YEARS. That shiz is cray.

  3. 3
    Heather says:

    My New Year’s Rezzy? Come to a porch party. Oh yes. It will happen.

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