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?
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.
A few good looking friends got engaged(!). This means we attended the loveliest engagement parties.
The SEVENTH annual Chili Cookoff went without a hitch. I still can’t believe that the winning chili was made of venison.
Nora Lea turned four and a real (awesome) ballerina taught her and her friends some moves.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After all that travel and partying, I invested in way more vineyard walks. It cleared my head to write.
You know, WRITING.
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.)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.