I really am at my best, creativity-wise, when I’m preparing lists like this one. So maybe that’s the direction I take with the blog next year– endless lists. I do love making them, especially in my everyday life for things I need to do on the weekend, what I want to get done when I get home from work, and my absolute favourite , all the expenses coming up for each pay period. So this post, along with my assessment of the year’s goals and then new goals for the upcoming year, are now annual posts. So here goes the first one. My favourite things about 2013:
- My niece – She’s probably actually my most favourite thing ever. And by thing, I mean her arrival and getting to spend time with her has been the biggest and most wonderful event in my life. And she’s my favourite person ever. She’s six months now and oh so fun. Oh course I’m biased in thinking she’s the cutest baby ever, but I really do think so. Her pictures are everywhere (except on this blog) and sometimes I’ll just stare at her for long periods of time. Yes, she already has a creepy, stalker in her life. I’m proud to say it’s her Aunt Lo.
- Lola – My beloved cat and I were reunited in October when she came to live with me after three years of living with my awesome old roommate. There have been some bumps – like the three times she has gone to the bathroom on my bed – but otherwise she has settled in well into her new home and she seems happy. It may be because I kiss her about a hundred times a day and tell her I love her almost as much. Or it may be the giant windows she can climb into and watch all the happenings in the driveway. Yes, I am on my way (or maybe I’m already there) to becoming a crazy cat lady. But I don’t care because I love having her around and I hardly ever feel lonely anymore.
- Europe – I finally went and it was everything I hoped it would be. I didn’t meet a European prince, but I did see a bunch of places I’d been dreaming about for most of my life. And I met some really cool people. I , of course, want to go back again and again.
- The baby boom – everyone I know is pregnant or just had a baby. And even though everyone I talk to assures me that my time will come and not to be jealous (seemingly because they are afraid I’ll go off the deep end), I’m over the moon about all of the arrivals and impending arrivals. And I’m only a teensy bit jealous. Okay, I’m a lot jealous, but not like crazy about it. A happy jealous. My sister, five cousins and four friends have welcomed adorable little babies into their families this year and at least four more friends will in 2014. It’s nice to know everyone around me is gettin’ some ;).
- Only being in one wedding – Oh boy did I save money this year by standing up in just one wedding. I love being in wedding parties and please do not take this as an admission that I don’t want to stand up yours, but last year was a difficult one for both my bank account and calendar. The one wedding I was in this year was really lovely and a fun day. As were the two other weddings I attended and I’m sure the two I was unable to attend.
- Working on the things I really like working on at work. I don’t really talk about my job on here, because well, I know it’s a bad idea to talk about your job in a public space. Dooce.com is my favourite blog and I take her warnings about not discussing your job to heart. I’d love to go on in detail, but again, writing about work is a slippery slope. So I’ll just say that I am happy at work.
- Being 30. I know, I know, I was so nervous about the big scary number and I wanted to hang onto my 20s forever. And it was a major bummer being the oldest person on my trip to Europe. But I am happy to be 30. To live on my own, have a good job and be financially responsible. Being a grown up isn’t so bad after all. It does help that most people tell me I don’t look like I’m 30.
That’s it. I’m sure there’s more but my 30 year old brain can’t handle too much self-reflection. I am sorry that my list of favourite things doesn’t come with free swag like Oprah’s favourite things, but I will work on it for next year’s post.