The year in review.... and some numbers.
... and that doesn't count the phone or iPad pictures. I still enjoy scrapbooking and will head off to Archiver's with friends and colleagues whenever I can. I'm still way behind, but one 'blessing' of losing 14 months of pictures* will make the catch up a little easier.
workouts! I love my Curves family and enjoy working out there! This summer my doctor told me that my 'good' cholesterol was 'bad' and that the only way to really get it where it needs to be is to exercise more! What?? It's like I'm getting old or something! So 2013 will still include my Curves workout, but may also include something a bit more intense.... though I really think I just need a 'prescription' for a Wii and Just Dance 4.
miles... Good ole' Bruce has been an amazing little car. I've had him for just over three years and have put over 81,000 miles on him. This year included a trip south, a trip north, a couple trips east, and a few short jaunts west.... not to mention the 80+ miles I drive everyday to and from work!
callings. In January I was called as the Stake Music Chair - I planned the music for Stake (regional) Conference and meetings as well as organized a Stake talent show and a Stake Christmas fireside. I also organized a training on conducting that was a lot of fun. Next year will focus on putting the stake music catalog online and organizing a musical. You know... in all my copious amounts of free time. In February I was released as the ward Relief Society President - after just over two years of serving. In addition to the Stake Music calling, I am currently also serving as a ward Relief Society teacher and continue to serve as an ordinance worker at the Raleigh NC temple.
blog posts... Sometimes I go on major tangents on my blog and sometimes I don't say much other than what I've been "reading". But I do enjoy writing occasionally and hope that I'm not too boring to all those who check up on me.
books! Speaking of "reading" I read/listened to 72 books this year. I quickly got sick of the "Victorian" challenge I gave myself at the beginning of the year as the language is so hard to mull through. I also gave up on the 1001 Books Before You Die challenge as many of them are not available at Durham Public Library on audio and that's where most of my reading occurs. I did, however, reach my "Where Are You Reading" challenge... even though I didn't update my map. I read at least one book from each of the 50 states. What a fun challenge!
evaluations. I still work for Wake County Public Schools as a school psychologist. The last half of the year I took on an additional month of employment to chair the Traumatic Brain Injury Team for the county. That has been a fun and unique challenge and I much appreciate the psychologists I work with. While my evaluation number is lower than in years past, but I spend a lot more time doing consultation with teacher and administrators. But I love my babies of all shapes and sizes and very much enjoy my job.
cows... My friend JoAnne painted a cow for the NC Cow Parade. I missed the opening debut for some reason or another and was apparently quite vocal about my disappointment as my friend Katie Baker told me that I should just go around and get my picture with all of them. So with her help, I did! Or at least 76 of the 79. You can see all the photos here. I made a book, too! All around this was a super fun fall project that I really enjoyed creating with Katie Baker! And just for your information.... the cows have been gathered up and will be auctioned off for the NC Children's Hospital in February.
shows... When the Durham Performing Arts Center opened a few years ago, I treated myself to season tickets. (Happy Birthday to ME!) In fact, I got two season tickets - which has made me go on the occasional date (some better than others). This year my favorite shows were Memphis, War Horse, and The Million Dollar Quartet... all were fantastic and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to get a little 'culture' throughout my year.
All in all, I think this adds up to be a pretty decent year. There were some negative numbers in there, too, but who wants to focus on that?? Who knows what 2013 will bring, but I'm sure there will never be a dull moment!
*that didn't happen this year, but that's where I am in my scrapbooking journey