2013 – Everything Else

New apartments: 1
New jobs: 1
New non-running sports tried: 3 [kayakingstand-up paddle boarding and trapeze]
Minutes less spent commuting per day: 150
New beers tried: ~70

Went on a bunch of job interviews. This was taken after one, when I was waiting for the next Metra train to take home.

Saw the Book of Mormon

Hubby-kins spent two weeks in San Diego doing “Navy stuff”

Did my best Les Mis impression at my sis-in-law’s annual Oscars Party

Niecey-poo turned 3

Kayaked on the Chicago River

Road trip to Atlanta

After 6 years and 9 months, my last day at Provena-now-Presence Health

Jets vs. Sharks

Screen shot 2013-12-25 at 12.04.31 AM


OMG The Village People

OMG The Cup

OMG Robert Plant at the Taste

OMG Courtney Love at the House of Blues

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Trapeze is scary

OMG Gogol Bordello!!!!

OMG I’m 31

Sold my car to my bro

Kayaking again, this time to Chinatown

Visiting my sis-in-law in LaCrosse during Oktoberfest

OMG The Cup again

Halloween (I was Poison Ivy)

Our first Chicago-proper tree

2013 has been quite a year for me. The obvious changes are the new job, new apartment, and new life in Chicago. It’s been an amazing year, and I finally made the changes I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. I’m happier and more relaxed than I’ve been in a long time.

[This part is intentionally vague.] I’ve also done a lot of self-reflection this year. Some of it was completely unexpected, and led to some jarring revelations. It’s been quite personal, and I’m still processing all of it, however, it has also been … freeing. I figured out something that has been perplexing me for years. Things are starting to make more sense. But there is no clear way to move forward with all of this. So 2014 might prove to be a bit interesting as well.

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  • 3 January, 2014 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    Ha ha ha. I love all the OMGs. I thought there was going to be an “OMG why isn’t Olive in this?!” then I saw that tiny pic at the end. Will you please recap Olive’s 2013?

    And what the heck, you tease. Tell us more about your realizations. Sounds interesting! (especially with all the “new year!” “GOALZZZ!!!!” posts that have been going around; it would be nice to read something with substance)

    • 3 January, 2014 - 9:58 am | Permalink

      Olive’s 2013 Recap … why didn’t I think of that????? :)

  • 3 January, 2014 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    What a great review (and great photos) – you really did have an amazing year!

  • 3 January, 2014 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    It’s not too late for Olive’s year in review. That may inspire Jude & Meko to write a similar one.

    Also intrigued by the vague realizations. I hope it’s our super helpful body image realizations. We are toads wise. :)

    • 3 January, 2014 - 11:21 am | Permalink

      Olive’s recap is coming tomorrow :)

      I still need to figure out how to write that body image post without coming off as too crude or you know, “you still need someone else to validate you” because that is problematic too.

      • 3 January, 2014 - 11:35 am | Permalink

        Crap, you’re right. But on the other hand, I think it takes a high level of self-esteem to know for sure that yes, someone would (even though duh, obviously someone would). Hmm….

        • 3 January, 2014 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

          Yep, waiting for this post too. Sounds like it would be extra juicy. :)

        • 3 January, 2014 - 5:14 pm | Permalink

          The internet leads me to believe that anything biologically female and human would have no trouble finding someone.

  • 3 January, 2014 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I love this entry

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