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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I went to China!  I never imagined that China could be such a bird haven.  The trip made me even more of a crazy environmentalist.  It’s hard to comprehend how much humans can destroy their habitat with pollution.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

One resolution was to run 200 miles.  I made that easily.  I switched phones back in September so this is an incomplete picture because Android doesn’t use Cyclemeter and I had to switch to the seriously inferior Endomodo.  Another resolution was to bike 800 miles.  That was too ambitious.  I gave up biking at the end of October because it was just too cold.


I also had a resolution to lose more weight.  That didn’t happen, but that’s life.  Lastly, I had a resolution to update my resumé.  It’s very polished now.

For next year my only resolution is to keep with my classes.  They’re so hard, but I need to suffer through this for the sake of my career.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thank goodness no.

5. What countries did you visit?

China!  I also took a lot of trips to California and a trip to Virginia/D.C.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

I’ve been struggling with my career.  I’d like to decide on a clear path this year.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The whole year was a blur of activities.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I finally started taking computer science classes.  I can now code in Java and C.

9. What was your biggest failure?

The combination of school and work where work involved a slew of new responsibilities killed me.  There was a lot of work I had hoped to get done by now.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I feel like I was sick from January until October.  More accurately, I was so sick in China that it left me tired for the rest of the year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I think it’s pretty hilarious that I inadvertently bought a dress to look just like my dog.


12. Where did most of your money go?

We put a lot of money into the mortgage and investments like responsible grown-ups.  Not bad for a 33 year old!

13. What did you get really excited about?

I’m pretty excited that Jon ditched his Jeep for a Nissan Leaf.  The Leaf is very cool and requires no gas!

14. What songs will always remind you of 2013?

Thanks to my husband’s recent interest in pop music, Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter.  It’s like a triangle with work, school, and weight where I can manage two of the three and not all three.  I chose work and school this year.
– richer or poorer? Richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Listen to new music.  I was looking at the music I’ve listened to in the past year and in terms of frequency, I listen to the same old stuff.  Look at my top 20 tracks!



I did listen to 500 different artists, though, so it’s not like I stayed with only the same 20 bands.  But it takes until #58 to find music that wasn’t made years ago – thanks Adele.  The next new group is at #63 – a band I discovered this year called “Sleigh Bells.”

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

I wish I hadn’t spent so much time in meetings, but I had no choice over that.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Doing nothing.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I’m still a huge fan of The Walking Dead.  I am obsessed with post-apocalyptic worlds where people are trying to survive without electricity.  Orange is the New Black is fantastic.  I really hope the series continues for many years.  For the past couple weeks we’ve been binging on “Alaska: The New Frontier.”

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Speaking of post-apocalyptic worlds, I read the first and second books of Justin Cronin’s trilogy: “The Passage” and “The Twelve” about genetically engineered vampires.  I can’t wait for the final book to come out!!!  I also liked this book of short stories “Hell is Other Parents.”  I only read 15 books last year, so I don’t have much to choose from.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

I love this band called “Sleigh Bells.”  Listen to this track called Comeback Kid, it’s so fantastic.  They have a track in the movie Bling Ring that’s really good.  In fact the best thing about that movie is the soundtrack.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I really liked the Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  It kept my attention for nearly the entire firm, which never happens for me with action movies.   As I get older I have trouble with those long difficult movies.  Life is already hard enough without suffering through someone else’s awful life.  I’ll probably never watch a movie like Mystic River ever again.

I also liked Frances Ha.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I have no idea what I did, I probably worked.  I turned 33.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I don’t like change and I don’t like being unsure about my future, so having a plan would have been nice.

25. What kept you sane?


8 Responses to “Year of 2013 In Review”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Congratulations on the coding!

    I can’t wait until Cronin’s book comes out! For the last few years I’m stuck on only ready post apocalyptic. Oy.

    Best Wishes for the upcoming year!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, can you recommend more post apocalyptic books? Have you read Octavia Butler? She has a book in that genre that I really liked years ago. I’m thinking of re-reading it: http://www.amazon.com/Parable-Sower-Octavia-E-Butler-ebook/dp/B008HALO4Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388722398&sr=8-1&keywords=parable+of+the+sower

  3. Tiffany says:

    Ooo, thanks, that’s my cup of tea – I’m going to order that!
    I really liked Huge Howey’s Wool trilogy and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I lost steam with Wool. I didn’t realize that Atwood was writing a trilogy so I read book 2. I have book 1 in my queue.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Hey, I read a few chapters of Wool then stopped for a while, disappointed and not into it. Then I tried again and like it. I don’t why the second go made such a difference for me.

    I read a review on a new book out that might be of interest it’s called On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! I haven’t heard of that one, I’ve put it on my list.

  7. Tiffany says:

    I thought of another, but I’m not sure if it’s in your area of interest, but I’ll throw it out there – The Strain trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro/Chuck Hogan.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    That looks awesome, I’m in!