I’m not sure what happened to the first quarter of 2012. It went by quickly, I do recall some painful moments, and it mostly smelled like the bike trail south of town just a few blocks from my old apartment (that smell is a mixture of river mud, tall grass and paper/cereal factories). The second segment was all China and 5:30 a.m. wake-ups and weekend trips. The third, walks to the downtown farmers market, bike rides, Knoxville and weddings. And the fourth, hikes and baking, a new apartment and C.
In 2013, I’m only going to resolve to do fun stuff — the stuff that makes my life more interesting and ups my appreciation for the world and people.
I resolve to take nothing for granted, big and small, and to try to return all this goodness of the last year to other people. To appreciate warm feet. Employment. Runny watercolors. Home and away. To tell all of you how much I love you (too much to tell) or brighten strangers’ days with compliments .
To read to my new niece or nephew this summer and teach her to dance like crazy to Hall & Oates (after a few months in the world) and help my sister in whatever way I can.
To knit a lot of scarves after Mom teaches me (her Aunt Ona taught her, and it’s about time the next generation learned).
To wear those scarves in Iceland and give this sheep the biggest hug. Tickets booked for September!
Happy New Year, Auld Lang Syne and all that stuff! I’ve got a good feeling about lucky ’13.