Miles run today: 4.5
Pair of new boots I’m wearing today: 1
Number of sugared cranberries I ate last night: 22 (Yum! You can find the recipe over at Maisymak.)
Sayonara, 2012! Bienvenido, 2013!
My dad has always scoffed at New Year’s.
Dad: December 31. Such an artificial, arbitrary way to end a year.
Mom: Oh, man. Not this again.
Dad: The new year is supposed to start in the spring, when the new leaves come out and the birdies sing. It’s the middle of the winter, for Pete’s sake.
Mom: Oh! So if we put off our New Year’s celebration, we’ll do a big celebration in the spring, then? Mmm hmmm. A likely story.
Now my mom goes to her parents’ house for New Year’s. That’s one way to avoid the whole “rite of springtime” speech, I guess.
Things I learned in 2012:
1. Turning 40 does not mean that all of your body parts will fall off. Maybe only some of them will. Or you will get an ugly, black blister on your foot that scares young children… but you will live through it.
2. You can write a draft of a novel in six months. It may take you the next five years to finish it, but you have the bare bones in place, goshdarnit.
3. Writing a blog is one of the most cathartic processes out there. Sure, your entire inner workings are laid bare for the world, but a correspondent job at NPR might come out of it. You might become the next David Sedaris.
4. Looking for a job is every bit as soul-crushing and time-consuming as it was when I was 21.
5. Appliances aren’t made like they used to be.
6. I hate that I like air conditioning. But when it’s gone, life is hard. And sticky.
7. Sometimes, like manna from heaven, you get a life-affirming gift like boots for a penny. And you ride that wave of happiness for months.
8. Even though you aren’t a kid anymore, there are still moments when you are having a great time, and you know you will flash back to the memory for the rest of your life. Whenever I hear Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time,” I get a faint whiff of chlorine and remember my kids participating in our neighborhood’s triathlon. When they are 60 and 62, and I am in a senior living facility, I will still remember the happiness.
9. I still have a problem with inappropriate laughter when someone falls down.
10. I like it when my car does not resemble a serial killer vehicle. Functional door handles are one of those non-negotiables… call me pampered.
11. I still cry at It’s a Wonderful Life. I still laugh until I cry at Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
12. I still believe that good trumps evil.
What did you learn in 2012? Was it a banner year, or are you glad to say goodbye?