It seems like people are really tempted to sum up a year with big words like "good" or "bad" or "tough" or even "awesome!" But each year is so complex, so rife with experience, that I can't really reduce it to an umbrella term like that.
For me, 2012 was new, challenging, exciting, emotional, frustrating, hopeful, and many other things. Here are some (of many) things I will remember:
*Matt and I moved in together in early January (a new experience for me)
*We endured a pretty vicious, ongoing custody battle with the mother of Matt's daughter, which illustrated the lengths people will go to to hurt others when they are hurt themselves
*Matt and I took a beautiful Easter trip to Mendocino County
*I quit my teaching job and took a new job with Voice of Witness, which I love (I find that changes are often scary, but worth it)
*My girls came to visit, and we trekked down from San Francisco to Orange County so that Marianne could see CJ Wilson play in his new stadium :)
*Matt and I took a 24 hour train from Oakland to Seattle to see his mom (and retrieve a car she graciously gave him when his was stolen from our street)--on the way home, I got to meet Lindsay, whom I love!
*Our beloved & uproarious family dog, Ignatius, passed away
*My sweet grandma passed away
*Matt came with me to Georgia for the first time for my grandma's funeral and met my entire extended family
*My cousins came to visit, and we had an incredible & hilarious time in San Francisco and Napa
*Matt's sweet dad came to visit, while Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc in his New Jersey town
*I went to Vegas for work and got to hang out with Lindsey, who is now one of my besties
*Matt and I went back to Georgia for Christmas for a week
*We adopted an abandoned kitten! More on that tomorrow . . .
Pretty intense year, with all its ups and downs. Many of my friends had babies, too, which is fun to witness. The word I'm adopting for 2013 is peace, both inner and outward. Here's hoping to (coming close to) achieving it!
Happy New Year's Eve, everyone.
Martin Parr: The Amalfi Coast
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