It’s that time of the year again: it’s time for everyone to write their year end wrap ups. I’m nothing if not a slave to fashion, so here I am writing my 2013 wrap up. In a lot of ways 2013 was sort of wretched:
- My grandmother died. Two quick words of fashion/lifestyle advice from my grandmother who other than being a determined student and a very generous woman, was super fabulous and wore a lot of gold lame: 1.) wearing lipstick outside your lip line is more glamourous and 2.) that I should never lift my eyebrows/wrinkle my forehead because I will get wrinkles permanently there. True story, Grandma. I guess I just can’t contain my crazy facial expressions because it’s already happening.
- My heart got squished and I worked through a slight bout of dermatillomania.
- Depended heavily on my therapist, friends and family.
- There were a lot of tears and I really don’t remember much of February through May. I think I was functional? Maybe?
- I failed so hard at NaNoWriMo this year I didn’t even start.
- I have trochanteric bursitis – what I thought it was! I’m a basically a WebMD doctor! – which has pushed me off the roads and into a wretched pool and physical therapy. I got my hip ex-rayed the other day. My hip is not broken – YAY! – but I may have spondylolysis which is a vertebrae issue most commonly found in young female gymnasts and football lineman. I am neither of those….life is unfair. Basically I’ll be ok, I’m just off running for a month or two and can’t play the super fun party game of “Can you bend your back into an almost 90 degree angle? I CAN!” I always won at that game.
I know you’re all thinking, “Blah, blah, blah, we know, Anna, you had a miserable year. Get over it.” I’m working on it, I promise.
But a lot of good things did happen, too! Actually, when I think about it in some ways the good things ended up about even with the bad, and maybe even a little bit ahead:
- I ran a marathon (pre-trochanteric bursitis) and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It made me feel like I could do anything! (Holy Freudian slip! I just typed: “It made me feel like I could do anyone.” Ha.)
- I inspired a soon to be published poem written by the person who broke my heart. Good for you, Exboyfriend! I am really happy for you! Plus, I inspired a poem. Bad. Ass.
- I got a sweater with ponies on it and this was monumental, I swear:
- I became more and more convinced of my own greatness and anyone who thinks otherwise so can go . . . um . . . away.
- I got a sweet anchor tattoo because I’m a salty sea sailor from the Midwest.
- I remembered that I have the best friends in the whole wide world and definitely the best family.
- I made some amazingly supportive library friends at library camp.
- I have felt more and more confident in my job and I think I’m doing a good job.
- I’ve had some great interactions with teens that made me feel like what I do every day is worth it.
- I presented at a library thing and didn’t want to die.
- I have been writing for YALSA’s the Hub and got hooked up with my sweet mentor!
- I discovered Doctor Who which took up a significant part of my life and made me even nerdier than I thought possible. (Did you guys know there is a Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who crossover graphic novel? There is. It’s awesome.)
- I spent a lot of the summer at the beach.
- I discovered the deliciousness of bourbon.
- I had a dream that Jennifer Lawrence and I were best friends.
- I sewed a pillow, curtains, and hemmed numerous skirts and dresses.
- There is probably more but I can’t think of them right now.
Need more proof this year actually turned out ok? I read some great books: HELLO Song of Ice and Fire books! They were perhaps not the best quality of book that I read this year, but they are definitely the ones I’ve talked the most about. Mr. Martin, thanks for providing me with my new “let’s go be awesome at work” motto: ‘I will take what is mine with fire and blood.’ I’m sure my director will love it when I apply this philosophy to book budget allocations for FY2015. (Just kidding, Krista!)
Other books you should probably read are: The Goldfinch (I’m not even done with it yet and you definitely need to read it), Ask the Passengers, The Last Policeman, Enon, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, The Song of Achilles, Winger, Eleanor & Park, Bring up the Bodies, and Girlchild. This probably counts as my ‘best of 2013’ list, so put these titles on your to-read list for 2014 if you haven’t already.
So, what about next year? Next year I hope will be even more amazing:
- I hope to read even better books.
- I will do NaNoWriMo.
- I will run again and get healthy and qualify for the Boston marathon.*
- I will be the best at my job I can be – working as hard as I can for those teens and the rest of my library’s patrons.
- I hope to read more books than this year’s total of 122. I am especially excited about Dreams of Gods and Monsters out in April and The Magician’s Land out in August.
- I hope to somehow karmically repay everyone who helped me through this year – you all are priceless (especially Mom, Sara, Hannah, Ang, Maggie, Katelyn, Adam, Dani, Alex, Kells Bells, Church Amy D., Work Amy D., Tracy, Tatjana, Amy F., Paul and everyone else who gave me a hug when I needed it).
- I will be spend more time being happy.
- I won’t forget to be awesome.
Things are looking bright, folks. Best wishes to you on a new year, and good riddance to the old!