2012 was a rough year in many ways for me. There were some life lessons and spiritual lessons that were really brought home to me– some of them the hard way. ): I went through several disappointments (our computer crashing for one). But these lows were balanced by many thrilling high points.
- I had the incredible experience of starting a personal blog and meeting many wonderful friends. Girls who share so many of my interests and who have introduced me to new ones.
- I took part in several lovely blog parties and a few book tours.
- I went to a local museum and saw their exhibit on The Treasures of King Tut's Tomb. For this Ancient Egypt nut that was a dream trip!
- I took my plunge into the wonderful world of the books of J. R. R. Tolkien. I read The Hobbit twice and also the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (I'd known of him, just not read him before.)
- I watched the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Even though Peter Jackson made some unforgivable changes to the story and characters; his casting, sets, scenery and costumes were PERFECT.
- I met the marvelous characters of BBC's Merlin (though I do not wholly recommend the show).
- I read Jessica's book Annabeth's War. (And loved it!! Review to follow sometime this month.)
- I have two of Kendra's books downloaded and they are next on the 'to read' list.
- I read Victor Hugo's magnificent tome Les Miserables (encouraged by several of you, thank you!).
- I saw the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts of the Les Miserables musical (and yes, I promise reviews are coming sometime! They are still in draft- and have been for months....)
- I met the Avengers and the characters of Thor. And discovered that I actually like those superheroes!
- Through the blog world I was spurred to watch Doctor Who. The fantastic Nine, quirky, brilliant Ten, and geeky Eleven. And all the companions: hilarious Donna Noble, smart Martha Jones, the amusing, sometimes clueless Mickey Smith, interesting Captain Jack, terrific Rory and Amy Pond, spunky River Song, delightful Sarah-Jane – my second favorite... and my absolute favorite, Rose Tyler. (Again, there a a few things in this show I cannot recommend.)
- I attended the wedding of a dear friend.
- I had a fun sleepover with the aforementioned friend.
- Another dear friend had her first baby.
- And a delightful shopping trip with this same friend.
- I watched The Phantom Of The Opera with Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, Sierra Boggess as Christine and Hadley Fraser as Raoul. Wow. Only Les Mis beats it.
- Beta-read for some Blogger friends.
I want to say a giant THANK YOU to all of the people (and John the hedgehog) who have followed my blog and commented over the last several months. You all make blogging a beautiful experience!!
I don't really do 'New Year's Resolutions'. However, I do have a long list of things I hope to accomplish in 2013:
- Do more of my Three R's- reading, writing and riding horses. Specifically:
- Read at least 2 books a week.
- Read at least five Dickens novels, beginning with A Tale of Two Cities.
- Read every unread novel in the house. Currently that includes several westerns and some of my sister's Grace Livingston Hill novels (they are generally boring and very predictable but I usually read each one once, just because).
- Finish the first drafts of the first books in the Quara and Three Kyngdoms series by May.
- Write a story with four of my sisters. We worked on plotting it today and I'll post more about it next week, hopefully.
- Post more regularly on here.
- Watch at least one movie or episode of a TV show a week. Including:
- All the TV/movie adaptations of Jane Austen's books that I haven't seen that have been made since 1980. (Except Mansfield Park 1999.)
- Watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Miserables 2012
- Get to know many fellow bloggers better.
- Not stress as much. ( I have a HUGE stress problem.)
- And of course, try to be a better person!
I think I'm going to make this list a tab at the top, and keep it updated through the year.
Looking at this list, I guess it is pretty ambitious, but you never know if you can do it all until you try, do you?
And one piece of good advice I want to keep in mind for this year is, "One is always more sorry for the things one didn't do, than the things they did do."
Miss Melody Muffin