Year in Review 2012: Final

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All right, all right, I am finally wrapping up my extremely breathy year in review!  Hopefully I haven’t bored you to tears yet.  I’m just going to jump right in to my last trip of the year!

At the end of November, I took a trip to Xenia, OH.  What’s in Xenia, you ask?  Well, that’s where my dear old dad went to high school.  Xenia High School created a sports Hall of Fame last year, and this year my dad was inducted into it for his achievements in football, basketball and track.

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coolest dad ever?

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It was awesome to watch my dad  be honored.  It’s one thing to hear about it from him but it’s quite another to hear other people share stories of his greatness.  The speeches were a riot and it was a really fun, inspiring atmosphere.   I also got to spend time with both my immediate and extended family so it was really enjoyable to catch up with everybody.

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my brother put it best, “do you know who my father is?!”

 

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with my cousin and aunt

The most inspiring thing I heard all weekend was that the kids that go to that high school now walk by the hall of fame, point to it, and say “That’s going to be me up there one day.”

Christmas came quickly, didn’t it?  Every Christmas Eve I go over to my friend Kimmy’s house for her parent’s party.  They always have tasty champagne punch and delicious food.

Photo: happy christmas!

happy christmas!

Photo: best christmas present ever! only had to wait twelve months to get it.

Kimmy caught this at a show last January and saved it to give me until Christmas!

My brother came down to Texas for a few weeks to spend Christmas with my Dad and I.  It was great to have him here, as usual.  We usually don’t do a Christmas tree or lights or anything, but this year my dad put up a few lights outside and I put up a small Christmas tree.  We all made a big Christmas dinner (similar to Thanksgiving), and relaxed the rest of the day, watching movies and napping.

Unfortunately, the week before Christmas, one of my old friends passed away suddenly.  His funeral was the day after Christmas.  Clint was just a big bucket of fun.  There was absolutely no way anyone could ever hang out with him and NOT have fun.

this is a nice picture of us, but…

this is a more accurate representation of the times we had…

He put a smile on the face of anyone he came into contact with and I know he is greatly missed by scores of people, including myself.  Up to that point I was lucky enough never to have been to a funeral for someone my own age.  I really hope I don’t have to do it again until I am very old.   It’s tragic to see life cut short so young and continues to make me think about how short life actually could be, every day since it happened.  One positive that came out of the tragedy– it brought my old friends together again for the first time in around six years.

celebrating our friend

New Year’s Eve was very low key.  I was originally going to go to Austin, but my car wasn’t cooperating so I ended up staying right here in Dallas.  I actually had a very relaxing, four-day “staycation” that culminated on NYE by spending the day at King Spa.  After that I went home, turned on the fireplace, made some hors d’oeuvres, drank prosecco and watched the clock turn to 2013!

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artichokes, tomato, fresh cracked pepper on salt and pepper tricuits

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New Years Day dinner: fried chicken, fried corn! kale greens (for money) black eyed peas (for luck) and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread (from scratch)

What do I want out of this year?  Well, hopefully 2013 will continue to bring clarity for me.  Last year, first finding out how much fear I actually have, followed by finding out that (after MANY years of joking about it) I actually AM a full blown introvert opened up an entirely new level of consciousness for me.  My personality, feelings and actions became much easier for me to understand and that knowledge has set me free.  Realizing that I’m not actually an all-around miserable person has brought me a lot of peace that I have lacked for many years.

This year I have two very specific goals that I’m not going to go into full detail with right now.  But, I can say that for a very, very, VERY long time I feel like I have repressed and downplayed the creative and artistic side of my personality.  I’ve never been particularly confident in my abilities in the arts, but as I’ve reflected on my past and look toward my future, I’m starting to notice that they are of great significance in my life– and it’s helped me figure out exactly what I want to do.  Of course I’ll keep you updated on each journey when the time is right.  What are your resolutions and goals for this year?

Thanks for reading the saga, apparently, that was 2012.  Til next time!

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