Notable Moments/Firsts:

Visited the grave of Edgar Allan Poe and got briefly acquainted with Baltimore.

Traveled to Washington DC, got to see some national monuments and museums at the Smithsonian Complex… and saw my first real Dali Painting. Bucket list item? Scratched off.

Reza was in her first art show

Watched Reza celebrate her confidence in karate by breaking a board with her foot and leveling up a couple belts.

Taught myself to cross stitch (note: do more of this business)

Taught myself how to do lino block carving and printing. Love at first carve. (note: do more of this business)

Josh got a new job! We said our goodbyes to the East Coast and moved from Westmont, NJ to Santa Rosa, CA. OH HAPPY FUCKING DAY!!!

Visited and hiked in the presence of the giants of Muir Woods

Made a lot of art, sold some, put it out there. My balls grew a little.

Tried Burmese food for the first time and it is DELICIOUS.
Reconnected with old friends, IN PERSON!

Wrote a fun list of things to do in 2013 and stuck to a lot of them.

Stats: Josh and I celebrated 12 years together and our 9 year wedding anniversary. Reza turned 7, Josh and I turned 39. WHOA.

Addicted:
Antique hunting

Paper cutting! Oh man… and now that I have a new, sharp, surgical grade scalpel? DUDE.

Snail mail! I sent an OBSCENE amount of snail mail this year… I had started keeping count but lost my list. I would say it was in the 100-120 range.

Lost:
This year I said my goodbyes to my estranged brother Henry who passed away in February. I wish I could say more but he left a void that was already there when we has alive. I hope to eventually make peace with it. I think I am well on the way.

Also, Sarah “Sparkly Devil” Klein. Dude. Miss her rants, raves and sense of humor.

Music:
It was an interesting year for music but if I had to pick my top albums as a whole?
The Bones Of What You Believe – Chvrches
Gravity – Ben Lukas Boysen
Trouble Will Find Me – The National

Lots of great tracks though. Should you care to hear some of my favorites, you can listen to my favs of 2013 playlist on Spotify

*****

Overall I would say this year has ended on an excellent note despite some highs and some very, very lows. We are back in a place where we feel more at home and has MUCH better weather. Feeling grounded to your geographical location can be everything, or at least the beginning to something better. Yes?

I spent a good portion of 2013 hating on NJ that so much of me fell to the wayside. I didn’t write as much as I should have, I didn’t bike as much as I wanted to, my health went to shit…. Paired with a cross country move, you can imagine the stress (and grey hairs!) that it brought. We will not be doing that again.

Distance does things and my being away really changed my relationships with some people. Much to my chagrin. The only thing I can control is how I process and handle those changes but sometimes you just have to let things drift with the tide.

I always trip out at how people say they cannot wait for the year to be over, that the next year will be better. I don’t get how your life will immediately shift over the change of some numbers on a calendar. Every day is a New Years Eve, it is all in how you choose to approach the following day when you get up in the morning. At least that is how I see it. That’s what I am trying to do anyway.

I have been off my blog a lot more than usual. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write, take photos and share my life here but lately you could say I have really been focusing on living VS documenting. This is what this space has always been, a place to write, share, vent and love… and I refuse to be one of those people who is living to blog, if that makes sense. I enjoy all this but not at the expense that I am putting the quality of my experiences aside in order to preserve the moment.

I guess it is part of the reason why I have tapered back my usage of social media as a whole. There’s a lot of ugly, violent, negative, self serving whatnot going around. It makes me sad and disillusioned. I honestly have to stop myself so many times to not fall into those categories. It’s hard. But then I think of all the wonderful people I know, met, wish I knew and how technology has facilitated those connections? Only then is it worth skimming through the gross fog to get to the sunshine.

Tomorrow is another day, and the day after that. Every day is chance to start over. I know what I want and where I want things to go. So I focus, fall, get up, succeed or fail. All I can do is try…. and stop stressing about shit I have zero control over.

One thing I do know, I want the last year of my 30’s to count. I think it will.

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6 Responses to 2013: the recap

  1. Kato says:

    Hello! I followed your link from the Dainty Squid and I love your blog! This post was awesome, always love seeing these kinds of things.

  2. Rebecca says:

    “I always trip out at how people say they cannot wait for the year to be over, that the next year will be better. I don’t get how your life will immediately shift over the change of some numbers on a calendar. Every day is a New Years Eve, it is all in how you choose to approach the following day when you get up in the morning. At least that is how I see it. That’s what I am trying to do anyway.”

    Thank you for writing that exact sentiment! Everyone around me seemed to be racing to the end of the year with a get it over with kind of mentality. I couldn’t understand or figure out how to express it and your post gave me some perspective.

    I wanted to thank you for your recommendation on the Hillcrest area in San Diego. My husand and I are here on holiday currently and ended up renting a gorgeous house just off University. The area is fantastic and the weather has been beautiful and not just in comparison to the snow and deep freeze we have back in Calgary. Wandered the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market today and tomorrow we’re off to LaJolla tomorrow for some kayaking. Thank you again for the outstanding recommendation. All the best for you and your family in 2014.

    Rebecca

    • Ivonne says:

      YAY! I am glad that worked out for you. I love the Hillcrest farmers market. Look forward to hearing how you liked it all! Definitely let me know. I am sure you are LOVING the weather :) Make sure you hit up some of the fantastic breakfast joints in Hillcrest. There are several and so far no one does it quite like SD.

      • Rebecca says:

        Funny you mention breakfast. We went to Hash House A Go Go yesterday to prepare for a day of tromping around the USS Midway. I swear we were very nearly done in by a pancake bigger than the plate it was served on! We sat at the bar and had a great chat with our server Jay and he assured us that few actually finished the whole thing so we shouldn’t feel bad. I have to say the combination of coconut and banana was just incredible. I was truly digesting for the entire day though. Didn’t end up eating again until 8 oclock at night and even then, hardly hungry. Now that’s a breakfast! The weather is beyond amazing and it is going to be really hard to go home.

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