Thursday, January 03, 2019

2018: Year in review

Windsor Castle
Why do we care about New Year's? Every single day is one year distant from that day the year before. It's arbitrary.

And yet.

And yet, I find it a helpful time for me to reflect (again?!) on milestones. To celebrate the awesomeness that was. And to consider what kind of awesome I want to ring in for myself in the near future. Apply some intentionality to my actions. Because it can all go by so fast, and suddenly -- ZIP! -- a year has passed since I thought about what I wanted to be doing with my life.


Hike in Vancouver

  1. Travel
    • Cheap, last-minute deal to Cuba for the first time with my friend Amie in January
    • Skiing at Whiteface, Lake Placid with my dad and my husband
    • A long weekend in Ohio to visit friends
    • London, England, in June (Day 1, Day 2)
    • Vancouver, BC, for a conference and to visit my friend Heather in June
    • Cottage weekend in Washago in July
    • Algonquin weekend family camping trip in August
    • Cycling Burlington-Hamilton on a day trip
    • Bike trip with my friend, Evelyn: Barrie to Orillia to Midland to Wasaga Beach to Barrie over the September long weekend 
    • A couple of trips to Ottawa for a conference and some extra days with my mom in September
    • A couple of overnight trips to Niagara region and Stratford for some theatre
    • Detroit and somewhere near Harrisville, MI, to visit my husband's family
    • Calgary and Kananaskis in November
  2. Time with family
    • My niece came for an overnight in the city and we went to OpenStreets TO and built wagons with a maker kit
    • My nephew's two overnights with me included a play (Wizard of Oz), a streetcar ride, and looking at some amazing graffiti art; as well as a biking trip in September
    • My trip to Lethbridge to visit family meant I got to spend quality time with my other niece playing kitty cat, colouring, puzzles, store and going swimming
    • I got to bring my brother's family over for Doors Open TO
    • I continued my tradition of Christmas baking with my nieces and nephew
    • I went to the Shaw Festival with my husband's family
    • I took my parents to the Lower Ossington Theatre for some good shows
  3. Reading
  4. Inspired by my friend, Dave, who reads his age in books every year (he is one productive dude! I'm guessing he doesn't cook as much as I do?) I read (or listened to) 25 books. I consider audio books to be books, although typically, these are shared "reads" between me and my husband.


    1. Unbound - Stephanie Jorgen
    2. You are a Badass - Jennifer Sincero
    3. Worrier's Guide to the End of the World - Torre DeRoche
    4. What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim - Jane Christmas
    5. Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty
    6. A Man Called Ove - Frederik Backman *
    7. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
    8. The Jane Austen Project - Kathleen A Flynn
    9. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    10. Practicing Peace - Pema Chodron
    11. Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill *
    12. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
    13. Last Wave - Gillian Best
    14. Ru - Kim Thuy
    15. We Are Water - Wally Lamb
    16. We Are Legion, We Are Bob - Dennis E. Taylor *
    17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
    18. The Circle - David Eggers
    19. For We Are Many (Bobiverse) - Dennis E Taylor
    20. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
    21. The Pact - Jodi Picault
    22. From the Corner of the Oval Office - Becke Dores Stein
    23. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
    24. A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Madeleine L'Engle
    25. All These Worlds (Bobiverse) - Dennis E Taylor

    *Top three recommendations.

  5. Podcasts
    I'm loving podcasts and kind of mad that I was late to the game, because I missed all that valuable learning time!  I now look forward to my walking time.


    • STEMTalks
    • Feakonomics
    • All Songs Considered
    • Zero To Travel
    • Good Life Project
  7. Doing other stuff that makes me happy:
    • Hanging out with friends
    • Art galleries
    • Theatre
    • Festivals 
    • Eating good food: trying new things
    • Cycling
    • Cooking
    • Yoga
    • Walking
    • Skiing
    • Skating


  • Do more of what I did this year
  • Leave more time for nothing (unplanned)
  • Do new things
  • Maybe I could finally, for goddessakes, redo my website. SHEESH.

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