There's a possibility that I jotted down some entertaining life lessons from 2012 that I wanted to share here on the ole blog at year's end. But then I perhaps forgot to write in the midst of my relaxing end-of-year winter break with my family. And then last week it's assumed that I remembered but seemed to have misplaced my notes. Alas, that's how I roll: good intentions, efforts begun, thoughts lost in a pile somewhere. (Physical pile, digital pile or mental pile!)
So, better late than never, right? Right? Anyone? Bueller?
That's what I thought. Oh well, this is for my own entertainment anyway. If anyone else cares about a year-recapping list from 2012, feel free to read along:
• I faced a fear:
this claustrophobe went up in a tiny elevator of the St. Louis arch. See the photo above? Although I may not have appreciated it at the time, I'm glad Steve took evidence of me surviving the slow, 2-minute ascent in the tiny bubble we were crammed in. As you can see, my daughter is providing strength to her mother. :) Deep breaths. I loved the view once we got to the top! But just thinking about the tight quarters of that contraption right now has me panicking a little. Needless to say, I did it once, but I'll never do it again!
• I challenged a bad habit:
Usually justifying my daily dose of Diet Coke by thinking of others who drink more than I do, I finally realized it's probably not the best thing to be addicted to. And I found out I could survive without drinking it daily! Of course, splurging now and then is still fun.
• I formed a good habit:
the Echo ladies read through a small group book that got us into the habit of reading our Bibles. Again, not perfect at this. But it renewed my desire to get into God's Word and truly learn from Him, about Him.
• I saw amazing strength in my friends:
One friend became a single parent foster mom. Another began a whole new kick-butt lifestyle after facing a cancer diagnosis. Still another served, glowed, and rested in God's strength in the most beautiful way until she passed on into His very presence last January.
• I visited some cool cities:
our family went to St Louis in the spring, Orlando in the summer, and Steve and I trekked to Chicago in the fall. Fun sights and activities in each location. I'm grateful for three great trips.
• I saw live theatre:
(Yes, I like to spell theatre that way.) In October I got to see a special sneak preview of Brighton Beach Memoirs
@ the Playhouse in the Park. Though it's right around the corner from us, I hadn't been in that theatre in a while, and it was a fun outing with fun friends, and the cast was terrific. Not a weak character in the bunch! What a performance! Then in December I saw The Importance of Being Earnest
@ the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre. Again, fun outing with fun people and a nice job by the actors. I always enjoy plays there.
• I cheered on a champion:
Yes, my UK Wildcats won the NCAA men's basketball championship last spring. I was more than a little happy about that.
• I was reminded of what was important:
After being spared from a too-close fire at our condo unit, our family reevaluated our most prized possessions. We gained a summer full of family bonding. Neighbors became friends. And we learned just how much we love our community after being away from it for six weeks.
There are just a few experiences I didn't want to forget from last year. Now that I'm half a month into 2013, I'll leave my 2012 mental piles alone and see what new things come my way.