Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Looking back at 2012 and ahead to 2013

Yes, it's the obligatory post about yearly goals. I like setting goals because I feel like I've accomplished something when I meet them. When I don't meet them, I don't get too heartbroken; I just reassess and carry on.

I didn't stitch much in the past year, mainly because my love of reading reawakened. Even with checking out books from the library, I think it's still a more expensive hobby than cross stitching. Kindles are very dangerous. Speaking of which, my mom bought me a Kindle Fire HD so that my son could have my regular Kindle Fire. He loves playing games on it, and it keeps him focused (he's ADHD) -- much better than having him bored and getting in trouble because of it. Matt also bought me a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday because my first Kindle died after a cat knocked a glass of water onto it. I like the bare-bones Kindle because you can read it outdoors and the battery lasts longer; sadly, this one doesn't have Whispernet, which allows you to buy books even when you don't have an Internet connection. We're also trying out the Kindle Freetime app so that Logan doesn't accidentally buy games (again) and doesn't mess up the settings (again). The built-in parental controls only do so much.

My only stitching goal for the year was to work on Matt's Magnificent Wizard, which I didn't do. Now that I have a sewing room again and it's almost organized, I hope to get back to it.

Finished in 2012:
  • Band Sampler RR
  • Joan Elliott RR
  • Almost Halloween
  • Enchanted Swans
  • Frightful
  • Sizzle
  • Halloween exchange (I need to post a pic of the one I did)
  • Thanksgiving exchange (ditto)
As for my life goal of losing weight and getting fit, I did pretty well with it and actually jogged seriously for the first time ever, plus did two 5Ks. However, I backslid a lot during and after the house move, so like everyone else, I'm renewing my comittment to getting in shape. The new city has good walking trails, so I'm looking forward to trying them out once it's not dark when I get off work.

I hope you had a good year, and let's get stitching! If you read my blog, I'd like to read your blog too. Please post a link to your blog in the comments, and I'll add it to my reading list if it's not already there. I read blogs through Google Reader, and I don't know of a way to post which ones I read. Thanks.