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.


Giovanna said...

A very happy 2013 to you!

Kate said...

Happy New Year to you! I have the nook reader and they ARE addicting and dangerous lol

TeresaB said...

Happy New Year! I looks like you accomplished a lot of stitching, well to me at least it does. Good luck with your stitching goals in 2013. (And yes, those Kindles are dangerous, but lovely, things! I love mine too.)

Jo said...

Happy New Year - I'm so pleased you have moved successfully! And you have a stitching room *jealous*...

I'm pretty certain you've visited my blog in the past, but in case you haven't:

Angie said...

I love my nook. I also have a tablet that allows me to read kindle books. You know there are many places you can get free ebooks?

Cathy said...

I am a book reader. I like the feel of the book in my hand, browsing in the library and it is free! I am also working on the weight loss/get fit aspect of my life. There is often not enough time in the day to do all of the things I have to do and want to do. Sometimes I don't get to stitch or read as much as I want.

Nic said...

Ah, reading can be addictive. I hear you :)
The move sounds like a good thing for you with the nice walking trails and getting a sewing room again. Good luck with you life and hobby goals.

Sara said...

Happy New Year! Reading can be addictive, I got sucked in to at least one series in 2012 but its been more stitching over here lately.

Pretty sure you have my blog but here it is again-

If you're looking for a way to show a blog list on your blog it's pretty easy- when you log in to blogger under Design and then Layout there should be an Add Gadget button where you can add blog lists and all sorts of things to your sidebar. Hope that helps.

Michele B. said...

Hi! I lost track of your blog somehow and was so happy to see it listed on someone else's blog list. I have had fun catching up with you. Congratulations on the new home and the weight loss! I too struggle with balancing reading and cross stitch, but I have tended to go the other way and have neglected my reading, which is kind of tough when you are in a book group and are supposed to read the books! I enjoy reading on my Kindle Fire too - more than I had thought, though there is still nothing like the feel of a book in one's hands.

My blog is Now that I am looking at it I see you are on my blog list - I guess I should remember to check it!