In 2012 Taylor and I :
Paid off his car early (the VW Jetta). Then, just a couple of weeks later, had a huge issue, where we brought the car in to the dealership to check out a problem with the door lock. They said it would be several hundred dollars to repair the lock, and we said, no thanks. Then later that same afternoon they called claiming that there was gasoline in the diesel engine (um, there’s no way in hell!!) and it would require major repairs (to the tune of at least $8,000 dollars, and you better contact your insurance company to get them involved.) After many talks with insurance and the car dealership and about 6 weeks of the car being in the shop, we paid our insurance deductible, turned in our rental car and traded that sucker in. So we also…
Bought a new car. A 2012 Toyota Camry SE.
Celebrated my 31st birthday, our 3rd anniversary, and Taylor’s 29th birthday.
We also did a lot of mentally preparing and budget planning for buying a house in 2013. EEK!!
Taylor’s sister had a baby, so this year we became Aunt Andrea and Uncle Taylor! Here’s our sweet nephew from just a few days ago. He’s about 4.5 months old here.
I didn’t cook as much as I’d like to throughout the year. This year was the first time I in my 31 years that I didn’t go to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, so I cooked my First Solo Thanksgiving Meal for my in-laws. And for the first time ever, I also didn’t see my parents on Christmas day, so I cooked a ham dinner on Christmas. I didn’t take any pictures.
- Las Vegas (March)
- Washington DC/Arlington, VA(April)
- St. Louis (July)
- New Orleans (August & October)
- New York City (September)
- Dallas (October)
I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas in 2011 and I also joined Goodreads and set a goal of 30 books for the 2012 year. I didn’t make 30, but I did read 24 books, so not too shabby.
I enjoyed everything I finished, some more than others. I started Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, The Art of Fielding, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but didn’t finish. The only one I legitimately quit because I simply could not get into it was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. My favorite books were the John Green books (in order of my personal preference) The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines.
Here are all the books I read.
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
- Paper Towns
- Girl Over the Edge
- Wife By Wednesday
- Water for Elephants
- Looking for Alaska
- Thirteen Reasons Why
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- Juliet, Naked
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- Fifty Shades Darker
- Pretty Little Liars
- The Book Thief
- Gone Girl
- An Abundance of Katherines
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I am too lazy to link those books to another site and/or list their authors, but if you’re interested in knowing more about something and can’t find it, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.
- True Blood (Season 4)
- The Tudors (Seasons 3 & 4)
- Dexter (Season 6)
- And plenty more miscellaneous episodes of Sister Wives, Family Guy, South Park, The New Girl, and Tosh.0
Listened to/Discovered Music – A few of these albums aren’t new, some are especially played out, but I loved them this year anyway. Saw Two Door Cinema Club at House of Blues in Houston in October.
- Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
- Fun – Some Nights
- Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
- The Lumineers – The Lumineers
- Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
- The Black Keys – El Camino
- Keane – Strangeland
- O.A.R. – Rain or Shine
Did nice things - As a sort of informal resolution, I tried to do more nice things this year. I kept track for myself, but don’t care to post the tally here. In general, I sent cards and care packages to friends and family who needed it, and I also did nice things for people I didn’t know. I really enjoyed it and I hope to continue this year.
How was your 2012?