» 2013 Recap

2013! Let’s recap this bi…zness!

(As always, shamelessly copied from Linda at All & Sundry. Though this year I went back to the beginning to capture all of the questions that have fallen off over the years.)

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Moved to Oregon. Listed a house. Became a landlord.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 

Some of them! Some were based on the idea that we would still be in Oklahoma, and moving changed a lot! I did: read 50+ books; got Jim a really fun present for his 30th, but we didn’t do anything for his birthday; I finished my (second) graduate degree!; Eriana started at Montessori; spent most weekends with my family, doing fun things together; ate more real foods and less crap; potty trained Eriana; went to The Blathering; worked out fairly regularly, most months; spent a LOT of time with my loves.

I did not: read my Bible more; apply/get into a doctoral program – decided to pursue other things for awhile; run a half marathon; pay off our credit card debt or Jim’s student loans; go on family vacation for our 10th anniversary (we had just moved!).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Some LOVELY friends in Oklahoma had beautiful babies while we were still living there, including one of my favorite friends, who I’ve known since first grade. Some other Okie ladies were pregnant when we left and have since had babies, and several online friends had babies. But no one who I know here has had any. Although one of my local friends is pregnant! Looking forward to squeezing a sweet baby next summer!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank the heavens.

5. What countries did you visit?

South Carolina? No, none. No countries other than the one of which I’m a citizen. I only travelled to Oregon and back to Oklahoma, to Washington a few times from Oregon, and to North/South Carolina this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A waist sans muffin top.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 29 – the day we moved to Oregon. July 26 – our 10th wedding anniversary.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not completely losing my mind during our move (although it was close).

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not keeping up with working out as well as I’d hoped.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?


11. What was the best thing you bought?

My iPhone, I think. I love it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Jim’s. That man deserves sainthood.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

People who called themselves Christians but made it EXTREMELY difficult for people to believe in God by the hypocrisy, anger, fearmongering, and lies they spread about the love of Christ, the bible, and the world.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Moving. Mortgage/Rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Moving to Oregon. Eriana being so awesome. Getting to be married to Jim day after day.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Hm. The cups song from Pitch Perfect? Man, that song was overdone, huh? Just let Anna Kendrick do her thing, y’all!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?


19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas was at home with my loves. And it rocked my socks off.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

With Oregon, yes. Gosh, I love it here.

22. How many one-night stands?

Let’s see… carry the two, multiply by… 3… zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Toss up here. I watched and loved Charmed and of COURSE I adored Doctor Who, and how can you leave out the end of The Office, or the amazingness of Parks and Rec? There was a lot of good this year.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t think so? Not directly? I hate a lot of things that happened, and the way people caused them, but not people. There’s no sense in that.

25. What was the best book you read?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Good LORD. Loved it.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Podcasts? Not music. But I discovered how awesome podcasts are.

27. What did you want and get?

Out of Oklahoma.

28. What did you want and not get?

A buyer for our house in Oklahoma.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Pitch Perfect. I know it was a  2012 movie, but I didn’t see it till 2013, and I loved it.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 31! Jim baked me a cake and I spent the evening with my loves.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

More money.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Mom grad student. (Comfy, presentable for going out in public but still a little messy.)

33. What kept you sane?

Jim. Zoloft.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 

Hmmmm. Chris Hardwick? Maybe not in a crush-type fancy, though. I did a lot of googling of him after listening to so many Nerdist podcasts.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Same-sex marriage. Women’s rights. Equal for those.

36. Who did you miss?

Some members of my family. My Oklahoma friends.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Lindsay! (I already “knew” Rhiannon and HJ before I moved to Oregon, or there would be a three-way tie.) I am so damn thankful to have met Lindsay and Neil. Eriana plays well with their daughter, Jim and Neil talk about geek stuff and beer, and Lindsay is just a great person and friend. I’m so looking forward to getting to know them even more!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Home is where the heart is. (SHUT UP I KNOW IT’S CHEESY.) Seriously. We’ve had to make a lot of adjustments moving here, both financially and at home and with our time, but it’s all been worth it. Oregon is where we are at home. And you know that cheesy country song “Love Grows Best in Little Houses”? It’s kinda true. (At least for people. Our animals drive me BATTY in such a small house.) I love Jim and Eriana more than ever.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.


“We had a great day! It was a super way to spend some time together!”

Fresh Beat Band’s “Great Day”! Shut it. It’s a good lyric. And a good message.


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1 Comment

  1. rambleginger
    January 6, 2014 22:30

    Tara, I just want you to know how much I admire you. You have done so many BIG things this year, and you do them all with this amazing attitude. I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you, because I feel like a better person just watching you move through your life with such grace and humor. I hope 2014 brings you more of all the good things you want.

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