Two Thousand And Thirteen In Review

Well, here we are. The end of another year. Time seems to fly by faster every year – when I was little, just the last few days before Christmas seemed to last ages. Now I wonder where 2013 went.

I thought it would be fun to look at what I’ve done this past year, so I’ll start with my New Year’s resolutions.

My first resolution was to run a 5K. Man, I hated that. I got a stitch in my side many times, wanted to give up, and probably whined a lot. But I did it. In June I ran in a race and my time was thirty-eight minutes, which means I did a mile in twelve minutes. My family is much faster than that, but I don’t care. That race was more than I could do before and that’s all that matters to me.

My second resolution was to stop biting my fingernails. I thought I’d have trouble with this but surprisingly it was the easiest to accomplish. A year ago, I just – stopped. Whenever I caught myself biting my nails (I didn’t always realize I was doing it) I’d find something else to distract my hands, like doodling.

My third resolution was to read at least one book by Stephen King. Until a few days ago I wasn’t sure that I wouldย meet this goal, but then I finally finished Misery. If I’d known how much I would like the book, I’d have read it a long time ago! I might read more King novels in 2014 – Carrie and The Long Walk sound good.

I haven’t achieved all my resolutions in a few years, so I’m pleased that I did this time around. I think I’ve learned which goals are realistic and which aren’t. But enough of that. What else did I do in 2013?

I took four college classes – one in spring, one over the summer, and two this fall. I improved my speaking skills in Spanish, wrote my first really long research papers, actually somewhat understood chemistry, and had my first bad teacher. Very educational in many ways.

I bought a new computer. Maybe that’s not technically an accomplishment, but I’m happy about it anyway because I don’t have to worry about running out of memory like I did with Adele, my old computer.

I enjoyed all my 4-H projects, even winning awards for some of them.

I joined more fandoms – primarily A Song of Ice and Fire, Doctor Who, and Torchwood. I learned that quoting Strax really irritates my brother, which is why I do that so often. Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated!

I participated in (and won!) NaNoWriMo for the third time.

I got my driver’s license. My dad also tried teaching me to drive his old Volkswagon with a manual transmission, but that was a mega-fail. I have no idea how people even traveled a few decades ago because the engine died every time I shifted gears.

I remained short. Why am I even listing this here? I guess it’s still a dream of mine, being tall and able to reach things on high shelves without jumping for them.

I made very slow progress on the A B See Photo Challenge, posting ten letters in total. But that’s ten times what I did last year!

This was my tenth and last year playing softball.

I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a 4-H event and it was one of the best weeks of my life. I made some great friends, saw fireworks over the Mall on the Fourth of July, and visited a lot of museums. I wish I could live it over again, so I’m applying for a similar trip next summer.

There’s one other thing and I’m very proudย of it. I came out. Sometimes that still surprises me. I sit and think, “…I did it. I actually did it. Wow.” It was something I’d considered doingย since I was twelve, so I’m glad it finally happened.

That was six months ago and there are still plenty of people whom I haven’t told – some of my ‘friends’ are going to be idiots about it and I decided I want a few more months of normalcy before I tell them – but I feel so much better now. I used to be a lot sadder and more paranoid and that was horrible. Things are different now.

Well, that nearly sums up my year. There’s just one more thing I want to show you – my 2013 year in blogging report from WordPress. Enjoy! Whether you’re in the top five commenters or not, all my readers are appreciated.

What memorable things did you do in 2013? And are you doing anything special for New Year’s Eve?


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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13 Responses to Two Thousand And Thirteen In Review

  1. matttblack42 says:

    Carrie and The Long Walk, eh? I love them both, although the latter is physically painful.

  2. Miriam Joy says:

    I don’t know how I ended up a top commenter – probably from the conversations we have, given that I rarely actually comment. (Because I read your posts on my phone and it’s kind of tricky, though Combeferre makes it easier than Mrs Hudson used to.) I’m in awe of your stats though, and now feel insignificant and unloved.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Because you’re awesome, that’s why.
      (You’ve named it Combeferre? I need to name my phone…)
      *giggles* It’s probably from the Nico di Angelo post. I still get at least 25 views per day on that post. Normally my old posts don’t get anything.

  3. Sounds like you had a great year. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m impressed by your ability to just stop biting your nails. I’m still having trouble, though I did make improvements this past year! I’m going to try carrying around silly putty to see if that helps.

    Ha ha, I’m pretty short compared to my friends (I’m nearly two years older than one of my friends and she’s at least three inches taller than me), but I’m taller than my mom (who’s five foot two) so I feel pretty tall around the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • nevillegirl says:

      It was really hard the first few weeks, but pretty soon I just forgot about it. I do fidget a lot more, though. ๐Ÿ˜› I have a lot of nervous energy that way.

      Well, you’re taller than me. *is used to it, though, because just about everyone who’s older than ten is taller than her*

  4. Boquinha says:

    What a year! I feel so insignificant! ๐Ÿ˜› You should be very proud. Heck, *I’m* proud of you!!

    Also? I didn’t know you’re short! I’m short, too. I’ve always had a complex about it, too. Don’t know why.

    And I can’t drive a stick either. People tried to teach me, but I couldn’t ever grasp it. Coordination is not my strong point. I always think of how bad I am at driving a stick when I watch The Amazing Race, where they are ALWAYS driving manuals!

    I think it’s cool that TMV is one of your Top 5 commenters! Woohoo!

    Washington, DC again? That would be so cool! Remember – if it’s okay with your parents at all, we’d love to meet you! I promise we’re not crazy! ๐Ÿ˜›

    And finally, about your coming out – I have loved seeing the support you’ve gotten from your online friends. I hope you get that from your real-life friends, too. True friends will accept you for who you are. And that feeling changing from sad and paranoid to feeling so much better? I firmly believe that comes from living an authentic life – being yourself instead of trying to be who you think others around you want you to be (which says more about them really than it does about you). Way to go! Happy new year!

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yep. I’ve basically accepted that I’m not going to get any taller, but it would certainly come in handy. (Maybe that’s what marrying a tall girl is for? “Can you please please please get that book down from the high shelf?”)

      I understand the concept, shifting and all that, but I couldn’t manage to do that quickly enough! Oh, well.

      Yep, I think she was last year as well – and she’d only been following my blog for a couple of months then!

      That would be so much fun, but I doubt they’d let me… and the trip is taken with a group, so I don’t know that I would be allowed to go off and meet anyone on my own. But I think we would be in Gettysburg part of the time, which is close to where you live, right?

      Thank you! It probably will hurt to “dump” some of my friends because I’ve known them for so long but if they don’t like me as I am… well, friendship isn’t conditional and they’re not the sort of people I want to hang out with.

      • Boquinha says:

        Yep – spot on (your final paragraph in that comment).

        And yes! I’m very glad to be married to someone tall – he does help me reach stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

        We’re about an hour from Gettysburg. Totally understand – you have good parents for helping to keep you safe! If you’re ever in the area with them or if they’re okay with a meet-up at a public place where there are other people you know, etc. (I agree with them about being safe!), let us know. I think it would be especially fun for you and TMV to meet in person! I wish you guys lived closer and could come to our homeschool group. You guys could also watch Doctor Who together, write together, etc. I love that you all have one another online – how fun would it be to meet in person?!?

    • nevillegirl says:

      OK! It would be fun to meet MV. We could geek out and work on stories and whatever. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • nevillegirl says:

      Your IRL friends don’t get Harry Potter?! *faints*

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