2012 Wrap-Up, the Last One of 2013, Except for those Other Wrap-Ups I Have Planned, AND a Bonus Round

by jen on January 10, 2013


Crab nets on the pier. There has been a shortage this year but this has not stopped me from having several lovely crab dishes and the season isn’t over yet!

So, probably everyone else is deep into their 2013 resolutions and I have in fact been eating more fiber and I ran 5 miles (at one time!) the other day. But I still haven’t done a 2012 wrap-up, and you’re crazy if you think I’m going to let a potential list opportunity pass me by, especially during the early days of my blogging Renaissance.

I don’t think I can do the full-on questionnaire that everyone does, although I really like reading them. Instead, I give you my Accomplishments of 2012 list, most of which were complete surprises to me.

1. I left the law firm life behind me. I still do some work for the partner I used to work for because he is a wonderful person and a friend and I am unemployed, but I no longer measure my life in 6 minute increments.

2. I came up with my first product design. I will be sharing more about this later, once there is something more developed to share, but I have never made a physical product before, so, super exciting.

3. Made one good new friend. My friend Jee — we hike nearly every weekend. She, like Laurie and I (and probably lots of you, too), is on a self-improvement voyage. So we share the things we learn, the silly things that happen to us, trade insight, usually while staring out at the Pacific Ocean. Pretty awesome!

4. Dated a lot! Seriously, a lot. Most of it was fun; some of it wasn’t. I tried out new types, revisited old. None of it took… YET.

5. Read 36 books, but you already knew that.

6. Cut my spending in half. This was probably the biggest surprise for me, that I could do this, did not die, and in fact was just fine, MORE than fine. I changed things up at my job this year, even before I quit, cutting my income by over 50%, so I had to make some adjustments. I mean, there was a lot of fat to cut. If you are a single and childless (yay me!) lawyer working at a law firm, don’t own a house but do own a 2000 Subaru, you pay for a lot of useless shiite. But it was so easy to stop doing so! I cut every service I didn’t need (web tv/music services I didn’t use, nearly unused gym membership, credit monitoring (it is FREE every 3 months by LAW, you nincompoop!)), I stopped taking cabs unless really late, restarted shopping at Trader Joe’s, stopped retail therapy, stopped thinking it was okay to spend $200 on a dinner for just a random Friday night, started making my own coffee, etc., and holy crap, all of a sudden I was fine.

Actually, this is probably the best lesson I have learned in a while, and that I’ve already shared with a couple friends worried about whether to take a salary cut for that dream(ier) job. Unless you’re already subsisting on the bare minimum, you will be really surprised how painless it is to take a significant cut.

7. Realized I’m a super social introvert. I have always thought of myself as a shy person, and I am definitely quiet in group settings at first. I like to get the lay of the land, and I generally find I would like to take a nap midway through any party in my honor/at my abode (probably I should stop confessing that to guests at said party, but whatevs! It’s my party and I’ll express my desire to nap if I want to!). However! I keep a full social calendar. Like, I would say that I do something socially with people 4-5 nights per week on average, plus stuff during the day on weekends often. I thought this is what most people do, but, I have learned this year, apparently not.

Bonus Round, Which Is Really Just a Question for You All: Do any of you do stuff that often? What is your average? Do I just have homebody friends? I am thinking I might want to slow down a bit this year, spend a little more time on the couch (I added 4 more books to my goal this year!) and a little less time exercising my wallet and liver, but it’s also one of my goals to strengthen my friendships this year. If you have a partner I would imagine it makes a big difference, although I’ve had some partners who like to be as social as me, and some who preferred the couch. Thoughts?

And p.s., thanks those of you who added me on GoodReads! I already got a couple good book recommendations after perusing your recent reads! And, if any of you blog or on Twitter, I can’t tell that from just you being my GR friend, so if you like, please add in comments or email me (jen @ sundayundies.com) so I can check them out, thanks!

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Kailyn January 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

Just sent you a friend request on GoodReads. I opened my account under my old blogging name oh so long ago.

What is up with all you introverts who blog? I am an extrovert — as if you hadn’t guessed. Yes, I am often at home on my couch. And I get downright antsy. My schedule is a lot more flexible these days than it used to be since I am basically self-employed. Drop me a line or give me a call if there is something you want to do that you think may sound interesting to me.

I had to scale back quite a bit after my layoff. That’s why I’m now a huge fan of Groupon, Bloomspot, etc. A year and a half ago I was able to get a series of tickets for plays at ACT. Last fall I went on a Bay eco-tour cruise. Also since I grew up around here I know of lots of free/inexpensive things to do. So yeah. Send me an email. I still need to return your tote anywho.

Oh and the key to my reading regimen is that I usually spend at least a couple of long weekends dog sitting for a friend. They don’t have cable and my cell phone reception at their house is questionable. I end up packing up a bunch of books and some knitting to keep myself entertained these days.

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Librarian Girl January 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I go through phases with socialness. I had a whole year or so where I decided I was going to just say yes to invites even if I didn’t know the people well or thought I didn’t want to do the activity that they were asking me to do (hi, baseball games, which turned out to be super fun) and it was great and I met a ton of new people. But now I am swinging back the other way where I still want to spend a lot time with people, but it’s mostly with my close peeps. So I’m hanging out with the same 5-8 people over and over again and deepening those relationships, and I go to less parties. That feels good to me right now. So I am kind of maybe saying the same thing as you: I’ve slowed down a bit socially but I feel like I am spending more time on good friends.

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joemonkey February 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

I find that I prefer to have nights in during the week although sometimes life doesn’t end up that way. ie. this weekend, I have a different party every single night. Don’t know how this happened!

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