2013 Wrapped Up

Last year I decided to find a few things that represented my life over the past 12 months. Needless to say, 2012 was wonderful and mildly insane. 2013 found me on new adventures, much more insular but still brilliant. At last I am settling back into myself again. For now.

Here are my words, photos and songs that remind me of my year, ala Clint Eastwood.

12 Words

Unprepared, excited, anxious, frustrated, hopeful, dreamy, adventure, broke, tired, full, blessed, furry.

!2 Songs

LCD Soundsystem

Angus and Julia Stone

Live Oak Review

Dr Dog

John Prine

Todd Snider

Lou Reed RIP

Bach

Arcade Fire and Bowie

Yo La Tengo

Flaming Lips

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer

Photos
So many more moments could be added but i had to edit somewhere! It was a very blessed year.

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New Year in Norway with my beautiful family

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Butchering Pigs in Ireland

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Late winter hike in Cork

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Visiting Milleen

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Beautiful Cheese Muscles!

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Working the Farmer’s Market in Skibereen

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Having a nip with the locals at a pub with Phe and Douglas

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Graduation!

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New Orleans in May..Alligator bra?

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New Orleans at its finest

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Elderflower Syrup. SPRING!

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My new housemates arrive. I’m in love

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I become an auntie and a godmother to my beautiful Josephine

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The wonder and awe of the Flaming Lips with a dear friend.

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Turning 40 in Spokane, Washington with great friends!

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Beautiful dinner at Nedd Ludd with healthy pours of Bourbon.

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Lucas Elliott Jeray arrives in all his perfection!

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Getting to know my snow peas, Bianca and Rowey

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Returning to my roots never felt better. Tokeland, Washington.

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keeping me sane

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two new additions to my family. Fingal and Clemens

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Moving to Cheney, Washington for a spell!

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Being family in B.C.

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HO! HO! HO!

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Snow day equals LOTR’s day!

Gratitude in Details

photo-16This summer I unceremoniously lost my job while tending to a grieving friend’s heart. It was for the best. I would not lose my humanity for an employer who seems to have sold her own to a higher bidder. It its steed, i decided to embrace those last days of summer, as well as the end of my thirties, with an open-ended adventure. I traversed four states;Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, adored and well-traveled in my 39 years.

photo-15photo-10photo-17I hadn’t spent so much time in Washington since I grew up there. I zigzagged across the state of my childhood, exploring seasides and high desert canyons. I swam in lakes and camped beneath mountains.  It is impossible for me to revisit such places without a bit of nostalgia. The difference now seems to be my own place in its landscape. photo-9photo-11

photo-12After such a whirlwind year, this was a time to recapture some of my youthful delight and remind me of what is important. Although I am still slogging my way through the details, I could not imagine a more mentally productive way to spend a few days. I must never forget to be grateful for the details. photo-13Here we go..number forty.