Best of 2012

December 31, 2012 · 4 comments

Only 24 hours to go until the New Year! (Well, for those of us in California, at least…)

I don’t know about you, but I’ll remember 2012 quite fondly.

It was the year I started doing Pilates and T’ai Chi Ch’uan — one of my new year’s resolutions was to find a form of exercise I love doing, and I found two!

I made new friends in San Diego and visited old ones in Portland and New York (shoutouts to Alex Zafiris, Sherry ParnesMomsicle, The Daily FrolicDr. Mind & Body, all of whom have shared beautiful, thoughtful, and hilarious posts this year).

I returned to school as a full-time student and maintained a GPA of 4.0 while working two part-time jobs.

I got to grips with Adobe CS6 and made digital artwork and websites I am proud of.

I discovered that even my black thumbs can turn green in California.

And I even learned how to make delicious jam without poisoning anyone!

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite things from 2012 — enjoy!

Favourite Blog Posts

January ∴ Banjo & Lefty ∴ Dogs are from Pluto, Cats are from… ?
February ∴ Chino Farms ∴ A delicious trip to an organic farm in San Diego County.
March ∴ I Talk Funny ∴ So you like my accent? Thank you, I like yours ;)
April ∴ Recipe for Tortilla Española ∴ Sometimes the mountain must come to Mohammed…
May ∴ Fool Britannia ∴ Sometimes enjoy a little tongue-in-cheek high treason, don’t you?
June ∴ Now, Voyager ∴ A musical tribute to the mind-blowing Carl Sagan.
July ∴ How Does Your Garden Grow? ∴ Little plants all in a row.
August ∴ A Peck of Peppers ∴ What do I do with all these chillies?? (Hint: see September!)
September ∴ Habanero, Peach Basil Jam ∴ The first recipe in a fiery trilogy!
October ∴ Stopping to Smell the Roses ∴ Lessons from Paul Gauguin
November ∴ Soapboax ∴ In which I get quite political! I love freedom of speech :)
December ∴  Happy Birthday, Little Sister! ∴ I can’t believe she’s 21…

Bonus Video! ∴ Banjo & Lefty Animation ∴ More Shameless Anthropomorphisation…

Favourite Musicians

Here are some talented singer/songwriters I discovered this year.

Aaron Embry – Raven’s Song


Lianne La Havas – Au Cinema


Laura Mvula – She


I’m pretty happy where I’m at right now. I think my only New Year’s resolution is to keep doing what I’m doing, but do it even better. What are yours?

Happy New Year to you all!

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1 kadja1 January 4, 2013 at 20:46

I think you have done a remarkable job in 2012! To make the 4.0 with two jobs and such is amazing! I love reading your posts and look forward to them each time! Happy New Year to your and to yours! In my opinion, I think you are going to do just fine! California is a wonderful place to renew. I miss it. However you asked what my resolutions we made…I have resolved to make some changes in 2013 myself. I am going to invest in a 35mm camera (again) and get back to where I can take better pics! I love doing that. My camera doesn’t do night shots and there is a lot to see under the skies here…The Marfa Lights are on my list for this year, too! I am also going to devote more time to me… ;-) I’m planning a trip in the Spring~! Top Secret! Not telling to many people where I’m off to until I’m on the road!


2 Lauren January 10, 2013 at 13:26

Thanks, Tina, and happy new year to you too! I hope 2013 brings you everything you hope for.
I love California, always felt very at home here, even as a child. Can’t wait to see your photos — but a film camera? That’s brave! Don’t forget, a road trip is even better with a dog. AROO!!


3 kadja1 January 4, 2013 at 20:48

BTW, Happy New Year!!!


4 Brian Taylor October 19, 2013 at 04:35

I’m disregarding all those people who advise: “Don’t do too many New Year’s resolutions, you’ll never stick to them all.” This year I’m taking the bull by the horns and doing them all. I’m the type of person who doesn’t do things by halves – if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it properly – including my resolutions for 2012.


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