I haven’t bought a 2013 calender yet, so I’m a bit stuck in the past. While I’m here, I thought I’d pass out some awards.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson. He writes fantasy and he’s ridiculously good at it. Read the Mistborn series if you like fantasy. You won’t regret it. And if you like funny stuff, you must read the Alcatraz series. They are hilarious and you will cackle out loud and make people look at you.
NOTEWORTHY MENTION: Suzanne Collins, but if you are a reader you already know that. The woman knows what she’s doing when she writes and I had to be very strict not to go without sleep for a few days to read the Hunger Games trilogy straight through. Also, Wool is just excellent. If you liked Hunger Games, you’ll love Wool just as much!
FAVORITE MOVIE: I am having a hard time remembering if I saw anything besides Brave in theatres. I haven’t seen the Hobbit yet. I was actually pretty excited about it until I found out they stretched it into three movies, and the first one consists of Bilbo packing, lots and lots of dwarven screen time, and a few orc and troll battles. I know they did it well, with spectacular grandeur, but I’m just not feeling it yet. I actually have been trying to work up motivation to rewatch Lord of the Rings for the past five years and failing. So Hobbit is not on my priority list. Brave was pretty good and by far my favorite princess movie ever, but it lacked a certain depth so I can’t say it’s my top favorite. The one movie I feel I am going to love is the Life of Pi, because I loved the book and it got spectacular reviews. However, I haven’t actually seen it yet. So no absolute favorite movie.
FAVORITE SHOWS: Eureka was fun, nothing super amazing as far as characters go, but I liked it enough to watch it all the way through. Merlin was rather OKish but good enough to keep me watching until season four, when things got really interesting. I haven’t seen season five yet. Sherlock rocked my socks and I can’t wait until they make more! I love both Watson and Holmes. My favorite is Parenthood, with superb characterization and drama. It emotionally draws me and I honestly feel like these are people you could meet in real life. It addresses very grown up things so it’s not something you could ever watch around the kids, but that’s ok. It’s a show for parents. Once Upon a Time is pretty fun, but watching it one show at a time is really making it drag out and sometimes I forget it exists. We’ve also been looking forward to the return of Doctor Who. I was very unimpressed with this season in general, but the introduction of Clara Oswald has sparked my interest.
FAVORITE MUSIC: Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons have both rocked my world. I’m discovering new bands all the time, and loving it.
FAVORITE YARN: Malabrigo Arroyo’s colors and softness have charmed me into splurging for enough to make a sweater. It will be stunning!
FAVORITE THING TO KNIT: This year I’ve done a lot with headbands, cabled hats, necklaces, and stuffed animals. I haven’t had one favorite pattern, except for maybe the fish hat. I will write about the fish hat later. It’s pretty epic.
FAVORITE COLOR: Teal was my color of the year. I am becoming a huge fan of russet orange as well. That may be my 2013 color.
FAVORITE FOOD: Coffee!!!
FAVORITE WINE: Sangria.
FAVORITE PICTURE: Hard to pick, but it may be this one:
FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT: We actually did a lot this year and visited many places and people. But overall the place we packed the most into and left me feeling exciting and refreshed was when we vacationed in Bend over spring break. Read all about it here, here, here, and here. The jetted tub probably helped bump it up to the favorite. But wow, other things we did this year include just about every playground we knew about, lakes, rivers, OMSI, Astoria, Newport, three times to the AC Gilbert house, parks, forests, farms, and many houses of people we loved, a bouncy house, a waterfall, a swim park, and a few yarn shops. Even if the children don’t remember us doing all this stuff, I remember it and you saw the pictures here in Pookaville, where adventure is here!
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