It's the final hour of 2013.
I thought I'd take a moment to save a little time in bottle, or Time in a Blog Post.
Some current events & signs of the times from right here:
Currently reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (it's very good so far.)
Mitch is reading "No Silent Night, The Christmas Battle for Bastogne" next to me on the couch.
(We're reading from two very different perspectives of the same war.)
Meanwhile, Beau sits between us attentively writing & illustrating a chapter book he titled, "A Beauty Horse." He says some day he'll make books and sell them.
I read just shy of 30 novels in 2013. There were many good ones, but my favorites this year were The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (though the name is exasperating) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Currently watching: Band of Brothers. Mitch received the boxed DVD set from my mom for Christmas, we've started watching them a few nights over the past week. Very intense.
Other new movies playing at our house over vacation:
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Croods, Planes, & Despicable Me.
It's been cold. -30 (F) overnight & not getting out of the negatives for highs during the day.
It's nice to have new movies for winter days like these!
The only film I saw in theater this year was Monsters University.
In the mail this past week:
Notably less Christmas cards & letters than previous years. Are they phasing out? I still love snail mail.
A late package I had ordered for Beau - a Where's Waldo classic adventure collection. We're loving Waldo these days.
A surprise in the form of a large box at our door one evening.. containing three sets of sheep horns from Texas. We had honestly given up hope that we'd ever see them again. It was a jovial Christmas miracle.
U.S. postage stamps are currently at 46¢.
Gas in our area is somewhere over $3.00/gallon this week. We pay around the same for milk.
announced the next Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, which gives me
flashbacks of Barney the Dinosaur from my babysitting days.
Johnathan is working on a 5th grade project on the Native American Seminoles.
is working on clearing his project list. He has always had the week
between Christmas & New Years off with the family. No such
luck this year.
I'm hopeful / excited to get working on interior finish of the upper level of our addition soon.
I painted the inside of the lower level / garage area a dark color called "Seal" and love it. Will I look back someday & think, "That was so 2013?" Hopefully not.
As of the close of 2013, we've held out & still don't have internet/data on our phones. Talk & text only. I feel like we're a significant minority. When we leave home everyone around us is playing on the screens of their phones. I'm tempted to cave in. (Not to follow the crowd, but because maps/directions/info on the go would be awfully handy. And so would the mobile camera features.)
For now we access internet only on our home computers and I still read real books & even check them out at the real library from time to time.
I consider it a great success to know little to nothing about 2013 celebrity current events. Triumph over media in the modern ages! There are so many better things to focus attention on.
I'm currently experiencing small doses of feeling really freaked out
about raising teenagers. I was doing pretty good until just after 16
came. It's all
good.. just fleeting moments of trepidation.
We have several years of this to
Speaking of teenagers, they just made it safely home from their evening with friends.
So now I'll say goodnight & farewell to 2013.
(Our Family's Year In Review can be seen Here.)
Tomorrow a new year with new thoughts on the way!