The Highs and the Lows: 2016

Another year has come and gone.  I always feel like 12 months is so long in the beginning of the year and then at the end, I feel like it was a blink of an eye.  “The days are long, but the years are short,” is what someone told me when ARM was a newborn and I totally get it now.

This blog didn’t have so well of a year as it did in 2015, primarily for two reasons:

  1. I posted a lot less, and
  2. TFA really helped out my blog last year.

That said, it didn’t do as badly as I feared either!  Only ~7000 views less than last year.  My most viewed post was Costuming & Characters on Princess Leia, followed by the Han Solo, and lastly Luke’s costume analysis.  I remember how long those took to write last year so I’m happy to see they are still getting traction.  My most viewed post that I wrote in 2016 was In Which I Defend General Hux and Speculate on Supreme Leader Snoke.

When searching the Internet, most people came to my site by way of “pregnant Padmé”, “Boushh Scene” and “Princess Leia Endor Ewok costume”.

 

2016, overall, was a great year for me personally.  In fact, there were more highs than lows which is always a GREAT thing, but I feel like the lows had longer effects.

 

The Highs of 2016

  • Obviously my daughter’s birth. With a middle name of Rey, I’m hoping this child grows up strong in the Force, independent; open to change, and a kind hearted person.  After having two failed pregnancies, it was nice to see this come to fruition and meet our own
    One of my favorite photos taken in Ireland

    One of my favorite photos taken in Ireland

    child at last.  I really was hoping she would come to this world on a Star Wars date, but alas, that didn’t happen.  I love her anyway though.  😉

  • We still traveled quite a bit this year: Florida in the earlier part of the year, Ireland and London in October, and Nashville in November.  I went by myself to NYC last month as well.  I’ve wanted to go to Ireland for years so it was nice to finally have that dream of mine come true.  I loved the Western Coast the best and we stayed in a beautiful, relaxing Airbnb right on the coast.  The backyard was a cliff to the ocean! London was way more fun than I thought it would be and I sincerely hope that I get to go back one day. We visited family and stayed for two days and I really wish I had stayed longer!
  • My business continued to thrive, despite having to figure out an unpaid maternity leave. I lost some clients, but also gained some!  I have also learned how to be picky on who I bring on as a client as my new schedule with a young baby does not give me as much availability as before.  But on the other end, I now am working very early in the morning and until late at night, so there is a darker side.

 

The Lows of 2016

  • The election. I actually had a whole post devoted to this, but then scrapped it because I don’t want my blog to be about politics.  But I can write about it briefly here!  In a nutshell – I am a registered Republican, but was/am appalled by Donald Trump.  I am trying to keep an open mind now that he’s been elected, but I do worry about the direction our country is headed.  That said, I did not think padme-gifHillary Clinton was a good choice either…but I thought she was the lesser of two evils.  Trump reminded me of the Empire, in fact, many times uncannily so.  I am hoping I will never need to say Padmé’s famous line of “So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause,” during the next four years.
  • My health. My health has taken quite a beating this year and I am still having issues.  I got the flu back in March and let me tell you – when you have any kind of sickness and your pregnant and/or breastfeeding – life gets a whole lot harder!  Being pregnant with the flu was horrible.  You can only take Tylenol, and not a lot of it, but it doesn’t help much.  If I got a coughing fit, I would pee my pants due to the baby sitting on my bladder/extra pressure.  It took a good month and a half for me to feel well again.  Fast forward to mid-October, I get another cold…that hasn’t gone away.  I found out I had strep throat for a few weeks without knowing it.  I took the antibiotics and broke out in a horrible rash.  I stuck with them and though I am slightly better, I am not 100% and it’s been 3 months now.  I went to a naturopath Monday and am hoping I start to get better.  We are experimenting with cutting out lactose for a few weeks (ugh) and she has me on a few different supplements as well.
  • The death of my grandmother and godmother. I was not especially close with my grandmother and she lived in Australia, but it’s still a family member.  I have funny memories of her and she was quite a quirky woman (the complete opposite of my dad).  However, she was older, in a nursing home, and it was an unspoken thought that it was only a matter of time.  But I was close to my godmother, despite the distance.  She died unexpectedly and that is always hard to deal with.  I still have all her texts on my phone and even now, a few months later, I can’t believe she’s gone.
  • This blog and learning a new life with a baby. I’ve definitely been posting a lot less since having ARM.  I knew it would happen but it’s funny how fast the weeks go by.  I’ll have a draft started and it may take me 2 weeks to finish it!  Or, I work on a post and by the time I’m almost done, I change my mind and decide it’s now irrelevant (a lot of Rogue One posts had that happen).  I also haven’t been able to keep with other people’s blogs on WP as much as I would have liked either.  Having a baby is a total adjustment.  Not only with blogging, but with life.  If people joke around that marriage is a ball and chain, life with a baby is that x10!  My life revolves around her nap time.  If something wakes her up too early during her nap time…ugh, I’ve almost had break downs.  Nap time is my time and it’s interesting at how much I cherish those few hours now.  I love her, but it’s hard to take time for yourself.  (Please note that this is barely a “low” of my life – it’s more of a big change)
  • Carrie Fisher’s death. I guess 2016 was not content with the death of Kenny Baker, our beloved Artoo, it also had to take our beautiful princess from us.  I think anyone my age knew that we would be alive to see the main 3 OT characters die, but no one wants a shocker death.  I’m curious as to what this means for the other saga films (she was done filming VIII, but was slated to also appear in IX) and what they are going to do with it.  I don’t want more CGI Leia, but it may be the only option at this point.  Killing her off-screen would be cheap and CGI would suck.  So we’re left in a no win situation.

 

MTFBWY Carrie Fisher on your next adventure

MTFBWY Carrie Fisher on your next adventure

2016 was overall a much better year for me than the past two.  I had very little lows that actually connected to my life, other than the death of my grandmother and godmother.  The birth of my daughter, though an adjustment to my life, has been so amazing.  Now that she is past the newborn stage, I’m loving her more and more every day.  She’s the joy of my life and I look forward to hanging out with her (isn’t that weird?  She can’t even talk).

In 2016, I learned that time passes even when you think it’s going so slowly.  There were moments of doubt, days with little sleep, fatigue due to sickness, and so much but I did learn that the “days are long, but the years are short.”  It’s so, so true.  My goal in 2017 is to appreciate more, love more, complain less.  Easier said than done, but it’s been so easy for me to fall into the complaining trap, especially when sleep deprived.  Is a positive attitude that hard?  Is smiling a struggle?  My goal is to fly a little bit more casual.  I have so much to be thankful for; I am so blessed.  I need to remind myself of that every day.

Thanks to all you guys for sticking around as I posted less in 2016 and my life has continued to evolve.  Here’s to Episode VIII.  Let’s hope Rey is as awesome as she was in TFA and has more personality than Jyn (teehee).

 

MTFBWY.

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The Highs, The Lows, and The Books I Read In Between (2014)

2014 is a year that will stand out.  It started with highs and ended in lows.

This blog had a great year!  I posted 109 times, with most of my posting being in April (my haikus!).  My most viewedBlog post of 2014 was a post from last year, the Jedi Code Absolutes, but the most viewed post written in 2014 was actually not mine at all – but Megan‘s Facts in Fiction: Conspiracy Theories for Star Wars.  LOVE IT!  Yay, Megan!  Thanks for writing that great guest post! 🙂  My most commented on post of this year was actually April 10th’s haiku post where we had a friendly discussion about Count Dooku and clones.  Over 2014, Mei-Mei commented the most, followed closely by L. Palmer (we miss you!).  2014 also saw a year where I was able, for the first time ever, ask for guest bloggers when I went to Australia and it actually happened!  Megan and Null posted, with Icarus’ post ending up coming a little later.  I hope to continue this great streak in 2015, but I’ll be hard pressed, especially as I continue to work on my business.

Now here we are…time for the reflection that is always so important when a new year comes around.

The Highs of 2014

  • My business is doing great!  I have 3 clients and 2 that I’m hoping will sign onto a contract by end of January (knock on wood).  It’s been exhausting working on it every. single. day.  But you know what?  I hope it’ll be worth it and I think it will.  I’m often too hard on myself and don’t see all the little achievements that I have brought about.  But honestly, I have done SO well and every day is a learning process but I think it’s going to be fine.
  • I traveled.  I traveled a lot for me!  Miami in April, Bahamas in May and Australia in July.  Next year I already have
    Me at the Great Barrier Reef!

    Me at the Great Barrier Reef!

    travel lined up for Arizona in February for a friend’s wedding, Miami in April again, and hopefully Anaheim for the Star Wars Celebration!

  • We got the Episode VII cast, title and our first trailer!  It’s just been adding to the suspense but even though I feel like we know more, I still feel like I know the same amount as I did in the end of 2013.
  • I’ve learned more this past year than I have in a while.  This year has been the most challenging for me in terms of mind (my business), body (a fitness challenge I did during the summer), and soul (emotionally up and down).   I’ve learned what I’m made of and what I can become when I push myself.  I feel like before 2014, I was coasting.  I challenged myself, but only just enough so that I could give a little spurt of effort and then lay back and coast for a while.  This past year, there was not a lot of coasting.

The Lows of 2014

  • I’ve debated putting this on here, but it wouldn’t be truthful without it.  I unfortunately miscarried in November.  When I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified and felt like I wasn’t ready.  I look back on that with regret and wish I had appreciated it.  I hope that none of you ever have to go through a miscarriage because the emotional roller coaster it puts you through…I’m still suffering from it.  I’m a lot better, really I am, but November and most of December was full of crying, anger, guilt, and fear.  I’m still scared and unsure if I want to try again because of the constant fear I know I will feel if I do get pregnant.  But if there’s one thing I have learned from Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (but mostly LOTR) is that there is always hope.  So who knows?  When I feel ready to try again, maybe this time it’ll all be okay.
  • We put Chewie to sleep on December 6th.  (Yeah, end of the year sucked)  We found out in February that she had a
    The last photo ever taken of Chewie :(

    The last photo ever taken of Chewie 😦

    disease which marked her much older than the 4 years we all thought she was, including our vet.  Turns out she was a senior dog, probably over 9 years old.  We watched her slowly deteriorate from February to the point where she could not go up and down the stairs without falling, peeing in the house a lot, not eating, and her stomach ballooned with either a kidney problem or a tumor.  Testing would be thousands of dollars, which we were unwilling to do, so we ended up making the decision to put her to sleep.  We only had her for a little over a year and a half, but we know that she lived a really good life for the end of it and that’s the most we can hope for.  We will get another dog soon, but will another dog ever come to us from the shelter with a Star Wars name?  It made her so special.

  • I stopped doing the Big Sister program.  This is not really a low low, but I had a lot of hopes for the program and the relationship I would develop with the girl.  Unfortunately, we were not matched well and something that should have been fun, instead turned into an ordeal.  I dreaded meeting with her on the weekends and came to the decision to end visiting with her. She never showed her appreciation and our likes were so dissimilar that it was hard to find things to do.  I still believe in the program, but after I miscarried, I began reevaluating a lot in my life and to let go of things that were putting a strain on me and this was the first to go.  So it’s a low because I was really excited about it, but it ended up being disappointing.
  • I didn’t go to any conventions this year.  Okay, not a huge deal but it was still slightly disappointing since I went to four last year, including the big NYCC.  I would have liked to go to one but either 1) I didn’t have the time or 2) there were no panels that interested me.  Hopefully I can make it to Star Wars Celebration in April! 🙂

So there you have it.  My year in a nutshell.  Exhale breath.  Let’s hope 2015 gives me a year where I slow down, focus more on myself and my business….AND READ MORE BOOKS!

Okay, this is my favorite part, really.  I love looking back on my year and seeing what I read.  HERE WE GO.

Well guys, I just spent 30 minutes going into all the books I read, hit something funny on my laptop and it all disappeared.  Thankfully this much was saved of my post (really, WP, you need to learn how to autosave every few seconds like word documents and gmail do).  So if you really want to see what I read, you can go to my Goodreads.  I’m not writing all of it again.

ready player oneIn a nutshell: I read 26 books (that’a a lot for me and I think it’s due to all the traveling I did) and 8782 pages.  The best book I read was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I didn’t expect to like it, but instead loved every moment of this gaming novel.  A novel about gamers who are trying to solve a master video game, it was also a love letter to the 70s and 80s, chock full of geeky references.  The worst novel I read, but didn’t finish, was The Shadow Reader.  It was Urban Fantasy and a stupid love story where I got so frustrated with it that I just stopped reading.

So there we go.  2014, it’s been…a ride.  Good, bad, and everything in between.  What books blew your mind this year?  How was 2014 for you?  What are your resolutions, hopes, and dreams for 2015?

Oh and guess what – WE’RE SEEING THE FORCE AWAKENS THIS YEAR!!  Here’s to that.

Hey 2013! Nice Knowing You

Oh wow, is 2013 already over?  Seriously?  Didn’t we just enter this year full of new resolutions and excitement?

The only real resolutions I had for 2013 was to find a new job and to start making all of my own teas from scratch.  This was the third time I had made a resolution to find a new job for the next year, so I’m surprised but also grateful and happy that it ended up working out this year.  As for making tea from scratch…nope, didn’t happen.  However, I am going to make some this January, so hey – only a year late.

Looking back at this year, I see that I’ve accomplished a lot.  I bought my first house and experienced all the trials and woes that come with having your own place.  We moved in on one of the coldest days of January, turned the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAheat up, and watched as the house’s temperature raised only two degrees (it was a high of 24 outside, our house went from 55 to 57) over 24 hours.  From there we found out that we had no insulation and had to suffer a cold, cold winter with electric heaters in every room and saw our money fly out the window.  On top of that, we had a huge snowstorm in February that dumped three feet of snow, our garage could not fit my husbands car (one of the sole reasons we bought the house), the basement flooded, our hot water heater broke, and finally our bathtub started leaking, which caused black mold to grow on the ceiling of the garage.  It’s been one thing after another, but guess what?  For the past two months, not one thing has happened!  Knock on wood, but our house is standing with no damage, and I went and bought some paint to reward myself with all the money we saved.  Finally!  I get to do something I want for a change!

We also got our dog, Chewie, who is the sweetest, calmest dog you’ll ever meet.  I’m so thankful that we lucked out with her and she was already housetrained.  She needed a little bit of training, but responds pretty well as long as there’s food and no other dog around.  Also, I would never have thought that I would get a dog with a Star Wars name, but that is a sure sign that she was meant to be with us.

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Chewie right after her summer haircut

This year also saw a few adventures on my part.  I went skydiving, took a hot air balloon ride, got a tattoo, went to quite a few conventions (ConnectiCon, Boston Comic Con, NYCC, SuperMegaFest), and went to Orlando where I experienced Disney World and Universal Studios.  I can’t believe I went skydiving, but man oh man, I’m glad I did now.  It was unlike anything I feel I will ever experience again.  I was also blessed enough to travel to Fort Lauderdale, FL, Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ.

In terms of growing as a person, I continued volunteering at a therapeutic horse farm, helping mentally and physically disabled children.  I ended it in September, as I instead signed up for the Big Sister Organization.  I recently got matched with a Little Sister and we have our first official hang out time this upcoming Saturday.  So excited to start the year off on a good foot!

I also read a lot of books this year because that’s how I escape the dreariness that can sometimes overtake everyday life.  Some people drink, some people do hard drugs…I like to dive into someone else’s world.  And now, ahem, to give you my list of books read this past year:

Kiri’s Books of 2013

  1. True Women by Janice Woods Windle.  This book was recommended to me, but I can’t say I liked it.  I found it boring and did not think the writing style was very good.  2/5 stars.
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  This was my second time reading this book.  I realized I’m drawn to it when I’m going through big life changes and I have the urge to escape from responsibility.  I do not love this book, but I also do not hate it as some people do.  I like her style of writing, the travel, and her ideas, though it frustrates me that she glosses over how she is a little selfish and doesn’t seem to realize how already blessed she is, but instead complains and goes off on this huge travel trip that would cost a normal person thousands of dollars.  4/5 stars.
  3. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.  I loved this book.  LOVED it.  It’s the first book in 2 years (the last book Elantristhat had me feeling like this was The Hunger Games) that I have been so addicted to and could not put down.  The way the plot was written, the characters fleshed out, and the fantasy element to it, sparked all the right chords in me.  Though hefty, I finished it quickly because it was such a page-turner.  5/5 stars.
  4. The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose. Boring and not written well; don’t bother.  2/5 stars.
  5. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. Ya-Ya was a lot better than I expected and I laughed so hard, but also cried while reading it.   Not many books can evoke both strong emotions from me. I normally don’t like modern day “real-life” stories, but I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.  4/5 stars.
  6. The Time in Between by Maria Duenas.  I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book.  I was so close to putting it down during the first third, but ended up really, really enjoying it.  The pace picked up immensely and there was a lot of tension during the latter part of the book.  4/5 stars.
  7. The House of Rajani by Alon Hilu.  Oh gosh, if you want a downer, definitely read House of Rajani.  I do not like depressing books, but as this book was given to me as a gift, I figured I would read it.  Definitely not fun vacation reading and I would probably never recommend it unless you like historical fiction of the depressing kind.  2/5 stars.
  8. Medicus by Ruth Downie. Medicus was alright and also given as a gift, but not as good as I thought it was going to be.  I learned a little about Ancient Rome, but thought the book could have had less fluff and predictability.  3/5 stars.
  9. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.  Not my type of book as I rarely ever read anything that is not fiction, but I loved this book.  As I gear my life and career towards taking on the corporate world, I found this book inspiring and a good kick in the butt that I needed.  It inspired me to apply for a new job that I thought was out of my reach, and guess what?  I got that job.  I recommend it to any woman who is considering a career in the corporate office world.  4/5 stars.
  10. Harry Potter #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 by J.K. Rowling.  I wanted to finish the series before I went to Harry Potter World in Orlando, but that was not to be.  I was only on #5 by the time I got there.  However, I’m glad I reread most of the books because it was an amazing refresher and it brought back all the feelings of how much I love Harry Potter and why his story will never leave me.  I want to read it to my kids and have them love Harry as much as I do. 5/5 stars.
  11. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  Good book, but sad.  I wouldn’t have normally read it since there is no magic and all that fun stuff, but my husband loved it and couldn’t put it down.  Therefore, I had to read it, since he never reads and I like to see what captures his interest.  Told from the point of view of a dog, it shows the life of his owner as it starts off happily enough and takes many sad turns, as life often does.  4/5 stars.

Did you guys read any books that blew your mind this year?  My favorite was definitely Elantris.  I’m always open to hearing about new books, especially Fantasy novels, so please let me know if you recommend anything and I’ll add it to my goodreads list.

Overall, I think 2013 has been a highly successful year for me.  I’ve seen a lot of changes, but also did a lot of growing up as I took on more responsibility than I ever have before.

The best part of this year is that I have not had a lot of regrets.  And that’s all you can ask for in the end, right?

Help? And Scene it on Friday – TPM Scene #98

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Before I start my analysis on this scene, I need some help.  I’m trying to make my next year, 2014, one of twelve 30-day resolutions.  So instead of having a resolution for the whole year, I want to think of some more meaningful ones that I do for one month instead.  It doesn’t even have to be 30 days straight – for instance, for the month of February my goal is to do yoga at least three times a week.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I’m missing 7 months of resolutions, sigh.  Maybe I should make a resolution to get this resolution list done by December 31st, haha.  Please let me know if you can think of anything!  The only prerequisite is that it has to help you grow as a person either physically, mentally, or spiritually.

So far, I have:

  1. Prayer and reading the Bible everyday
  2. Eating vegetarian for 30 days
  3. Yoga at least three times a week
  4. Play guitar everyday
  5. Gratitude days.  (Writing three things I’m thankful for everyday)

And now I’m stuck!  I’ve been debating on giving a compliment to someone different everyday or possibly not nagging my husband for 30 days (I’d have to set parameters for that on what counts as nagging)…Thoughts anyone?  Maybe taking 30 days of interesting photos?  But what constitutes as “interesting” when you’re basically in an office for 9 hours a day?

Okay, help me out if you have any ideas!

Naboo N-1 Starfighter cross sections

Onto the scene…

I never really appreciated how cute Artoo was when I was younger.  I just looked at him as another character.  But as I’ve grown older, all his little chirps, beeps, and whistles are just SO adorable.  He kind of reminds me of my Parrolet when she tries to talk with us: you’ll say something and she will give a series of chirps back.  She has a chirp for when she’s angry, excited, and content.  It’s adorable, like Artoo.

I am a little confused about the autopilot.  It’s taking them TO the Trade Federation Battleship, correct?  Wookiepedia says:

The N-1 starfighter was also equipped with an advanced autopilot that could receive navigational information from hangar outlets or from Naboo flight control. In a crisis, the autopilot could bring the craft to the site of an emergency or pilot the ship home safely.

So this would be considered “the site of an emergency”, I’m guessing.  It’s probably receiving the information from the hangar outlets, since that’s where they came from.

It seems a little weird to me that there’s an autopilot taking you to danger.  That would not make me feel good psychologically.  I understand that the pilots are trained for danger and possible death and this is their job…but still.  What if I turn chicken and want to run away?  I can’t do that because of this damn autopilot.  It’s strangely controlling.  I guess if you have a super useful droid like Artoo, you’re in luck and can dash off whenever you want.

There is a full size prop in Boston’s very own Museum of Science.  The first time I saw it hanging from the ceiling, I was basically peeing myself, I was so excited.  I have a picture on my old phone but it’s so old that I definitely can’t post it here.  You can look at this one instead and pretend it’s me that took the photo:

naboo starfighter mos boston

INTERIOR: NABOO STARFIGHTER – COCKPIT – SPACE

A giant dogfight ensues. ANAKIN’s fighter flies into space above Naboo.  ARTOO beeps a worried concern.

ANAKIN: The Autopilot is searching for what other ships?

ARTOO beeps and whistles.

ANAKIN: (Cont’d) There is no manual override, Artoo. You’ll have to rewire it or something.

ARTOO chirps that he’s trying.

ANAKIN: (cont’d) Look! There they are! That’s where the autopilot is taking us.

ANAKIN’s fighter flies toward the Federation Battleship.

Reflection on 2012

Wow, 2013 is right around the corner.  Does anyone else find this incredible?  Wasn’t it just yesterday that we rang in 2012?  We had a whole new year ahead of us, full of the unknown.

Since the end of the year is a time for reflection and a time to look toward the new year and bring about changes we want to see, I figured I would see what I accomplished in 2012.  I would rather not look at what I didn’t accomplish, or said I would do but never did, because well…it’s not inspiring for me.  And it’s just plain depressing.  With a snowstorm rolling in and snowflakes whirling past my window, I go back in time…

January – I auditioned for a musical for the first time in eight years.  And for the first time in my life, I got rejected from a musical…a new and different experience for me.   Later I realized that not only were my auditioning skills very rusty, it’s also a lot harder to enter a community theater world where everyone knows everyone and you’re an outsider.

February – My husband and I bought our little bird, Peanut.  Peanut is a Parrotlet and absolutely adorable.  I call her my little Pirate Parrotlet because she can sit on my shoulder for hours, just like the parrots in pirate movies, and she won’t move.  She’s not a big fan of being pet (supposedly they’re supposed to love being pet and cuddled with), but she will hang out with us for hours.  In fact, as I write, she is sitting on my husband’s shoulder as he watches a movie.  The day we got Peanut was also the day of the Superbowl that my beloved Patriots were in.  They lost, which I actually expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier to watch.  February also saw the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D.  I went at midnight with Mr. Reticent and almost fell asleep.  I realized then that I should never watch a movie I’ve already seen a million times at midnight.  Midnight showings should be reserved for movies never seen.

Peanut and I

Peanut and I

March – I bought a new bike.  Exciting.  Hunger Games came out in cinemas and I thought it was a great adaptation of the book.  Very pleased.

April – I went to a shooting range for the first time and actually shot a gun.  I am a horrible shot.  Not sure if that’s good or bad.  I also got to see Riverdance when they came to Boston on my birthday.  I have been in love with that show and music since I was a young child and it was a dream come true to see the show.  Even though Michael Flatley is no longer with the troupe, I still loved every minute.

Riverdance

May – Wow, I can really think of nothing exciting happening in my life, and that is severely disappointing.  Wasted month!  Well, I guess the weather was getting warmer so that probably made me in a better mood.

June – I had an idea in my head for a funny Star Wars parody video of “Call Me Maybe”.  After a grueling three weeks of gathering people, equipment and costumes together…all the original people in the video bailed on me the day before we were supposed to shoot the video.  Way to encourage me and then leave me hanging.  Thankfully, my little brother came through and saved the day.  Thank God for teenagers with nothing else to do during the day other than shoot a video.  Excited once again, I shot the video with them the last weekend of June and amazingly, it was all pulled off.

July – I released my parody video on YouTube and presently, it has over 300,000 views.  I have to say I did not expect that.  At all.  I’m amazed and also feel justified that it was a good idea and people found it funny (those who actually watched the whole thing until the very end).  Some of me wanted to stick my tongue out and say “Told you so!” to everyone who left me high and dry in the beginning, but those amount of views are revenge enough, so I’ll try to be an adult.  I also re-started this blog in July.  Very exciting!  It was frustrating at first because on starwars.com, it was so easy to find people to interact with and who liked reading your blog because, well, everyone likes Star Wars on starwars.com.  Now, on WordPress, it’s so much harder to gain followers.  But, bit by bit, my views continue to grow and I now have a few steady followers who continue to inspire me to write (you know who you are – thank you!).

August – Summer wraps up and I went to my awesome country concert.  Enough said.

September – I go on a business trip to Vegas, of all places.  Funnily, the best part of that trip was not Vegas, but the Grand Canyon.  I would go back to it in a second…talk about beautiful.  At some point in my life, I’d like to go back to the Grand Canyon on the Arizona side and hike some of it.

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October – The big month when we find out that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm and that we will have an Episode VII.  Huge news.  Star Wars world erupts.  I also chop off the majority of my hair in this month.

November – My husband and I find and purchase our first house.  Big for our life and we are so excited!

December – Now, looking back on December, I find it slow comparatively to the other months.  Yet it went by so fast.  The Hobbit was released and Middle Earth fans rejoiced.  The holiday season created a whirlwind of days and we are now just recovering and breathing again.

I still haven’t thought of any New Year’s resolutions for 2013, except for perhaps writing shorter blog posts (lol).  Honestly, some of me just thinks that if I can be happy and content next year, I will have had a successful year.  Do I really need resolutions or goals?  Sometimes the best things that happen during a year don’t come from our resolutions but from the spontaneity of little moments: new friends that are made, ideas that generate offshoots of creativity within your life, and enjoying a day where everything went well for no particular reason.

I hope that the Force is with us as we write our way into the new year.  MTFBWY.