Category Archives: Bandwagons

So this is the New Year.

It’s the return of the All & Sundry survey! I’m not sure if it’s still a going concern over there, but we’re going to do it again here regardless. (Here are 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2016 editions.)

What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
I participated in my first protest march, I started calling my elected representatives a few times a week, and I sent one of my kids to public school.

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year I said I was going to try to treat myself with more kindness and mercy and go out with Rockford more often. I wasn’t consistent with either, but I think I improved on both fronts at least a little. I’m going to have the same goals for 2018.

January. We kicked 2017 off with a pretty decent snowfall.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! We were thrilled to meet a new nephew this year.

Did anyone close to you die?
I don’t believe so.

February. Rockford and I celebrated our anniversary at Nightbell.

What countries did you visit?
I did not leave the United States yet again this year. But I did go to Idaho, where I spent several hours soaking in a hot spring. Those were some of the loveliest hours of my year.

What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A greater sense of peace.

March. Pete and I started documenting all of the dogs we petted in a Facebook album called Pupapalooza.

What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I have a terrible memory. I don’t have an answer for this.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Successfully cutting out dairy. I still miss sour cream quite a lot, but my stomach feels much better.

April. We took our nephew to Dollywood.

What was your biggest failure?
I mean, I would’ve liked to have lost more weight and been more active, but that’s pretty much what I say every year.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
My gallbladder turned on me and had to be excised.

May. Rockford and I spent a long weekend listening to live music at Shaky Knees.

What was the best thing you bought?
Some family photos that we had done for the church directory.

Where did most of your money go?
To the mortgage, as usual.

June. Idaho was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined.

What did you get really excited about?
Our upcoming trip to NYC to see “Hamilton”! And we’ll do other things too, but we wouldn’t be going if it weren’t for “Hamilton.”

What song will always remind you of 2017?
No clue.

July. The Tigers lost, but we still had fun.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Last year I said more family hikes. This year? More family hikes.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worry about that over which I have no control.

August. The total eclipse was one of the most moving things I’ve ever witnessed.

How did you spend Christmas?
At home! And then we went to my sister-in-law’s house and ate crab cakes and played Trivial Pursuit. I had a cold, but otherwise it was a pretty good day.

What was your favorite TV program?
I watched a lot of TV this year. Probably too much TV. I think the shows I enjoyed the most were “The Crown” and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.”

September. Our annual trek to the fair. Pete’s applesauce took first place.

What were your favorite books of the year?
Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies.”

What was your favorite music from this year?

I’m not sure how much of it was actually new music, but I love the “Baby Driver” soundtrack. I also gained a new appreciation for LCD Soundsystem, Sylvan Esso and The XX when we saw them live at Shaky Knees.

October. We took a walk in the woods.

What were your favorite films of the year?
I loved “Blade Runner 2049,” “Thor: Ragnorak” and “Logan.”

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 39 this year, and we celebrated with an extended cast of friends and family in Pigeon Forge, TN.

November. We took another walk in the woods.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Winning the Powerball jackpot the other day would’ve been a nice thing.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
I’m still going for that Jim James / Mrs. Roper vibe.

December. We end the year as we began it.

NaBloPoMo No Mo’

Alas, poor November, we documented it well.

We were a little sappy about Poppy and Pete.

We reminisced about the small traumas of childhood, both Grandma-induced and borne of our own weird imaginings.

We also, of course, talked a lot about food, from pot roast to pork loin.

We went on a photographic tour of our day, and we discussed what the future of “Stranger Things” might hold.

It’s been hard to kick the daily blogging habit after National Blog Posting Month in past Decembers. We’ll see if that stands true this year or if I drop it like a hot rock. Either way, thank you for joining me on my annual 30-days-of-blogging adventure. It’s been a good and wordy month.

A resurrection story

So here’s a fun and wacky story:

Quite a while back my laptop computer died, and the computer fix-it shop said something like “Sorry, it’s dead forever” or “Sorry, it’ll cost $4,826 to fix.” I don’t remember exactly what the diagnosis was, but it was costly enough that I shelved the laptop and called it a day and eventually bought a new, pretty terrible laptop that was then stolen out of my car by brigands in Kentucky.

So anyway, last week we were doing some decluttering and there was the old, dead laptop. A new computer fix-it shop had opened near our house since the original laptop death, and I thought “Hey, maybe they’ll give me a different fix-it price.” So I took it over there and dropped it off, and a few days ago they called and said, “Uh, yeah, it just needs a new battery and some memory. It’ll be way less than $4,826. Should we fix it?

“Uh, yeah,” I said. “Please do.”

And so now I’m typing this to you from the blogger’s natural habitat: The couch. (From which I’m also watching the best episode of “Gravity Falls,” the Dungeons & Dragons episode titled “Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons” with Poppy. #GiggleTimeBouncyBoots)

Welcome back, slow old laptop. You’re still old, but you’re functional and a little less slow.