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Things have been quiet on the blog front for the last couple months, since I’ve been in my traditional post-Ironman hiatus.  But it’s New Year’s Eve!  Yikes!  When did that happen?

So it’s time to look back on 2013.  It was a big year…

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

  • Got divorced
  • Sold a house
  • Bought and sold cars privately (not through a dealership)
  • Said goodbye to one of my lifelong best friends
  • Turned 30!
  • Ironman Lake Placid
  • Moved to Colorado
  • Went back to school for my Ph.D.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make “resolutions,” but I do like to set goals and make plans for the upcoming year.  I have no idea what I was thinking about at this time last year.  There was a lot of change going on at that point, so I think I was just trying to stay positive and keep things in perspective.

3. What places did you visit?

  • Colorado (and then moved here!)
  • San Francisco
  • The redwoods
  • Portland
  • Mt. St. Helens!
  • Seattle
  • Costa Rica
  • And of course, Florida and Washington DC to visit family

Busy year!

4. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • A submitted Ph.D. research proposal?
  • A good network of friends here in Colorado

5. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January – The day I was officially divorced
  • June – The death of one of my best friends.  I miss her a lot.
  • July – My 30th birthday and Ironman Lake Placid
  • August – Moved to Colorado
  • September – Boulder floods!
  • October – My nephew was born!

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I think it’s a tie:

  • Selling my old house
  • Ironman Lake Placid
  • Moving 1800 miles, to a city where I know no one, and going back to school

7. What was your biggest failure?

Honestly, I can’t think of any big thing.

8. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major that I can remember.

9. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My best friend, Meredith – I miss her!!!

10. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Living in Boulder.  What’s there not to be excited about???

11. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Sara Bareilles – That was the soundtrack to 80% of my 36 hour drive from NY to CO

12. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

I think about the same.  Overall, life is really good.  But I’m still trying to make friends out here, so there are lonely times.  But I absolutely adore Boulder and am so thrilled to be here.

b) thinner or fatter?

Also about the same.  I seem to stay within 2-3 pounds of the same weight all the time.  Which is nice in some ways, and frustrating in others.

c) richer or poorer?

Poorer.  Much, much poorer.  Silly grad student income.  Uugh.  Better than paying for the Ph.D., I guess!

13. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Running, lifting, swimming, cooking, spending quality time with my family, friends, and dogs.

14. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stressing – about anything.  Particularly beating myself up on days when I didn’t run, or ate junk.

Making excuses

15. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Yes, but then I moved and long distance isn’t fun.  I’m very thankful for the time we had though.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

SHERLOCK!!!  (The BBC one, not the one with Lucy Lu)

17. What did you do for your birthday in 2013?

Dinner with my (then) boyfriend and my best friend at our favorite burrito bar, and then went to our bar trivia league night.

18. What was the best book you read?

  • Night Circus
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Finding Alaska
  • Unwind

19. What was your favorite movie of the year?

Probably the Hunger Games, part 2

20. Did you make some new friends this year?

I did!  Some of the other grad students out here.  I still need to make more though.

21. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If the relationship I was in before I moved hadn’t ended.  But I can’t live my life looking backwards.

22. What kept you sane?

My dogs, as always.  I love those guys.

23. What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013?

Take the time to focus on me – my mental and physical health.

24. THE BEST OF 2013:

a) Recipes (the yummiest cooking from the past year):

I know there are some, but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.  Recipe fail.

b) Project (something you started this past year that you’re proud of or really enjoyed):

Figuring out my Ph.D. research project!  That was HUGE.

c) Best Trip:

It’s a tie:

  • NY to Boulder to San Francisco, and then road tripped up the coast to Portland and Seattle
  • Costa Rica (fieldwork)

d) Night Out:

I think the weekly trivia nights with my best friend.  I miss that.

e) Moment of Peace:

I still love relaxing on the couch with my dogs passed out and sprawled across my lap.

f) The Best Place:

BOULDER.  No contest.

25. My goals for 2014:

I have quite a few, so I’ll just put the relevant stuff on here:

  • Learn how to rock climb outside
  • Climb at least 5 14ers (14er = a Colorado mountain that is 14,000 ft or higher)
  • Do a sub-6:15 half Ironman
  • Do a sub-14 Ironman (Eek!  I put it out there!  This one was supposed to be a secret!  Oh well, guess that means now I have to make sure I do it!)
  • Get back into trail running
  • Be an active member of the local tri club (which is a pretty amazing club)
  • Be an active member of a local running club
  • Take the dogs hiking at least once a month
  • Blog at least once a week

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