December 31, 2011

So here we are. The obligatory New Year’s Eve post. Before I go into year in review and resolutions, I’d like to review the act of blogging.

One thing about blogging that I’ve read lately is that blogging is dead, out of fashion compared to say, twitter or facebook or the next new social media site. Also it seems like the “best” (or rather, profitable) writers are “taken,” as in, either not blogging anymore or writing columns or books instead.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing when well-written bloggers go on to write columns or books; it’s a great thing, but I don’t think blogging is dead. I think it’s a great way to practice writing, chronicling, sharing, or even interacting. I enjoy reading blogs about someone’s life, new bits about things we have in common, and tutorials/recipes. Despite all the negative aspects of internet, it’s a nice way of connecting and keeping in touch. The only problems I’ve had with blogging is that, one, sometimes I don’t get the urge to write all the time (writing is a very fickle creature), and two, figuring out what is public and what is private.

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So this year in review thing. I think one thing I have not mentioned is that I’ve been recovering from a pinched nerve in my back for most of the summer. The good news is that it healed, but the bad news is that I have a spinal disc protruding slightly from my back. It’s not really that big of a deal- it happens to a lot of people, and the most common cause is gravity.

My reaction to it, however, has been more dramatic than I would like. I’ve been living in fear of aggravating my back for a while, and I’m not liking it very much. For more part, this means I haven’t done very much gardening, photographing (especially when it involves uneven surfaces), exercising, and a large number of things that were a part of my life. Even cooking, which I adore, was a danger zone: standing up for too long could cause some back pain. I’ve been going back to cooking, photographing, exercising for a while and I haven’t had problems, but I still am cautious.

So for this year what I’d like to do is to be aware, but not be afraid. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the distinction between the two.

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A Year in Review: 2011

January:

heading to bed

The boy gets a new jacket and we go to Asheville for our annual holiday destress.

January 18, 2011

I don’t have a picture of it, but I think our favorite discovery was Asheville Pizza and Brewing (yum).

February:

[32|52] even off the bike they found it impossible to not do everything in-sync

We got a “new” tandem bicycle.

February 18, 2011

I designed and knit baby vests for a friend’s twins.

March:

Alex Wong 2

Vienna Teng and Alex Wong concert at The Carolina Theatre.

among camellias

I knit most of an Icelandic yoke sweater-vest in a weekend. That was fun.

[37/52] aren't we cute after spending the day doing whatever we wanted

We got an Ipad2. Oh boy, that was one big rabbit hole.

April:

the cookery open house

The age of food trucks and the cookery in Durham begins. Basically an answer to everyone’s “What’s for dinner tonight?”

[41/52] She's So Charming, It Makes His Head Hurt

Friends came over to visit and we had a good time (Duke Gardens, Watts Grocery, Carcassone with scotch)

May:

Bike Parking at ATT

Durham Bike Month.

raw strawberry pie

A reward after urban garden tour (thunderstorm, hail, lighting, the works).

owl butterfly

Visiting NCMLS with a friend over Memorial Day weekend. It was very hot (99 degrees) and my friend was pregnant…a good combination. πŸ™‚

June:
June 4, 2011
Unexpected but fun results from Fountain Pen Show

June 9, 2011 & [46/52]
ADF Gala.

Father's Day
NYC for Father’s Day. Visited High Line for the first time.

July:
Just mere moments of celebrating
I got older. And yes, we went back to Asheville for R&R.

Blue Ridge Parkway
And I climbed a short, swaying tower on top of a hill? mountain? and took this photo. Still gives me shivers.

August:
August 12, 2011
Shed-building begins. Also, pumpkins.

August 27, 2011
Hurricane Irene. This was probably the worst damage- but I don’t think it was for many people in the NE area.

September:
DSC_0487a
Fall Farm Tour- part of staycation. It was FREEZING that weekend (no joke- 34 degrees, I think.) Also: Jordan Lake (which was nice), trip to IKEA (new furniture!) and Mr. Yum builds a workbench all by himself.

September 30, 2011
Logan and Kate paid us a visit.

September 26, 2011
We hired goats to eat our ivy. Alas, the goats had other plans.

October:
Joy
The boy magically gets younger πŸ˜‰

uhmm, somebody got a new toy.
I got a new camera!

November:
Mr. Yum and A. H. H.
Somebody sold and got another Rivendell. Oh, a Brompton came to stay with us, too.

father and son
Williamsburg weekend (birthday weekend for Alicia)

catching up
First Bloody Bike and Brunch.

November 25, 2011
Thanksgiving at our house!

November 30, 2011
Then I dented the car…

December:
Hi from the other side of the world
Trip to NY to see my parents.

December 18, 2011
Night of Lights.

December 24, 2011
Christmas in Richmond, VA.

Whew! See you in the new year…

moi

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3 Responses to December 31, 2011

  1. marthasnail says:

    looks like a year full of good things. love that last photo of you. happy new year e and s!

  2. wade vidal says:

    wow I liked what you said about blogging . and your year in pictures. thanks for all of this grumpus

  3. Allison says:

    What a great year!

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