I wasn't really sure how to approach a New Year's blog entry right now. I started by reading what I had to say last year. My prediction that 2005 would be better for me than 2004 was largely accurate. There were a few rough spots, but I think the good days more than outweighed the bad.
My "favorites" list in 2004 was all media-related, but the highlights of my life in 2005 were all experiences. Here are some of the most notable ones:
- February 28, 2005 - My nephew was born. Now he's crawling everywhere he goes and wearing clothes in 18-month sizes.
- In March I went to my first roller derby event. It was the first bout of the season and I ended up going to all of them. I can't wait until the new season starts this spring. My goal is to have my band play at one of the matches.
- In June I went on my second ever camping/canoe trip. Now that I know how much fun it is, it's hard to believe I went so much of my life without ever going camping.
- June was also when I joined the band I'm in now. Over the next several months, I took up lyric writing and by the end of the year we had started recording our first five original songs.
- Oh, and speaking of June, that was also the month when I was made president-elect of my local Soroptimist Club.
- I spent my birthday (July 7th) and several days after that in New Orleans. If I'd had any inkling of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina would wreak just a few months later, I'd have tried to see more of the city. Still, I have some amazing memories of the trip.
- I went to the BlogHer Conference at the end of July. What a wonderful chance to meet some of my favorite writers! It may be a strain on my finances and available vacation time to attend BlogHer 2006, but I'm determined to make it happen.
- In September, I got a firsthand look at the world of gay cowboys well in advance of the opening of "Brokeback Mountain."
- Also in September, I learned the hard way that I never want to make my living harvesting grapes.
- In November, I failed to write so much as a single syllable for NaNoWriMo. However, I managed to get a lot of other things accomplished that month (notably, a good deal of songwriting), and I fully intend to make novel writing a part of my 2006 plans - perhaps even before NaNoWriMo '06.
I'm looking forward to 2006 with even more enthusiasm than I had in greeting 2005. Here's hoping that all of you feel the same about the coming year.