December 31, 2013

Twenty Thirteen in Review // Happy New Year

This is it folks, the last day of 2013.  As I alluded to in a previous post, it's been both the most wonderful year and also one of the hardest in my life.  I decided to do the New Years tag that Ally has done for the past few years.  So, here we go...2013 in review.
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What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Went to my first contra dance, and learned to drive the tractor and the stick shift truck!

Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?
I prefer to call them goals, and I did have several...mainly learning to operate the tractor and driving the stick shift truck.  Check those off the list!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Lauren did.  A beautiful baby boy!

Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I can think of.

What countries/states did you visit?
Aside from Washington state, which is right next door, nope. Hoping to visit my grandma in CA soon, though!

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

What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?
Tuesday, October 1st.  Can't give specifics, but I will always remember that date.

Did you move anywhere?

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Singing in the church Christmas choir!

What was your biggest failure?
Um...nothing is standing out.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope, praise the Lord.

What was the best thing you bought?
Jack, my Nikon D3100 camera!

Whose behavior merited celebration?
I don't know...

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not going to name names, but there was at least one that comes to mind.

Where did most of your money go?
Buying hay for my sheep, Christmas presents, and clothes.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The contra dance at our house and the Newport Bluegrass Festival...oh, and the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
I've only been to one, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra Christmas concert.  So, so good!

What song/album will always remind you of 2013?
Life's a Happy Song from The Muppets, Where I Belong by Building429, and Red by Taylor Swift.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder?  I'm not sure.
2. thinner or fatter? Not noticeable either way.
3. richer or poorer? Richer...although certainly not wealthy. ;)

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Traveling.  Day trips.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Les Miz!

How did you spend Christmas?
With my family.

How are you spending New Year’s?
We usually stay home, but I think we're going to a swing dance this year!

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
My Aunt Liz.  We talk several times a week.

What was the best book you read?
To Kill a Mockingbird.  Fantastic, amazing read!

Did you fall in love in 2013?
Wouldn't you like to know? *grin*

What was your favorite TV show?
Psych, Duck Dynasty, Road to Avonlea, and Downton Abbey.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

What did you want and get?
A goat, a new kitten, and a really nice camera!

What did you want and not get?
No complaints here...although a new laptop would be greatly appreciated.  Also, some ducks.  But I'll be getting those this coming spring.  Can't wait!

What were your favourite films of this year?
How to Steal a Million
The Decoy Bride
Leap Year
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Nanny Diaries
Bride Wars
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Kate & Leopold
The King's Speech
Just Like Heaven
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Iron Man 3
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Man of Steel 
And I'm probably forgetting quite a few.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
What did I do on my birthday??  I know I turned 24... lol!

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Vintage, ruffles, thrift store finds.

What kept you sane?
Star Wars.  My favorite escape.  And more seriously, my heavenly Father who knows my every struggle and loves me unconditionally.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This adorable and handsome gentleman, Tom Hiddleston...

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Well, if what happened on October 1st hadn't happened, that would have made my year completely fantastic, that's for sure!

What political issue stirred you the most?
The imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Who did you miss?
Many more than the others.

Who was the best new person you met?
Winnie and the Delallo sisters!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
To let go of my own desires and will, and let God work in my life.
And, to be kind to everyone.  You never know when a smile is hiding a broken heart.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
In Christ alone, my hope is found.
He is my light, my strength, my song.

Five personally significant events of 2013:
Lambing season, Sandpoint contra dances, the contra dance at our house, the Newport Bluegress Festival, and VBS at church.

Five things I want to do in 2014:
Get a job, continue to build my sheep business, dance more, travel more, and live more.

Five people I’d like to know better in 2014:
Gosh, I don't know!  I'd like to know all of my friends better and meet more of my bloggy friends.

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And there it is, my year in review.  
I am looking forward to discovering what 2014 holds for me and those I love.  It's going to be a great year...

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year, everyone!!

What was your year like?  Happy?  Sad?  I want to know!


  1. <3 That was really neat Tasha...thanks for sharing!! I love you so much, and am so grateful to see how God is working in your life!! I might just should do that on mine!! <3

  2. Love reading these posts! Can I steel some of these questions for my blog? :)


  3. Sarah - I love you so much, too. It's been so wonderful and such a blessing getting to know you better:) You should! I'd love to read it!

    Belle - Me, too! Seeing as I "stole" it from your sister, I think stealing it from me would be quite appropriate. ;)

  4. I think these type of posts are great, so I'm glad you did one!

    My year was good, though not the most fantastic one ever. It's been a rougher year for my family, but we still had some good times. Getting a job has been my biggest highlight, and then discovering Doctor Who. Watching DW makes me happy. :)

  5. Wow, this was an interesting and heartfelt post! I learned so much about your likes and dislikes that I never knew. You are brave to fess up. As I read over the listing, I thought of the many years in my 20s that I experienced the same sort of events both high and low. Now, several decades later, I can't remember all of those details of each year, but I have never forgotten the people I got to meet and enjoy! Some events do stand out, but the people and the friendships are the things that stick with me. I so very much enjoyed meeting you in July and seeing your lovely farm and the place you call home. My trip to Idaho will always remain with me as a highlight of 2013 for the beautiful friends I was blessed to meet and enjoy! Enjoy your swing dance with Kellie and friends tonight. It should be a real hoot!! Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year, Tasha (and merry late Christmas)! End of the year posts are always so interesting to read. So much can happen in one year! Ah, you conquered the stick shift, eh? That is one thing that I really would like to master this year (that and becoming more confident driving around crowded streets - major small town girl here). :D

  7. Happy New Year, Tasha! Goodness, it seems like forever since I visited your blog...I've been so miserable about keeping up on my blog reading. :P it sounds like you had a great 2013, and I hope 2014 is filled with blessings!

    decked out in ruffles

  8. Sereina - I'm glad you're glad:) I love these posts, too.
    I'm sorry that this year was rough for your family. Some years are like that. Doctor Who makes everything better, though:)

    Winnie - I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
    The swing dance was fantastically fun!! :D

    Tayler - Happy New Year to you, too! I love end of the year posts. Very true, a lot happens in a year. Well, it's a bit premature to say I conquered the stick shift, but I'm getting there. ;) Oh my goodness, I hate driving on crowded streets, too!

    Vicki - Happy New Year! I'm so glad you stopped by:) I've been really bad about commenting on other blogs, too.

  9. Thank you for sharing - I am going to use this myself, to make up for the lack of posts in 2013...
    Happy new year, and best wishes for doing what you want to do!

  10. Loved the tag! My blog commenting has completely and totally sucked, too. :D And I totally forgot to put Kate and Leopold and Just Like Heaven on my favorite films list!!!!! Whuuuuuut.

    Anyway. Happy New Year!

  11. Hana-Marmota - I can't wait to read yours!

    Ally - I enjoyed reading yours so much, too! Whuuuut. How could you forget those movies? ;) Love those so much!

  12. Hi Natasha Marie, Hana-Marmota's sister Marta here. I wanted to thank you for the interesting 2013 review!
    It inspired me to write my own as well. If you were interested, it's here


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