Week #52: L’année de fin*

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln

This week has been full. (It seems somewhat appropriate since it gets two extra days (I’m lumping in the Sunday & Monday for a nice round 52 (instead of Week# 52.285714 (can you tell how much I love using parentheses?)))). Full of mini AN52 things (julienned carrots, explosive drinks & hurriedly—but unsuccessfully—trying to finish this post at the library before they closed), happy little surprises & the appropriate year-end retrospection.

Looking back over all of the things this year surprised me. There were some really cool things I did that I’d forgotten. I’d have to say that some of my favorites were going curling, car buying & selling, crazy foods, colored hair, Pride & Prejudice marathons, cute, beardy men at the tree climbing competition & dressing up for midnight premieres.

While completing this blog post in itself would give me my new thing (I’ve never done something for a whole year with only myself as motivation), I actually did do a new thing. In the past, my favorite Christmas movie has been Elf, which is a bit silly since it doesn’t have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas. But it’s funny & loud (like me) & very quotable (also like me). Plus, all of the claymation Christmas ‘classics’ freak me out (those little things are so creepy!); I think A Christmas Story is awful & I’m not a huge Chevy Chase fan. But on Saturday, I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. I wasn’t a huge Peanuts fan growing up & my interaction with it was limited to the Saturday funnies. But I really enjoyed it, especially the sweet emphasis on Jesus’ coming & birth.

So that’s it—a new 52! Thank you so much to all of you who have journeyed with me & encouraged me in this. I don’t know that I’m a totally new person, but that’s good ’cause I’m already super awesome & now I can add a ton of new experiences to make my life a little more epic. May your 2013 be full of awesome epicness!!!

Thumbs up for rock & roll—& 2013!!

*French for “the year’s end”. Je suis américain, but I like different languages 🙂

Week #19: Out loud

“I was hugely relieved to discover there was a purpose for girls with loud voices.” – Betty Buckley

Have you ever cracked up right before the beep when you’re trying to leave a message on someone’s answering machine & so all they get is 45 seconds of you laughing? Have you ever done that to a total stranger? I have. Freshman year in college, I worked as a telecounselor calling prospective students. I was about to leave a message on the family’s machine, when I heard a co-worker say, “Wait, we have a major in FArt?” (Our system’s abbreviation for Fine Arts). Rolls of laughter burst out of me, but I kept trying to say my spiel. Finally, one of the girls convinced me I’d done enough damage and I need to hang up.

The subtle irony of the situation is that I was really giving that student a good view of what college was like—at least for me. The best of my school memories are of loud, crazy fun with good friends. & that’s not by accident. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a rather boisterous person. I laugh frequently & talk like it’s my job. Luckily for me, it actually kind of was this week & that is my new thing.

One of my pastors at church asked me to do a voiceover for a video. I was a little hesitant because I think my voice sounds a trifle man-ish on recording. Overall, I’m glad I did it. I don’t think I’ll be adding “Professional Voiceover-er” to my resume, but it was a lot of fun & went really well 🙂

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