2012 is almost over and I, for one, cannot flipping wait! Adios, 2012 and get the hell outta here!
When asked, I often tell people that the best year of my life was, hands down, fourth grade. What a great year! I had a fantastic homeroom teacher, lots of friends and if I finished my computer assignment early I could play Oregon Trail (best computer game ever).
If my life peaked in fourth grade, it’s been coasting ever since. Until 2012. The year of Debbie Downer doom & gloom. For every good thing, there’s a bad thing. For light, there is dark. Up and down, yin and yang, smiley face, frowny face. For glitter, there is … um, poopy brown? Anyway, you get my point.
In a year of craptastic-ness, a couple things did stand out and I would like to pay homage now.
My BFF, Danielle
If you know me and you don’t know who Danielle is, then you clearly have a large wax build-up in your ear or perhaps no ears at all. D and I have known each for a long time. When you have a bad year, you cry. A lot. You say hysterical, incoherent, Debbie Downer things. D stepped up as only a best friend can. She listened to me every single day, and she’s still my BFF! She must be crazy. But that’s what I like about her!
Besides writing romance novels I like to write articles about the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Romance, football, I see the correlation. Don’t you?) Thanks to one of my articles, Katie (AB&GC President) contacted me about joining the Arlington Black & Gold Club. We meet to watch the Steelers games. Every single member is awesome. I can’t begin to describe how this club has changed my life. I love them! Here’s a link to our website in case you want to join too.
Hurricane Sandy … Kind of
Allow me to explain. Let’s be honest – Hurricane Sandy was a real bitch, but something pretty important came about because of her royal lameness. I was in Ocean City, MD, with a bunch of Mermaids trying to finish my current novel. Well, here she comes, all windy and devastating. Not only did I not meet Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel, but we were forced to leave Ocean City. Which meant that my writing had to be abandoned… yet again. Driving the evacuation route home made me realize how pissed off I was to NOT be writing. I realized how much I want to be published and how I will not give up on my dream!
Movies that didn’t suck
I actually saw quite a few movies this year but there are a couple I’d like to specifically point out for being awesomesauce.
Skyfall: Not only did I see the newest James Bond movie with Steeler Club, but Daniel Craig is in it. That’s all. Craig, Daniel Craig. Yum yum!
Pitch Perfect: This movie was unexpectedly hilarious! And I love singing along to the soundtrack in my car when I’m not busy practicing road rage.
Magic Mike: Don’t remember the plot. Don’t really care. Repeat: yum yum!
The Avengers: My actual favorite movie of the year and I loved seeing it at the movie theater on the Quantico base (thanks Dana-Mermaid and family).
There you have it. Even in a total suckfest of a year, I was able to turn my glass-half-empty attitude into a blog post about some happy stuff. So here’s to 2013 – hopefully I’ll be ringing it in with my usual glitter. Cuz un-sparkly Kerri needs to stay in 2012 with all the other crap.
27 thoughts on “Good Riddance!”
Let me say, Kerri… may 2013 be un-crap-tastic for you. 😀 We need to always try to look ahead with a positive attitude.
I will say 2012 has been a roller coaster ride of uncertainty, but it all goes back to Fate (I’m a big fan of hers–yes I know technically there are three of them but I prefer to think of her as one entity). Without bad things to experience, we will never know the good things when they arrive.
Raising my cup of vanilla bean latte to you… and wishing you a Wonderful 2013!! 😀 😀
I love vanilla bean latte! Thanks Loni-Mermaid!
Not to throw my Debbie Downer into your Debbie Downer, but maybe none of us will make it to 2013. As you’re preparing for a great, sparkly 2013, I’m buying survival gear and trying to figure out how to purify water for seven people when the SHTF. That Mayan calendar threw a huge wrench in my optimistic outlook. Thank God you didn’t jump aboard my cra-cra train. But, if you need a fun place to hang out during the Apocalypse, we’ll take you.
If you can bring some water…and glitter. We’ll have the sparkliest end-of-the-world party EVER. 🙂
Here’s to a fun, sparkly, positive 2013! May great things happen for us all. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone!”
I’m not feeling the world ending, but I don’t know that it would be the worst thing. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about anything!
You totally want me on any post-apocalyptic teams as I watch the Walking Dead. I’m prepared!
Here’s to hoping that 2013 is the BEST year ever. I can say that 2011 was a rocky one for me professionally – but this year things have definitely improved. So keep at it!!!! Your tenacity will be its own reward – AND move you forward. Good luck, Kerri!!!
Thanks so much, Tracy!!! I’m so happy 2012 was better for you and I think you rock! So there’s that! 😉
Every year I end with an old Irish blessing:
May the best of this year be the worst of the next.
Hope it works for you.
Love that blessing – thanks so much, Mary Jo!
Kerri, I’m sending sparkles, glitter and fairy dust for 2013. I’m sorry you had a craptastic year. They happen. Good things are coming in 2013. I know it.
Thanks Lynne-boo! Well, I do enjoy the number 13. I’m quirky that way. And I really love sparkles, glitter and fairy dust – all rock my socks! 😉
The last year certainly had enough downs but now I’m moving forward and keeping some great memories. Can’t wait until you come home and we can get started on somenew ones!!!
There you go…listen to your mother! Mother’s know best. 😉
Thanks, Ma! You know I can’t wait to come home! Wish it was tomorrow!!! We will have so much fun! 😉
Do you know the saying in theater – a bad dress rehearsal makes for a great performance? May 2012 have been the dress rehearsal for a fabulous 2013!
Love that, Willa! I think of that saying often. Please be true! Please be true! *Kerri crossing fingers and toes* 😉
You know I love this glass-half-full approach during times of doomy and gloomy. We must all learn from these times and get stronger, although it is hard. You know I am always here for you during glitter and poopy, as you say, but most of all I am here for everything inbetween. That is what friends are for! I am not going to say 2013 will be all sparkles and rainbows but I will say, Cheers for a New Year! Cheers to new adventures and opporunities and if we never know sucky moments we will never appreciate rock star times. Hugs to you and can’t wait to add on to that movie list!!!
Thanks D-bunny! We do have a lot of movies to see over Xmas! And we have tea and tailgating and drinking and merriment. Also, I told you that picture of us was really cute. Member? 😉
I LOVE YOU
Oh HERO! You know I love you too! 😉
Here’s to good friends, writing retreats, and the Avengers! Wishing you a fantastic 2013!
Thanks Pintip-Mermaid! Right back atcha! 😉
I say you glitter bomb 2012. Cheers to 2013!
GLITTER BOMB GLITTER BOMB GLITTER BOMB!!!
Ah, big smoochies to you, Diana-Mermaid! We will get through this! 😉
I think starting the new year out with a 49ers verses Steelers would be grand, don’t you? Here’s to a happy 2013 to you, Kerri.
Super Bowl should be in that sentence somewhere. Clearly I am not ready for prime time publishing yet.
You are a wonderfully sparkly person even when you’re down, Kerri. Everyone goes through crappy things and times that make you feel like your life is in the toilet. But 2013 is going to be a fabulous year for you. I can feel it!
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