|Posted by Angie Merriam on December 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM|
Well, another year has come and gone. Thankfully the world didn't explode,gravity didn't reverse, aliens didn't attack and 12/21/12 passed by as though it had no idea "it" was the day to end all mankind. We saw superstorm Sandy hammer the East Coast and watched as, once again, Americans came together to lend a hand (or a dollar) to the victims of the storm. We felt the heartache of the senseless crimes that claimed so many lives this past year, stealing away our feeling of safety and security. We mourned together and hugged our children a little tighter before the shootings became political. Americans re-elected Obama......I don't have much to say on that. Let's just say he didn't have my vote and I feel that the future of my country is in danger. I can only hope, pray, wish and want really hard for Americans to band together in ways that only tragedies seems to unite us because the day is coming when we are going to need our neighbors, our fellow Americans.
In 2012 I discovered Sons of Anarchy and decided that if I was just alittle tougher I could totally be a biker. I was also introduced to The Walking Dead and realized I would do a lot of things differently should the Zombies attack. I find myself saying "really" or "come on" or "what, is she stupid?" when I watch that show which is why I like it...the emotion! The final Breaking Dawn was released and the final "Twilight girls night" was had...Bittersweet to say the least but the movie was amazing and yes I have seen it more than once! Phillip Phillips may become my new favorite artist of the moment (never surpassing Bon Jovi, that's impossible) and Pink's album, The Truth About Love seriously kicks ass! Bluegrass/Hipster music is showing its face and becoming quite popular, hence my son wanting (and getting) a Mandolin for Christmas! I for one love it and am excited to see what comes from the genre in the New Year. Despite my declaration of love for Pink and Phillip Phillips, there is not alot of radio music that I really like these days. Bluegrass may just be the breath of fresh air that music needs...we really don't need more songs about Diamonds and Starships, do we?
I am most excited to see what 2013 brings to the world of books. I have been very lucky in this last year to have been able to meet and get to know some really amazing writers. I had some really talented people submit their stories to me for Intertwine, which I think turned out to be a really wonderful anthology. It took me a while to get the book together but the end product was awesome and I am so thankful to all the contributors that helped make this book what it is, amazing. I discovered books by Indie authors that were really good. These writers have been added to my list of favorites and I look forward to more of their work. I cyber-met a fan of mine which really is the coolest thing ever! A great lady who also wants to write and has been gracious enough to let me read her work...it's really good and I believe she is going to be one to watch! I finished the last Neveah book, Breaking the Wicked. It's looking at a 01/25/2013 release. The end is bittersweet for me. I am not sure I can totally give up the characters yet....However I have begun writing a new book so I will see where that takes me!
I feel lucky to have made new friends in the last year and to have grown closer to old ones. I have learned to let go of the things that bother me and understand that life is what I make of it. I have tried and failed to quit smoking and really hope I find strength in myself to give it up for good in the year to come. I have hundreds of reasons to quit and no reason to continue so it's up to me and my ability to have some self-control. I have also tried and semi-succeeded in weight loss but I have a long way to go in feeling healthy and vibrant again. I watched my oldest boy fall in love and make mistakes. His teenage years are ones that have really taught me about forgiveness and acceptance in things that I can't change. I learned that things are not what I want them to be for him, they are what he makes of them. I can only hope that I have instilled values in him that he will carry into his own life. I spent too much time worrying about others in the last year and have only recently decided that they are not mine to worry about. I am letting go which is necessary to my own happiness and that of my family. I have re-newed faith and trust in my marriage and believe in us again. So, in ending, 2012 was not awesome but it was not horrible either. It has been a learning experience and I hope I can take my new lessons into 2013, in turn making life happy.
To end on a fun note, this may be completely immature and high schoolish, but it's fun...so here ya go!
Top 5 Movies of 2012 (While making this list I realized there are alot of movies I have yet to see, so this list could change)
1. Breaking Dawn Part 2
2. The Hunger Games
3. Dark Shadows
4. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
5. Mirror Mirror
(Movies I need to see that may change the list: The Vow, The Hobbit,Atlas Shrugged, The Paperboy, 21 Jumpstreet, Cosmopolis, Savages, The LuckyOne, and Snow White and the Huntsman)
Top 5 TV Shows
1. Sons of Anarchy
2. Duck Dynasty
3. The Walking Dead
4. American Idol
5. Good Luck Charlie (yes I watch too much Disney, I have a nine yearold, and this show is funny)
Top 5 TV personalities (fictional or real)
1. Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) SOA
2. Any of the Robertsons..they make me happy, happy, happy lol...DuckDynasty
3. Gemma Morrow Teller (Katy Segal) (I love to hate her)..SOA
4. Maggie Green (Lauren Cohan)...the walking dead
5. Carol and Daryl on the walking dead (tied)
Top 5 Songs
1. I remember: 5 Finger Death Punch
2. Remind Me: Brad Paisley and Carried Underwood
3. Til my last day: Justin Moore
4. Home: Phillip Phillips
5. Just give me a reason: Pink
Top 5 books (possible released before 2012, but not read by me until this year )
1. Wander Dust: Michelle Warren
2. Fangs for Nothing: Adrienne Ambrose
3. Fifty Shades of Grey series: E.L. James
4. My Blood Approves: Amanda Hockings
5. Outlander: Diana Gabaldon (an oldie but my favorite. I read it overand over lol)
Top 5 authors I am excited to read in 2013 (In no particular order)
1. Beth Gaulda
2. Brian Shirley
3. Michelle Warren
4. Melissa Foster
5. Collen Houck
There you have it! A little glimpse into what makes me tick! Happy NewYear everyone! May 2013 be full of wonderful days!
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