Thursday, January 23, 2014

2013 // better late than never, right?

Last year went by really fast, and even though it was kind of blah, I'm still going to post this post. :P Here was my 2013:

  • I started teaching at a local music academy. I was thankful for the totally new experience!
  • I cut my thumb and got 11 stitches. 
  • I "translated" a letter from my great-grandpa which detailed our family tree several generations back. This began an obsession with and finding out as much about my ancestors as I could.
  • We got to see The 5 Browns perform at Ravinia.
  • Chris and I celebrated our first anniversary in Orange Beach, AL.
  • My grandpa, Paul Gordon Kirschbaum, went to be with the Lord.
  • My family and we traveled down to AL for his funeral and to help my grandma.
  • Mom, Charlotte, and I get to go to a once-in-a-lifetime concert by John Williams.
  • Chris and I traveled down to SC for a quasi-family reunion for Christmas/New Year's. 

As far as music goes, I continued to teach, and reached the highest number of students I've had so far! I also played 8 concerts, 4 recitals, and 1 gig. 

I read a lot of new books as well. Here's the list for my fellow book-lovers. Please keep in mind I do not endorse everything that is in each of these literary works. ;)

A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
Ellanor's Exchange - Linda Hayner
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
The Magic of Ordinary Days - Ann Howard Creel
Agenda 21 - Glenn Beck
Night - Elie Wiesel
Control - Glenn Beck
Arguing with Idiots - Glenn Beck
My Story - Elizabeth Smart
Divergent - Veronica Roth
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

I think that's about it. I have a few goals for 2014, mostly involving daily exercise, improved productivity, learning how to jumpstart a car, regaining lost ground, and getting a dog or two. I will also have a garden and chickens and know how to bring every thought captive by the end of the year. Yes. 

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