End of the Year Wrap-Up

It’s not closure for this blog unless I do a year in review type of post, I suppose. I have read a few memorable books this year, I have learned quite a few memorable life lessons as well. This has been a roller-coaster of a year for me.

Things I’ve learned:

About life –

  • Parenting is tricky. It can be Saturday-New-York-Times-Crossword hard, but it is also the most wonderful thing I have ever done in my life.
  • I’ve learned who my real friends and support system are postpartum. Its funny & sad how quickly you learn which non-parent friends are child friendly and which friends don’t care about your child at all.
  • Meetup.com is a wonderful, wonderful creation. I love it for helping me meet new people who are in my situation.
  • I’ve learned to take chances, to be more assertive and to speak up for myself.
  • I’ve found a new job in a field that I love. I feel whole again as a children’s librarian for the public.
  • I’ll probably never learn how to sew. At least not until my little bookworm is in his first school play and I need to make a costume for him.
  • For the first time in years, I actually feel my age. For the longest time, I was always in the “25-years-old” mindset whenever anyone asked me my age. This year, I feel my age and I am going into this new decade of my life with more confidence and determination than ever.
  • Wouldn’t you know it, after I have a kid and am super busy in the evenings, there is now a weekly French meet-up near where I live. Rats. Why couldn’t you have started 2 years ago? Why didn’t I start one 2 years ago?!? Maybe I’ll go when the little one is older. Maybe I’ll take him with me and have him learn French in addition to English and Armenian. Hah.
  • I’ve learned that I’ll never learn my lesson. I’ve given up on this and my other WordPress blog. I’ve started a Tumblr Blog strictly for my professional purposes as a librarian. It’s mostly just for me to keep track of all the cool links and articles I read online about childhood literacy and the promotion of literacy in the library. I could have converted this blog towards that purpose, but the Tumblr layout is more efficient for my needs. Sorry WordPress…
  • I’ve started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again and have begun to think that maybe Giles is subconsciously to blame for me going to library school.

About books –

  • I’ve learned to embrace non-fiction as my reading medium. It just feels more rewarding reading non-fiction than fiction.
  • I’ve learned that books aren’t as important as life experiences. I’d rather go out and explore the world around me, rather than read about it.
  • I’ve learned that I really don’t read other people’s book reviews. I just look for shiny, new titles to add to my reading list. I judge a book by its cover.
  • I would still rather watch a documentary than read a non-fiction book, so I’m not sure how to extrapolate that to how I feel about fiction…
  • My favorite books this year have been:(1) The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (2) The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair (3) Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina
  • I liked the books I read in 2012 more than the books I read in 2013. I really didn’t like anything I read in 2013. =/

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