Tonight is the last night of 2014. For me it has been a crazy and exciting year. So little of it was shared here though.
January: I spent the first few weeks of the new year in the UK visiting Leslie in Oxford and then seeing Cardiff and London for the first time. It was the first of many trips I took in 2014. Even after a late start thanks to a massive blizzard, I got there and saw everything I had wanted to see, eat all the things I wanted to eat, and started re-thinking retirement plans.
February: This was probably the quietest month of the year, but only because I knew so much was coming up. I did attend my grandfather’s 94 birthday celebration at his synagogue and my mother came into town. While the Olympics went on on Russia, I participated in the Ravellenic Games (on the knitting social network website Ravelry) for the first time and completed the project I picked for myself.
March: I got to visit Emily and Adam in Louisiana. Even though the trip was intended to simply spend time with my friends, Emily and I explored the local area together. This was also about the time I applied for my sabbatical and made decisions about how I would spend my time.
April: Not only did I participate in Camp NaNoWriMo and finish, but I wrote the first fictional content that wasn’t part of my epic, never to be read by anyone else, universe. I went to Miami to see friends, including a party to celebrate the almost-retirement of my friend Etta.
May: Not only was this month Book Expo, but I presented at WikiCon USA. This was my first time presenting my Wikipedia research outside my small academic circle and to people who knew Wikipedia better than I did. I also got news about my sabbatical plans and learned I was being given a reduced workload for a year to work on my projects.
June: I started my sabbatical and went to Portland, OR for AdaCamp. For my sabbatical I finished work on a collaborative article that had been in development for years. I created my first blanket pattern that I made available for free.
July: With summer in full swing I mostly spent my free time visiting people and trying to get a sun tan for Katie’s wedding. I spent 2 days on Cape Cod with Pat and Vic. I realized it was a great plan to spend a week on the beach with them the next summer. I also wrote another novel for Camp NaNoWriMo and for the first time worked on an idea that only came to me a few weeks before.
August: My mother came into town and we went back to the Cape to spend a day with family. I jumped into planning the Wikipedia edit-a-thons with my friend Win from the local public library.
September: Fall kicked off with a new school year, my 38th birthday and my sister’s wedding in northern California. I attended THATCamp at Harvard to learn more about digital humanities projects and related topics. I spent a weekend in the Hamptons with Debbie.
October: While it seemed pretty quiet, most of the month was spent preparing for November and December. The summer’s article was submitted for peer review. I started the planning for November’s NaNoWriMo and for the first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in December.
November: I spent most of the month writing my 11 novel for NaNoWriMo. When my mother was in town for another visit, I sprained my ankle forcing me to take it easier than I anticipated. It did make it easier to write and knit. Before that happened I did attend the New England Sheep and Wool festival for Pat’s birthday.
December: The year ended with the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the start of the month and then a quick trip to Miami for a visit. My grandfather traveled with me to be at a party my mother planned to celebrate Katie and Bethany’s wedding with people who had been unable to attend. I made Harry Potter themed stockings for Katie and Bethany’s first Christmas together.
By the end of this year I have knit 35 different projects, 20 squares for a blanket for myself, and designed 2 projects of my own. I read 82 books over the year including a good number of audiobooks. I wrote for all three NaNoWriMo events and won each one.
For next year I have just started thinking about the things I want to do. I know I have to finally get an article published, apply for sabbatical, and start making some big picture plans for what I want. There are still more Wikipedia edit-a-thons, my 2015 discussion series, and more. For now, happy new year!