Facebook wanted to show me my 20 Biggest Moments of 2012, which included a someecard and lunch at Burgerville. Wow Facebook, you must think I lead quite the life--just a step up from Crazy Cat Lady and the video game store clerk who spends his whole paycheck on the Assassin's Creed series.
Perhaps I should make a "Biggest Moments" list of my own, those that may have not received the most "likes", but are a better indicator of how I fared in 2012.
1) My son turned 16. While it would seem that this was more of a big moment for him, anyone who has a child with a new driver's license and the impulse control of a two-year-old will understand why this is also a big moment for me.
2) I went on a trip to Minnesota where I met several people who, while I may not be related to by blood, I am proud to say I am part of their family. And I learned that in the Land of a Thousand Lakes it is perfectly acceptable to wear a life jacket like a diaper.
3) I voted. I won't tell you for whom, but I will tell you that I read the voter's pamphlet and watched as much of the debates as I could stomach. (Okay, I voted for the guy who played French horn with the UW Husky marching band in the Rose Parade. I'm a sucker for the French horn.)
4) My older daughter turned 13, thus enabling her to join Facebook and curtailing all the embarrassing stories I usually share about her.
5) I wrote a blog post that got the biggest response in all my (3) years of writing--361 views! It didn't hurt that I wrote about a local character who had already won over our entire community. I simply put into words what everyone else already understood to be true. But it did make me think that maybe I really should keep writing.
6) I attended a lot of soccer games, yet only the last few were in wet or cold weather. It was a good year for soccer parents.
7) I visited my father in the nursing home and realized that while he's still here, a good part of his personality is lost to me. However, I also understand that personality lives on in each family memory, in each story my siblings and I tell about growing up as an Alvick. (And maybe one or two of my character traits.)
8) I played tourist in downtown Seattle for the day, where I realized I know nothing about art. Luckily, my 10-year-old daughter does and kindly guided me through the Seattle Art Museum.
9) I took a trip to Hawaii with my extended family--husband, kids, in-laws, nieces and nephews. Nothing impresses people more than a family of 16 traveling together. While there I realized that I may have Seasonal Affective Disorder--I was happiest just soaking up the sun on the beach. And drinking mai tais. ( Maybe I'm actually suffering from Alcohol Affective Disorder.)
10) Looking back on 2012 I think that I had a pretty good year. Nothing monumental happened, no life changing events, just a bunch of happy little blips that kept me getting up every day, sometimes even with a smile on my face. I mean, you can't have lunch at Burgerville every day.