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Capturing December Days 21-31 and 2012 in review

Here follows the final batch from the “Capturing December” challenge and then some reminiscence about the year 2012.

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21- Peace: Pigeon -> Dove = symbol of peace. Anyone here still remember Bill, my desktop origami pigeon? He was a feature in the early days of this blog. He is now taking a well-deserved retirement in a box on my shelf due to becoming a bit manky.
Can anyone tell me why a dove is the symbol of peace anyway? I’ve hardly ever seen less peaceful birds. They’re always fighting and chasing each other! 😉

22- Tradition: We don’t have any. But we did bake these traditional Dutch cookies. It’s supposed to be speculoos (“speculaas”), but ours don’t look much like the traditional ones, because we don’t bother with patterns and prettiness and then they were spoiled further by my non-existent icing skills. They taste good though! 🙂

23- Scarf: Yesssss, come here my obnoxiously bright scarf. Yes, we loves you.

24- Favourite part of Christmas Eve: Doing the dishes. Yes, that was sarcasm. My mother is trying her best to convert me into a good housewife and I’m just as adamant that it ain’t gonna happen. So she constantly tries to teach me how to do these things, but I’m just not getting better at it. 😉 No, honestly there was nothing else to picture. Christmas Eve was so boring: I did the dishes and then to get away from the obnoxiously cheerful people on TV, I got on the laptop and went on Tumblr and then, having waded through everyone saying “Merry Christmas” (and “Happy Hogswatch” in the case of my fellow Discworld fans) I played RuneScape for the rest of the evening. Pathetic, I know.

25- Morning: This was supposed to be before going to church, but actually it was after coming back from church. I wanted to take a pic before going, but I was late as usual. I’m absolutely always late getting ready for church and then my father gets annoyed and then I get annoyed because there’s lots of time, but he insists that we have to be there at least half an hour beforehand for no reason and I’m making us late for being early. And we live about three minutes from church. I’m not good at being hurried up. 😛

26- Grateful: I’m grateful for getting presents, even though there are financial crises the world over. I’d didn’t get any Christmas presents, because I got everything early. 😛 That’s the thing with having your birthday close to Christmas, you always get combo presents. Anyway, my 21st birthday present and 2012-Christmas present was that eReader. I’ve had it about a month now. And a couple of weeks ago I was in a bookstore and I meant to buy myself that new origami book when my mother said she’ll pay, so that ended up being my other Christmas present. Also pictured: the nougat that was my Christmas treat (I love nougat!) and my toes. I’m grateful that I have toes as well, or else I’d have trouble walking! 😉

27- Night time: Oh, everyone wants a picture of my lamp-post– Oh look! There’s the full moon! I don’t know why the lamp looks green, because it is really yellowish.

28- Words: The Christmas words. 🙂 Luckily that was verse read out in church on Christmas, or I’d never have found it. I’m so bad at Bible-verses, I always forget the numbers and then I can’t find anything. It’s Matthew 2, by the way.

29- Sky view: Oh, everyone wants yet another picture of my lamp-post. I’ve looked at that lamp-post every single morning for the past 21 years. 😆

30- Your winter wonderland: I’d don’t have one, so I can’t picture it, sorry. 😛

31- Fun: Every holiday we build a jigsaw puzzle. I wouldn’t really call it fun, especially not that one. It was so hard to figure out if a piece actually goes where it fits. Mostly we take turns declaring firmly that there are definitely some pieces missing and I cheer if we find one we thought was missing and then I feel stupid for cheering alone. 😉


And that’s everything for this challenge! I really enjoyed doing it. It gave me something to do and focus on, because like most other people that worked all year I can’t wait for a break and then when the break comes I feel at loose end. Then I don’t know what to do with myself and I become miserable. That it is Christmas as well never helps. I hate all the Christmas carols playing in shops. I hate the sickening materialism. I hate all the cheerful and excited people on TV. And I hate this loud party going on outside. No, that mostly had nothing to do with the previous statement. 😛 I wish that there would be a sudden rainstorm so that this party will get soaked and all of their firecrackers as well. I hate firecrackers. Not only do they keep everyone else who is not at the party awake, but there are always way too many reports after New Year of children and pets being mangled and killed by crackers. It’s supposed to be illegal for civilians to set off fireworks in a residential area, but people don’t listen. Sigh.


And then… I received my 2012 annual stats report from the WordPress stats helper monkeys this morning.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 57,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 13 Film Festivals.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love these reports (I’m a stat-nerd), so I thought I’d share. I remember being really proud of my report at the end of last year. Little did I know that only two weeks after that everything would change… Freshly Pressed. Blogging was never the same, never the same unnoticed activity again.

2012 was thus the year of learning to fly in blogging. At the end of last year I was only a chick flapping its little stumps. Maybe I can flutter short distances by now.

2012 was the year of graduating. I finished my degree. I haven’t got the papers to prove it yet, but I did get the letter. It was also the year that I learned I did the wrong degree. Not wrong as such, nothing that would impede future plans, I only learned more about myself. I should have studied straight English and not bothered with every else as well. I’d have much less stress and I’m not going to use any of the other stuff. But regrets achieve nothing. Someday maybe I will find out why I studied so many extra things as well. Nothing happens by chance anyway.

2012 was the year of fangirling. I learned to fangirl properly. For most of the year, it has been the build-up to The Hobbit and then it finally happened. We had two years of looking forward to it and being without that date in your mind feels strange. 😉

2012 was the year of decisions. What am I going to do next year? Work? Study? I decided to stay on at university for one more year to do post-grad English, by the way and I’m very happy and excited about this.

Tonight is a new beginning. I have just reached a 711 day writing streak on I’m researching my novel. I’m working on a “Today in Middle-earth” series. I’m reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because I can’t read just one book at a time. 😉


What did 2012 mean to you? What did you achieve? What is different from last year?

It is now 5 minutes to midnight and I am now leaving to continue a little tradition of mine. I always read at midnight on New Year’s Eve and this year I am going to try and expand on that by taking a picture as close to midnight as I possibly can. 🙂


Happy New Year!


8 responses

  1. What awesome digital pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    January 1, 2013 at 00:46

    • Yes, Photoshop is wonderful.

      January 1, 2013 at 16:01

      • That is true!

        January 1, 2013 at 20:59

  2. Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2013 at 04:55

    • And the same to you! 😀

      January 2, 2013 at 13:54

  3. It was nice but I guess I had read this post before. Or, might be, a post similar to this. Or, might be, just seem this post and didn’t read at that time because this email was still in my inbox instead of the blogging folder.

    This post was also nice. But, dishes doesn’t always means a housewife. It can mean the skill for not being dependent on anyone. Everyone (including males and females) should know how to wash clothes, how to cook, how to clean dishes, how to clean room, how to make yourself and your room presentable, how to get children ready etc. because no one knows in which situation he might be. Might be some day you are totally alone at your house. Then cooking and cleaning dishes will help a lot.

    I enjoyed the day 26, the last paragraph before the annual report and the graduation paragraph a lot.

    Now, it’s tooooo late to tell how anyone spent his 2012. If I had been able to read it the time you posted it, then there would have been a possibility for that.

    August 19, 2013 at 04:43

    • It’s quite possible that it’s familiar. There are many of these sorts of posts floating around the internet.
      Don’t pay too much attention to anything that I say about housekeeping. I’m just being facetious. Obviously doing dishes and all those other things are very necessary skills and I can do all of them. Not very skilfully, but I can. I’m just never going to be a housekeeper, like my mother seems to think. It’s so not who I am. 🙂

      August 22, 2013 at 00:28

  4. Sorry for “seem” in the second line. It was ‘seen’. Might be it was my mistake or the mistake of the autocorrection tool of Apple.

    August 19, 2013 at 04:47

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