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31 Dec, 2013

Looking back at 2013, exactly how a blogger would…

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

I don’t spend a lot of time poking around in my own archives, but sometimes it’s fun to look back. This “year in review” post is something I used to do awhile back, but somehow lost sight of somewhere along the way.

These are the first lines from the first blog post of each month in 2013. If you’re keen, you can read the post in its entirety by clicking on the name of the month. (Interested in playing along? Let me know if you post something similar. I’d love to read it.)

January: “I am fascinated by things, and our attachment to our things. Why are some people hoarders? How are some people able to live out of a suitcase, or in carefully curated minimalist surroundings?”

February: “When I first got my iPhone I spent a lot of time shopping for apps. I was in awe of how many awesome things my phone could suddenly do. I must have downloaded a hundred different little apps, for everything imaginable. And you know what, I never opened most of them every again.”

March: “I would like to preface this post by pointing out how fun it is to say BABA GHANOUSH. Say it out loud a few times: BABA GHANOUSH BABA GHANOUSH BABA GHANOOOOOOOOSH.”

April: “Guess who we saw in the backyard bathing in the sump pump dump the other day? THIS DOOD.”

May: “I wasn’t kidding the other day when I said I licked my plate clean. This challenge has had me thinking about a lot of things, including food waste. When your food options are limited and the cupboard is bare, you can hardly afford spillage. It hasn’t happened, but I’m actually afraid it will.”

June: “Recently…”

July: “This morning we took a loop around the Canada Agriculture Museum (a.k.a The Central Experimental Farm) and the ornamental gardens. You couldn’t ask for a better day weather wise. Plus it was free!”

August: “It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl!”

September: “Someone here at Casa Fishbowl is starting ninth grade tomorrow. I am pretty excited for her. The parent orientation day took place back in January so I’ve had a few months to get accustomed to the idea.”

October: “I am writing this at 3:30 a.m. Piper woke me up. I tried going back to sleep but I found myself with the chorus of “What the Fox Say” so deeply fixed in my brain that I had to get up and do something before I suffocated myself with my own pillow. (“Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”)”

November: “This was the scene when the other night when I played a solo game of Bananagrams…”

December: “You know you love your dog too much when…

2 Responses to "Looking back at 2013, exactly how a blogger would…"

1 | Lynn

January 2nd, 2014 at 10:54 am


I used to do this meme every year, too! Will maybe do it if my opening lines aren’t embarrassingly lame :).

2 | Pearl

January 10th, 2014 at 8:27 pm


I forgot to do this this year.

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