2013 in Review

2013 ended up being a pretty eventful year, especially compared to the never-ending 2012:

Moved from Carrboro to Greenville.
Christopher graduated and got a job, so we packed up and headed east. Coastal North Carolina isn't the most exciting location, but leaving the cancer center and finding a two-bedroom has been positive overall. It helps knowing that neither of us hopes to be here forever.

Summited five state high points and one territory.
Christopher and I are highpointers, which means we make a sport out of traveling to the highest natural point in each of the fifty states. We started the year by grabbing Cerro de Punta in Puerto Rico, our second US territory, then continuing to collect east-of-the-Mississippi states, including Brasstown Bald, GA; Sassafras Mountain, SC; Spruce Knob, WV; Hoye-Crest, MD; Mount Davis, PA.

Kittens took up residence on our porch.
I left the door to our bike closet open one night in September, and Mittens the stray cat crawled inside and gave birth to Chocolate Chips and Curious. The cat family stayed on our back porch through the end of October before mysteriously disappearing. We think that a neighbor saw the kittens and adopted them. Wherever they are, I hope they're safe and warm!

Read twenty books.
I'm still under my goal of two per month, but over my 2012 final count of sixteen. This was also the first year since leaving graduate school that I've cracked open a music book, and getting back into the habit feels good.

I also blogged, started yoga, saw a few operas, attended the national musicology conference, and found places to bike in a very unbikeable town. I hope 2014 will bring more new discoveries.


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