You’d have no way to know this, of course, but I feel like I should tell you that I just sat here watching my cursor blink for a good long while. Blink blink. Blink. It’s New Year’s Day 2013…and I find myself with not much to say.

Or too much to say… Endings & Firsts. There’s often a lot to say about endings or firsts, and I’ve seen my fair share of both this year. I’m not sure I know what to do with it all yet. Surely 365 whole days haven’t passed since I wrote about 2011?

I’m reminded of Dr Seuss:

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December’s here before it’s June.
My goodness, how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?



This is the year I turn 30. (Chances are good I’ll mention that again, once or twice, before July gets here.)

I’ve done a Top 10 year-in-review list for the last two years, but this year feels funny for some reason. Maybe it’s just been a heavy year. 2012 was a heavy year for a lot of people…so I feel a little silly being all “yay me 2012!”…but maybe it’s even more important to focus on the good things that happened last year. Yay, dammit! Yay if it kills me! Yay til I’m blue in the face!



Top 10 for ’12

10) A good year for comedy: I saw (You guys!) John Mulaney, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia.

9) Got a record player for Valentine’s Day. The relationship didn’t last, but my newfound obsession with vinyl will.

8) Returned to True/False Film Fest and was incidentally in the same room with an Oscar — for last year’s documentary win, Undefeated.

7) Got to be a part of The Mystery Hour. I wrote things that were on TV. That’s nuts.

6) Jennie & Sean got married in Memphis. I can’t say enough about how wonderful that weekend was. So I’ll just say that.

5) New job!

4) My brother got engaged!

3) New glasses! So excited about the things!

2) I (seriously) got (for real) an iPhone.

1) I drive a Prius now. (And I love it.)

Those are all in chronological order, btw. I didn’t mean to count down to my new material possessions, necessarily…though they are all pretty nifty. They’re also easy things to remember…one day I’m driving a 10-year-old two-door with windows that don’t roll down, and the next day I drive a spaceship. (It feels that way, anyway. The thing has a start button, for crying out loud.)

But I am blessed with lots of good things that aren’t things. Some of you are probably reading this right now, in fact. (You are, aren’t you!)

So all the shitty moments of 2012 can now officially suck it. I’ll try to remember the good things.

I hope you remember your good things, too. And maybe 2013 can be a little lighter, for all of us.

Meanwhile, check out this obnoxiously joyous Joanie Sommers song I discovered on Spotify — so full of 60s spunkiness. Here’s to a new musical mantra. Here’s to a new year. (Yay, dammit!)