My desire is to live life "deliberately". 2012 was a great year because I changed in some significant ways.
Oh, since I wrote in my journal 271 days out of 365 (something like 74.25% of the time), that means this year's "quick recap" can no longer be termed "quick". But I digress...
Showed Brooke how to do New York "right"; went undefeated in Canasta against Brenda (Canasta is a lot like the Bridge except it requires no math, no skill, and you can learn it and 20 minutes and beat someone who's been playing their whole life); had some questions I created go viral at speed dating; Jesse and Brenda came to Philly and tasted the magic of Amish pretzels and cheese steaks; had a "Loaded Questions goodbye" with the imitable Clint Long; said goodbye forever to an ex and we're both better off because of it; went to some institute classes; progressed a lot at work; ate a lot of Lomo Saltado; went to the temple more consistently than I've ever done before; loved a girl; learned a lot about mental (un)health; kicked it with Katie Lumen in New York; asked a few girls out; got asked out a few times; went back to where I was born; went to trivia night at a bar and hated it; had some friend sleepovers (different beds, again); saw Elder Jensen of the presidency of the Seventy speak; had some prayers answered in miraculous ways; mourned the loss of Whitney; I met Alex Bogusky and Stefan Sagmeister at a start up pitch conference where Umar Haique told me I did a bad job; went to the MOMA a bunch; went to the Burger Joint a bunch; did two dates in one day; confessed to licking someone's eyeball; had a picnic in the lobby of the Ace Hotel; saw an armless man play the drums; got yelled at for sitting on a fake cow in Chelsea Market; broke into the Sheep's Meadow in Central park; kissed two girls; fell asleep and got called out for it during Jessica Hische's talk at FIT (sorry Jessica!); tried to watch the sunrise; finally built a apparatus so my bed is inhabitable in summer/winter (no more sleeping on the floor!); went to the Hamptons went to did temple work for my ancestors; heard Elder porter speak; used my priesthood; went to Jaewon's wedding; learned to use GitHub; found out McCall is addicted to Doritos Tacos Loco; went to some Skillshare classes; took a nap in the "Whale Room" of the Natural History museum; Juventus won the Scudetto; walked the Highline a bunch of times; went to Tom Sach's Mars exhibit at the Armory; went to the ER at 1am because of a rice pudding-filled empenada, but left because they were taking forever; started and stopped drinking Kombucha; Went to the reception of Matthew and Nicole Williams; learned from Matthew and Nicole Williams that I CAN be friends with people even after they get married; spoke on Mothers Day; taught primary once; met the 1998 Tennessee Walking Horse world champion; went to portland Oregon; attended my first and last bachelor party (that is actually not as true as I wish it was); watched Andy Laugenour get married and was sort of OK with it; went to Bethany Beach; broke up on a train; took the Brooklyn Water Taxi; cat-sat a hairless cat and administered seizure medication; had a "hotel-over" with Andy in New York at the Standard in Cooper Square; rode the Staten Island Ferry; lost a hackathon; made some websites; had a "hotel-over" with Brooke at the Ace Hotel (I recommend it); went on a few four-stop dinners; had a lot of "mekends"; had another "Loaded Questions goodbye", this time for Ollie Wallis before he went to Ireland (but he came back!); saw Beasts of the Southern Wild twice; saw the Coney Island hotdog eating competition and lost faith in America; went to Governor's Island; discovered the "sesame pancake" at prosperity Dumpling; ate a few McFlurrys; went to Crystal Cave with Dane and McCall, crushed them in minigolf, and then went to Daniel Boone's homestead all in one day; went to paris; saw the Musée d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower; went to Geneva, Switzerland, saw the Jetty and had a McRoyale with cheese; went to Montpellier, France and finished the Book of Mormon on the shores of the Mediterranean (then realized the beach I was at was a "top-tional" beach); had duck and fois gras; drove across France 1.5 times in three days; went to Barcelona, Spain and saw the Sagrada Familia; saw Arturo and Rebecca Gutierrez, the prado, and watched McCall and Dillon gorge themselves on churros in Madrid, Spain; went to Toledo, Spain and missed our train back; went to Fashion Night Out; went to Boston and Vermont for Jon Campbell Copp's wedding; helped Brenda move; spoke in the Harlem ward and instagrammed a picture from the stand; was accused on Facebook of creating "perverted websites"; finally joined a gym and began to exercise; saw the Texans whip up on the Jets (TEBOW!); got a root canal and a crown lengthening (the crown lengthening was 10x worse); hosted a Kate Greubel visit; watched Rob move out; watch Rob move back in; watched Rob move back out; was seduced by the scent of a woman; lived through Sandy; delivered a pigeon into the arms of its executioner; got addicted to cornbread (consumed it 20 times in 30 days); quit corn bread cold turkey; watched a lot of cop-dramas; saw the amazing Extreme Raptors show with pat Koelling and Skyler Stevenson; went back to Fire Island; had all my Kinder Eggs confiscated at customs; waded in Walden pond; watched McCall crush it at soccer; had some tough family conversations; said goodbye to the only grandma I had left; watched Adventure Time with Dillon and McCall; helped clean up the Rockaways; realized that Caitlin Nobile is me in the past; had Ledo's pizza again; saw the Eagles lose, again; helped give Dillon the Melchizedek priesthood; wrote an epistle on how to make a make out play list; went to South Carolina to see Tanner graduate; checked out Charleston, South Carolina (verdict: cool, but inferior to New Orleans); took a carriage ride; finally tried Zaxby's fried chicken; was able to take care of my brother Tyson; explored the Greenwood Cemetery in the rain; went to some horrid parties.
A linked title connotes my endorsement.
I have no idea, but I hope it looks something like this:
In 2013, I am going to create and do things that help people.