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Posted on Dec 31, 2012 in Dear Diary | 15 comments

Preparing for 2013

I know. You’re back to work on this horrible day-before-yet-another-holiday (just like I am) and perusing a few of your favorite blogs, only to find that each one is pretty much focused on the same thing: New Year’s. And, more specifically, New Year’s resolutions. Well, I’m gonna break it to you now, just so you don’t get mad at me later, but this post is also New Year’s themed. But! I also gotta say… I’m kind of over New Year’s resolutions.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they can be great. If there really is one person out of every 100 who sticks to their guns and actually gets back to the gym or quits smoking or finally loses that last XX amount of pounds, then that’s amazing! Champagne for everyone! But. There are still those other 99 people who have made a resolution, broken it by the 3rd day/week/month, and then give up for the rest of the year. And that? Not so bueno.

I mean, you are talking to the queen of resolutions. Every December 31st between 2001 and 2010, I would make sweeping declarations to lose weight, get slim, reprogram my oh-so-horrible life. And what happened? I got fatter and more unhealthy every year. Until, randomly, AUGUST of 2010 — not January — when I started this very blog. And, well, you guys know the rest, hehe.

So instead of focusing on all the things I wish and hope and pray and want to happen in 2013 like, yes, finally losing these last 15 – 20 pounds, getting back to the gym/some kind of regular exercise, reinvigorating my love for cooking at home and healthifying meals, I’m going to focus on all the things that I KNOW are happening in 2013. And that I am so frackin’ excited for, I can’t stand it. (I feel I should state, just so there isn’t any confusion or witch hunting, that I’m not saying I won’t be working towards any of those aforementioned goals — I’m just not going to make some arbitrary date-related proclamation and then pansy out on it if I fail after a few weeks, hahaha.)

2013 is shaping up to the most exciting year for the Powell family yet, because there is a LOT of ish going down. Like, I’m getting a little tired just THINKING about how much stuff there is. So! Let’s start chronologically, shall we?

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January brings the baby shower for my gorgeous niece-to-be, as well as Sean’s and my 1-year anniversary!

Preggo Jenny!

March brings the BIRTH of said beautiful baby, which is just so exciting I want to die. Judging by the amount of baby crap I’ve already bought the little fetus, I AM GOING TO BE THE BEST AUNT EVER. Bahahaha.

Then, of course, April brings… MY TWENTY-FIFTH BIRTHDAY!! Now, I know that there are probably a lot of you out there rolling your eyes at this, but if you know me at all, you know how much I love my birthday. Chalk it up to years of being the youngest person in my class/grade/school year (I skipped 2nd grade because I was just sooooooooo smart, hahahaha) but I just do. I just love it. Love it, love it, love it. And I like to celebrate in style, as those of you who were here to witness my recap of my Harry Potter-themed birthday party can attest. Of course, 25 is an even bigger deal than 24, and thus needs a theme of its own. So prepare yourselves for…



Yep, my 25th birthday party is going to be Hunger Games-themed and there’s absolutely nuttin’ you can do about it. 😀

Still so proud of myself for taking this shot, hehe.

A-hem. Moving on… May brings another joyous family occasion: my brother’s wedding! I’m a bridesmaid, no big thang ::dusts off shoulder:: and it’s going to be awesome. You guys already know how much I love weddings, and the fact that it’s my own brother’s only means it’s going to be amazing-er.


So I actually just recently learned that June will likely entail a trip to the sprawling green hills of Ireland! Sean’s good friend is getting married in Cork, Ireland, and I am THRILLED because I’ve never been. Squeeee! Not so sure how I’ll feel about the local cuisine, but I do love beer. Beer-y beer beer.

Mom and me in Neskowin, OR, circa 1993-ish?

And then comes July, where a giant, enormous, humongous, gargantuan Powell family reunion is set to take place on the Oregon Coast. This reunion has been in the works for over a year, so I know it’s going to be boss, and I’m really excited to see family members that I literally have not seen in years. The last time I was in Oregon (my dad is from Salem), I think I was… oh man, I don’t even know. 14, maybe? I am the youngest cousin of my generation on my dad’s side, so it’s always fun to see everyone’s eyes bug-out when they realize I’m not 10 anymore, hehehe.


And finally, as if all of what’s listed above wasn’t enough, I have this little thing called a second book to write and publish. Hehehe. Not to worry, I’m already hard at work on book 2, but it still does get just a little overwhelming when I try to think about squeezing in hours of writing between all the other exciting, monumental things happening in two-oh-one-three.

PHEW! See? I wasn’t kidding when I said there was a lot to look forward to… and that only stretches the first half of the year!! But obviously I couldn’t be more thrilled that my family has so much going on, and I am really excited to get 2013 started. Tonight Sean is taking me to The Melting Pot to ring in the end of 2012 with boatloads of melted cheese… a fitting celebration, if I do say so myself.

Happy New Year, friends!


  1. You have an exciting year coming up, and I LOVE that you are already planning your quarter quell birthday party! It’s a big one! I had a midlife crisis birthday that year and got a nose ring…lol It only lasted 6 weeks.
    I wish you all the best in the New Year, and hope that it is your best one yet!

  2. Sounds like an epic year. Although I’m afraid that you can’t be the BEST AUNT EVER! because I already am (I kid!). Being an aunt is fabulous, it’s a really strange feeling, how much you can love a baby that you really didn’t have anything to do with making! Also a niece! The nephew was supposed to be a niece but had us all fooled! Good luck, I’m sure that you’ll love it! I’m so over birthdays…I have a very big one this year, but I hope yours is awesome!
    If you’re going to be across the water in Ireland, you might as well pop over to the UK, no? London is the best city in the world! Ok, so I’m a little biased but if you can fit it in, you should and food in Ireland is pretty good, maybe not for your waistline but I’ve never had a bad meal in Ireland, even if family members were cooking it, also not just Guinness, whiskey…the water of life! Happy New Year!

  3. Sounds like a good year ahead. Mine isn’t nearly so exciting, but I hope it’ll have more good memorable moments than bad. Happy New Year!

  4. With such a big year ahead typical resolutions seem petty. Sounds like you will be full of fun and excitement all around. It will be fun to see all the joy you have this year after some of the stress you’ve had this year.

  5. Holy crapadoodle you’re dad is from Salem?! I’m from Salem (currently in pdx). Small world. Your year sounds amazing! Also, any excuse to be on the Oregon Coast is a good one 🙂

  6. I cannot wait to read all your blog posts about all of your 2013 events. Btw being an auntie is pretty much the best thing ever!

    Happy New Year Gretchen!

    BTW read your book. loved it…write faster. I will reread in the meantime!

  7. I have been a total stalker of your blog for quite awhile now but I just had to chime in. My husband’s family is from Cork and depending where you are going, I can give you some good tips. I have been 3 times in the last 4 years so my information is quite fresh. Aside from all the other awesome things going on this year for you, you will LOVE Ireland. It is one of the most welcoming and relaxing countries I have visited. Happy New Year!

  8. So, first of all I hope you had the spinach artichoke cheese for me. Just thinking of it makes me smile 🙂 Secondly I agree with Nic I have been to Ireland and while I gained a few pounds the food was delicious! You are going to have such an amazing year and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Happy New Year Gretchen!

  9. Oh you are totally going to LOVE Ireland.. the food is amazing 🙂 Find a place that has Boxty (they are Irish potato pancakes).. it will change your life!

  10. I’m so excited to read your book! As soon as I finish 11/22/63 by Stephen King, yours is next. Oh wait, I did make that New Year’s resolution to read some non-fiction too. Why do I do that?

    • Non-fiction, non-schmiction! I live in an almost entirely fictional world.

      Er, that came out wrong. But you know what I mean! 🙂 I will say if you’re looking for some awesome nonfiction (and haven’t already read them), I do recommend Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. Clearly you can see the kind of nonfiction I tend to stray towards, hehehe.

      • Great suggestions. Mindy Kaling is hilarious. Thanks!

  11. Way to go…keeping it steady through the toughest time of the year is a real accomplishment. And getting back on the wagon and Going For It is great!

  12. Your mom is totally rocking the 1990’s mom look. My mom wore it well, too.

    Sounds like 2013 will be a great year for you!

  13. I’m obsessed with your Quarter Quell idea! So brilliant! And speaking of dystopian novels, I can’t wait to get to Florida this weekend when I will FINALLY get my copy of Terra from my mom! And in anticipation, I’m taking Enders Game on the plane with me :).


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