2023 Year In Review

Another year with very little blogging means that I’m relying mostly on photos to even remember what I did this year! It was a fairly uneventful year, but with a few big highlights.

My New Hobbies

Stand up comedy class showcase

The number one highlight of the year for me was learning how to do stand-up comedy. I took a class in Sept/Oct that culminated in a showcase at the comedy club in New West on Fri, Oct. 13. It ended up being so much more work than I could have imagined to put together my 5 minute set, that I ended up behind on a bunch of other work, so I didn’t get to dedicate much time to writing or open mics for the rest of the fall. A few of my comedy classmates have been really good as consistently writing and getting out to open mics, but I discovered that I’m not good at getting out there spontaneously – I really need it in my calendar1. So I’ve decided to set myself an open mic schedule and get dedicated comedy writing time into my calendar. I did do an open mic while visiting my family in Toronto and it was super fun.

Beth at Maracas Inc Open Mic

I also learned how to crochet. I’m still just doing the basics, but I feel like it’s a good idea to do lots of practice of some basic stuff to really get the hang out of before I start branching out to newer/more challenging things. I do want to try crocheting a stuffed animal though, so I think that will be a goal for the new year!

Travel

I did a fair bit of travelling, most of it in the last two months of the year. I actually didn’t go anywhere until my annual Wine Bitches trip to the Okanagan in May:

Dinner at Elma
Me and my friends at a winery

In June I went to Quebec City for a conference.

Le Château Frontenac

And then I hopped over to Toronto to visit my family.

In November I got to go to Ottawa for some board meetings, and I tagged on a couple of vacation days beforehand so I could go hang out with Sarah and her family. I hadn’t been to her house since the Before Times, so her kids were so much bigger than the last time I saw them. And I got to meet her new kitties!

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to go to a conference in Manila, Philippines in December. I’ve never been to the Philippines before and I haven’t been on a flight nearly that long since I went to Australia in 2016. I could have gotten a direct flight from Vancouver to Manila, but it was $800 more than flying to San Francisco and then going to Manila, and since I was flying on behalf of a non-profit professional organization, I took the latter option.

APEA Conference
Me with some colleagues at the conference
Beth at the lecturn of the majority speaker at the Philippines Parliament
We visited the Philippines Parliament and they let us take photos, so here’s me at the lectern of the house majority leader.
Beautiful greenery in Manila

And a week later, I flew to Toronto to spend Christmas with my family!

Health

Because I’m old, I seem to always need a “Health” category in my year-in-review posting. This year I managed to amputate part of my finger and get elbow bursitis (both of which I actualy blogged about) and catch COVID-192. I also got my laser eye surgery done in September.

Wearing big dark glasses after my laser eye surgery

Other Stuff

Other than that, it was all the usual things this year: work, teaching, weightlifting, hockey. My summer hockey team won our division, so that was cool:

Summer League Division Champions 2023

And the kitties continue to be adorable.

Raven, a black cat, sitting under a blanket
Watson, a tabby cat, sitting on top of the fridge
Black cat with a teddy bear in a cat tree
Watson, a tabby cat, lying in the hallway
Watson, a tabby cat, and Raven, a black cat, sitting on the kitchen counter

  1. Not sure why this is a surprise to me, as that’s basically how I get anything done in my life. []
  2. This was my first time with COVID where I had a positive COVID test. I’m reasonably sure I had it in Feb 2020 in NYC, but that was so early in the pandemic, there were no tests available yet. []

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