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
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.
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!
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:
In June I went to Quebec City for a conference.
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.
And a week later, I flew to Toronto to spend Christmas with my family!
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.
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:
And the kitties continue to be adorable.
- Not sure why this is a surprise to me, as that’s basically how I get anything done in my life. [↩]
- 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. [↩]