Year in Review: 2012

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As 2012 winds down, I review some of the fun I had on my blog this year; I became quite a bit less timid and squeamish.

Year in Review: 2012

Tiger in ThailandJanuary

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies in Cages with Tigers

I shared the story behind petting tigers in Thailand with my children (in 2009) after getting some questions about the tiger photo in my header.

“With my heart pounding, I slowly reached out and petted its soft, luxurious fur. The guide gave it a hearty pat, smiling and relaxed, encouraging us not to be too timid around it. The tiger lifted its head, looked around. It tilted its head skyward in a big yawn, its teeth rising up, large perfect gravestones.” (Continue reading)


If You Give a Mom a Blog

This quick, light-hearted post about some of the things I’ve made my teenagers do for my blog really seemed to touch a nerve. Many blogging moms shared their own thoughts in the comments.

“If you give a mom a blog, she’s going to want to put your picture on the Internet. Then she’ll probably get you to drink a smoothie made of spinach, and she’ll convince you to eat guacamole ice cream, too.” (Continue reading)


Sleepers: 10 more movies you’ve never seen, but should

I recommended 10 more movies that you may not have ever seen.

“An advertising executive suffers from writer’s block while trying to write an ad for pimple cream; it’s bad enough when a giant boil forms on his shoulder, but when it starts talking to him, things get really strange.” (Continue reading)


47 Years of Great Rock: You Say It’s Your Birthday

This video and post celebrates some of the music I love that came out during my 47 years. I enjoy listening to the changes in rock music as it moves through time.

“Hop on a 13-minute journey through the history of rock and roll. Starting with the classic rock of the Who in 1965, you’ll hear hard rock, psychedelia, roots rock, Southern rock, funk, punk, new wave, a quick nod to disco, eighties pop, grunge, indie rock, and beyond….” (Continue reading)


Just Do it Backwards

I wrote about my tennis “career,” progressing from super-klutz to someone who can somewhat keep the ball in play.

“I bend my knees, arch my back, twist, a slingshot pulled back; for one frozen moment, I’m still as the tennis ball rises in the air. The spring uncoils: reaching high, I connect with the ball and send it hurtling to the corner of the service box. My opponent gets a piece of her racquet on it, but sends it into the net.” (Continue reading)

The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockJune

Begrudgingly Intrigued Teenagers and J. Alfred Prufrock

Memorizing 131 lines of a T.S. Eliot poem proved to be much less difficult than following my backward-walking husband in the yard while trying to recite them. And the two videos? This was a case of the blooper reel being much more enjoyable than the real thing.

“Back then, we had no Google ready to solve any mystery in 0.24 seconds; we were on our own. Their teenage minds could identify with being a specimen on a pin, with a ‘tedious argument of insidious intent,’ with mermaids who didn’t sing to them. Even if they didn’t understand it, they got it.” (Continue reading)


My Burning House

What objects would you save from your burning house?

“Ireland painting: My parents had this painting made by a friend based on photos from their trip to Ireland; during my own trip to Ireland with my family after my parents had died, I saw the same landscapes and felt I was there with them.” (Continue reading)


Pura Vida: Traveling Alone to Costa Rica

My solo trip to Costa Rica was so empowering and exhilarating, with amazing adventures thrown in.

“Rappelling, whitewater river rafting, zip lining: These adventures were scary and crazy fun, but they also helped me to realize something. I am a different person than I was when I started blogging, when I found it so difficult to go somewhere on my own or try something new.” (Continue reading)


Fifty Shades of Mud: My Rugged Maniac Race Report

It was pretty special to make it through the Rugged Maniac, a 5K mud run. And they had beer.

“Crawling in mud on my hands and knees while ducking under barbed wire on a chilly Massachusetts morning isn’t usually my idea of fun, but it turned out to be a blast.” (Continue reading)

zombie makeoverOctober

Apocalypse Soon: I Became a Zombie at the Doomsday Fair

People were divided on whether getting a zombie makeover should count toward my 101 things task to get a makeover. I ate the brains of any dissenters.

“We were at the Doomsday Fair, and the timing was eerie. Hurricane Sandy headed for Connecticut, and local news stations amped up the horror of an October storm one year after the ‘Storm of the Century’ caused record-breaking power outages (and outrages)  across the state. It was a perfect storm to be afraid, very afraid.” (Continue reading)

Don't Be Too Timid and Squeamish GraffitiNovember

Graffiti to the Rescue: I Tagged My Garage

November saw me hit some sort of critical mass in terms of my blog becoming merged with my psyche: I painted my blog name on my garage, started vlogging about anything and everything, and got my own theme song based on my blog’s name.

“I complained to my husband about our peeling, rotting garage doors. His reply: ‘So fix them.’ I gave him a confused look and explained: ‘It’s my job to point out things that need to be fixed and your job to fix them.’” (Continue reading)

rage comicDecember

Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at Rage Comics

I was heartened by the comments from most of the readers of this post: They don’t get rage comics either. Take that, teenage boys!

“And then there are rage comics. I don’t get them! You know how when you have to explain a joke, it’s not funny? Well, these poor kids of mine try and try to explain. Why do the faces of the characters switch? Why are crappy drawings used on purpose? What’s the joke?” (Continue reading)

Thanks to the readers who have helped to make this such a great year! I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring.

Best Shots — a review of my favorite photos from the year

About Marcy

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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9 Responses to Year in Review: 2012

  1. Found you through Mama Kat (don’cha just love her?). Just read “If you give a mom a blog…” So true. Shouldn’t we make our kids and husbands sign waivers before we start blogging? Like, that they should give up all rights to any privacy in photo, video or print? Sounds perfectly fair to me! Looking forward to going back to reading the rest of your 2012 “best of”s!

  2. Tori Nelson says:

    What a year of adventure! Stopping by from MK’s, Tori

  3. My favorite…If You Give a Mom a Blog!

    Also, you definitely are NOT too time and squeamish! I missed the Costa Rica adventure. Amazing!

  4. Jessica says:

    I look to be living your Sept here this next year! My office staff and I are going to be doing the Survival Mud run!! I can’t wait!!! Great recap of the year! Love it!

    Visiting from Mama Kats link up! =)

  5. 2013 will bring something new for sure!

  6. anotherjennifer says:

    I love If You Give a Mom a Blog. Just tweeted it. So glad we could connect via Mama Kat!

  7. Pingback: Less Timid, Less Squeamish: My Second Blogoversary | (Don't Be) Too Timid and Squeamish

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