Year in Review: 2013

Looking back at some of my favorite posts from 2013, it was a busy year that saw me finishing my list of 101 things in 1001 days.

JanuaryYes

Just Say Yes

I suspected it was risky to get together with Joy on my “say yes to everything” day, and I was right.

“And there it is. Like Brett Favre and Michael Jordan before me, I’ll be coming out of retirement this one last time.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Spam, Spam, Shrimp, and Spam: Spambalaya Jambalaya

FebruaryNYC 16 Comedy Cellar, Greenwich Village

Laughter from a Bright Yellow Sweater

I didn’t like getting picked on by a New York City comedian, but at least I got a good story out of it. (Image by Stuart Ross)

“For some reason lost to history, I was wearing a bright yellow sweater. We’re talking neon. My clothes, like my personality, usually blend in with the background.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Driving Lessons

MarchJimmy and Joe on boat 1979

Hey, Raw Meat!

My dad and his best friend Jimmy were an amazing pair, and when you throw in raw clams and cancer, you have a great story to tell.

“Jimmy and my dad played a lot of poker together, and when one of them bet on a losing hand and had to flip over his cards, the other would shout: ‘He’s raw meat!’ Eventually they called each other ‘Raw Meat’ and then just ‘Meat’ all the time.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: When the lights flicker on at the Parthenon

AprilDraw My Life by Marcy

Draw My Life, Please

I had fun telling my life story through bad drawings on a dry erase board.

“College was awkward too, but less so. I found a group of friends in, of all things, the hang gliding club. We would push old, loose gliders up a hill and try to fly down, sometimes taking flight for a few exhilarating moments.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Short. Ponytail. Wearing black.

MaySnake whisky in Laos

Getting the Strength of a Cobra in Laos

I drank snake whiskey in Laos (in 2009).

“When I need a little bit of courage, I can call upon a secret weapon, an ace in the hole, or rather a snake up my sleeve. Somewhere deep in my cells I have the strength of a cobra, and I can use this during those times when I hesitate to enter a roomful of people, when I have to take that step off a cliff, when I am scared to do something on my own. I know that at that moment I have to say ‘chok de’ and throw it back.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: American Fried Rice and Mother’s Day Brunch

June#10 Document one month of my life

A Month in the Life: 300 photos in 2 Minutes

I took hundreds of photos to document the month of June. It was annoying, but made for a cool video. Somehow life looks more interesting in rapid-fire photos.

“My sons are on the brink of manhood, which makes the mundane bits and pieces of our lives – an egg sandwich prepared for Father’s Day, an Impressionist painting for a school project, a new account for a very first paycheck — all the more poignant.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: The Incredibly Shrinking Tick

JulyMarcy and Ben Wii boxing

Getting Beat by the Blind Kid with Cerebral Palsy

My blind nephew beats me at video games.

“His seventeen years have been punctuated by painful operations. He has faced each one with courage and grace, hardly complaining, occasionally admitting that it doesn’t feel so great to have been dealt this hand. But his sly smile and hearty laughter show up more often than his complaints.”  (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Confronting the Abyss at Trapeze School New York

AugustDead Woman's Pass

Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass

The toughest thing I did all year was hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and on the toughest day, I managed to get lost on a trail that only goes one way.

“We hiked up and up and up for hours, often climbing the roughly hewn rocks like a steep staircase. Getting to Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,800 ft. (4,215 m) proved to be a monumental struggle.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

Septemberzorbing

Zorbing: A Gigantic Hamster Ball and the Meaning of Life

Having to roll down a hill in a plastic ball got me reflecting on whether it’s worth it to complete 101 things in 1001 days. Yeah, it’s worth it.

“What is zorbing? Picture a gigantic hamster ball. Insert a woman who is worried she will vomit. Strap her in, and cue the soundtrack: ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.’ Roll her, ass over teakettle, down a bumpy hill.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Well, did you ever milk a cow?

Octoberkilling a chicken

A Chicken Experience

As a meat eater, I felt it was important to face where my food comes from, and I attended a workshop to learn how to raise and slaughter backyard chickens.

“We gathered in a semicircle and watched in somber silence as the farmer demonstrated how to kill a chicken.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Greensleeves and the F.U. Sharp

Novemberlearning to juggle

Bar Juggling Scene

I had a blast making a juggling video, and I was relieved to be able to keep those balls in the air.

“Learning to juggle, even at my beginner status, was very satisfying. I am hopelessly uncoordinated, and it really seemed like I wasn’t going to be able to get the hang of juggling at all. (It’s as if there’s some force working to pull the balls down out of the air).” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Size Does Matter: Little Trees and Stonehenge

December101 things in 1001 days collage

Completed: 101 Things in 1001 Days

I am very excited that I completed my list of 101 things in 1001 days, and I am looking forward to some new challenges. I confess a nagging worry that I will never think of another thing to write about, but I’m almost positive that won’t be the case.

“My list took me to Manhattan for a flying trapeze, Philly for a cheesesteak, Costa Rica on my own. I drank cow’s milk straight from a teat, got a (fake) bottle smashed over my head, jumped off a cliff.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Of course my husband wants a pink, purple, and turquoise scarf

As I look forward to 2014, I am feeling a little list-less (but not at all listless). I wonder what adventures are ahead for me now that I completed my list of 101 things in 1001 days.

I appreciate my readers for the support you’ve given me throughout the year. Thank you.

  Year in Review 2012 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 writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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22 Responses to Year in Review: 2013

  1. You done good :-) It was a YEAR and a half. I think I’m glad it’s OVER. Hugs!
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  2. Barbara says:

    Great recap! Hope you have a great New Year.
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  3. Shannon says:

    Wow! What a year! It’s funny that the “Hey, Raw Meat!” one totally stuck with me. I don’t know why above all the others. Maybe it’s that picture that does the trick. :)
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  4. I was looking for your superhero cape, but then thinking about it, I guess Wonder Woman doesn’t wear one.

    The amount of fascinating and extraordinary things you come up with to try – and your tenaciousness in carrying them out, is only exceeded by the witty way you relate them in words, photos, and video. I stand (actually, I’m sitting) in awe of you.
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    • Marcy says:

      That’s so kind of you to say, Beverly–thank you. I’m feeling a little lost all of a sudden without my list to guide me, but I am also sure that new challenges will come along. Happy new year!

  5. Natalie says:

    This is so amazing, Marcy. To see it all together like that just reminds me how glad I am to have met you through yeah write. :)
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  6. Jen says:

    Wow, you’ve done so much! How did you put the photo/video together?
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  7. Stacie says:

    What a fun idea to highlight your favorite posts, Marcy! You had quite the year. I’ve had fun reading about all of your interesting “things,” many of which I’d NEVER do ;)

  8. Kat says:

    My draw my life made it into my top 12 too. Those were fun to do! Love your recap!
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  9. Lala Rukh says:

    Look at you ! So many amazing posts you have written…Carved this blog with your blood, eh ? ;) :P Your blog is wonderful place ! Really enjoyed reading this one and i ll read all your posts from the whole year now :) Much Love xx

  10. I not only like this recap, I think the way you formatted the post looks great.
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  11. I wish I were better at recapping. I think it’s such a valuable exercise for the liver/writer and it’s fun for the reader!

    Hope 2014 is just as amazing for you!
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