First off, I finished my Master's Degree (in English)! That was a huge one. Someone asked me if I learned anything unexpected, and here's what I told them: "I'm not as smart as I thought I was." Now, I'm not down on myself in the smart department. I'm smart, and it makes me happy to be so. But the thesis experience was humbling, and I discovered that I'm not like, a prodigy or anything, and there are limits to how much information I can process in a given amount of time. Basically, I'm not God. And incidentally, I've become way more appreciative of God in the last year--another bit of top-wonderful in 2013.
Molipop was super-good to me this year. I finished my thesis just before business started picking up for the holidays, and I was able to transition into full-time sewing (and all the rest that comes with having a small handmade business). As things slow down for the rest of the year, I'll have to get me some supplemental work, but this season was the perfect follow-up to the triumphant completion of my Master's degree. (I'm really into writing Master's degree, can you tell?)
Christmas with the folks and siblings was really amazing. For the first time in a really long time, we're all generally in good health, and it made being all together that much more pleasant. We went skiing, watched movies, ate lots of good food, visited, and played Ticket to Ride about a hundred times (thanks guys!).