Hello, 2012

I didn’t have time to do my usual year-end retrospective and New Year planning posts this year. We took a trip to North Carolina to see some friends and visit as many Blackbeard sites as we could find. Pictures are coming, but it was a great trip and we saw roughly the spots where the Queen Anne’s Revenge went down and where Blackbeard was killed. We also visited where his men were imprisoned before hanging, the town where he settled down temporarily when he went “respectable,” and the museum that holds the QAR’s wreckage. We even found time for a trip to the Lost Colony on Roanoke.

All of that took planning and doing, so that’s why we went into Cephalopod mode for a couple of weeks. I’d still like to do some Best of 2011 lists though, so if it’s not too late, I’ll work on those the rest of this week and next. I’ll probably do music and TV this week and spend all next week on movies.

Even though I’m not going to do a long, Looking Forward to 2012 post, I do have one resolution for the New Year. I want to be much more spontaneous about the books I read and things I watch. I’m extremely list-oriented and new things that come out usually get put at the bottom of the list. This year, I’m giving myself permission to bump interesting things to the top of the pile. This is largely inspired by The Hunger Games, which I’m ashamed has taken me so long to get to. I wolfed that book down in two days over vacation and the sequels are on their way to me as I type. I want more experiences like that.


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