To be frank, 2012 was just not my year and I'm not sad to see it go, but there were still good times. In fact, there were really fantastic times, so I have followed Mayte's lead and complied a list of twelve things that were fantastic about this year. I won't focus on the bad times when I look back on this year, so there's no need to think about them now–or ever again, for that matter. When 2012 makes its exit, its taking its baggage with it.
01. New York, New York
02. Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Year before last, when I was still in Cisco and Melany at UTSA, the above mentioned and Old Crow Medicine Show went on their Railroad Revival Tour, which stopped in Austin. Melany and I desperately wanted to go, but money and time did not permit. We were devastated, to say the least.
BUT THEN last Spring Break, Melany and I heard that there was to be a free screening of the tour's documentary, Big Easy Express, with a short concert from Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe after during SXSW. So I drove to Austin, and then we experienced the best concert ever. Mumford & Sons is literally flawless, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is roughly five million times better live than on record–and that's saying something.
It seems that the best things in life really are free.
03. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Aside from being literally laugh-out-loud hilarious, this book is uplifting and hopeful in the best way. I happened upon it during a time that I was really, really down about school, myself, and life in general, and it was just what I needed. I would call it a godsend, but I'm probably going to hell for reading it. It's so worth it though.
04. Weekend of Buddies, or The Last Hurrah
Regardless of how everything has played out since then, I will always look back on this weekend fondly. We went out with a bang, that's for sure.
05. Regina Spektor's What We Saw From the Cheap Seats
I have always liked Regina Spektor, but I really fell in love with her music this year. (This probably had a lot to do with the fact that I had "Summer in the City" stuck in my head my entire stay in New York (because even though it's about summer, it feels like a winter song).) There is something about her music that is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, and her new album was no exception to this. It is absolutely gorgeous, which is why it's made this list.
Melany, Britny, and I decided to drive to Austin, see the concert, and drive back in one day only made it better.
07. Ben Howard's Every Kingdom
The reason I even found Ben Howard was because my aunt wanted to show everyone this video of a beached whale being eaten by sharks and his song "The Fear" was playing over it. I don't know why that song was put with that video, but I'm glad it was because his music is amazing. I listened to this and Of Monsters and Men's My Head Is An Animal all summer long. It's really great music to run to.
I have a very specific and vivid memory of listening to "Old Pine" during one of my runs, and even though it wasn't a very happy time, this song means all the more because of it. It's my favorite from the album.
08. Seattle Trip of Dreams and Wonder, Part I: Cousins
For a very long time, Julia talked about Seattle. She said she didn't really know what it was (though it probably had something to do with her love of Grey's Anatomy), but she had always wanted to go. I knew I couldn't see Seattle for the first time without Julia, so the two of us planned to go a few days before the Blogger meet-up. I adore my cousin, and it was so fun to take this big trip with her. I hope that we get to take many more together.
09. Seattle Trip of Dreams and Wonder, Part II: Blogger Family
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The book is one of my favorites (honestly, it's everyone's favorite), so when I first heard news that not only was there to be a movie, but Logan Lerman and Emma Watson were to star in it, I was THRILLED. Then, like, two years later, it finally came out. It was well worth the wait though–it is perfection. I have never had a movie affect me the way this one did (like, my friends were kind of worried about me). It's probably the best of all time.
11. The Best Hair Cut Ever
It's stupid, but I felt terrible about myself after that. It was about six months before I got my haircut again because I was emotionally scarred, but was sick of feeling like I looked gross. Then I got the best haircut of my whole life. I'm not even exaggerating. I have never felt so full of myself.
12. The Weekend of Mary's Wedding