2012 was a weird year for me. We started our year living in London and it sure had an impact on us.
We loved our 14 months in London. We loved the travel and the food (mostly the cheese, bread and chocolate) and all the great people we met. And while we couldn’t bring back the people or the food, we did find some things that stuck with us.
One year ago today, on New Year’s Day, my family and I were on day two of our Doctor Who marathon. I had never watched Doctor Who before but has always been interested in it. So we rented the Doctor Who, Season 1 and started watching. We never looked back. Our family watched ever single new episode of Doctor Who in 2012. We are now officially Whovians.
But Doctor Who wasn’t the only fictional character that dominated my 2012. I read every single Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes story, and even a few written by other people. I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. (I even love the Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes Soundtrack) and we also got hooked on the amazing BBC Sherlock. If I had to choose between Robert Downey Jr or Benedict Cumberbatch, I don’t think I could. That would be like picking between peperoni pizza and a good cheeseburger.
Although I do have to say I love Cumberbatch’s Dr House like portrayal. (Maybe I should be concerned that I relate so well to high functioning, genius, sociopaths.)
But fictional characters were a bit of a theme for me this year. I made a goal at the beginning of the year to average a book a week and read 52 books. Which I managed to do. I’ll have a separate post about that later covering my favorite books of the year.
Coming (Back) to America
So then on July 25th, my 40th birthday, I was laid off work. Happy birthday to me! Don’t worry, this isn’t a pity party and I’m not looking for sympathy. It wasn’t a surprise, I had initiated the discussion that lead to my dismissal and a very generous severance. I was relieved by the decision. It was time to move on. We were sad to leave London earlier than planned, but it was time. Although we sure miss our friends, the travel and the food (mostly the cheese, breads and chocolate).
Then began our transition back to Seattle. It was an amazingly smooth transition. We’re back in Issaquah, just a few blocks from where we lived before and the kids are back at the same schools, we’re at the same church and have the same friends.
After spending a good 3 months trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, (still don’t know BTW) I’m now working at Amazon and I love it. You can read more about that here.
From Digital to Physical
For me the biggest shift actually came from inside my own brain. (That sounds weird.) My personal interest in social media has waned and what interests me now is the emerging trends in 3D printing and the whole maker movement coupled with the advancements in DIY consumer drones and robots. But if you really want to see what interests me in that space you can follow along on my PostSocial Tumblr blog.
For me 2012 was all about transitions, shifts and changes. All in all, it was a pretty good year. Best of all, I can say that I have no regrets and I’d do it all again, just the same way.
As for 2013? I’ve got some ideas and I’ll share those later.