I'm going to shamelessly steal a page from my friend Patrick, font of many lovely and generous ideas.

I've mentioned a few times over the last month that 2012 was a pretty lousy year for me, overall. It's true; I'd say it ranks right up there with 1998, the year my mother died, and 2003, the year I struggled with wanting to pursue my own future and thus leave my husband and everything else I knew behind. But you know, both of those years also had their highlights: 1998 was the year I started this journal, which has taken me in some wonderfully unexpected directions (and introduced me to fabulous friends like Patrick, among others), and also the year I started working on my Master's degree. It was our tenth wedding anniversary, and we went on a second honeymoon trip to Salzburg. In 2003 I went to my first academic conference, in Miami, which was an amazing trip I still think of often.

So, this year certainly also had its jewels, which are worth noting. Let's have this year go out not with a whine, but with an influx of gratitude. And thus I bring you:

My Top 10 Highlights of 2012 (in no particular order)

So I can't really wish 2012 into oblivion: too many good things happened. Oh, you know what? I could totally add Holidailies as the 11th highlight: not only has it been fun to do some non-work-related writing (longer than a Facebook status update or a tweet), but to my great surprise, I've actually set a personal record with the number of entries posted (and even more surprisingly, netted three Best of Holidailies mentions!). The previous crown belonged to 2003. I think the moral of this story is, crappy years make for better Holidailies. In which case, I must also hope that next year I fail miserably at this thing.

My wish for next year is that there be even more highlights to choose from--and I wish the same to everyone reading. Happy New Year!