{A Year-End Review, The Best of 2012}

Monday, December 31, 2012


Tim and I want to thank you for your support and love this past year! 2012 has been an unforgettable year. Your support and kind words have meant so much. Can't wait to see what is in store for 2013!

This Year's Highlights:

1. Making My First Batch of Homemade Beef Jerky
2. Celebrating MLK Day
3. Seeing The Civil Wars at the HOB
4. Velvet Taco's Monday Back Door Chicken
5. Reading, Reading, Reading
6. Speaking at a Leadership Conference in Uganda
7. Saying Goodbye to the Fart Box
8. Completing Whole30
9.  Running in the Greenville Dash
10. Celebrating 7 years with Timothy James
11. Catching My First Rainbow Trout
12. Meeting Katie Davis
13. Being on the News {Thank You Food Truck Fest}
14. Climbing the Windmill at the Ranch
15. Visiting My Childhood Lake House
16. Meeting Our Sponsor Child, Moti
17. Seeing Hippos on Lake Ziway In Ethiopia
18. Milking a Goat with Bek
19. Catching a 24" Rainbow On the San Juan River
20. Falling in Love with Louisville
21. Camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains
22. Eating a Fried Red Velvet Cupcake at the Texas State Fair
23. Hiking Half Dome with My Best Friend
24. Seeing Ben Howard in San Francisco
25. Stealing Grapes from the V. Sattui Vineyard in Napa
26. Seeing This Photo on Patagonia's Tumblr
27. Taking a Beekeeping Class with Tim
28. Throwing My First Mug on the Pottery Wheel
29. Finding My Dream Car on Craigslist
30. Receiving Our Sweet Pup, River (Best Going Away Present EVER)
31. Flying 41 Times in Twelve Months
32. Driving Around Looking At Christmas Lights with Twinner

Favorite Songs (in no particular order):

1. The Tracks (the Fool) - Margolnick
2. Hearse - Ani DiFranco
3. Wash. - Bon Iver
4. Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
5. Old Pine - Ben Howard
6. Taller - Foreign Fields
7. Bowsrpit - Balmorhea
8. Sweet Sweeping Joy - Matteo
9. Drift - Kim Janssen
10. Black Flies - Ben Howard
11. Sail - Awolnation
12. Follow the Sun - Xavier Rudd
13. Drift Drive - The Antlers
14. You Don't Know How Lucky You Are - Keaton Henson
15. Where the Light Gets In - Sennen
16. Shut It Down - Sarah Jaffe
17. Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart
18. Sideways - Citizen Cope
19. Slow It Down - The Lumineers
20. Strange Like We Are - Campfire OK
21. Bones - Every Kingdom
22. Desperation Breeds - Andrew Bird
23. Death Is Like a Beating Drum - Sanders Bohlke 
24. Eyes Wider Than Before - Scott Matthews
25. Hymn #35 - Joe Pug

Best Albums of the Year:
1. Every Kingdom - Ben Howard
2. Ancient Crime - Kim Janssen
3. Babel - Mumford & Sons
4. Spirit Bird - Xavier Rudd
5. Before We Turn to Dust - Sean Hayes

Favorite Concerts / Live Events:

1. Ben Howard (San Fransisco)
2. The Civil Wars (Dallas)
3. Indigo Girls (Dallas)

Favorite Movies:
1. Les Miserables
2. The Intouchables
3. The Hobbit
4. Hunger Games
5. Lincoln
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
7. Argo
8. War Horse
9. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
10. Life of Pi

Favorite Books:
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Love Does by Bob Goff
3. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
4. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
5. Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas
6. When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Bryan Fikkert
7. The Good Life by Helen & Scott Nearing
8. Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas 
9. The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
10. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

Favorite Videos:
1. Seam by Homeland
2. Dispersion by Homeland
3. Conversation by Homeland 
4. Odyssey by Homeland 
5. Bon Iver at AIR Studios
6. Heart Breads
7. Stools by Sentayehu Teshale
8. Cain's Arcade

Favorite Eats (in no particular order):
1. Velvet Taco: Back Door Chicken (Dallas, TX)
2. Noble Pig: Noble Pig Pulled Pork Salad (Austin, TX)
3. Gristmill: German Chocolate Cake (Gruene, TX)
4. Rockstar Bakeshop: Smoke on the Water Whoopie Pie (Dallas, TX)
5. Chilantro: Beef Tacos (Austin, TX)
6. Mud Street Cafe: Coconut Cream Pie (Eureka Springs, AR)
7. Pecan Lodge: Pork Butt & Sliced Beef (Dallas, TX)
8. Rye on Market: Acorn Squash & Risotto (Louisville, KY)
9. Hammerheads: Elk Burger & Truffle Fries (Louisville, KY)
10. Please & Thank You: Homemade Cinnamon Roll (Louisville, KY)
11. Ten Bells Tavern: Fish & Chips (Dallas, TX)
12. Harvest: Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Louisville, KY)
13. Caffe Trieste: German Chocolate Cake (San Francisco, CA)
14. Nord's: Apple Fritter (Louisville, KY)
15. Hillbilly Tea: Cornmeal Pancake with Chai Butter & Pumpkin Syrup (Louisville, KY)
16. The Pearl Cup: Lavender Chai (Dallas, TX)
17. Contigo: Tempura Fried Green Beans (Austin, TX)
18. Guero's: Fish Tacos & Homemade Limeade (Austin, TX)
19. Oddfellow's: Cider French Toast (Dallas, TX)
20. Legal Grounds: Homemade Granola (Dallas, TX)

Favorite New Websites:
1. WanderLost
2. A Well Traveled Woman
3. Bucolic Beauty

Fist Pump Friday:
1. Countries Represented: Australia, Argentina, Belize, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Jordan, Italy, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uganda, South Africa and Thailand.
2. Favorite Locations: Mount Rushmore, Pyramids in Egypt, Sistine Chapel in Rome, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Caine's Arcade, The Great Wall of China, The Alps, Mount Whitney, Colosseum in Rome, with Katie Davis, These 4 in Lou, Machu Pichu, Petra, and The Parthenon.

Looking forward to 2013 because ...
1. Slower pace of life in the 40206
3. Taking my first pottery class
4. Road trips, road trips, road trips
5. Orvis' Fly Fishing Guide School
6. Celebrating 8 years with Timothy James
7. Holding baby Roberson (due May 28th)
8. Extracting honey from my first hives
9. Building our chicken coop
10. Owning a home

Come out and show yourself, 2013. We're ready!
Em & Tim

9 comments:

Kristina said...

Happy New Year! :) 2013 started exactly 4 hours ago (in Germany) and it's been great so far. I'm off to bed now but I hope you enjoy celebrating the end of 2012 and are looking forward to 2013. Love your list!

abigail said...

Girl, I am with ya!! Just finished reading Wild and now on Kisses For Katie-- so good!
And the Intouchables is a GREAT film that i don't hear anyone else talk about!!
happy new year :)

Ashley Shaw said...

Happy New Year! I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and was so excited to see you're moving to Louisville! My husband and I recently relocated here, too! Although, Indiana isn't quite as far as a move as Texas. :) Welcome to the Bluegrass State!

Holly Bierly Young said...

Being from Cincinnati, we are a stones throw away from you. Let's be friends. ;)

I love your 2013 list. Hooray!

Thanks for being such a positive place on the internet. Long live the 40206!

Dana said...

Happy New Year! To new beginnings!

Dana said...

And congratulations to the Robersons!! So sweet!

Erinn said...

Watched a beautiful documentary about two lost friends who reunite over a fly fishing expedition called Low & Clear that you would love!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1957955/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Happy 2013

Meg said...

if you ever road trip to Chattanooga, TN, then hit me up!

(also, that Abby girl up there who left a comment is my lil cuz. Isn't she a cutie patootie?)

Clotilde said...

I got here through pinterest, and from the lists of movies, music, things you like, I can already tell I'm gonna love this blog.
The list of ten things to do with your husband will be used the day I get married. Such good ideas.
And I'm hoping my future husband will be the type to build forts with me!
Anyways, Happy New Year, and I'll come around here often!
Clo

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