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Things I learned in 2012.

When I was drafting this blog, I was laughing internally because in comparison, the one I wrote for 2011 was so short. It amuses me that 2011 felt like I grew so much, but 2012 was so much more.

So because this list is so long, I’m going to subdivide it into months.


  • Saying goodbye isn’t the hardest thing– living without is.
  • Moving to the Willamette valley in January is a terrible idea. It’s the crappiest weather of the year.


  • Crappy jobs still pay rent.
  • Rich people aren’t good tippers. Actually, rich people are the worst tippers.
  • Getting thoroughly lost can be the best way to learn about a city’s geography.


  • Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to tune out.
  • If you’re willing to be surprised, a good friend can come from anywhere.


  • Unemployment is only scary when it stops feeling like a vacation.
  • Twenty is a surprisingly bummer age to turn. Suddenly adulthood feels like a burden


  • Aim high, be prepared to score low, and you may be pleasantly surprised.


  • Summer in Portland is perfect. 
  • Living in a main street in Portland during the summer… Not so much.


  • Nothing is certain, not even your life.
  • Getting prodded by medical folk gets easier the more it happens. Same with throwing up.
  • Dulaudid is one hell of a drug.
  • Recovery is the hardest part– waiting and wanting to be back to normal, but still sick.
  • In spite of the soap opera-y parts, Friends is an awesome show.
  • Staying hydrated is so much more important than I ever thought. Drink water, people!


  • Bicycling through Portland at night in the summer is amazing.
  • Doctor Who is one of the best TV shows of ALL TIME.
  • Life goes back to normal really easily, even when you’re changed forever and there’s constant turmoil in your brain.


  • Empathy is not a strong trait of mine, except where my sisters are concerned.
  • Every wedding should have dancing. (and dancers.)


  • Important decisions can be delayed.
  • I’m freaking awesome at parallel parking.


  • People who skype in coffee shops make me nervous.
  • Shutting up and listening is important.


  • Feeling rich is still a major fault of mine.
  • Handmade Christmas presents are the best!
  • Distance hasn’t made me love Central Oregon and my people there any less, and time hasn’t made me miss them any less.
  • Even though 2012 was a really tough year, it was a really good year– and it was really important.

And yeah… Fart jokes are still funny.

With that said, I’m really looking forward to what 2013 will hold. I’m making plans to intentionally make it the best year ever.



Happy Holidays!

So, Christmas is in less than a week.

It has come to my attention that there is a certain group of people who get all pissy about a certain phrase.

“Happy holidays.”

Keep Christ in Christmas, they grumble, this is persecution. Don’t secularize our holiday.

Last year, I wished people a merry Christmas. This year, the few days before the holiday, I will again.

But for the last week or so, when I wished my customers or other strangers/acquaintances anything but a good day, it’s been a happy holidays.

I say happy holidays for the simple reason that I don’t know which winter holiday these people choose to celebrate. They could be celebrating Hanukkah  and I’d feel weird if people all wished me a happy Hanukkah when that’s not what I observe.

Honestly, I care exactly not at all which holiday other people choose to celebrate. I don’t think it’s an attack on my beliefs or culture. Why get all pissy about it when it has absolutely no bearing on your life?

Usually I just appreciate that another human being took the time to wish me happiness at all.

So, with that said, I want to take this opportunity to wish you, my reader, some very happy holidays.

To my close friends whose choice of holiday I know, merry Christmas!

Thanks for sticking around and reading my rants and rambles. May you be blessed in the New Year!

In which Bethany Creates Christmas Things

Thanksgiving is over. Finally, I can say with pride…


Oh my gosh. I’m really, really excited for Christmas this year. I don’t have to make seasonal coffee drinks, and I have an apartment to decorate. This means I have ultimate creative power over the Christmas tree that I choose. (My roommate gets to help, obviously, but there is an understanding that the Christmas tree is kind of my thing.)

However, one problem that has arisen is that, since this is my first Christmas on my own, I have zero Christmas decorations.,

No problem!

Today, I (with the help of my roommate,) acquire clear Christmas ornaments, which I then proceeded to paint.

I used a bit of hemp string to suspend the baubles between two bottles. Then I had the brilliant idea of chalkboard paint. (Probably the smartest thing I’ve thought of all month.)


Of course, I did do the acrylic paint inside the bauble thing, too. I adore the marbled effect.

That one reminded me of a blue sky with some scruffy clouds.

Here we have the two chalkboard painted ornaments with another marbled one. Unfortunately I feel it necessary to point out that the chalkboard paint goes on the OUTSIDE of the ornament.

And here is the final product, complete with bad handwriting on the chalk! The chalkboard paint took well over three hours to dry, and although the one coat seems sufficient, I might yet put a second coat on them.

Also today I started creating many Christmas presents, which you may not see! Next I just have to buy a Christmas tree…

EDIT: This is my 100th Blip in the Cosmos post! Yay! I thought I was going to plan something special for this moment and instead you get a bunch of poor photos. Oh well! I love you guys!

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