One Last Look

Once again I’m linking up with Old School Blogging with Elaine and Jennie.  This month is all about looking back on 2013. Even though I did a recap post already, I thought these questions were another great way to look back on (and put closure to) last year.

Let’s get started!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

taught 12th grade English. It’s been a new ride for me, but I LOVE it.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t usually make resolutions, but in 2013 I did. I said I wanted to write honestly here on this blog, and I believe I have. I said I wanted to go back to school for more credits and I did, although I thought I would do something with a degree in technology. Instead I just got some credits toward my next pay raise, saving another degree to be possibly be my PhD in the future.  I said I wanted I also said I wanted to moisturize more.  And I am.

This year I chose to choose a word instead of make a resolution. I choose the word “disentangle“.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! 2013 was an explosion of babies! Not only did a ton of bloggy friends have babies, but my sister-in-law, MacKenzie, gave birth to my nephew, Ezra and my friend Jessica had a baby girl named Nola. My best friend also had her first baby, a little boy named William.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Unfortunately, yes. We lost my niece, Arabella, this fall.

5. What countries did you visit?

I stayed right here in the U. S. of A.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Patience. And maybe a bun in the oven. {what??}

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I won’t forget when my niece died. I also won’t forget the Saturday in October that my mom and my mother-in-law each took a boy overnight so Cort and I could go out to a friend’s birthday party. It was glorious.

I will also remember BlogHer13 and the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley just a week before.  Lot’s of Chicago this past year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting chosen for publication in various places. I appeared in Baby Talk Magazine in May and on the Today Show website in December.  I will also have a piece published in a book of essays and poetry that comes out this may.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I didn’t get to do as much with my boys this summer as I hoped, but I don’t really feel like a failure because of that. The summer just got over-booked and slipped away from us to quickly.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had an ear infection I let go for a month before taking care of it. And there was that bladder infection while I was at a Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley. Otherwise I’ve been pretty healthy.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The best money we spent this year was on Eddie’s new bike. He loves that thing and rode it like it was his job all summer.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Probably to our kids. We spend money on diapers and food because we like to not suck at parenting.  But there are all the little things too. If you are going to get take out or go out, it costs more having two kids.  Christmas costs more with two kids.  There are two more birthdays in the year.  I’m not saying any of this is bad, but it’s where a lot of our money goes.

We also pay for my classes and for Eddie’s preschool.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Babies, trips to see friends, concerts, dates with my hubby, getting published, a warm day. I’m easy to please.

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Unfortunately, “Blurred Lines”

15. Compared to this time last year, are you are:

– happier or sadder? This is a dumb question. I think I am in about the same place. I love my life. I’m happy sometimes and sad sometimes.

– thinner or fatter? I prefer fluffier.

– richer or poorer? We have what we need plus a little extra for the savings account and college funds.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had read more in 2013. I let that go and instead did mindless crap like read the internet.  Not that everything on the internet is bad (and had I kept to blogs, I would have been fine). This year I want to read less outraged ridiculousness on the internet and more books.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Falling down the rabbit hole of comments on the interwebs

18. How did you spend Christmas?

With my family.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

My only never-miss show is SNL. For years it’s been SNL. But in 2013 I did get sucked into The Big Bang Theory.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I really enjoyed Rhoda Janzen’s books, Mennonite in the a Little Black Dress and Does This Church Make Me Look Fat.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Pearl Jam’s new album, Lighting Bolt and Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’s album The Heist

22. What was your favorite film of the year?

We never go see movies. Ever. But I did go by myself to see The Great Gatsby and I loved it.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 35 in 2013. I didn’t do a whole lot, but I did spend it with my family and that was lovely.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

World Peace, duh.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

At some point in the year, I realized I had my best days when I felt pretty. So I tried to only wear things that made me feel that way. At least to work.  Of course I’ve been home on break since December 19 and trapped in my house since Sunday (it’s Tuesday) because of snow and cold, so I would describe my look as “end of one’s rope”.

26. What kept you sane?

Most people call him Cortney. I call him..well, Cortney.

Also celexa.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

My kids are going to grow up. I know that sounds obvious and sort of cliche, but it’s true. Spending any amount of time with them reminds me how fast they are growing and changing and that they won’t be little forever.

I also learned that I really love to date my husband. He is a witty, sexy dude.

How was your 2013? Want to share? Head over to Elaine or Jennie’s and link up!


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Dang girl. 2013 was good to you. I especially liked your accomplishments. I’m patting you on the back.

  2. Ooh! The giveaway ends soon!!

    I’m so pleased about all of your writing success. And I love how passionate you are about teaching. 🙂

    This was a really good year.

  3. Woot for a great 2013 – good for you, Katie!
    SNL and The Big Bang Theory – I’d love to watch those shows with you!

  4. I got sucked into The Big Bang Theory this year too, and watched a marathon of SIX seasons in a matter of weeks.

    What a great way to recap!

  5. Dating our husbands is SO good. And can also lead to a third child. Just sayin’… 😉

    Thanks for “recaping” with us! Your 2013 was pretty good!!

  6. I love how you threw “…and a bun in the oven” in there. 😉
    It’s so sweet to learn more about you guys via OSB!

  7. Every time I read that “what kept you sane” question I think, “David.” Pretty much forever and always. Imagine what I would be like if he weren’t around.

  8. Most of our movies we see on the Satellite dish — we rarely make out to the theatre too. Great Gatsby was definitely one of my faves — and I hope I can see his next movie in an actual theatre.
    I definitely need more date nights with my DH.
    That internet comment thing – ugh. so easy to get sucked in. I just wrote about it the other day.
    Baffles me the squabbles 2 people who don’t know each other will get into on a comment thread.

  9. Love this list! congratulations on your publications! Go you!

  10. I think I need to wear more things that make me feel pretty. And I have never, ever watched the Big Bang Theory. (Happy 2014!)