2013 Thus Far

I’m going to be blunt here.

2013 can go fuck itself.

I’m about to head back to the homeland to go to the funeral of an uncle.  Really?  George’s dad, then my dad, and now my uncle?  And there’s been other stuff that’s sucked, though none of it compares to the loss of such important members of my family.  If I develop mysterious sores, I’m going to wonder when I was nominated to be the next Job.  Though lots of friends have suffered tragic losses this year, so…on the behalf of everyone I know who’s had a shitty go of things, 2013…I think I’ve made it clear how I feel about you.  You’ve got some ‘splaining to do.  And really, it’s not me, it’s all you.  I own none of it.

Agggh.  The next few days are gonna suck.

I miss hearing from you all, I’ll be back soon.

Until then, here are a few pictures I’ve taken within the calendar year 2013, in an effort to remind myself and others that maybe 2013 doesn’t deserve to be completely wiped from our memories.  I don’t want to put up gloomy pics, because I’m trying to angle for instant karma points.  Oh, look (says an otherwise cruel and unfeeling universe), she put up a picture of a lacy butterfly!  Let’s not kill any more of her loved ones until, at the very least, the end of the year.

So. With no further ado and in no particular order…

Black swallowtail butterfly, my back yard. (Did you think I was kidding about posting a butterfly pic?)

Black swallowtail butterfly, my back yard. (Did you think I was kidding about posting a butterfly pic?)  My back yard, summer 2013.

A day spent at Knoebel's with my brother, sis-in-law and the kiddos. July 2013.

A day spent at Knoebel’s with my brother, sis-in-law and the kiddos.
July 2013.

Railroad tracks in autumn.  Sigh.

Railroad tracks in autumn. Sigh.
Lewisburg, September 2013.

This guy.

This guy.
Artscape, Baltimore, July 2013.

John & Molly's wedding. Lutsen, MN, July 2013.

John & Molly’s wedding.
Lutsen, MN, July 2013

And for good measure, here’s a video of an otter juggling a rock.  I didn’t take the video, but I love it all the same.

I (sincerely, truly) hope your year is better than mine.  Enjoy!

12 responses to 2013 Thus Far

  1. hermosausaadmin

    In a show of solidarity, I’m flipping off 2013 for you. So sorry for your recent losses and hope 2014 brings more hope and happiness. Thank you for sharing the otter vid. It’s really cute. ~Marianne


  2. Horse-bike guy FTW! I’m sorry 2013 has sucked, and sorry for your losses. I will give 2013 the finger for you as often as possible. My family had a similar 2009, and the karma gods decided to lay off us for a while after that, so hopefully they’ll decide you’ve had enough, as well.


  3. Not a fun time for you, but it’s important to stay positive about your future… My friend and fellow band member, had one funeral last week and three this week! It is shocking how these things come at once, but I remember as I got older, my elders saying that once you reached a certain age, it was scary how many people you knew and grew up with passed you by… I have noticed that more as I have aged. It is a sad part of life that we cannot change nor embrace really and as much as people say focus on the great times you are left to remember, does anything ever really fill that void? The lesson it reminds us is of how short life is and how it is up to us to live each day as if it were to be our last… Often with a head full of ‘To-Do’ lists and running around after our kids and our careers, these realisations are mostly forgotten… until it’s too late. Its one of the things I was sure to instill in my children – always be careful of the last words you say to anybody, as you never know if they will be the last words… On that note, I wish you a brighter and happier 2014 and a ream of beautiful memories to carry with you, from those who have lived in your heart. Love and light… and chin up x


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Thanks. You’re very thoughtful, and you’re right, the memories won’t go away, which is indeed a comfort. But I just keep thinking of that quote (is it supposed to be from Churchill? I don’t know if that’s accurate, but…), “When you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Amen. Get me to the other side of this! LOL


  4. vastlycurious.com

    Really sorry I didn’t see this sooner . Have had my own shit going on. Yes , I will drink to 2014 and rid myself of this year as soon as possible. I am sorry for your sadness. Kathryn


  5. I feel for you, losing loved ones in one year. Sometimes when it rains it pours. I hope from now your fortune gets better. Don’t lose hope. Take care.


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. I know there’s nothing to do but enjoy the memories now, so, ever forward. But you know. Had to let it all out. Thank you again.


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