As the year winds down, the days grow shorter and the cold begins to seep in; even in Los Angeles, it was a chilly 34 degrees this morning. The Internet is currently dominated by “best of” lists and recaps of the year and although I’m nostalgic by nature, by the end of the year I’m ready to reminisce quickly and move on with my life. I’ve still got a month left, but overall 2013 has been one of the most wonderful and horrible years thus far. It was horrible in that I was sick a lot of this year – I’m pretty sure I’ve thrown up more in 2013 than the rest of my life combined – not to mention the various injuries and colds I’ve dealt with throughout the year. I don’t even want to think about how much I’ve spent of physical therapy (which helped, but not as much as yoga has) and I’m still working out the stomach issue, as I’ve somehow grown ridiculously intolerant of any sort of greasy or fried food. I’ve had two root canals and am scheduled to get my wisdom teeth out early next year, blergh! I also had my car die on me, which luckily had a solution (albeit, a really pricey one) and resulted in no physical injuries – just a new anxiety about getting stuck on a hill when your brakes don’t work…oof. However, despite all of that, it was wonderful in that I started a job I love, I’m writing constantly, I have an amazing support group of friends, family, and fellow writers, I’ve begun to create a regular yoga practice, I’m eating healthier than ever, I saw the Rolling Stones (and Jenny Lewis two nights in a row!), I got to visit the Bay Area, San Diego, and Europe – there’s a lot to be thankful for. I’ve made it to December and although I can bitch about all the shit that went wrong (and let’s be honest – there was a lot) the truth is it was a really amazing year. Happy December, friends.
- Though the holidays are a time that you get to spend with your family, it’s also a great time to take advantage of the days you have off to give back to your community. This year, the majority of letters to Santa from children were not asking for toys or gadgets, but for food and clothes and that’s absolutely heartbreaking. If you can, do something for someone who can’t do it for themselves. Participate in Operation Santa, which sends kids the gifts they asked Santa for. Maybe you can afford to donate some funds to support a local charity, but for those with time instead of money, LAist put together a great list of places to volunteer over the holidays. Big Sunday also has a lot of suggestions and ideas.
- My friend Rachel tweeted this LA Weekly list of places to go in LA when you’re having a bad day. To be honest, it’s just a good list of inexpensive places to go and things to do in Los Angeles and it includes a lot of my favorite things, like LACMA and the Observatory. It can get pricey to visit (or live in) this lovely city of mine, but it’s worth remembering that there are a lot of cheap things to do!
- I really loved this in-depth interview with screenwriter Kelly Marcel, whose script Saving Mr. Banks was first on the Black List and is now on several top 10 critics lists. It’s super inspirational to see screenwriters who have worked hard succeed, and I’m a big fan of supporting them as much as possible.
- Tumblr mash-ups are pretty great (such as Arrested Westeros, which combines Game of Thrones with Arrested Development), but I’m super into this Kanye Wes Anderson mash-up site. This one in particular stands out as a favorite.
- I’m excited about a lot of movies coming out over the holidays (I somehow have plans to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, and American Hustle this weekend…), this trailer for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending looks fantastic. I can’t wait!
- Bonus link: Renegade Craft Fair is back in LA this weekend!