Sunday, December 29, 2013

The best of me: What readers liked most in 2013

Tis the time of year again where bloggers around the world make lists of their accomplishments in writing. I'm no different. Mostly because I'm lazy and I follow the crowd.

The following list tells of the times I bitched about sex, showed you my ability to craft, wrote some fiction, told stories about my Grandma, shared our experience with infertility, and how I fared on a polygraph (spoiler alert: it didn't go well).

I hope you enjoy the read and stick around for the new year. I have goals in 2014 and the main one is to kick it's butt.

I, MayB's greatest hits:

The over-sexualization of EVERYTHING
Slap a pair of boobs on something and you will sell way more items than you might have otherwise.  You'll get more attention for whatever you're pushing.  Selling more, getting more attention is good.  I get it. 
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of it.
Ivory Hawk fingerless mitts
Since I learned how to knit almost 4 years ago, I have adapted many a pattern to suit my needs. 
It wasn't until I had a handful of gorgeous yarn and a friend requesting some fingerless gloves that I decided I just needed to do my own thing. 
These gloves were the result.

Anna's last year - Fiction Friday
Anna smiled and turned back to the kitchen. She started the kettle for tea and went back to the entry way to retrieve her purse. On the way, she looked about the house which was half unpacked and still a mess of opened boxes. Though she was starting to feel more settled here - in The Spinster House, she thought wryly - she was instantly reminded of the reason she came back.
Childless by chance, childless by choice
2012-09-14 Sidewalk trike Almost 2 years ago, The Guy and I learned we couldn't have children.  This was after months and month of doctor's visits, needles, probings, stadiums filled with spectators of my lady bits, and finally the ultimate disappointment
We aren't going to have children and I'm okay with that.

A list of things I like to do 
You would think it would be simple. Write a list of 20 things you like to do and when the last time you did them was. Easy, right? Well... not for me. 
Problem is? I don't really like to DO anything. I'm lazy and unmotivated. 
But it's one of my favourite things about me!
Liar Liar: My experience with a polygraph
The procedure for this test is to fill in a 31 page questionnaire prior to attending. It questions everything you have ever done that is wrong, illegal, immoral, or a mix of all three. Then, you stew about and remember even more. 
When you enter the polygraph area, you then sit down with the administrator and go over it all again. In detail. With examples. And you spill. EVERY. LITTLE. THING. All those things you wanted to keep secret? You don't. All those things you are embarrassed about? You tell. All those things you didn't realize were actually crimes? You admit to doing all the time. 
You talk and talk and talk. AND TALK.
Tales of Grandma: Stubborn runs in the family
Grandma 001I wrote it in November of 2009, when Grandma moved from her apartment of 40 years to a smaller apartment down the road. Now almost 5 years later, after 2 years at an independent senior's lodge, Grandma is moving in with my Uncle Dean as she is requiring more and more care due to her failing memory. 
This post makes me both happy and sad - happy she was always such a tough old lady and sad that she has changed so much even in the last few years. 
As Gram says "It is a terrible thing to get old."
Anchor - Four Years of Love
464 Havana - love - BI thought this post was fitting for this week. Today is our 4 year anniversary.  I wrote this 2 1/2 years ago on March 29, 2011
Since then, The Guy has become more to me than I could have even imagined.  Four years of marriage has been an adventure.  I'm thankful he came into my life every day.

Customer Service: How to do it right
Now, I know, you're thinking I don't work in customer service; I work in a crisis centre.  However, being a crisis worker is all about customer service -- in the worst way.  People who come to see me (or who have me show up on their doorstep) are either: 1) embarrassed to be there, or 2) furious and full of hatred.  But I have a service that I am there to provide and that is that.
Me in a shell of a nut: Now with pictures!
Most recent creation.I thought I would take you on a tour of my week. It's been a busy one of no consequence. 
You seem to like that.

I hope you stick around for the upcoming year. I have more in store for you!


  1. I just want you to know that I read it and I like every bit of it...I'L Stick around for the upcoming year...take care...

  2. You've written some wonderful posts, Bronwyn! I can't wait to see what's ahead in the coming year!

    1. Thanks Tara, I am excited for what's to come!

  3. You have a way with words girl! Can't wait to read your posts next year!

    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I love writing and I'm so glad when people enjoy it!

  4. What a great roundup. I'm happy I've read most of them...of to check out one I hadn't read before.

    1. Amy, I will have to keep writing so there are more for you soon!

  5. All the best for a wonderful 2014!!

  6. You've had a wonderful 2013 and lots of great posts! I wish you all the best in 2014 and can't wait to read more :)

    1. Thank you, Brandi. I'm glad you're here.

  7. Those mitties look like something I should tackle! on to read!

  8. Good luck with them, Virginia! Let me know what you think!


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