Guess I’ll have to write a New Year’s post too

Seems pretty obligatory if you look around the blogosphere right now. :P

2012 was one of the most exciting years in my life: I started a new job, got engaged, and moved from an apartment to a house. After a year like that, I guess 2013 was destined to be kinda… less epic. Not that it didn’t have some exciting events:

I turned 30

Slice of birthday cake

Yep, the big 3-0. It made absolutely zero difference in my life, and I’m far from having a 30-year crisis, but I confess I do have the occasional “oh god I’m getting old” moment. But how old I feel is mostly dependent on who I’m talking to.

Most of the people at work are a bit older than me and married with kids, so when talking to them I feel pretty young. Apparently, it’s also considered “young” (Or maybe it’s “immature”? ;) ) to listen to metal and be into fantasy and video games, so when talking to someone without these interests I often feel like a teenager. On the other hand, seeing my 18-year-old cousin and remembering how I used to babysit her when she was 3 makes me feel absolutely ancient.

Life lesson learned: time is just wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff* and age doesn’t really mean anything.

(*2013 was also the year I started watching Doctor Who.)

I went to London

View from Westminster Bridge

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the United Kingdom for many years now. From its long history to its pretty landscapes to its television and movies, I’m just really intrigued by it all. And last April I finally got to spend a weekend in London! It was cold and rainy for the most part, and with a bit more planning we would probably have had time to see more, but I loved it. Walking along The Thames and seeing all those famous buildings rise around me was like walking through a movie.

Conclusion: 10/10, would allow England to rain on me again. <3Read about my London trip here.

I visited Stockholm


In July when we took the train down to spend a few days in Stockholm. I had been there a few times before, but always on a schedule and never more than a couple of hours. This time I went as a tourist and for the first time got a chance to actually explore the city. Much fun was had!

Opinion: We should visit Stockholm more often. It’s a beautiful old city and it’s not THAT far!

Read about my trip to Stockholm here.

Getting my first tattoo

Imaginary Karin - smaug tattoo

In August I finally got around to get a tattoo after a lifetime of wanting one. Of course, it was inspired by Tolkien, what else!? ;) I still get a little rush of happiness sometimes when I look down and see the little dragon on my forearm. The pain wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I had feared, and what little there was well worth it.

Side effect: I want more tattoos! They really are addictive! 8O

Read about the Smaug tattoo here.

All things summed up, not a bad year. :)
And Happy belated New Year by the way!


  1. 15 January 2014

    I’m going to be turning 30 soon and it’s refreshing to hear that it’s made no difference to you one way or the other. I’m a little nervous and I do feel as if I am getting old- especially when I look around places like Tumblr. Oh my god they’re all little children on there and I feel like a beacon of ancient wisdom, lol.

    Your tattoo is quite lovely and yes they are addictive! I have two and I want at least one more but I really can’t afford the work I want. Maybe some day.

  2. 15 January 2014

    I had no idea you were engaged! Congrats! :)
    Also, you definitely do NOT look 30. I was thinking early twenties. Very beautiful lady! ^_^
    I also got my first tattoo in 2013!
    Also, I’m jelly you got to go to London! I haven’t been anywhere interesting. :P
    Happy belated new year! xoxo

  3. 15 January 2014

    Well I think that 2013 sounded like a fantastic year! I hope that 2014 can be just as good :D More travelling and tattoos!!

  4. 18 January 2014

    It sounds as if 2013 was a pretty good year – you made it to another birthday, done some travelling. :) I’d love to do both…even though I usually only succeed at one. :P

  5. 19 January 2014

    I turn 30 this coming May!
    I love the Doctor Who reference. ;)

    You had a really cool year! Lots of milestones and cool places visited! I hope 2014 is great as well!

  6. 20 January 2014

    Such a fun year in review post. ^_^ HECK YEAH FOR DOCTOR WHO!!! :yay:

  7. 21 January 2014

    I had a similar experience since I got engaged and bought a house the same year :) But on the bright side, my life became more stable afterwards and stability can be nice!

    haha, I’m glad you’re not having a 30 year crisis. I’m getting close to the big 3-0 too, and I have a feeling it won’t feel too different for me either. Several of my coworkers are also older, so it makes me feel young in comparison.

    That’s awesome that you were able to visit London and Stockholm last year! I remember your blog entries for them, and they sounded like nice trips :) I also still love your tattoo!

    I’m glad you had a good 2013, and I hope 2014 will be great too :D

  8. 22 January 2014

    Your 2013 seemed like a fantastic one, especially with the first tattoo, that’s a great way to spend a good year, that’s for sure. I cannot wait to get my next tattoo… and I have four of them already :heart: I’m glad to hear that the “big 3-0” isn’t so much of a huge jump, either, as far as ‘mid-life-crisis’ is concerned, :yay: I’m turning 28 this year, and I already feel ‘old’ aha

  9. 25 January 2014

    2013 looked pretty eventful! It’s too bad the trip to Scandinavia didn’t work out for me. If it did, I would’ve definitely visited you! Haha, maybe next [this?] year…SOMEDAY! Anyways, that’s a pretty neat tattoo. It’s pretty cute and looks like a pet dragon that’s sleeping there. :love:

    Happy [belated] 30th Birthday! For some reason I’ve always thought you were like 26 or 27. Not sure where I got that, but good to know. xD That cake looks delicious. Now I’m craving some, even though I shouldn’t be since I’m working out soon. I’ll reward myself someday, so it’s all good. XD

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