Now it’s time for a quick rundown of some of my favorite things and personal “Best-Ofs” in 2022.

Yes, it’s time for the Lightning Round!
Let’s go!

Best investment . . . the time I spent (and it was considerable) re-vamping my blog (thanks for coming along with me!) (And . . . a very heartfelt thank you to Kat, who spent hours coaching and encouraging me at every step.)

Best view . . . that perfect sunset over Lake Michigan 

Best thing I knit . . . the “big brown blob” of a sweater I knit for Tom (maybe not the most exciting knit, but it’s perfect for him – and so appreciated)

Best thing I stitched . . . those pumpkins

Never thought I’d . . . dress my dog in cropped t-shirts for weeks (after her surgery)

Can’t believe I . . . have “used car lot flags” flying in my garden

Total game changer . . . those flags! (they continue to do the job . . . )

Astonishing discovery . . . my hair is now at the length where I can have 4 inches cut off and nobody notices

TV worth watching . . . Fleishman is in Trouble (runners up: The Big Brunch and White Lotus)

Favorite movie . . . The Glass Onion (streaming now on Netflix) (runner up: Everything Everywhere All At Once; streaming, but you have to pay for it)

Song I thought would be #1 on my Spotify year-end thing . . . As it Was (Harry Styles), but – surprise – it was Mantra (Dave Grohl)

Best audiobook . . . The Netanyahus (runner up: Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon)

Book I recommend most . . . Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro (runner up: Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir)

“Tech” I’m loving . . . my Revlon One-Step Volumizer

Biggest irritation . . . the damn roof project (or what I call . . .  The Roofing Siege)

Can’t believe I watched . . . Hair videos on YouTube (ohmygoodness, that’s a Whole Thing) (who knew?)

Top Five Books for the year . . . The Transit of Venus (Shirley Hazzard), Trust (Hernan Diaz), The Netanyahus (Joshua Cohen), Lucy By the Sea (Elizabeth Strout), and The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois (Honorée Fanonne Jeffers)

Book I started but couldn’t finish . . . Lessons in Chemistry (Bonnie Garmus) (I know many people loved this book, and it’s very popular, but . . . I just couldn’t.)(It’s me. Hi. I’m the problem. It’s me.)

Favorite new product . . . JVN hair products (seriously nice) (I started with the Air Dry Cream, and it sort of expanded from there.)

Living in . . . my fleece-lined denim overalls (bought them for fall and winter gardening, but I’m wearing them all.the.time because comfort + warmth) (They don’t call me a Stylish and Opinionated Musicologist for nothin’!)

Changed my mind about . . . Wordle! I didn’t start playing until the middle of September. Even though I love word puzzles, I hate things that get “suddenly-groovy,” so refused to try it.  (I’m strangely stubborn about certain things.) (Aries.) 

Sucked all the joy from my life . . . the endless parade of bad news in the world

Best advice . . . words of hope about the world from my rheumatologist

Something I finally let go of . . . a long-time commitment to an organization that has outlived its useful life (and my only regret . . . is that I didn’t do it sooner)

Best thing in the garden . . . Planting a whole flat of Black-and-Blue salvia all over my flower beds – it was a magnet for hummingbirds all season long!

Favorite LaCroix flavor . . . Black Razzberry (runner up: Limoncello, but only in the summer)

Dinner I made on repeat . . . Spicy Chickpeas with Tomatoes & Greens (so good, and so adaptable) from The Weekday Vegetarians cookbook (by Jenny Rosenstrach)

Slipping back into this pre-pandemic habit . . . taking frequent, quick trips to the grocery store

Pre-pandemic activity I’m surprised I don’t do anymore . . . go to the movies

Biggest disappointment . . . my doctor leaving 

Biggest surprise . . . those midterm election results

Magical moment . . . watching Paul McCartney work out “Get Back” (If you haven’t watched the Let It Be documentary – or if you just want to watch it again, you can watch the magic here.)  

Words I considered for my 2023 one little word (but didn’t choose) . . . release, content, allow, weave, tend

Carrying into the new year . . . trying to reconcile the tension between living my good life. . . in a broken world

My wish for you as we head into the new year . . . All the good things, my friends. ALL the good things. I thank you for being here and hanging out with me, and I’m wishing for a 2023 filled with hope and joy and good health and happiness for us all.


Join me tomorrow for . . . a tuneful way to wrap up my Year In Review posts!