It's 2012 now. I didn't do my usual end-of-year post to mark the transition. I started doing this a few years ago. I didn't intend to make a habit of it, but I make habits very easily, by accidentally doing the same thing over and over again, and so it became a habit. I thought about it this year, after we'd had our nice Christmas with family and I had eaten a lot of turkey and nibbled at the Christmas pudding and taken naps and baths and read so many books in a short space of time that I was getting them mixed up in my head and was feeling ready to get back to making things again. But everything seemed too small to bother writing about, and simultaneously too large to even comprehend, too large certainly to fit in a few paragraphs - "time passed, or maybe it didn't," as Geoff Dyer writes. Last year, while time was passing, or maybe not passing, I worked. I went to Scotland and wore espadrilles in the rain and they didn't dry out for weeks. We re-visited Wales, we re-visited New York. I left my job - "without one to go to!" as they say, biting their fingernails, but of course that was the point, to leave without having a clear sense of what came next. And I'm going have a book published this year, as a result of what happened last year when I had no clear sense of what comes next, and even so I still have no clear sense of what comes next, though that feels right somehow, that feels okay.
Anyway, instead of a chronological list of things we did last year, or things that happened to us, here's a random assortment of things I (think I) learned last year.