My 2022 by the Numbers

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My 2022 by the numbers:

  • I wrote 53,838 pages of a novel for National Novel Writing Month in November. And the best feeling is that I know the story isn’t done yet!
  • I read 84 books, 59 more than my Goodreads Challenge goal of 25.
    • Not included: I started Stephen King’s Fairy Tale at the end of the year and made it 250 pages in before the year changed over.
    • I read 31,613 pages.
    • The shortest book was Becky Chambers’ A Psalm for the Wild Built at 147 pages.
    • The longest book was Joe Hill’s The Fireman at 768 pages.
    • The average book length was 376 pages.
    • Of those 84 books I read, 13 were audiobooks, a way of reading I proudly embraced more in 2023.
    • Surprisingly (to me!), I only read one graphic novel and it was a doozy, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
  • I watched 70 movies. Mildly proud that I read more books than I did movies watched! I started with Peeping Tom and ended with … Jack Frost. Yeah, I said it!
  • TV series is harder because I didn’t keep track, so, I’m probably forgetting something here, but I watched …
    • The third season (six episodes) of Unsolved Mysteries.
    • The 10-episode season of House of the Dragon. My show of the year, I’d say!
    • The six-episode docu-series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
    • I re-watched the first few seasons of, and continued on to seasons I’ve never seen, The Office, stopping around mid-way through Season 8.
    • In the course of writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I watched five seasons of The King of Queens.
    • I watched two seasons of Home Improvement.
    • I watched up to two additional seasons of House (maybe some bleed over into three seasons from 2021).
    • I watched three seasons of The Blacklist.
  • I visited six states, and Washington D.C. (three of those states I’d never been to previously; and I’d never previously been to Pittsburgh):
    • Connecticut, with a trip into New York City again for my first Madison Square Garden show.
    • Dallas, Texas, for my seventh WrestleMania, WrestleMania 38.
    • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, for the annual family trip.
    • Bangor, Maine, for all things Stephen King.
    • Washington D.C., which I believe I visited for the third time, and I toured the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington Monument all for the first time.
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a work conference.
  • For the first time in five years, I changed careers and started my job at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network in May. It’s turning out to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
    • Because of said job, I was able to go back into therapy for four free sessions, and therapy is always worth it.
  • In December 2022, I celebrated my three-year anniversary as a kidney donor.
  • I fostered three dogs (with one still continuing on into the new year): Lucy, Benny and Simon. Lucy I had at the end of 2021, she was adopted and then returned, and finally adopted again to her forever home; and Benny took six months before finding his forever home. I’m still working on Simon!
  • Before the year was out, I learned I’m going to be an uncle for the 10th time, astonishingly. I currently have five nieces and four nephews, with now another baby on the way! That makes me the last sibling in my six-sibling family to be without a kid.

I’m sure there are some cool numbers I’m forgetting that transpired in 2022, such as podcasts, which I don’t keep track of all the ones I’ve listened to or goodness knows, how many hours, but that’s all I can think of for now! Thank you for reading.

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