December 31st, 2014

Year In Review, 2014

So what if I'm the only person in the blogosphere who still does this? This is a completely unbreakable tradition by now, damn it.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Ran a half marathon. Bought real estate. Got re-orged. (or re-ogred. Take your pick.)

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
“Just say Yes” lead to untold adventures…and several moments of, “What the hell did I just agree to?”

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. How ‘bout that?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
The year's not over, so, not yet.

5. What countries did you visit?
It’s a whole new world down here in College Green.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
This sounds selfish but…single friends.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Moving Day? The Perfect Visit with ChemGal? Life In The Territories?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I have to pick just one?

9. What was your biggest failure?
I suppose I could have done more in the professional advancement category.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Who needs knees, anyway? (Also, who needs to hear? In 2015, I would like an intact eardrum, kthxbai.)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A 21st century crockpot.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Life is one unending party around here.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
More than a few members of police forces (most of whom are upstanding citizens and everyday heroes. But the bad apples are such appalling poor excuses for human beings).

14. Where did most of your money go?
See “real estate,” item 1.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
You mean, besides everything exciting in College Green?

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
I am so lucky that I don’t actually know the words to “Let It Go.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter. Please let me be allowed to run, soon.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer, in so many ways.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?.
Applied Statistics?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Arguing with the lawyers at work

20. What was the best thing you ate?
Warm squash hummus.

21. What was the best thing you drank?
Blaum Brothers, particularly their gin. Though Pumking and Painted Lady are close behind....

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?

23. How many one-night stands?
That would have been a good idea.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Y'all should be watching Jane the Virgin. You're welcome.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
Probably “The Fault In Our Stars” or something by Rainbow Rowell, because I am not really an adult.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The old-skool iPod connectors at my new gym

28. What did you want and get?.
Saw the Cubs play in Spring Training!!

29. What did you want and not get?.
A late Arts-and-Crafts or Mission-style table, scaled to fit my long, narrow dining room.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hahahaha. As if I went to the movies, even once.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
What day is that, again?

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I’m not sure that’s possible. Oh, right, a little #23.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
A hat makes everything better.

34. What kept you sane?
Three cheers for impossible goals!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Possibly Ta-Nehsi Coates.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ferguson, Missouri.

37. Who did you miss?
Whenever I meet up with the Ace Gang, I realize how much it sucks that we're all spread out.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Too many to count—CollegeGreen is getting a little too awesome, though the Partnership Minyanaires figure heavily into the total, too.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Saying yes leads so many more adventures…and quite a few moments of, “What the f*ck am I doing?”

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
“If you’re lucky you’ll find some [place] that reflects you/makes you feel your life protects you/cradles you and connects you to everything…” Dar Williams, The Hudson