Archive for December, 2013

2013: My Year in Review

After I was laid off last year and spent a few months freelancing, I started 2013 convinced that this year would age me more than any previous year. I’d have to say it has. Between the freelancing, starting up my tea shop, and starting a new full-time job, there was enough stress throughout the year that by November, I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed my face looked more worn and there were more grey hairs. It’s cool, though. I’m ready to age gracefully.

Here’s a look back at my year with unimportant events mixed in with unimportant events. A few pictures are thrown in. Some links. Etc.

(Previous years-in-review collected here.)

The Year, By Month

January

February

March

  • Snowquester
  • Ramsey declared 3/13 “Bang [His] Head On Everything Day”
  • Rasine reached “halfway to being a teenager” status
  • Started my new full-time job…
  • … and on the same day, our awesome neighbor Fred has a heart attack a dies
  • My Paul predictions come true, except for one thing

April

  • Dinner with Paul, our fourth meeting since 1991
  • I proudly bring The Hillbillies’ “Bottom of the Hamper Jam” into the mp3 age.
  • We find a Sycamore Assassin bug in our house
  • Rasine says John Coltrane is “saxy.” Hilarious, that kid.
  • Found a severely dehydrated frog in the parking lot after Rasine’s softball game. Took him to the emergency vet and they were able to rehydrate him and he’s now living at the vet tech’s pond
  • 15 year anniversary of my first blog post
  • I come within inches of getting plastered head on by another car

May

  • Scrobbled my 100,000th track
  • A new co-worker told me she thought I looked young, just out of college
  • The Month of Weng Weng!

June

  • Trip to Vegas, including a trip to a desert pet cemetery (longer post overdue and forthcoming) and Redd Foxx’s old house, a run in 115 degree temperatures, and meeting up with Lindsay, my vegan twin, for the first time
  • United lands late, I run to catch a connecting flight (also United), arrive 5 minutes before departure and hear the “doors closed” ding as I run up, leaving me stranded for seven hours after a red-eye flight. But at least I got to sit in a middle seat near the bathroom for the next flight. Perks.
  • I offer a call-in contribution to a four hour podcast about VHS

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July

  • Ramsey’s first haircut and first pierogi
  • The Daily Ping closes up shop after 13 years
  • Had a tooth laser filled – it was literally painless

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August

September

  • Another awesome visit from Mom-in-Law
  • Rasine started 1st grade
  • Ragz/Laze week
  • Dinner with Herbivore Josh and his pals at Yuan Fu
  • Woke up one weekend and my entire body ached and I could barely stand. Later tests had me positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

October

  • Trip to Concord, NH with the family for Alex & Megan’s wedding; met up with Pastor D on the way home
  • 38
  • SPEEDING TICKET FROM BOGUS ASS SPEED CAMERA IN MARYLAND
  • Vegan Food Stamp Challenge
  • Appeared on NPR
  • Asacha‘s official launch

November

  • Another election day, this time with the fun of being yelled at and intimidated!
  • Swants!
  • New PC!
  • 5 Pointz destroyed
  • Caught up with high school friend Dave for the first time in nearly 20 years

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December

  • Retainer Nut Assy
  • Goblin at 9:30 Club with Dave Wrubel
  • Noticed that Google Street view had driven by our house sometime in the fall, unfortunately during a day where our garage door was open.

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Favorite Picture of the Year

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RIP

Based solely on the folks I RIP’ed on Twitter. People I knew personally in bold. Dates are when I tweeted, not the actual death date.

Books I Finished Reading

In order finished.

  • Guns (Kindle Single) by Stephen King
  • The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us edited by Mark Jude Poirier
  • The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  • Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
  • The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
  • The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker
  • The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • The Face of Another by Kobo Abe
  • Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music by Kevin O’Brien Chang and Wayne Chen
  • Attempting Normal by Marc Maron
  • There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places by Brad Warner
  • Preachin’ the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House by Daniel Beaumont
  • Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman
  • Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure by J-Zone
  • The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment by Roshi Philip Kapleau
  • Petropolis by Anya Ulinich
  • How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
  • The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum (with Rasine)
  • Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney
  • Odyssey of an Octopus Junkie: A Dysfunctional Love Story by t.w. glover
  • Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Total number of books finished: 24 (two fewer than 2012)

Books re-read: 0

Books written by someone I’ve know or have at least spoken more than a sentence to: 3

Physical / Ebooks (incl. Kindle Singles) finished:
18
6
Fiction / Nonfiction / Poetry:
10
13
1
Oz / Buddhism / Music:
3
2
4

Books in progress at the end of the year: 2

Movies I Watched and Re-watched

In order watched.

Number of movies: 60

Number of those movies I’d already seen: 15

Average year: 1990

Average rating: 3.54

2013 Year in Tweets

Working on my annual year-in-review and music year-in-review posts, but to hold you over a bit, a few tweets I enjoyed when I looked back through my archive this year: