I’m going to be perfectly honest. The year 2014 was not great for me. I was sick and frustrated for most of it, but all that being considered, some pretty amazing things happened and I got to share my time with some of the most wonderful and dear people that I know. So, in the spirit of the new year, let us consider this past one:
– I had my one year anniversary at the AMS and was grateful.
– I watched Frozen and had my life forever changed.
– I saw Neutral Milk Hotel at the Orpheum and it was insane.
– I turned 23.
– I watched Veronica Mars in its entirety for the first time ever.
– I saw Groundhog Day for the first time and also simultaneously in theaters.
– We didn’t have working heat in the apartment for a full forty-eight hour period.
– I saw a therapist for a little while.
– I started getting into yoga.
– I scalded my forearm.
– I went through the ordeal that is a colonoscopy and it was awful.
– Neil found work and all our hopes were answered.
– We found two amazing new roommates and friends.
– The power weirdly went off in half our apartment for a couple of days.
– Many parties were had of the friend, Halloween, Christmas, New Year, and other variety.
– I went to the New England Aquarium.
– I copyedited my first book, Climate Conundrums by Bill Gail.
– I spent a loooooot of money at Whole Foods (like a lot).
– Justin and I released our Disney cover album.
– I took an online class about the Lord of the Rings.
– I bought a new laptop.
– I found the world’s greatest primary care physician, gastrointestinal specialist, and nutritionist and they are all together slowly saving my life.
– I went to the beach and got stung by a jellyfish, which was weird and painful, but also kind of awesome.
– I started a game club at work.
– I started the FODMAP diet and went gluten free, which has been challenging but helpful.
– I celebrated my two year anniversary with Neil and I cannot express how much I ardently admire and love him and value his companionship, support, and affection.
– Neil finished his book and I helped him show his work at MICE and we met a really cool dude named Evan.
– I spoke words to Maki Naro.
– I had an upper endoscopy and was really scared, but it all worked out for the best.
– Neil and I had a ballin’ Halloween costume (Luke and Leia on Hoth)
– We went to Vancouver and it was breathtaking and phenomenal.
– Neil showed his work at Northeast Comic Con with Evan (and I helped!).
– I went to New York to visit my friend Ross.
– I had many friends leave Boston and come to visit. Each meeting and parting has been heart wrenching and warming, respectively.
– I protested on the streets of Boston because #blacklivesmatter
– I cooked Christmas dinner and did not burn the house down. (Also pies).
– I read 43 and 98/100th books (see below).
There is probably more, little moments that I couldn’t quite fish out of my memory right now. There was a lot of laughter and fun among the pain and strangeness. I persevered and I have a new hope for the future that I certainly did not have at this time last year. I am glad to have lived through all of it because with the bad, there has been some wonderful moments. Thanks for hanging in with me. Expect more book reviews and life musings in 2015.
Until next time!
If you want to see the full book list, click below!
- Songbook by Nick Hornby
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Bone by Jeff Smith*
- Ready Player One by Ernest Clive
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
- Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel*
- The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- RASL by Jeff Smith*
- The Mindful Way through Depression by Mark Williams
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang*
- Shortcomings by Adiran Tomine*
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel*
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine*
- Lint by Chris Ware*
- Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter by Robin Smith-Johnson
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown*
- Ploughshares Fall 2014
- Funny Misshapen Body by Jeffrey Brown*
- The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley*
- The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh*
- Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
- Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike Carey*
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes**
*Indicates graphic novel.
**I did not actually finish this book until this morning (1 January), but I had like 15 pages left.