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3Jan/17Off

2016 review

I guess I'm a little late with this one, but oh well, I DID IT. Here's how 2016 shaped up. (I am kind of with my girl over at Life of a Doctor's Wife--it might be time to update some of these questions.)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to improv camp! Went on a week-long family vacation. (Related: Went to New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.) Went to Michigan! Went to Wisconsin! Went to (brunch in) Indiana! Went to Mt. Hood! Went to a lot of new places!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I might for 2017, check back here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. (I always feel like I must be forgetting someone. I hope not!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn't have in 2016?
Clarity/direction around what I'm doing with regard to comedy.

7. What dates from 2016 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
November 8th was a real shit day and YOU KNOW WHY.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I sent my little infant baby off to kindergarten. Towards the end of the year, I made a commitment to do more yoga, and I did something like 30 classes in three months. My teacher said she could tell my practice was improving and that I was getting stronger. I walked/ran 625 miles, the most I've done since I started keeping track in 2013.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do, instead of just doing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. I am fairly certain I didn't get sick once--a far cry from 2013, where I was sick CONSTANTLY. Of course, for the last three months, I've been waiting for the winter cold to make its appearance, so that's fun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Anything related to our family vacation.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of us who stood up for what we believed in.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
YOU KNOW.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, travel, cocktails, dinners out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Family vacation! Improv camp!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
That dance dance dance song by Justin Timberlake.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Maybe a little sadder.
B) Fatter. Who even cares.
C) About the same? Maybe a little richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read books.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drank booze.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual. (I kept this answer from last year because as I said, it's the usual. We're pretty predicable.)

21. Did you fall in love with 2016?
NOPE.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, all the Housewives, Gilmore Girls (old school and reboot), The Americans, Billions, The Night Of (so good, so sad), Shameless, Stranger Things, Ladies of London, The Affair, Homeland.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE. I HATED HIM LAST YEAR TOO.

24. What was the best book you read?
The Bullet, by Mary Louise Kelly.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maren Morris!

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
Comedy comedy comedy.

28. What was your favorite film of 2016?
I do not think I watched a new movie except for Moana on Christmas Eve. So Moana.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my actual birthday, we went to dinner here in town and then the next day we went to Chicago and went out to dinner there. I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2016?
Work from home running and yoga clothes shower at 4pm and put jammies on chic.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, my friends, my family, avoiding the news.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
DISGUSTING FLOPPY HAIR.

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Even though I haven't seen them much recently, I did meet fun new improv friends here in Chicago.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don't get too comfortable and don't believe what the pollsters tell you.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Last year I quoted Tracy Chapman and I'm doing it again this year. "Don't you know / They're talkin' about a revolution"

23Dec/16Off

Christmas menu!

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Did not make it in the final draft of the holiday letter. Wanted it to.

Oh look, the last thing I wrote was about Thanksgiving food. I glossed right over the immediate horror of what happened the following day(s) and the low-level horror that continues to simmer just below the surface every day since and am now sitting down and write about Christmas food!

So we don't have any real Christmas food traditions. We switch the days we eat the big meal depending on if we have to work Christmas Eve day or not. We eat something different each year depending on when Hanukkah falls so that we get a variety of dishes (i.e., not all meat and taters.) Here's what we're having this year.

Christmas Eve

We're planning on going to a movie and lunch out during the day, and having appetizers for dinner, including:

  • Shrimp cocktails with avocado
  • Smoked salmon + dill cream cheese on little mini toasts
  • Cheese + hummus + crackers
  • Crudites + ranch (high class)
  • Nuts (heh)
  • Pigs in blankets (the highest class)

We'll drink something festive--hot buttered rums?--and LG will open some Hanukkah presents (Hanukkah menu coming later in the week.)

Christmas Breakfast

  • Bagels + cream cheese + smoked salmon
  • Ham steak
  • Chocolate croissants
  • Mimosas
  • Irish coffees

Christmas Dinner

  • Stuffed pork loin (stuffing will have dates and pecans)
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Salad
  • Wine

Dessert is this array of four mini cakes I got in the frozen foods section at Trader Joe's. Also cookies and other treats that people have so lovingly and generously sent us.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!

7Nov/16Off

Thanksgiving menu!

It's the moooooost wonderful time of the yeaaaar! Thanksgiving menu time! Each year after Halloween, Chris and I sit down to plan our Thanksgiving menu. Each year, we more or less decide to make the same things. Hey, we like what we like. This year, though, we are switching switching things up a little bit. We're still making the same foods, but we're just putting a different spin on each dish (in italics below). Here's what we're having this year:

Appetizers

  • Bloody Marys -- homemade mix
  • Crudites + dip -- we thought about making a fancy new dip; then we thought against it. Maybe we'll get a new kind of veggie for the tray
  • Shrimp cocktail -- not new to us, but new to Thanksgiving; this recipe is an Ina Garten one
  • Cranberry-almond goat cheese log -- I am making this up! I am going to take some of the cranberry sauce and mix it into goat cheese, then re-form it into a log and roll it in toasted almond slices. It can't be bad
  • Charcuterie -- the *new* will be buying some different meats
  • Roasted olives -- no recipe, just toss a few different kinds of olives in a dish with a lemon rind and some herb of your choice, roast for a little while

Main

  • Turkey -- buying from our local meat market and brining
  • Gravy -- by virtue of the turkey/brining method being new to us, the gravy will be too
  • Stuffing -- not out of a box and using sourdough bread
  • Mashed potatoes -- red potatoes, skin-on
  • Green bean casserole -- homemade cream of mushroom soup + homemade onion rings for the top
  • Cranberry sauce -- I haven't figured out a *new* way of doing this, so maybe I'll count "set some aside for the goat cheese log" as being new
  • Whiskey/maple-glazed roasted carrots -- I've made this before and can't remember where I got this recipe, but I just Googled it and there are a lot out there; I'm sure they're all good
  • Green salad -- details TBD, but does anyone really care about salads on Thanksgiving?
  • Rolls -- Pillsbury crescent rolls! Laugh all you want, but we normally do King's Hawaiian rolls, so this is new
  • WINE

Dessert

  • Pumpkin cheesecake -- we roasted, pureed, and froze some pie pumpkins in October, so we have some nice filling that needs to be used. I don't have a recipe or any clue how to actually make a cheesecake, so if anyone has any recommendations, hit me up
  • Irish coffees and/or champagne

And that's it! (LOL.) What are you making this Thanksgiving?

30Dec/15Off

2015

2015 was a year. A year, it was.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Performed weekly with an improv team. Lived in the Midwest.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I am not making any for 2016.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. (CRYFACE EMOJI.)

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you didn't have in 2015?
(Haha, last year I said, "A finished kitchen." Since we sold our house, now I don't give a fuuuuuuq about my kitchen.) Anyway, I would like a goddamn vacation.

7. What dates from 2015 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
September 15, the date our shit was packed up and headed off to Illinois. September 19, the date we left California for Illinois.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Being asked to perform weekly on an improv team, finding a job I really liked, being a very supportive spouse.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I failed at anything.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I can't really think of anything that I bought that was that great. Champagne?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Chris got promoted! He's a badass. LG continued to be chill and took all the big changes in stride. I was, once again, a very supportive spouse.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
After marriage equality, when people continued to passive-aggressively quote Bible scripture on Facebook as if to make some stupid point...STOP IT. The only point you're making is that you're a bigot. Go away.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage/rent, daycare, food, booze.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Being asked to be on an improv team!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
"Changes," by Langhorne Slim and The Law. I heard this in my last yoga class in California the week we moved and I cried and then I couldn't find the song anywhere and then a few weeks ago, I randomly heard it during an Auto Trader commercial and I was like, There's that song! And also I need to send my yoga teacher a Christmas letter! Life works in funny ways sometimes.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Same.
B) Same.
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Improv or anything else comedy-related. Stand-up, sketch, etc.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Ate fried food.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
The three of us spent Christmas at home, just us and a shitton of food. The usual.

21. Did you fall in love with 2015?
Nah.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
All the Real Housewives, as usual; The Affair; Homeland; The Americans; Better Call Saul; The West Wing; Vanderpump Rules.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I recently downloaded Grace Potter. I dig it.

26. What did you want and get?
More comedy!

27. What did you want and not get?
A family vacation!

28. What was your favorite film of 2015?
Haha, "film." I don't think I saw any movies this year, except the Peanuts Movie, which was really quite stupid, and Inside Out, which was not stupid, but which made me cry.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Diego--alone!--and hung out with friends and went to the bar where we met. I turned 32.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was a pretty legit year, so I can't say there's more I would have wanted. Don't be greedy.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2015?
All I can think of is that most recently, it's puffy coats.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, podcasts.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
There are too many shootings in this country and I don't know how to solve it, but it needs solving because what the fuck is going on?

34. Who did you miss?
My mom and dad. They came to almost every improv show and I loved seeing their faces front row center every Wednesday.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
My bosses; my old cubicle-neighbor, who has turned into a real friend; and improv people.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Just say yes--adventure is a good thing! Be loyal to your family--ride or die.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Gimme one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around..." (LG and I have been listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman.)

20Dec/15Off

Christmas menu!

After going to four different stores (meat market, Trader Joe's, regular grocery store, Italian market), we're ready for Christmas! Here's what's on our menu:

Christmas Eve breakfast

Chris has to work on Christmas Eve and I'm a big believer that Christmas Eve doesn't start until the first showing of A Christmas Story airs on TBS, but since both LG and I are off, and since Chris doesn't really like sweets anyway, I bought us ladies some imported chocolate croissants for breakfast. They could be awful, we'll see.

Christmas Eve lunch

See above re: not really Christmas yet. We'll just have leftovers or whatever for lunch. Possibly more croissants.

Christmas Eve dinner

Appetizers! My friend Caitlin talked me off a ledge and convinced me to just buy appetizers from TJ's instead of doing a whole big stressful cooking thing. She's smart. Here's what we're having (it's inadvertently Greek/Middle Eastern-ish, the latter being fitting, when you think about it):

Pastry Pups (pigs in blankets) + mustard
Spanikopita
Hummus + veg + crackers
Dolmas
Caesar salad
Nuts
I also have a large block of Dubliner cheese if we find we need more food
We'll probably drink the usual libations...wine, G&Ts...can't get too crazy since we Chris will be putting a (shhh!) bike together and we I will be texting with my parents--the bike-givers, THANKS MOM AND DAD (I love you)--during A Christmas Story ("Okay Black Bart, now you get yours.")

Christmas breakfast

Bagels (everything and cheese) + cream cheese + a ham steak
Champagne!
Bloody Marys!

Christmas dinner

Bone-in ribeye steak (Chris will grill, since it's supposed to be a balmy 46 degrees that day)
Ricotta + spinach stuffed shells with marinara
Roasted potatoes
Green beans
Giardiniera
Wine

Christmas dessert

I bought some delicious quartet of cheesecakes from Trader Joe's. Also port.

What are you having for Christmas? Merry day to you all!

23Nov/15Off

Thanksgiving menu

So it snowed last weekend. Our first snow! Today I went for a run and while it was very nice (I do enjoy running in the (somewhat) cold), I also quickly realized that my shoes are serious dry-weather shoes. So I'll be buying some new ones that don't get my feet soaking wet.


LG enjoying the snow.

Anyway, this week is Thanksgiving, aka: my favorite holiday ever. We're sticking close to home this year (uhh, by which I mean we are just...staying home), which is sad, but good. Sad because no family, we have to do all the cooking. Good because no family, we get to do all the cooking. Here's what's on our menu this year.

Breakfast

We debated on doing Bloody Marys and bagels with lox, but then I randomly bought bagels and lox a few weekends ago and so that didn't sound great anymore. We decided to just do Bloody Marys and appetizers instead, so here's what apps we're having:

Meat, cheese, and crackers
Brined items
Potstickers (Costco, from a bag)
Jalapeno poppers (leftover cream cheese from bagels and lox day + bacon that needs to be used + jalapenos that need to be used)
Shrimp and cocktail sauce (homemade sauce, Ina's recipe)

Dinner

We'll probably eat around 2pm or so. Maybe a little later, depending on if we're starving or if I decide to make an emergency flatbread with the pizza crust I stress-bought last week.

Turkey with sage and Kerrygold rubbed all up on it
Stuffing with sausage
Mashed potatoes (from a box! But I am roasting garlic to add in)
Green bean casserole (topped with onion rings, Chris's favorite)
Maybe a salad (the produce here sucks and so the spinach we bought a few days ago is already bad. It's either go to the store this week for new salad ingredients or...just forgo a salad)
Possibly roasted carrots (this is the portion of the show where I start to worry we won't have enough food)
Cranberry sauce
Gravy
King's Hawaiian rolls

Dessert

Smitten Kitchen's Pear, Cranberry, and Gingersnap Crumble, but with apples instead of pears, and vanilla bean ice cream on top
Irish coffees

What are you having for the big day?

13Nov/15Off

Greetings…

...from the Midwest! Hi, yes, we moved to Illinois. I figure you already know this because you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter and/or you're my mom or grandma. If none of those apply, then what a surprise for you! Anyway, so we're here now and seem to be surviving just fine. I found a school for LG and am looking into my options for comedy (which are great if you're IN Chicago, but less-great if you're in the suburbs, which we are.) It has not snowed, but my weather app shows a snowflake for next Saturday, so that may be my first opportunity to bust out my fancy Sorel boots and Lands' End down coat. I am sure they'll get five minutes of play before I go back inside the house like a normal person. Meanwhile, I tell everyone I meet who mentions the mild weather we've been having, "Yes, I am here from California and I brought it with me you're welcome." Just trying to endear myself to the locals. People here are very nice, which makes me highly suspicious (WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?) but I am trying to go with it. Luckily last night, I had the opportunity to call our old eye doctor in California and yell at him (long story), so I am feeling much more myself.

In makeup news, I bought Benefit's They're Real! mascara for not the first time a few months ago and...did they change the formula? Because it suuuuuuuuucked. It's not waterproof, yet it would. not. come. off. EVER. I felt like it was ruining my eyelashes, like one day I'd wake up and they'd just be these little mascara-covered stubs. I threw it away and wen't back to L'Oreal Voluminous and am much happier.

I also picked up Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil (in Berry Misbehaved) and I quite enjoy it. My new thing for winter, I think, will be buying brightly-colored lipsticks. And also maybe snow-shoeing.

Alright, I have to get the little one off to school. Stay warm, my friends.

8May/15Off

Friday!

Weekend plans

Hey, did you know, it's Mother's Day weekend? Mother's Day weekend, guys. THE WEEKEND OF THE MOTHERS.

Okay, so admittedly, Mother's Day is not a huge deal to me. It's one of two days a year I allow myself to eat donuts, so that's fun, but other than that I pretty much just like to be left alone (so no different than any other day of the year.)

This year, après-donuts, I am going to go to yoga (mamaste) and then to Mexican food brunch with my two faves. I bought two different bottles of rosé today, so maybe I'll bust into one of those. The possibilities are endless. (Actually not really, as I have a job interview at 9am Monday.)

Tomorrow we're going to the farmers' market and then to the fair. I am not the hugest fair-going person, but I like this one because it's on the smaller side and it's early enough in the season that it's not disgustingly hot outside yet. We'll check out the car show (Chris's favorite thing on the planet), the baby animals (no one's favorite thing), try to coerce LG onto some rides (seriously no one's favorite thing), and after half an hour, we'll probably flee to the nearest beer-monger.


This one told me she didn't want me to go to Muffins With Mom at her school today. Excuse me while I go cry in my cheerios.

Meal plan

Tonight we're making these pizza rolls. Tomorrow is fair food. Sunday is clams and pasta. Monday is burgers. Tuesday is chili. Wednesday is TBD. Thursday is also TBD, but I imagine I'll have Chris grill up some chicken thighs when he grills burgers on Monday and then I'll make a few sides to go with them that day. Speaking of sides, anyone make any good side dishes lately? I am in a salad rut (I KNOOOOOOW) and need some inspiration. This cucumber and avocado salad looks good (I'd use Greek yogurt or sour cream in place of mayo), as well as this grilled Greek panzanella salad. Ooooh, and this: roasted red peppers with anchovies, garlic, and goat cheese.


Last night's buffalo turkey lettuce wraps. Ugh, healthy food, I am over you.

'Tis the season...

...to update my closet. I bought a few of these shirts on MamaBub's recommendation. They should arrive tomorrow and when they do, I'll report back. I am also trying one of these tank tops. As much as I'd like to buy nicer things that will last a long time, the truth is I am terrible on my clothes. I literally had to take the last white t-shirt I bought and throw it in the trash the first day I wore it because I spilled coffee on it. So now I'm just like, fuck it. I'll spend $12 on a t-shirt and if I ruin it right away (likely), then who cares?

I have a couple pairs of shorts (Gap boyfriend shorts are my favorite, but I am laughing/crying at the fact that anyone can wear them rolled. NOT ON THESE THIGHS) and a couple maxi dresses. If the shirts/tank work out, I'll buy a few more in different color/patterns and a new pair of boyfriend shorts. I could also use a new pair of sandals, as I haven't bought any (minus my Birks) in a couple years. I was just perusing Target, my favorite place for cute summer sandals, and everything on there looked horrifyingly '90s, so that's not great, Bob.

Parting thought

I'm finding that spending most of my time with a 4-year-old is really great for my improv skills. There's a lot of character work ("I'm a dog!", "I'm a cat!") and today we worked on accents. (Not that accents are necessary for improv, but they certainly help when playing a character.) Today LG ate some bread and she said, "This is a tasty orange!" and I was like, "Is it juicy and delicious?" That's basically improv in a nutshell. Yes, I will go on this bread-as-orange journey with you. LET'S DO IT.


Possibly the most well-lit picture of me ever taken on stage. Thanks, Mom!

6Jan/15Off

Survey says

I was tagged by my girl K, so here we go.

1) What is my current health-related goal?
I was just thinking about this the other night. In 2013, I ran 388 miles (just shy of my goal of 400.) Last year, I made it to my goal of 500 miles. 500 miles was a pretty good challenge. I felt like there were times when I ran (especially towards the end) because I had to run, to meet the goal, and that sort of defeats the purpose of running for me. I don't like doing something because I have to do it, you know? Anyway, I am thinking maybe I'll just try to exceed 500 miles (which could mean 550 or 501) and try to sign up for more races. NOT half-marathons or marathons, but, like, 10Ks and stuff. I also want to do yoga more than just on Sundays at my studio.

2) What is my biggest irrational fear?
K said clowns and while clowns are pretty much the reason I am not watching this season's American Horror Story, I am not actually very fearful of them. I think they're creepy as fuck, don't get me wrong, but I don't have nightmares about clowns. I do have nightmares about intruders breaking into my house, but that's not super irrational, is it?

3) Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
I do! I waited to wrap everything this year until Christmas Eve and I'm thinking next year I'll ration the wrapping out a little more so I can get several days' worth of wrapping fun.

4) What is my favorite cross-training activity?
I'm terrible at cross-training, so I guess I'd have to say yoga (there are pushups!)

5) If you came to visit me, what would we do?
I would take you to Napa for wine/champagne tasting and lunch. If you're here for a few days, I'd take you to my favorite brunch place and then a beer tasting.

6) I have two weeks off work and two round trip plane tickets to anywhere. Where would I go and who would I take?
I'd go to Israel and I'd bring Chris and LG (I guess we'd have to buy her ticket on our own in this scenario.)

7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to me during a run or a race?
I don't think too many embarrassing things have happened on a run...Just the usual biffing it on the ground and hoping no one saw.

8) Three best days of my life? Or at least the top three that come to mind.
The day Chris proposed, the day LG was born, and the day I got my own washer and dryer.

9) Okay, so I HAVE to eat a fast food meal. Which restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
In 'n Out. If I'm getting really wild, I'll get the Double Double animal style, fries, and a vanilla/strawberry shake.

10) Have I ever met a celebrity?
I've met the President and I've met Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that's it. I typically don't count political people as celebrities (although I don't count Arnold as a political person, so...)

11) Share a pic of myself in non-workout clothes.

Look! It's the whole family! (Christmas 2014)

12) If I could choose to have a “do over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I can't really think of anything I would like to do that I haven't done in some capacity or am not going to do someday. I've always thought it would be awesome to work in the White House (and I'm currently watching The West Wing from the beginning, so my C.J. Cregg obsession is high), but I have basically done that (on a much, MUCH smaller scale, obviously.) I also want to work in show business. I'm not quite sure how/when that'll happen, but I'm putting it out there.

13) If I won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do I think I would react?
I would probably act all verklempt and then I'd grab a mic and make a big speech and I'd probably conjure up some tears during the National Anthem.

14) What do I want for Christmas?
I wanted a Clarisonic and I got one. I wanted gold earrings and I got them. I also got a whole Teavana set-up, which has been AWESOME. As far as non-gifts, I wanted a nice meal with my family (check and check.)

15) What skill do I lack?
None. (Is being humble a skill?)

And now I tag Caitlin, DaisyJD, and Hillary2Ls.

2Jan/15Off

2014 in review

The last time I did one of these, I called the post, "Goodbye 2012, you and your bitch face" and then I didn't do one at all in 2013, so I guess I had a rough few years? But hey, now that 2015 is here, what better time to recap 2014?

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Took an improv class, performed in an improv show, ran 500 miles, watched the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any resolutions. I did try to drink 80 oz. of water a day and eat one salad a day and I did pretty well at that, actually. I set a goal of running 500 miles, which I achieved. For this year, I'd like to incorporate more yoga into my life. I don't need to be doing headstands and shit, but I've been practicing for over 10 years and I still only go to yoga maybe once a week. I know (and I know enough yoga) I can do more on my own.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Chris's best friend's wife and Chris's cousin's wife. Two beautiful baby girls (my favorite brand of baby, though I may be biased.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. I haven't visited a country since 2009 and that was just Mexico, so let's go with states. In 2014, I visited Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Nevada.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn't have in 2014?
A finished kitchen.

7. What dates from 2014 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
I am so bad with dates, I actually forgot Chris's birthday. So. None of them are etched upon my memory, clearly.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I got into the pay grade I wanted to be in. I ran 500 miles. I enjoyed my marriage (not that I've not enjoyed it in years past, but I especially enjoyed it last year.) I finally figured out a small piece that was missing in my life (improv, although I don't know that that's specifically what was missing, but it's definitely helping me figure out my path.)

9. What was your biggest failure?
I need to put my phone down after, say, 8pm. I really improved on not bringing my phone out during family time, but once LG and Chris are in bed, it's total zombie phone time. No bueno.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No! And considering 2013 was The Year Of Ailments, this was quite the treat.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Airplane tickets to Hawaii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
LG's! She is always so amenable when we have big life changes going on. Being yanked from school to home with me full time to being back in (a different) school...She just takes it all with ease.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The whole Ferguson thing, and everything stemming from or related to that, was appalling.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, daycare, food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our Hawaii trip!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Oh geez, who knows. Was it on NPR? Then I didn't hear it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) Happier!
B) Fatter, probably. Who the fuck cares?
C) Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read more at night.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sweeping the floor.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
My parents came over on Christmas Eve and we ate a big dinner and drank A TON of champagne and then spent Christmas morning watching LG enjoy all her spoils.

21. Did you fall in love with 2014?
Sure, why not? It was a damn good year.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, The Affair, all the Real Housewives.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
I guess Life After Life. That was quite the thinker.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I've enjoyed Sam Baker a lot.

26. What did you want and get?
A family vacation!

27. What did you want and not get?
A finished kitchen!

28. What was your favorite film of 2014?
Preeeeeeetty sure I didn't go to the movies at all and I cannot remember any that I saw, even on tv. We got something out of the Redbox, but I can't remember what. I watcher Her on the flight home from Hawaii and it was WEIRD.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Chris and I went to San Francisco and had a blast JUST THE TWO OF US (as nature intended.) I turned 31.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I really can't think of anything. Maybe a new car?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2014?
Swans and pineapples. I have also decided to get back into novelty socks. I don't know why I thought giving those up for plain black socks was the thing to do.

32. What kept you sane?
Running, yoga, crossword puzzles, friends, my mom and dad, and Chris.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
I have steered clear of politics this year and it is glorious!

34. Who did you miss?
All my family I don't get to see enough.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
I met some cool people at my job and also some cool people at improv.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"...And this is All Things Considered."