2014, in summary

The Year of the Horse. Now I’m going to say something clever like, “Boy, did the year just gallop right on by.” Cheese.

I did some pretty important things this year and some not so memorable things too. In no particular order (just as they pop into my head):

I hung twinkly lights in our living room. They are twinkling right now as a matter of fact.

I moved teams to improve my work situation. I like my colleagues and I’m very grateful for this job. I know! Not only am I not complaining about work, I even think it’s okay! Winning.

And since a long commute gives me nothing but time to sleep, ponder on peoples’ fashion choices, and read, I read a bunch of books. I don’t remember them all. But I think my favorite for the year is Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It may be my favorite Austen novel I’ve read thus far. I fell in love with Anne Elliot. I’m naming my future kid Anne or Jane if it’s a girl and/or Elliot or Austen if it’s a boy. Anne’s so steady, kindhearted, and astute yet generous with her regard of people. Sigh. I have a crush on Anne Elliot.

The most influential book I read this year was Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. Let’s just say, I don’t make it a point to eat animals anymore. I like meat. I like animals. It’s a choice every meal.

We went to a few places.

  • Baltimore, MD for a day trip to Woodberry Kitchen, the Harbor, and a local museum.
  • Lancaster, PA for an old-people frolicking good time. I love B&B’s and a show and dinner. I would definitely do this again!
  • Outer Banks, NC for a week at the beach. For someone who’s not generally a fan of the beach, I went to the beach every day and I had a good time. Whaddya know?
  • New York, NY which is still  a hit or miss food place for me.  Consistently inconsistent.
  • Quebec City, Quebec Canada for a week of eating and exploration. And lo, coincidentally it was Gay Pride week. Food and entertainment! And they really do speak French!
  • Ocean City: Surprise! Outback Steakhouse has vegan options.

I find I enjoy a few local trips peppered throughout the year. It gives me more things to look forward to. On the other hand, a big trip somewhere that involves overnight stays are more memorable. Surprisingly, shopping excursions are forgettable even though I enjoy them in the moment. In fact, they’re so forgettable, by the time I get home, I generally don’t remember what I’ve gotten most of the time. So I’m not sure if it’s a good thing to do to be present but I do like it.

Gina’s aged into the most affectionate chinchilla since we’ve known her. I think partly it’s due to not having Marco around, so she seeks our attention more for socializing. And partly it’s because we’re not as restrictive about the treats now that she’s older. We bribe her with abandon to come to us.