2014 was a hard year for me. There was nothing specific about it, just a lot of stress – quite a bit of it self-imposed, naturally. However, looking back, there were a lot of highlights and yes, I do feel compelled to share them. You’re welcome. A blog is essentially a way to show off shiny and pretty my life is a public journal of sorts.
(Look at me, trying to see the good in things. I fully expect a few family members of mine to keel over and die.)
Winter is not my “thing”. I don’t like to be cold. I don’t like driving in the snow. But there’s something about it that’s also very pretty. I was able to visit my family back east this past winter. It snowed. I spent a week visiting family and friends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts – I even met Carolyn of Rosemary and Reading Glasses. I read Shotgun Lovesongs on this trip, as well as Fortune’s Pawn (around the same time), both were highlights of the year
In May, I made my first trip out to BEA, where I stayed with a couple of my favorite bloggers (Leah and Shannon). I survived the terrible Bloggers Conference and ate a lot of good food (I’m still dreaming about Roberta’s Pizza). And I brought home books, LOTS of books.
In June I hiked Mt. Bierstadt (14,065′ – looks more impressive than it is) and two weeks later I went camping just outside of Monarch, Colorado (for my birthday, there was moonshine, which was mildly traumatizing). Right after I got back, I left for a two week vacation with my family. We spent a week in Tennessee and a week on the coast of North Carolina (beach reading!). Both were beautiful (and humid). I came home and settled in for rest of the vacation free year. If that wasn’t bad enough, my son started first grade. Tears were not present, but it was a near thing.
Despite sharing a city for years, Allison (from The Book Wheel) and I finally met. It took long enough. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County came to Denver – Stephen King and the dad from Twilight. That’s kind of hard to beat.
I can’t pretend this was a big year on the blog, as I posted less than ever before, but I started a new feature on the blog: Like this, read that. If you like Gilmore Girls, Twin Peaks, Bob Dylan, or True Detective and you don’t know what to read next – I’ve got you covered. Those post are probably the ones I have the most fun writing (well, maybe literary mixtapes win there).
Overall, I read great books, met great people, and saw some very lovely places. There’s not too much to complain about (though I bet I could still find a way, Pollyanna I am not…).
I hope everyone’s 2014* had at least a few highlights that they can look back on fondly. Here’s hoping 2015 is even better. Or, at the very least, not any worse.
Happy New Year! How was your 2014?
(*I feel like I am posting this recap late, but I would not be me if there was not at least a little procrastination involved in the blogging process.)