Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Year in Review (Part 2)

40 questions about my year, Part Two

21. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas day w/ Poet’s family.  It was fun.  We drank red wine and Manhattans, we opened presents, we opened champagne bottles w/ a sword and a tomahawk, and we unraveled ribbons.  We spent the weekend after Christmas at the Treehouse w/ many of our favorite friends, family and puppies; drinking, playing games, talking about movies and comics, and opening more champagne bottles w/ swords.

22. Did you fall in love?
I fall more and more in love w/ my fantastic Owner every year.

23. Have any one-night stands?
Sex was good this year, and I had a few “stands” but they’ve all been more on-going than one night.  I met a couple of young pups at IML I would have done a one-night stand with, but no.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Clone Wars and Penny Dreadful (and more Agents of SHIELD, Sherlock, and Teen Wolf)

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

26. What was the best book you read?
I won’t count comic books, which I’ve been mostly reading since I started bloging for Thoughtful Mirth.  Non-comic books include: How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor (the most comprehensive and fun-to-read book about the Star Wars movies and fandom), Jesus for the Non-Religious by Bishop John Spong, In the Spirit of Hegel by Bob Solomon, G.K. Chesterton’s In Defense of Sanity, and (one fiction work) Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers.

27. What was your favorite new music of 2013?
In the same month we got a new Leonard Cohen album and a new U2 album, and I think both were their best work in several years.

28. Best new podcast?
Stuff You Missed in History Class, On Being, and Star Wars Minute

29.  What did you want and get?
A rubber puppy hood!  *wags*

30. What did you want and not get?
A new person in my department at work.  The other person in my department retired and they chose not to replace her, so I am now flying solo and it’s a lot less fun.

31. What was your favorite film of this year?
Best A-list film:  Well, I missed a LOT of stuff (like Boyhood, Birdman, Gone Girl, Grand Budapest Hotel…) so I think the only new A-lister I caught was Monuments Men.
Best B-movie:  Marvel still dominates: Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America 2 and Amazing Spider-man 2.

32. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to Frolicon and had a really fantastic time w/ my pack – especially enjoyed holding Hunter’s leash at his first Frolic – and I got a rubber pup hood for my birthday.  I’m 39.

33. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I will not say “immeasurably” more satisfying, but we didn’t make it to any Shakespeare in the park this year or Shakespeare Tavern or any burlesque shows or any live productions at all!  :(

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept this year?
One sexy-fun, black and green latex puppy hood… and I received a bunch of nice hand-me-down shirts from my Sir.

35. What kept you sane?
 Just doing my thing as best I can and being a good puppy doggie

36. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The Rubberman in American Horror Story

37. What political issue stirred you the most?
The midterm election.  I forget the numbers, but only a small percentage of eligible voters participated and they were overwhelmingly white and old.  I think I saw that the average voting age worked out to be like 60.  This is how we get a congress w/ only like a 10% approval ratting but a 90% reelection rate.

38. Who did you miss?
My retired coworker with whom I got along with very well and really enjoyed working with

39. Who was the best new person you got to know?

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
How fast things can change.  Everything seems stable and moving one way, and the then ground shakes, people split-up, people move away, some new people come into your life, and off things go in some new direction…  Somehow, this year feels very: take nothing for granted.

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