Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Remembering 2013

Since this blog has only been active since September, there's a lot of 2013 I've failed to share with you all. Here is a short recap of the major events of TK this year, many of which may become posts in 2014.

> At the start of 2013, I had become frustrated that D didn't want to go rock climbing often. I made the decision to join a CrossFit gym and stuck with it for half the year. For a while, I defiantly showed the stereotypical CrossFit obsession. I took up and loved discussing everything I learned. The most important thing I took was knowledge of weight lifting. I'd never done anything like it before and loved the way I felt after each work out. Unfortunately, I had to quite for financial reasons. If I ever get the chance again, I'd love to continue with CrossFit. Someday.

> With my job benefits fully implemented, I started to think of ways I could take advantage of the vacation time given to me. One of my dreams is to step food on all seven continents. To knock a third one out-of-the-way, I planned a trip to Machu Picchu in 2014. After months of planning, I decided to put off this goal until 2015. I want to make sure I have a certain amount of money left in my savings account once I get back from the trip. I'm not going to bleed my savings dry if I don't have to.

> Taxes happened. I did them on my own for the first time in my life. They were hell because I had held three different jobs in two different states over 2012. I am not joking when I say there were tears. The whole thing was so confusing. Here's hoping they will be easier in 2014 since I've lived in the same state and had the same job all year.

> I lived on my own for the first time in my life this year. My humble one bedroom apartment isn't much, but it's mine. Some may think I'm crazy because I have a boyfriend of nearly five years I could live with, but it was important to me to prove that I could support myself on my own. Looks like I can! As far as the boyfriend goes, I love the boy but see no reason to rush living together.

At least my room is bigger than this one in Brooklyn. It can be yours for $1,000 per month.

> You guys know D and I went to see . Earlier in the year, we also saw The Book of Mormon. If you ever get the chance to see it, you need to go. There is a whole scene called the scary Mormon hell dream which includes dancing Starbucks cups. Life is not complete until you see that.

> I met the one and only Richelle Mead when she came to Chicagoland. Her website said she was coming to "Chicago," but where she really went was a suburb. That suburb happens to be the one I live in. Just for that, I became a member of the book store that hosted her event. They have my undying loyalty after bringing Richelle Mead to my town. There's probably a future blog post here as I was beside myself the whole time. Mrs. Mead probably thought I was crazy.

(the following photos were taken by D)

> My childhood was rocked when I learned the truths about Orson Scott Card and Lisa Frank. Card has horrid opinions on homosexuality, and I have heard him said equally horrid things about women and people of the Jewish faith. Ender's Game was a foundation book in my youth. I can't help but love the man's writing, but I can't stand him as a human being. published an article about the downfall of Lisa Frank earlier in December. In short, the company tells the history of a rich woman who had a great ability for art and no ability for business. I'm so sad they couldn't get it together well enough to produce nostalgic memorabilia. If Lisa Frank sold clothes for 20-somethings, I'd be all over that (don't judge)

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action

> Other news of 2013 includes

* Running my first 5Kand then running three more

* Attending Chicago Pride for the first time

* Amazon buying Goodreads (they better not mess it up!)

* Rurouni Kenshin The Live Action Movie is release and the second begins filming

* The Vampire Academy Movie gets a release date: February 14, 2014. To say that I am excited would be an understatement
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