Posts in this series
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Got formally diagnosed with ADD.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don’t remember my 2014 resolutions, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t keep them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Wendy and Amelia.
Pat and Lindsay.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More inner peace. And a fatbike.
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 19th. The day I went back to work after 11 months of sitting around the house. Felt great to be able to provide for my family again.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my 6-month contract converted to a job offer — six weeks into the contract, I knew it was going to happen, but I had to wait patiently.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Spending the first 5 months unemployed.
Not seeking help for my ADD and dealing with childhood trauma more promptly.
Shutting down my framebuilding business.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Had a pretty nasty stomach bug that had me puking on the bus on my commute home.
My back also started to really go bad this year. Cervical and lumbar areas are a mess. Recently had MRI/x-rays, and next week, I’ll have a diagnosis.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The headlight for my bike. Holy crap that thing is powerful.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My wife, Kate, for her amazing work in battling post-partum depression. She’s a badass and she doesn’t even know it.
Also exactly what Jenni said in her version of this: Anyone involved in legalizing gay marriage in multiple states in the US. Anyone who does charity work, especially those helping the homeless, whose condition is just going to keep getting worse.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Politicians. Killer cops. People who defended the killer cops.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off bills. It’s that whole Total Money Makeover thing.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Star Wars trailer.
My new iPad Mini Retina.
The Party Van.
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
“All About That Bass” — because it put Sam to sleep in the car every time, and the simple rhyming scheme made for some great jokes.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Fatter or thinner: Thinner
b) Richer or poorer: Richer
c) Happier or less happy: Happier
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Hustlin’ — really need to start bringing in more income on the side.
Riding my bike.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Haven’t yet. We’re having a quiet family Xmas Eve, followed by a more low-key one on Christmas Day with some family; then we’re going up to see the in-laws on Friday and staying for the weekend.
21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
I was already in love. I fell MORE in love in 2014.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I don’t think I had one. I’m getting to the point where TV just doesn’t do it for me anymore.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I’ve been trying to let go of hate.
24. What was the best book you read?
The Martian by Andy Weir.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2014?
Huh. I don’t know.
26. What did you want and get?
A new job.
More time to ride.
A new headlight for my bike.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Big Hero 6.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 42. We went out to dinner and went and saw Big Hero 6 without the kids.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Landing a job before we had to put the house up for sale.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Comfortable and slightly nerdy.
32. What kept you sane?
Riding my bike to work.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Scarlett Johansson. Rawr.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
We’ve covered that above, I think.
35. Who did you miss?
No one, strangely.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
My co-workers at the new job.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
That’s the subject of an upcoming post.
BONUS: Here’s last year’s assessment.