A year in review

When I reflect back on 2013, it doesn’t seem too monumental.  Thankfully, or unthankfully, I have Facebook to remind me of all of my so called “2013 milestones.”  I may resent ever making a Facebook, but it is good at reminding me of a pretty damn good year.

Some highlights:

  • snowboarding – went a couple times in Jan/Feb, then ended the year out on the slopes
  • Seattle trip – 10 days reuniting with my city, and I loved every minute of it
  • Ise trip – since I graduated from Western and made it to Japan, going to Ise and seeing the Grand Ise shrine has been one of the few things I’ve wanted to do.  It was an amazing trip, and an experience I’ll never forget.  I’m so glad that Anthony and our mutual friend, Takanao, were there to experience it with me.
  • Hamamatsu Matsuri – I wasn’t planning on going this year, but I’m glad I went because it reconnected me with my love for this city.  Every year is always a shitshow, but this past matsuri was one of epic proportions.
  • Summer – I had one of the best summers of my life in 2013.  My best friend had her little girl, Mackenzie (who I cannot wait to meet!).  I finally made it to the UK.  I saw Metallica live at Summer Sonic (not to mention other amazing bands).  I went to other amazing concerts (Bernhoft), met some fantastic people, had a great birthday…
  • Following Seahawks football – I’ve always had a soft spot for football, as an American I have to.  But this year has been amazing.  Haters are gonna hate, but Seattle fans are about as loyal, and loud, as you can be.  We’re opinionated, and trash talkers, but we’ll be there through thick and thin.  You kinda have to be when our sports teams suck as hard as they do (most of the time), and it rains as much as it does.  We’re no fair weather fans.
  • I had a fantastic Christmas, and Thanksgiving, this year as well.  Christmas I had an actual Christmas dinner.  And Thanksgiving is always a holiday that I look forward to what with the gathering of friends, and having a meal and just chatting and having fun.

In terms of good or bad, I think we can chalk 2013 up to a good year.  I grew as a person.  I achieved some of my personal goals.  I didn’t meet anyone, but that’s nothing new and not on my list of priorities anyway.  I just barely missed achieving my goal of reading 50 books this year, only by three!, but I still see it as an achievement considering more than half of those books were read in the last three months of the year.

I’m excited for 2014.  I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I can’t wait to spend a majority of it in the good old Pacific Northwest.  I think lots of hiking, outdoorsy, coffee dates are in order.  With a good mix of baseball, concerts, flash mobs, and Russian dumplings.

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