Best of 2014 - Recap
Jan 2015
01

2014 Was A Really, Really Good Year

We had some bad years. Primarily they started with my mom getting sick and ending with me getting sick. 2013 started to turn things around, but last year was good. Really, really good.

Sure, we are still struggling out of a financial hole from those dark years, but whatever. Money is money. If I have learned anything this decade, the most important thing is the ones you love, then the experiences you have on the journey. No collection of 365 days can be perfect, nor would I even want them to be.

But 2014 was pretty damn awesome. I am so incredibly thankful.

Here are my highlights. Continue reading…

Dec 2014
30

Top 24 Best Albums of 2014

Another fun year for music! If you would like to see *all* the songs I have collected during 2014, here is my Best of 2014 Playlist. Below are 24 *albums* (listed alphabetically) that I listened to so much this year, had there been a record player, I would have worn out many needles. Each photo is linked to their Facebook pages; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Also: what songs, albums, music were among your faves in 2014?


Air Dubai - Be Calm

Bad Suns - Language & Perspective

Banks - Goddess

Bleachers - Strange Desire

Blondfore - Young Heart

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

Brody Dalle - Diploid Love

Broods - Evergreen

Casey Jack - Casey Jack

The Chain Gang of 1974 - Daydream Forever

The Colourist - The Colourist

D'Angelo - Black Messiah

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways

Foxes - Glorious

The Griswolds - Be Impressive

Hozier - Hozier

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Neon Trees - Pop Psychology

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

OK Go - Hungry Ghosts

Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

Skaters - Manhatten

TV On The Radio - Seeds

Walk The Moon - Talking Is Hard

Yes All Women
May 2014
29

#YesAllWomen : The Problem With Abuse

Trigger Warning: This content deals with accounts of sexual assault and physical violence.

…Is that it pops back up when you least expect it.

This weekend, after the horrific shooting in Santa Barbara, a video was released by the murderer where he bemoans his bad luck with women. I watched about 15 seconds of it before I felt the nausea creep up my throat, but what was more surprising than this man’s issues was the reaction to it by other men. Posts showed up all over social media pondering why women didn’t just give it up for him. “It” presumably being whatever this disturbed young man wanted.

I, along with many many many others, started sharing my stories of abuse on the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen. The tweets were meant to say no, not all men are bad or commit acts of abuse, but yes, ALL women have to deal with it on almost a daily basis. That fear is indoctrinated from the beginning. That women are taught how not to be raped, but rarely do we teach men not to rape. Continue reading…

May 2014
27

Eighteen Years

We met at a concert and it’s almost an age test to see who remembers the bands who played: The Mighty Lemondrops and Material Issue. I get very reminiscent with I hear “Inside Out” and “Valerie Loves Me.”

When we tell the story, each of us leave out details we don’t like, but the main point is this: it was a condemned bar and Bryan was moving back to Baltimore the very next day. The company I worked for was hiring and I gave him my number under that pretense. But we both knew there was something there, even then. Continue reading…

Feb 2014
28

#MonAndJon

When people ask how I met Monika, we usually look at each other and shrug. Twitter? Ignite Boulder? A concert? All of the above?

It was quite a while ago for sure, and that lady has become a most cherished friend. The difference in our ages makes us more like sisters sometimes, although Monika is quite mature and me… not so much. So basically we meet in the middle?

What *is* clearly defined, though, is how Monika met Jonathon. And then married him 23 days later.

I remember it distinctly because I am there in that timeline, at Day 5 Concert. I got a text while they were in route, “I am bringing a guy. I want your opinion.” Continue reading…