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22 January 2014 @ 12:31 pm
I lost my best friend this year. That's really the whole story.

There were other details, though.

It's been a very busy last few months. I feel like I'm never around, and I don't have enough time to do the things I want to or see the people I love, let alone write my annual yearly summary. I'm really starting to not like the questions much, but I'll keep them for consistency's sake.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Moved to Vermont. Flew a Pilatus. Quit a jet job. Run a 1:37 half marathon.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I make resolutions, but I occasionally set goals for myself. Not usually based on the turning of the calendar, though. I lost a bunch of weight over the summer. I did a number of races, including a few cyclocross races.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I feel like the answer to this question is yes. But I probably never see them anymore, in part due to the baby (and in part due to me being gone all the time). People definitely got pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My best friend in the whole world, my cat, Tidbit. He died on May 1st of this year. I was so lucky that I was able to be there with him during his last days. That was one of the hardest times of my life, honestly.

5. What countries did you visit?
I don’t think I even visited another country, besides Canada for work. How sad is that?

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Permanence. Wealth. More days at home with the people I love. More traveling for fun. More winter hobbies.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 1, for the passing of Tidbit and the day we planted a tree in his place.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running a 1:37 half marathon. Getting a new job. Overcoming inner ear problems and motion sickness to finally pass my checkride. Moving in with Katera.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I had planned on running a marathon this year, and maybe qualifying for Boston. All that changed.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yeah, I was sick a few times. Got some bumps and bruises. Nothing too major, I don’t believe.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, this year I finally gave in and joined the late 20th century/early 21st century and got a TV and a microwave. But the best purchase was probably my Ritchey Breakaway Cross bike. Even though it’s a size too big for me, I still love it. It breaks apart so I can travel with it (if I ever had the time or space), I can use it to run errands around town, I can mountain bike a little with it, I can ride on the road with it, and best of all, I can race cyclocross with it.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of those finishing the Boston Marathon, and all of those rushing to help after the tragic events. Also, the Bruins had an admirable season, but the Red Sox won the World Series for the third time in my life. I really can’t believe I just wrote that. Katie Compton in Louisville. Fabian Cancellara in the spring classics. More personally, all those around me who bought houses, had babies, got pregnant, got new jobs, or anything like that deserve celebration.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The brothers who lived down the street from Katera in Cambridge who decided to hurt a lot of people on the most joyous day in Boston.
And this doesn’t even really compare, but congress, and especially the conservative portion of it, was entirely unreasonable this year.

14. Where did most of your money go?
I can quantify this with Mint.com!
Rent, food & dining, health & fitness, loan repayment, car ownership. In that order. They were all pretty close, though.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Vermont! And cyclocross.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Oh, there must have been a song. Arcade Fire’s Reflektor? Blurred Lines! Wrecking Ball? Something by Josh Ritter?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Probably happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner and balder
iii. richer or poorer? Looks like I earned less this year than last. So poorer, but it doesn’t entirely feel that way.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Biking, traveling, staying at home and cuddling, sleeping, hiking, seeing friends, drinking beer, snowshoeing, and spending all the time I could with Tidbit.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Working. Traveling for work. Driving to work. Staying in hotels.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas with Katera’s family. It was nice, but hectic. I also got to spend time with my family and friends that week, and I wasn’t working, so that was pretty great.

21. Where did 21 go?

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Several times, all with Katera. And I fell in love with Vermont. And the beach on the 4th of July. And ice cream on the Vineyard.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Archer, I think. Californication was fantastic. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23. Orange is the New Black. House of Cards. Louis. I guess I watched more TV this year than I thought…

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, and I think my bitterness is fading some.

26. What was the best book you read?
Ham on Rye by Bukowski was fine.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Discovery? Probably CHVRCHES. Everyone else I had heard of before.

28. What did you want and get?
Well I won that ebay auction for the CX bike…

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I honestly think I watched maybe two movies this year. Flight was one of them. It was ok.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think I was working on my actual birthday. Oh! No, I somehow ended up with that day off. Home standby I think. So technically I was working, but really I went for two great mountain bike rides with two great friends, Jim and Mike. I crashed pretty hard on the second one. I definitely felt 31 after that.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to spend every night at home with Katera. Being able to have back every day that I missed out on seeing Tidbit.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Comfortable. I bought my first pair of sweatpants.

34. What kept you sane?
Bicycling, as usual. Katera, more than anything.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Still have a guy crush on Fabian Cancellara. I have also been really excited about the women of cyclocross this year, too. Elle Anderson, Maghalie Rochette, Crystal Anthony, Mo Bruno Roy, etc.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I’m backing away from politics. The conservatives play the political system like it’s a game to win, not a way of helping people. Luckily, Vermont is a bit more utopian.

37. Who did you miss?

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Oh, man, who did I meet this year? Win & Lauren are really cool. Some of the people I work with are fun.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
We need a bigger kitchen.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
It seems so important now
But you will get over
It seems so important now
But you will get over
And when you get over
When you get older
Then you will remember
Why it was so important then

Seems like a big deal now
But you will get over
Seems like a big deal now
But you will get over
When you get over
And when you get older
Then you will discover
That it's never over

-Arcade Fire