2014: the year in review
JANUARY: G-Vo and I went to Florida for his dad's 75th birthday party. We stayed at his parents' rental condo and went to an art fair and a state park, played games, and ate lots of delicious food. Since my dad and stepmother lived about 20 minutes away, I also spent time with them, and they came to the party since they've become good friends with G-Vo's parents. Finished Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F. Said goodbye to Open Diary, where I'd blogged for almost 14 years. Read 5 novels, 2 nonfiction books, 3 graphic novels, and 7 volumes of manga; watched 7 movies.
FEBRUARY: All sorts of changes at work led to some serious stress and lowered morale. Took Valentine's Day off to spend it with my sweetheart. We exchanged presents and cards, got all mushy, and had brunch at a nearby restaurant and found out later that we missed the Kardashians by about 30 minutes. (Which is fine.) Finished The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC. Read 7 novels, one nonfiction book, one graphic novel, and 4 volumes of manga; watched 10 movies.
MARCH: Massive rain led to cabin fever. Watched the Oscars. My work bestie accepted a position in another state, which made me really sad. In happier news, the Raccoon (one of my least favorite coworkers, so dubbed because I once caught her going through my trash can) announced her retirement effective June 1st. G-Vo and I were awakened at 6AM by a 4.4 earthquake. Got together with M for a belated birthday celebration; we visited an alpaca farm, had lunch at a favorite restaurant, and strolled around downtown Ventura before returning to her place to chat and love up her cats. Read 6 novels, one nonfiction book, 2 graphic novels, and 6 volumes of manga; watched 10 movies.
APRIL: Started off the month with a nasty cold. The new season of Game of Thrones began, which is basically a holiday in our hizzy. A rare opportunity for overtime came up, so I took it, but the difference in my paycheck was so meager that I doubt I'll ever do it again. Madre and Padre came to California for a short visit. Finally drank the Kool-Aid and got an iPhone; mere days later, I developed a serious addiction to Candy Crush Saga. Read 5 novels, 3 nonfiction books, 2 graphic novels, and 4 volumes of manga; watched 8 movies.
MAY: Went to the crotch doc for my annual checkup and everything was fine with my ladybits. A scorching SoCal heat wave made me even more sluggish than usual. G-Vo, M, and I went to a small local zoo (they had lemurs!). My boss announced that she was accepting an opportunity in a different department, and when the email went out, people were actually screaming and cheering with joy. (She wasn't around at the time!) Enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend with G-Vo. Cat sat for M, and although the commute sucked, it was nice spending time with her two sweet cats. Boy Cat even followed me around like a dog! Went to the movies for the first time in 7 months and saw X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read 4 novels, zero nonfiction books, 4 volumes of manga, and 2 graphic novels; watched 8 movies.
JUNE: Much to my delight, the Raccoon retired. Downloaded a bizarre Japanese game on my iPhone that involved romancing anthropomorphized pieces of sushi. My work bestie J/next door neighbor decided not to transfer to Arizona after all, which made me very happy. A small earthquake hit SoCal. Work started to slow down drastically due to changes in the company, which was nice at first but led to some real paranoia in my department about potential layoffs. Saw a live taping of Conan O'Brien with G-Vo, C, and C's fiancee, and then we ate at the original Bob's Big Boy in Burbank for dinner. Finished Murdered: Soul Suspect. Read 4 novels, 2 nonfiction books, 1 volume of manga, and 4 graphic novels; watched 9 movies.
JULY: Tweaked my back and had to cancel my indoor skydiving lesson. Catsat for my friend M. My iPhone started acting bizarre, which had me in tears while frantically googling the problem. Celebrated my 15th anniversary at work, and they gave me a Kindle Fire. Spent a lovely birthday weekend with G-Vo. Had a busy but fun weekend hanging out with assorted friends. Southern California was hit by a major heat wave, which meant that I got a lot more reading done because I wasn't spending my work breaks walking. Read 9 novels, zero nonfiction books, 5 volumes of manga, and 1 graphic novel; watched 14 movies.
AUGUST: Took a cruise to Alaska with my dad, brother, stepmother, and G-Vo, which was incredibly fun except for G-Vo and me getting colds and me sharting myself while walking around Sitka. We got to see some gorgeous things and eat a ton of great food, so all in all, it was a terrific experience. Got my mammogram done, and thankfully everything was normal. G-Vo and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. Read 3 novels, 4 nonfiction books, 4 volumes of manga, and 3 graphic novels; watched 10 movies.
SEPTEMBER: Finished Breaking Bad. G-Vo and I went to a local carnival. Work angst due to draconian vacation scheduling and assorted fee-fees getting hurt led to hours of searching job listings online. Catsat for my friend M. Southern California continued to be hotter than fuck. Read 8 novels, 1 nonfiction book, 3 volumes of manga, and 1 graphic novel; watched 9 movies.
OCTOBER: Finished Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed. Had to cancel my credit card after the information was stolen in a data breach. (Anonymous thief, I hope you choked on that fraudulent Five Guys burger.) Took G-Vo for his first colonoscopy, and fortunately everything checked out okay. The New York Giants' season basically came to an end with Victor Cruz's horrifying injury. I was reading in bed and a giant spider scurried across my bedspread; I shrieked and leaped out of bed to look for it, but I couldn't find it and wound up spending a cold and sleepless night on the couch. Went to the Tilted Kilt, a "breastaurant" where the waitresses wear tiny uniforms of plaid bras, kilts, and knee socks. Finished The Walking Dead: Season 2 (XBOX360 game, not the TV show). Put on cool fake nails painted with skulls and cobwebs for Halloween and had a bitch of a time removing them the next day; the process involved a bowl of hot water, dental floss, and picking away globs of glue. Read 3 novels, 4 nonfiction books, 5 graphic novels, and 10 volumes of manga; watched 10 movies.
NOVEMBER: Finished The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC. Went to Little Tokyo with G-Vo, C, and J for the Hello Kitty anniversary exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. Aside from traffic and a bitch of a time finding parking, we had a good time; the exhibit was awesome, and we had lunch at Curry House and shopped. We even managed to find our beloved jyaga bata potato chips, which we hadn't seen in years, and promptly bought 10 bags! Finished Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit. At work, I found out that my new boss was being reassigned to a different department, which sucked as I really liked her. Enjoyed a gloriously slothy Thanksgiving weekend with G-Vo doing nothing but eating, watching TV/movies, and playing video games. Finished Dead Rising 3. Read 7 novels, zero nonfiction books, 8 volumes of manga, and 2 graphic novels; watched 10 movies.
DECEMBER: Finished Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. Went to Famous Dave's for dinner and had to switch tables because ours had ants all over it. (Appetizing!) Finished the Dead Rising DLC chapters. Spent a lovely Christmas with G-Vo; he made orange cinnamon rolls for breakfast and we spent the day killing zombies and watching movies. Went to Florida for vacation at the end of the month because his parents were renting a house there. His sister and her family drove up for the week, and we went to Weeki Wachee Springs and the Edison Ford Estate, ate tons of good food, and rang in the New Year. My dad and stepmother live in the same city as G-Vo's parents' rental house, so I spent time with them as well. Read 8 novels, 2 nonfiction books, and one graphic novel; watched 5 movies.