here’s 2015

I only do this every year when Chele does it, because that’s the only way I can remember to do it. Thanks for being my blogging reminder, lady!

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

  • Drove from Minneapolis to Key West
  • Mistook a dog barking for a chicken
  • Went to Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Saw manatees in the wild
  • Bought a house (!!!)
  • Celebrated my son’s 1st birthday
  • Watched the 18 year old graduate high school and head off to college
  • Got a snow blower (hey, that’s a big deal for a Minnesotan!)
  • A bunch of really intense work projects that increased by knowledge by one billion
  • Took a baby massage class
  • Went to something called MOMMYCON
  • Got my hair cut at a barber
  • Watched the Lynx win the WNBA Championship in person
  • Missed a flight
  • Saw Salt n Pepa live
  • Camped in the back of my car

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

Nope. I never make any.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Cindi and Adam, a handful of pretty great co-workers, probably some people I’m forgetting

Did anyone close to you die?

My friend Angie’s mom, who was a complete mom to me growing up. That was hard.

What countries did you visit?

USA. USA. USA. Amelia’s getting her passport in 2016, so that will hopefully change.

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

Travel. Gym time. Self-care. Mindfulness.

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

My son’s first birthday. The week I drove almost 2000 miles. Our Disney vacation.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Raising Ozzy. I mean, I managed to do my part in keeping him alive. I’ll call that an achievement. Lots of work stuff. Buying a house.

What was your biggest failure?

Man, I dropped my wife’s brand new phone in the parking lot of Animal Kingdom the second day of our Disney vacation. TOTAL FAILURE.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nah. Weird virus thing a couple of weeks ago was about it.

What was the best thing you bought?

Our house.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

My wife’s. Always my wife’s. My grandma’s.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Ugggh. So many that it really bothers me to think about it. I don’t know if having a kid makes you more critical of people and the way they treat others, but it really did for me. People that treat others with disrespect appalls me and depresses me. Be nice to each other, you guys. Be truthful to those you love.

Where did most of your money go?

OUR HOUSE. Pictures of Ozzy.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Our house. I wasn’t super excited when we started looking, but once someone told us this house was ours, I was SO excited. Helping Jenni and Matt move was exciting, because I got to be a part of their super awesome adventure of moving to Key West.

What song will always remind you of 2015?

I have a 9 minute commute now and I can’t remember the songs I heard this morning. SO NONE. Maybe the theme song to every Disney Junior cartoon or the soundtrack to Descendants. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) Fatter or thinner: Somehow close to the same.
b) Richer or poorer: A little poorer, because listen, liars, it’s not cheaper to buy than it is to rent.
c) Happier or less happy: Happier.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spent alone time with my wife. Traveled. Spent more time being present. Tried new things.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Focusing on other people’s issues when they don’t directly impact me. Not walking away from relationships or conversations earlier opposed to later.

How did you spend Christmas?

In Sedalia, making two visits a day to the hospital to visit my 91 year old grandpa who broke his ankle on Christmas Eve. It wasn’t the Christmas I had planned, but it was my Christmas and I loved every minute of it.

Did you fall in love in 2015?

If you’re with someone and you don’t fall in love every year, you’re doing it way wrong. Yes. Yes, I did.

What was your favorite TV program?

Bloodline, Transparent, VEEP

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I try not to hate because that’s a terrible word. Plenty of people who I dislike, but it’s not their fault they happen to be turds.

What was the best book you read?

Gillian Flynn books. I don’t know if it was because it was a gigantic break from school or what, but I just liked them. I also read books by Jay McLean and Shae Scott, both self-published authors on Amazon and it was like straight candy reading their books. Very much needed during school!

What was your greatest musical discovery of 2015?

I got nothin’. Really.

What did you want and get?

There wasn’t anything I was really yearning for. I wanted a happy year and, for the most part, it was.

What did you want and not get?

FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

What was your favorite film of this year?

We didn’t see a lot this year… baby and all. We opted for binge watching TV shows at home instead of movies.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 37, which doesn’t bother me one single bit. I get weirded out when people freak out about their age. You can’t stop it, dude. Accept it. I think we went to Lemongrass as a family, but I was still in major sleep loss mode for the first few months of the year.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Unlimited paid parental leave. Get with the program, America.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Biz casz during the week and cargos/jeans and t-shirts/thermals off the clock. Ain’t nothing changed about that for years.

What kept you sane?

Family. Therapist. Medication. Two different stints of ocean time.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

People that aren’t dicks and stand up for what they believe is truly right.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Racism. Guns. Refugees. (Please see above recommendation to be nice to each other.)

Who did you miss?

Jenni and Matt. My family in Missouri (gets harder when your grandparents get older and you have a baby that everyone loves). My grandparents that have passed.

Who was the best new person you met?

Uhhh. I can’t really pick one, I don’t think. Our realtor was pretty rad. Probably some new co-workers could fit the bill.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:

Do you. Always do you. It’s hard to understand that when you’re young, but you’ll get to a point – maybe when you’re 12 or maybe when you’re 80 – that it finally feels good to do that.

all things point to hashtag blessed

For the most part, you know?

I have 63,829 things I’ve started to say on Facebook or Twitter and then realized it’s way more than 140 characters or there are way, way too many details to share for a Facebook status update. Then I’ve deleted what I’ve started to write and thought to myself, “Self, you look good today.” And then I carry on about my day. And then NOBODY GETS TO KNOW WHAT WITTY THING I WAS THINKING. Rest assured it was probably in all caps though. 

Since I’m not Catholic my plan of doing this update all confessional style isn’t going to work, since I’ve never seen one of those done anywhere but on TV. And pretty sure Elliot Stabler has been involved in most of the ones I’ve seen. 

Instead, a generic and overused numbered list:

  1. Our son will be 8 months old next week. How the crap balls did that happen? He’s obviously the cutest baby in the world. His latest tricks include high fives, constantly blowing raspberries, using an inchworm tactic to move right along, feeding himself and, as of today, pulling himself into a standing position. He’s pretty much got life figured out. 
  2. Someone just approved a mortgage for us today and we already have a realtor sending us listings every day, which obviously means we’re about to turn into home-owning grow ups. We’re not sure of the exact location we’re buying yet but we know it’ll be less than 15 miles from my work. OR ELSE. 
  3. The elder brother graduated from high school and has registered for his fall semester at a public state university. I’m so proud of how hard he worked the past couple of years and I’m so excited to see how this young man grows in all areas of his life. 
  4. To celebrate the aforementioned high school graduation and that same kid’s 18th birthday, we went to Disney World and Universal Studios for a week. I could summarize it in about 19 blog posts I’ll never write or by one word: AWESOME and one picture: 

Those are the pretty damn cool highlights. It’s been a good spring/summer so far and we don’t really show any signs of things slowing down in the next few months. It seems like that’s the way we like it. Uh huh. Uh huh. 

a rundown of my january 25ths for the past 8 years

  • 2007: I had the flu.
  • 2008: Apartment-shopping to finally move from the suburbs into the city.
  • 2009: We were having dinner at a friend’s house.
  • 2010: I got a pair of brand new sneakers for $20 and was very excited about it.
  • 2011: I’d forgotten how to blog about anything.
  • 2012: I was in the middle of loving Drake and packing to move into our current house. We were fostering our last set of puppies.
  • 2013: Again with the forgetting the blog thing. I did manage to take a picture of some pals at happy hour.
  • 2014: Amelia and I saw The Dan Band in Minneapolis. Highly recommended, by the way.
  • 2015: I had a headache until about 3pm, am nursing what I’m scared might be a torn rotator cuff and went grocery shopping with my wife and 11 week old baby.

Thanks to TimeHop, I noticed late last week that about one year go today is when, holy shit, our lives were just about to get a whole lot more crazy. And, of course, all that was for the better. This 13 pound, 25 inch little ball of drool that just turned 11 weeks old last week has definitely changed my life and, thanks to him, I don’t think I’ll ever look at anything in the same light again.