Well, it’s early 2016 and once again, I’m really late in writing an annual update post. It’s not like it really matters since the only people who are likely to care are good friends, family, and maybe people from my past who hate my guts and want to see if I’m having a horrible life – but I like having it here so I can remember stuff as time passes and it all begins to blur together. It’s a lot easier than scrapbooking.
As usual, you can click on any picture for a bigger version (or in some cases, links to relevant videos).
2014 started off like any other year, with Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas. This year, I helped throw two parties – the usual penthouse party with cookie buffet, and another event with Above All Offers and AffPlaybook where we rented out a zoo and took everybody over in a party bus. I was licked by a camel.
February was pretty calm, but I did finally get the chance to see Engelbert Humperdinck. At nearly 80, he still makes the little old ladies crazy. This was the first concert I’ve attended where event volunteers were asking people not to stand out of respect for those with limited mobility.
I also got a Fandor subscription so I could watch interesting foreign films…I’m not sure that was a good idea.
Even though I’ve attended San Diego Comic Con twice now, I had never actually gotten to meet Stan Lee. If you’ve been to Comic Con, you know what those lines are like. In March, I got to meet him in Sacramento. I can’t say enough good things about the guy – even though he was a little under the weather, he was smiling and friendly with everyone. I’m really impressed that he’s still interacting with fans in his 90s.
I also had the pleasure of seeing Kenny G for the second time. He did a show at Yoshi’s over in Oakland, along with a meet and greet before the show.
In fact, I enjoyed the show at Yoshi’s SO much that I decided to put my frequent flyer miles to good use and catch a May show at Jazz Alley in Seattle. I have a weird fascination with seeing artists perform to their hometown audiences, and Kenny G is from Seattle…so it made sense. Since I couldn’t talk anyone into going along (imagine that), I took a nice older lady from Seattle. I found her on Craigslist and she didn’t even murder me.
Though hardly newsworthy, this picture still makes me laugh. I got a package from Nordstrom and a giant spider climbed out. As I was trying to carry it out to the balcony, he jumped into my rug and I moved everything while trying to find him. I then shook the rug and he/she landed on my chest. I carefully walked the spider to safety. This was the aftermath.
Towards the middle of May, my sister had another baby and we welcomed my new niece to the family…
A week or two later, I decided to visit Philadelphia on a whim. I’d never been, and while I was there I decided to get a place and spend a little time on the east coast. Between the cookies and the gorgeous May weather, I was sold.
I can’t say I enjoyed the 3000 mile drive from CA to PA, but I did see some interesting things along the way…
After a little wandering and some time in Illinois, I arrived…since it was just a short-term experiment and I was going to be all over the place anyway, I went a bit wild with the colors.
After a few weeks of chaos and getting the place set up, things got back to normal in August. Given that NYC and Philadelphia are a short train ride apart, I spent a lot of time over there. When I heard Puddles Pity Party was going to be in town, I jumped on it. What could be better than a giant singing clown?
Affiliate Summit East took place in NYC, too, and my best friend’s company partnered with another company to host a fun rooftop event. I actually wore a skirt.
After the conference, I flew back to Illinois to enjoy another Happy Together concert with my mom, dad, and grandma. I don’t think I would ever get tired of seeing the Turtles perform.
After that, I ended up back in NYC, where I FINALLY met the guys in Air Supply. They were both very friendly, but Graham Russell seemed especially personable. I saw Christopher Cross around this time, too, but the venue was strict about photos so there’s nothing very memorable from that night. It was cool seeing him sing Arthur’s Theme IN NYC, though (“When you get caught between the moon and New York City, I know it’s crazy, but it’s true…”)
And Philadelphia, where I geeked out over seeing Toynbee Tiles in person…
…and found amazing hummus at Dizengoff (and I even learned some new Hebrew phrases).
AND I found Jesus…
For my birthday, I decided to do a little flying trapeze and then go see Tony DeSare at 54 Below in NYC. The venue was strict about photos during the show, but the colors were so pretty…you can check out someone else’s video here.
In October, we continued the annual log cabin festival tradition back in Illinois.
I spent Halloween at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in NYC, and sat in the splash zone.
And then there’s this, which I won’t even try to explain. It’s better that way.
As part of my eternal quest to try new things, I decided to take a woodworking class. I made some cool stuff and gave it away at Christmas, but neither my parents nor my grandma have ever used the cutting boards. They claim they’re too pretty.
Oh, and there was the gemology class…
Sometime in November or December, I headed back to Illinois and spent the rest of the year there. For the first time in my life, I made homemade Devil’s Food cookies. You know, the ones with the cake-like middle, the marshmallow cream, and shiny chocolate coating? That was a lot of work for a small number of cookies, but I’d do it again.
My bird saw a Christmas tree for the first time in many years (since I don’t do Christmas trees).
I made a personalized Monopoly game using only things found around my parents’ house…
We went a little overboard on bows when wrapping my nephew’s car…
And we ended with a very Bowie Christmas celebration (AKA Bulge-mas)…