I want to live life deliberately, and writing a year in progress/review helps me inspect my life and make changes (before it's too late—hopefully). You may want to refer to prior years to view this one in context:
After 29 years of life, some of them sentient, I have a decent idea of what actually makes me happy. I picked these themes and to-dos because they are the things that bring me joy.
Paid homage and visited the house from Royale Tennenbaums; did Montauk off-season (in the snow); went to Punderdome; saw the Ravens succumb to the Patriots in 10 degree weather in Foxboro with pops and uncle Andy; went to see Lecith and Ben in New Haven with Jaewon and Sara; joined the New York Cactus and Succulent Society; built a table out of copper for my plants; saw Adam K's band play at Pianos; went to Philly with Rachael; took a pottery class with Erika M; focused on my succulent family; saw Dry the River at the Music Hall of Williamsburg; took a woodworking class and built a side table out of ash; saw the Blazers lose to the Nets with Jake (Katie was there, too; but she sat nearly court-side); went to Puerto Rico for Sarita's wedding; went ziplining at Toro Verde con Jesse y Brindi; saw the Earth Room and Broken Kilometer with Zoran; went to the Wombats' concert while wearing an eyepatch with Cameron; did Lancaster (basically ate pretzels, fed goats, and drank birch beer) with McCall, Lauren, and Celeste; took the train to Montreal with Lana and biked to our hearts content (and sometimes a little more uphill than Lana's heart wanted); went to visit Tanner in Playa Del Rey where we went on an epic bike ride, hiked Griffths Park with Jesse and then had a Chinese popper duel in Chinatown; kicked it with Arturo Rebecca and Rufus in Fairfax Village; I met Skyler's parents (who are lovely); hit Palm Springs with Tanner (where it was 108 degrees and we drove the whole way from LA with the windows down because the AC in the car didn't work) where we saw the Kauffmann house and ate at Elmer's; then hiked Mastodon peak in Joshua Tree (but saw no Joshua Trees in the park); then saw Nate and Zoe in vegas for some fine Thai food and quality time at a golf store before Tanner and I hit the strip for a long hot walking tour until Midnight; hiked two ill-advised hikes in Valley of Fire; ate Dinner with Steve and Dillon at George's then watched Inside Out with T & D; helped Dillon move to his new place then boated in Sand Hollow with Steve and his friends from CA (Tanner killed it right away; watched Dillon perfect the belly-surf; and I made it up after a myriad of tries); Steve and I nerded out over Music; on the 4th of July we hiked the Narrows in Zions which was perhaps the best hike of our lives (Dillon had a lot of fun posing for the camera, Tanner kept petting the ground squirrels, and I sprained my toe&Dane was sorely missed) and hit In-N-Out and then went to the park for the fireworks; went to the pool with Troy and Sam before Davanzas and Thrifty ice cream and seeing Laurie; saw Me Earl and the Dying Girl with Troy and Sam; spent a lot of good time with Brooke and Jordan; saw Molly Turner and relived our New York pass times (eating, looking at art, and wandersploring); hiked Mary Margret Catherine with Molly; had dinner with Molly and Charlotte & Chris and Brooke & Jordan and Brad Liljunquist!; saw the imitable Jendar Morales; had dinner with Sister and President McConkie at Cheesecake Factory; took the train from SLC (which left at 2am instead of 11:30 pm) to Oakland and made some new friends who pointed out the Golden Eagle nest by Donner lake and the singular geology before us (and had a great chat with a man named Mike O'Mally for much of the ride); saw Antonia & Francisco and Mario & Francisca at Jesus' baptism; got to see Ami Navarrette; met Yessica and Anthony's Sebastian; saw Hermana Vivas and Correa and Ramos (and Brother Ramos) and Mario Hidalog Sr. and Hugo Calasin and Carlos Rendon and the Rodriguez'; saw Greg Greer, and stayed with the wonderful Katie Lumen; went to Costa Rica with my family where we saw spider, squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, a poison dart frog, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, skinks; went whitewater rafting; did Las Palmas on ATV; went zip-lining in Arenal; found the most wonderful places to enjoy Tabacon's hot springs; walked the hanging bridges near Lake Arenal and saw a few Eyelash Palm Pit Vipers; went to London and saw Tiffany and fam, plus I saw West Ham lose to Bournemouth, the Agnes Martin exhibit at the Tate and the Rosetta stone in British Museum, did Eucharist at St. Peter's, and shattered my iPhone while running (a bit late) in the rainy London morning to sacrament meeting (there I met Alyssa and Sarah, with whom I passed the rest of the day); I then caught a flight to Malaga (slept on the floor for a few hours) then a bus to Granada where I saw the Alhambra and met Cocu and Aguitta; the next day I went to Cordoba, the following Sevilla, then to Cadiz, Tangier, Marrakesh, Algrecias, Sevilla, Madrid, and then home; went home to PA for Labor day and did some fossil hunting with Dane and McCall (we all found prehistoric Goblin shark teeth); Monday I made pops go with me to Hawk Mountain to see the annual Hawk migration (we saw a northern harrier, red tailed hawk, merlin, a broad-winged hawk and plenty of buzzards); Tuesday I used 80 lbs of concrete to make a 2'x 2' x 2' hypertufa planter, went to Japan with Molly, went to Mexico (and did a lot).
A linked title connotes endorsement.
I basically did them all.