On the whole, I have some mixed feelings about 2015. It feels like a year in which the high moments were very high, but some of the low moments were among the lowest of my life. But it is Friday night and I am eating a large bowl of pasta and I think I shall swim in the shallow side for a while and talk about the best of 2015 in terms of stuff.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This was charming and a pleasure to read from cover to cover. I read it in two days and when it was done, I wished instantly for a sequel. If said sequel existed, I would buy it tonight. In hardcover. At full price. High praise, I know.
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I have listened to this CD nearly every day for months. It is perfection. It is going to win all of the awards, I am certain of it.
For my money, Wait for It is the very best song. It makes me feel ready to take on the whole entire world.
Best culinary discovery: My writing group met once at a cozy, slightly hipster-ish cafe and I had an organic salted caramel hot cider. It was a ridiculous $6 but was so good I was tempted to lick my mug when I was done. I’ve only had it once, but I have thought back on it a rather embarrassing number of times.
Best television discovery: Mr. Monkey and I were VERY late to this particular party, but watching the original and then the new season of Project Greenlight was quite fun. I’m a sucker for behind the scenes type shows and it was fascinating to see how much work goes it to making even terrible movies.
Best Movie: I saw two and a half movies in the theatre this year (I left halfway through Rickie and the Flash because I was tired and bored. I love you, Meryl, but this one was a stinker) so this category includes movie seen at home as well. I didn’t have high expectations, but I really love Age of Adaline.
It was elegant and well acted and emotionally satisfying. It was also very well cast. The actor who played the younger version of Harrison Ford? https://www.youtube.com/embed/ReTP6x_sDiM“>Wow.
Favorite websites of the year:
Biggest Time Waster: Facebook made a major comeback for me this year, 100% due a group I joined of women in my area. The posts run the gamut from funny to profane to sincere and helpful discussion about marriage and parenting and money. The most miraculous thing? It is a 100% politics free zone and is blissfully free of drama.
Best new family tradition: Snack Dinner Movie Night on Friday nights. We watch a movie and eat in the basement and it is a small but joyful tradition and I love that my kids look forward with it with such sincere enthusiasm. I do end up seeing some TERRIBLE movies as a result, given that the children have a fairly large vote in the selection process, but it is worth it in the end.