2014 in costume

last year i recapped my month of october in costume, but this time i’m going for the entire year. have i mentioned how rad it is to have friends who embrace the opportunity for a costume party at any given moment?

i don’t have any planned costume extravaganzas coming up through december (though you never know), so therefore this should serve as a comprehensive 2014 costume recap. just received an invite to a cowboy christmas/oregon trail themed holiday party, so i spoke too soon. will have to update for december costumes afterall!

1. SANDWICH

my costumed year began in march, when haley & colleen had a food-themed costume party for their birthday. i got to bring my sandwich costume out of the rafters of my parents garage and onto the…plate? doubled up on the meat this time with a bonus haley.

sandwich costume

2. SUZY BISHOP

went to a wes anderson-themed party at golden bear, where two forms of suzy bishop from moonrise kingdom hung out with agatha from grand budapest hotel.

2014 suzy bishop

3. JAMES BOND ARTRAVE

bike party sacramento had a video game themed ride in june, so i grabbed by bubble gun from lady gaga’s artRAVE and went as james bond from 007 goldeneye (did you play that on n64? i liked using the paint ball gun to draw graffiti). i was accompanied by princess peach and a sim.

2014 james bond artRAVE

4. ABSTRACT ART

for my birthday in september, i had an “a” themed letter party, where you can dress up as anything, so long as it starts with the letter “a.” i went as abstract art and, more specifically, a mondrian (given solid blocks of color are about the extent of my painting skills). there were several artists in attendance who claimed to have painted me.

2014 abstract art mondrian

5. PET CLOUD

many moons (hah!) ago, my friend kristin made me a pet cloud. so, when haley and i were stymied about what to be for crocker’s october art mix, and she texted me a picture of her rainbow dress, i knew i had to embody my pet cloud in costume form.

2014 pet cloud6. KITTY CAT

despite a cat’s pre-disposal to run away from all things water, i hung out with a sea creature all night.

2014 kitty cat halloween at the park

7. SLOTH

And, finally, my crowning moment: THE SLOTH.

2014 sloth

i’d thought there was no surpassing my sandwich costume after its original debut in 2006, but the sloth this year might give it a run for its money.

what was your favorite thing to dress up as this year?

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In Reflection: 2013 Goals

Toward the end of 2012 I was lucky enough to attend a goal-setting workshop held by Lululemon. I had never done anything quite so official and written out before, and it was eye opening to spend focused time thinking about what I want and how to get there.

Even though I didn’t think about my goals as consistently or as focused-ly for the rest of the year, they were lingering in the back of my head, inspiring me one way or the other.

I revisited them recently and was surprised to see how many of my one-year goals I did make progress on or accomplish.

Now it’s time to sit down and think about my one-year goals for 2014 but, before I do, let me recap for the year at close.

CAREER:

I have a job with better pay and less stress (still in something I love).

By some miracle, and with minimal effort, I accomplished this — what I thought would be the most painstaking and time consuming one of all to do.

Now I even have my own nameplate:

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And sometimes I fly to work!

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I write one essay per month.

While I did not meet the quota for this, I did write considerably more, and also got back into reading regularly, which helps inspire my writing.

I also went public with one of my essays for the first time, which was quite cathartic (and it was great to receive such a positive response!). I contributed it to Allison’s NoExNo project, and you can read it here. The photo below relates to it, I swear.

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I attend monthly writing workshops with Allison (and/or others).

We were actually pretty good about doing these! Having the writing workshops correspond with wine/pizza parties helped considerably, but who’s counting?

Here’s what we look like if we haven’t had our daily allotment of pizza. I mean, writing:

hungers

I post three blog posts per week (any blog) and promote one of them.

NOPE. Didn’t happen. But, I did switch all my blogs over to WordPress and think about them sometimes.

HEALTH:

I incorporate fresh veggies into my own cooking twice per week.

I finally made it to the Midtown Farmers’ Market at the end of November. Not that that means I didn’t eat fresh vegetables until November, but it does give a little insight into this goal: kind of happened, kind of didn’t.

Here’s me after chopping some vegetables, to prove to you I am capable:

saucechef

I run a half-marathon in 1:45 (faster than Sarah Palin).

This plan got foiled by the fact that I jumped over a hedge and broke my foot. So, instead of a picture of me gloriously defeating Sarah Palin, here’s a pretty gross picture of my foot:

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PERSONAL GOALS:

I walk instead of drive three times per week.

When I was working downtown, I started biking to work every day instead of driving — it was actually a quicker commute! Now that I work farther from home, I no longer bike to work, but I still make a point to walk to meet up with friends, do my shopping, etc.

I also decided to get safe about it after I saw a bicyclist get smashed by a truck, and I bought a really sweet bike helmet. I know I had a really nerdy picture of me in said bike helmet, but I can’t find it on my computer, so this photo of me biking into the sunset will have to do:

bikingintothesunsetalisonkranzsacramento

I save 5% of every paycheck.

I did this, but I can’t really prove it to you without showing you a screenshot of my bank account, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Here’s a really awesome graphic of a sloth as a consolation prize:

best sloth graphic ever

I take a full week off work for vacation.

Glad I got this one done when I was still working a job that gave me paid vacation time. I spent a week in Ohio and Kentucky and checked two Capitols off my bucket list!

Columbus, Ohio:

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And Frankfort, Kentucky:

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I buy one piece of original artwork (that I love).

This one was seemingly the easiest on my list, but I didn’t start on it until I had an epiphany a couple weeks ago and commissioned Dan Simmons to create a handlettered art piece out of the haiku Jamie Stewart wrote for me:

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Can’t wait to see the final product!

I attend a regular weekly get-together with my girlfriends.

Haley, Haley, Allison, and I started HAHA Happy Hour in early January 2013 and it has been going strong throughout the entire year, and even grown to include ladies not named Haley or Al(l)ison. What a great tradition. Here’s the founding pinky swear:

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Cheers to another great year!