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Thursday, December 31, 2015

best of 2015

What a year.  This year I worked at a job I loved, had an amazing artist in residence experience, became a mother, and moved home to St. Louis.  Looking back this year feels like a complete blur.  I read through some of my blog posts, and I barely remember writing them, especially the ones written after Baby T was born.  Maybe because I was so fully immersed in so many moments this year, being needed immediately so often by Baby T in such an intimate way.  Whatever the reason, it's true what I had heard about being a mother to small babies - this season of your life flies by like a blur.

                                                    T O P   F I V E   P O S T S

These are the top five most read posts from 2015.  Funnily, it reflects my top nine Instagram posts - they all have to do with pregnancy and baby Theo.  Other cool things happened this year like like being asked to paint a portrait of James Foley, taking trips to Portland, a JVC reunion, a vacation in Michigan, and moving to St. Louis.  But the highlight was most definitely becoming a mother.
F A V O R I T E     B O O K S
I read seventeen books this year and rated them all on Goodreads.  These were my favorites, and seeing that the list is pretty short is making me want to read a lot more good books in 2016. Listed in order starting with my favorite, but I would recommend all of them.
  • Big Little Lies
  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Station Eleven
  • Operating Instructions
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Oryx and Crake (I went through a big apocalyptic kick at the beginning of the year)
  • Bringing up Bebe
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
F A V O R I T E     M O V I E S
In no particular order - and not necessarily released this year, just new to me.  I know I liked more movies than this in 2015, but these were the only ones I could remember.  Probably because they all connected to Theo in some way. 
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (last movie I saw in the theater before Theo - went to the bathroom twice)
  • Selma (Theo jumped about a foot in the bomb scene)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (Somehow I had never watched this movie before 2015)
  • The Naked Gun (we watched all three of these right before Theo was born)
  • The Man from Uncle (the first movie we saw in the theaters after having Theo!)
  • Inside Out (watched after Theo fell asleep on New Year's Eve)
F A V O R I T E    T V     S H O W S
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
  • Master of None
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Brooklyn 99
  • The Walking Dead
  • iZombie
  • Great British Baking Show
  • This Old House
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
H A P P Y    N E W     Y E A R !

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