Thursday, January 1, 2015

on 2014.

2014 is over, so here's the obligatory year in rewind:

worst parts: losing pets, one super sick puppy, mystery illnesses

best parts: new tech, getting one super sick puppy worlds better, various vacays, lockhart BBQ, awesome movies, amazing books, incredible coworkers

in 2014, i resolved to:1)  embark on a new book challenge (i don't know what it will look like yet, but i need to do something)
--done and done.  i challenged myself to read 60 books this year, and i was successful.  this blog has been one big book list this year.
2) continue learning and growing as a teacher

--i accepted a new tech-based role in addition to my regular teaching load this year and it has been SPLENDID!  in addition, i've presented at my first conference and have the second one all lined up. done.
3) work on accepting bad news in a productive manner
--this one's a fail as there have been a lot of not so great moments this year.  i've dealt with a ton of anxiety issues as a result, so this one is still a work in progress.

in 2015, i will:1) Embark on a new challenge--probably photography based
2) Write more.  

best of 2014 (the best things i've encountered this year [either truly great or awesomely bad or entertaining])
*the ocean at the end of the lane - neil gaiman
*the coldest girl in coldtown – holly black
*the book of life trilogy – deborah harkness
*bones never lie – kathy reichs

*american hustle
*captain america: the winter soldier
*mockingjay, part 1


2013 in review (quotes from my dear neglected blog):

enero: "so it begins: a new book challenge for 2014."

febrero: "
all in all, this was a deeply moving text for a reason i can't quite put my finger on.  well done, mr. egan."

marzo: "
fun. campy. a bit preachy at times. basically everything the television show is condensed into a book."

abril: "the cliffhangers! the revelations! the theories abound!"

mayo: "i'm currently developing a harry potter class grounded in narratology, so i picked this book up hoping for a good biblical allegorical interpretation."

junio: "
sidenote--his psychopath test is the book that taught me it was okay to cull--to just stop and put a book down in the middle if you aren't getting anything out of the read. "

julio: no posts

agosto: "
while i hesitate to proclaim that this text is better than ender's game, i do think it surpasses it in engaging audience sympathies and leaving the reader satisfied at the end.  if not better, it is certainly as good."

setiembro: "
awesome. fun. totally not my usual read.  i flew through this series really quickly because it was just an absolute joy to read."

octubro: no posts

noviembro: "
it's the middle of the semester...actually almost the end.  blogging has been light, and i've been terrible about keeping up with the books i've been reading here.  but i have been reading."

deciembro: "
i'm done!  i have succeeded!  if only every challenge could be this easy..."

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