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2015 in Review
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Lots of big changes. Got out of debt, applied to library science programs, got rejected by library science programs, planned a move to China, cancelled move to China when we found out we're pregnant, met my savings goal, quit my retail job, started my engineering program, bought a minivan, bought a house in the suburbs, did a lot of renovation, diagnosed myself with some variety of seasonal depression, and started self-medicating with St. John's wort and phototherapy.

It has not been a good year for movies. The best:

  • My Girlfriend is an Agent 3.5/5
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron 3/5
  • Big Hero 6 3/5
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3/5
No real honorable mentions.

Anime's been okay.

  • Magi: The Kingdom of Magic 4/5
  • Yona of the Dawn 4/5
  • Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 3.5/5
  • Chaika: The Coffin Princess 3/5

Pretty good year for books:

  • Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman, 5/5
  • Proofiness by Charles Seife, 4.5/5
  • The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher, 4/5
  • Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, 4/5
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, 4/5
Though it doesn't really meet most of my criteria for being a great book (e.g. would voluntarily read again), I was surprised how much I enjoyed and got out of The Odyssey.

It is my intention to reread more books in the new year. Books like 1984 which I read in high school but may be more relevant and meaningful to me now, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I thought was so hilarious and so subversive when I was a teenager but I'm not even sure I would find funny now, and Feist's Riftwar Saga, which may have played an important role in forming my tastes in fantasy fiction and I want to know why.

My primary goal is to continue kicking ass in my engineering classes. I also intend to be more vigilant about recycling. And somehow or other, I will get a real-time RPG group going now that I'm not working nights (it will probably still have to be online).

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