On the positive side:
Pop Up #1 - San Francisco - Long overdue visit to spend time with in-laws and reacquaint myself with this magical city. I first visited SF in 1996. That experience and the 2014 experience couldn't be more different. Suffice it to say my most recent SF trip stands out as the highlight of my year. Especially noteworthy was spending much of the time with Glenn's family, cousins, Aunts and Uncles. What a classy group.
Pop Up #2 - Movies - as movie critic for The Sun I saw many movies and luckily many good movies - stand outs are "Gone Girl", "The Imitation Game" all the X-Men flicks and especially "Into The Woods". I love this job!
Pop Up #3 - I directed a staged reading of Michael Russell's comedy "Countergirls" . Performed in a restaurant setting, it was very successful - packed house - people had to be turned away at the door - sorry for that but happy, too.
Pop Up #4 - I lost 56 pounds by eating delicious healthy food and cutting bread and butter from my diet. There's nothing like the feeling of buying new clothes 2 sizes smaller and fitting comfortably into restaurant booths.
Pop Up #5 - Loving our frequent train rides to NYC where I left my heart - sorry San Fran.
Pop Up #6 - Home improvements - new AC system - new flooring for entire first floor - new terrific lawn service - tree removal
Pop Up #7 - continued good relations with neighbors and so glad we could be the one helping for a change as they are always the ones to bail these city slickers out of their country jams. Can you say "bats in the belfry"?
Pop Up #8 - new car - love the very blue Fusion - love it!
Pop Up #9 - a very nice languid Christmas season spent with the ones that really care
Pop Up #10 - Netflix
Pop Up #11 - Amazon Prime
Pop Up #12 - Trader Joe's comes to Buffalo
Pop Up #13 - advice from a wise niece actually takes hold and brings about happy acceptance - it's got to do with letting go of toxic people and appreciating those good people who want nothing from you but you. I have been a much less crazy person ever since.
Pop Up #14 - Blue framed eye glasses
Pop Up #15 - memory foam slip-on gym shoes
Pop Up #16 - MARRAIGE EQUALITY SPREADS TO 36 STATES! It's only a matter of time, travails, shouting matches and holier than though rallies until sensibility rules - in my lifetime.
On the not so positive side:
Pop Up #1 - the tragedy of Jenny - dear beautiful niece passes away unexpectedly 2 days before 2014 draws to a close - only 21 years old - a true shock
Pop Up #2 - a tragedy of a different sort - loss of a friendship - surprise behavior brings the end to what I believed to be a very close and special relationship - WHY is still the hanging unanswered question - why meaning why the cold unloving actions perpetrated against me? - the hurt is gone, now but a sadness lingers
Pop Up #3 - Snowvember!!
Pop Up #4 - car was vandalized - extraordinary how an act like this can make you feel so violated - one day of terror corrected the very next day to great satisfaction - all's well that ends well!
Pop Up #5 - a certain brand of cruelty targets another niece health-wise - prayers of deliverance and mercy are much appreciated
Pop Up #6 - I read very few books in 2014
Pop Up #7 - RACISM REARED ITS UGLY HEAD MORE THAN ONCE IN 2014 - this must stop!
Thank God, my positive Pop-Ups outnumber the negatives. Here's hoping my good numbers continue to dominate.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!