Year in Review – 2015 edition

My fabulous friend Erica​ brought a blast from the past up when she re-found my “year in review” from 2010. I thought I’d take a look again, 5 years later. So with no fanfare and to the delight/boredom of you all — My Year in Review, 2015 version. Some things changed a lot, and others not at all…

20151. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Went to Disney World. And oh, it was wonderful.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I tried. I focused on being healthier, and stronger. I did my best, but towards the end here, my body’s let me down a little. I’ll do my best again in 2016, and every year after.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

There was that lady on the bus…

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Same bus ride, can you believe it?

5. What countries did you visit?

This one. No others. Not even my beloved Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

I’m still waiting on a teleportation device.

7. What date(s) from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The older I get, the worse I am with dates. So the answer, to the question as written, is none. But there was this one day in the summer, when Dave and I went to Jones Beach. The water was warm and surprisingly clear, and we played in the waves and had an amazing time. I think I’ll remember what a great day that was for a long time.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finally figuring out where I am. GPS doesn’t help you learn the lay of the land, really, not when you just let it take you from point A to point B. That first year on Long Island, I just did what my phone told me to do. This year, I actually have a sense of direction.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Staying healthy, though I swear through no fault of my own. If there’s a weird eye infection or intestinal inflammation, I apparently felt the need to have it.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?

See above. In September I had a joyous bout of abdominal adenitis. I don’t recommend it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My favorite thing that I bought this year was a Kindle Fire for Dave. I was really excited about getting it for him. Also all of his Christmas presents, which I can’t describe here, obviously.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My niece Rebecca graduated from high school and started college in her chosen field, and I’m incredibly proud of her for her dedication and determination. I wish I’d been half as focused at her age.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Politicians. Reality show celebrities. People who care what reality celebrities think. Parents at Disney World who are too focused on cramming things in and don’t let their poor tired kids take naps. Myself, when I’m tired and in pain and irritable.

14. Where did most of your money go?

FredCo, LLC

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Disney World, tied with The Force Awakens

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? the same
ii. thinner or fatter? slightly thinner, but not as much as I should be
iii. richer or poorer? ask Dave. I have no idea.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Seen my friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Home with Dave and kitties and making sauce.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?

I always do, every year.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Modern Family

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I pretty much hate all the same people, though a few of them I doubt I can really muster up the energy to care about either way.

25. What was the best book you read?

A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Well, having left my gig at Sony Music, I’m not in the music discovery business anymore. Seriously, anything I “discover” has probably been around for ages.

27. What did you want and get?

True love

28. What did you want and not get?

A cure for AIDS, but I keep up the hope we’re getting closer.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Shortlist
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 43 this year (right?). No recollection of what we did at all.

31. What political issue stirred you the most?

The continuing efforts of some politicians to reach into my uterus.

32. Who was the best new person you met?

My favorite person at Stony Brook Medicine is Bev, who is one of the most fascinating people to listen to, and talk to, that I’ve ever met. She has an amazing outlook, a realistic view of the people around us, a wicked sense of humor, and wisdom up the wazoo. When she retires that place is going to get a lot less interesting.

33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:

There’s more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line.

Periscope is my new time-waster

periscopeLately it seems like I find out about every great new thing from the Facebook group I belong to for our upcoming Disney trip in September. These ladies (and gentlemen) know about every deal, sale, neat trick and cool new gadget out there. The other day one of them mentioned that you can watch the Wishes fireworks at Disney World on the Periscope app, almost every night.

What’s Periscope?

Apparently Periscope’s been around for months, but I’m just finding out about it now and I don’t think I’m alone — according to Social Media Week, lots of people are on Twitter asking what the heck it is. Periscope (owned by Twitter, and tied into that network) lets you broadcast live video to the world — and lets everyone else watch broadcasts anywhere, in real time. Your Twitter followers get a notification that you’ve gone live, and anyone else can find you through keyword searching or — here’s the magic, in my opinion — by geographic location.

Florida on PeriscopeSo by looking at the map, I can check to see who’s broadcasting from the Happiest Place on Earth, for example. Last night Dave and I watched the Wishes Fireworks, and we had our choice of three or four “scopes” to get the best view. We were watching a scope from the Golden Nugget pool in Las Vegas the other day and heard about the fire at the Cosmopolitan. I keep looking for scopes from the Buffalo area, or Niagara Falls, so I can get a taste of home, but so far just one guy broadcasted for a few minutes while he was waiting in line for the Superman ride at Darien Lake.

That’s the thing, there’s a lot of random stuff on Periscope. A lot of “here at Amy’s party” or “walking my dog” or “hanging with my girls at the bar”. And I hope you all are having a great time, but I can’t say I’m interested in watching. I’ve also got to assume there’s a huge potential for more-than-G-rated scoping going on, but I’m going to steer clear of that entirely and would imagine you’d do the same. (Unless that’s your thing. No judgement.)

people I followBut there are also people who broadcast regularly, and once you follow them, you get notifications every time they go live. (If you find notifications pesky, you can turn those off, of course.) Apparently some people are in the Magic Kingdom every day. I can’t join them, but through Periscope I can pop in where they are any time. You can tweet to the user while they’re broadcasting, and if they choose, they can answer verbally. So if you ask how the weather is, or if there’s a long line at Haunted Mansion, you get a real-time answer.

I’m not much of a content sharer. If I used Periscope to broadcast, there’d be a LOT of video of George not playing with a toy mouse, since he invariably stops whatever he’s doing as soon as you point a camera at him. But most people these days LOVE to share, not to mention the potential for brands, marketing and celebrity publicity. So I think in the future there’s going to be a lot to watch on Periscope, both mundane and exciting.

You have to excuse me now, though. There’s someone riding the WInnie the Pooh ride RIGHT NOW and I have to stop what I’m doing and watch.

Periscope, my new favorite time waster. 🙂