2014 Roundup

2014 Roundup

By: Shelby January 5, 2015 10:15 am 0 comments

We didn’t do much updating of the blog in 2014, sadly, so I wanted to do a quick roundup of the year before we move too far into 2015… Maybe one day I’ll give each of these items the entry they deserve. But until then, I wanted to share a quick overview of all the fun we had over the course of the amazing year.

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January

In January we didn’t really do all that much, but we did cook a lot and did some yoga… My Photostream is totally failing me when it comes to filling me in on things I’ve forgotten.

Quinoa-stuffed squash we made in January

Quinoa-stuffed squash we made in January

February

In February, we experienced the first of 4 Above & Beyond Group Therapy shows, at Showbox Sodo. My dad also came to visit that weekend, and we went tubing at Snoqualmie Pass and tried to go snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge, but only made it to the park gate. The road was blocked off due to a car fire, so we turned around and made the short hike to Marymere Falls from Crescent Lake. February was also the month of our Great Vegetarian Experiment, which we are thinking of doing again one of these days? So more on that later.

Above & Beyond Group Therapy at Showbox Sodo

Above & Beyond Group Therapy at Showbox Sodo

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

March

In March, we went to western Oklahoma to visit family. It was Spenser’s first time out there to the vast openness that is the Great Plains. We saw cows, lots of family, and some more cows. I also went snowboarding for the first time ever at Stevens Pass (ow), started a new job, and then we went on our annual trip to see the cherry blossoms at UW.

Western Oklahoma

Western Oklahoma

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass

the cherry blossoms

the cherry blossoms

April

In April, we visited SoCal to meet Spenser’s lovely little niece, and we also visited my cousin and his husband in Long Beach. We swung by Downtown Disney, because why not? I guess that’s all we really did in April, now that I think about it. There was a lot going on our jobs, but that’s not exciting to hear about.

Long Beach

Long Beach

May

In May, Spenser spent 2 weeks in California for work. I went down for the weekend to hang out and see the sights, and we had a blast. We drove all over San Francisco, hiked in the Muir Woods and Tamalpais State Park, ate a lot of food, drove down Rodeo Drive, hit up Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, and a lot of other stuff. Back in Seattle, we also bought our lovely 2013 Subaru Outback, did some amazing hiking to Goat Lake, and got engaged on Second Beach!! More on that later!

We loved San Francisco

We loved San Francisco

New car!!!!

New car!!!!

Goat Lake

Goat Lake

We're getting married!

We're getting married!

June

June was party month, with our two big music festivals being only a week apart. We rented a huge house in Vegas with all of our friends and partied all weekend at the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third year in a row. After that was done, we stuffed our faces at Vegas’s buffets and tried to catch up on sleep. Then, the next weekend, we went out to the Gorge at George, Washington to camp with friends for Paradiso. For those keeping count at home, we saw Above & Beyond for the second and third time this year. We were pretty beat up by the end of it.

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014

Paradiso 2014

Paradiso 2014

July

July was slightly more relaxed than June, except not really at all. My best friend and Matron of Honor came up to hang out with us over the Fourth of July weekend, and we drove out to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula. We tubed down the Snoqualmie River, one of our favorite summer traditions, and then checked out the Big Four Ice Caves. Spenser and I found our amazingly awesome super secret wedding venue as well!! Then we went backpacking with friends at Eight Mile Lake and Lake Colchuck, in the Enchantments Lottery Area, which was something else. The weekend after that we went on a short recovery hike on the Upper Dungeness River trail.

Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge

Eight Mile Lake

Eight Mile Lake

August

August was another hiking month for us. Spenser and I did a quick overnighter at Pete Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which we loved. We celebrated our pre-wedding anniversary on the 7th by watching The Big Lebowski (one of Spenser’s favorite movie) outdoors at Redhook Brewery for their movies in the park series. Then 2 weeks later, my dad and I did an insanely gorgeous 4-day, 22 mile trip to the Seven Lakes Basin loop and Hoh Lake. Then we got back in the car and drove to Mt. Rainier to visit Paradise and Sunrise. What an exhausting weekend. It was a great month of being outdoors and enjoying everything summer in Seattle has to offer.

Pete Lake

Pete Lake

the High Divide Loop

the High Divide Loop

September

We kicked off September with a trip to Portland with friends, and we ate at Pok Pok, and holy crap, Pok Pok is amazing. If you go to Portland and only want to eat at one restaurant, make it Pok Pok. Just do it. Then my mom came up and we went wedding dress shopping (yaaaAAAAAaaayyy!!!!) and checked out our awesome wedding venue again. We did some small hikes throughout the month, saw some amazing shows, and ran our first 10k! That was crazy. Neither Spenser nor I are runners, and I signed up for the Beat the Blerch 10k back in March, thinking “oh, we’ll totally be ready.” Well, we made ourselves ready in about a week, and we did great! Then that night we went bananas and went to a Dada Life concert dressed as bananas. September, you were crazy.

After we Beat the Blerch

After we Beat the Blerch

Going bananas at Dada Life

Going bananas at Dada Life

October

October was a rough month. All year long we’d been preparing for our last Above & Beyond show of the year, Group Therapy 100, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Shortly before we left for that, I took my cats in for their routine checkups, and long story short, it was discovered that my cat Jazzy was very sick with kidney disease. They wanted to hospitalize her the weekend we were going to be in New York. So, we flew off to New York, and had a freaking fantastic time, touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, 30 Rock, riding the subway everywhere, and eating everything in sight. I was trying to keep tabs on Jazzy, but it was hard given the time difference. Saturday morning before the show, the vet told me that they had determined that she had cancer, but was doing okay. We were right up in the front row during the concert, all night long, and that show was definitely the best thing I’d seen all year long. Holy crap, what an experience. We flew home the day after the show and got home late that Sunday night. Monday morning, I called the vet to see if I could bring her home. They called me back shortly after and told me that they were shocked to find that she had died that night. So, it really, really hurt. The rest of the month is kind of a sleepy blur.

my last morning with Jazzy

my last morning with Jazzy

the Group Therapy we neeed

the Group Therapy we need

November

November was another weird month. One of my aunts passed away suddenly, so we flew off to Kentucky for the funeral, which happened to fall on my birthday. So, it was just kind of a weird, emotional time. Things luckily started to get back to normal around Thanksgiving, which we happily spent at home, alone, not doing anything. We also got in some good hikes at places like Snow Lake and Franklin Falls.

Snow Lake

Snow Lake

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

December

December… what happened in December? We watched a lot of Lord of the Rings with friends, celebrated an awesome year with coworkers, ran dressed in Christmas lights around Green Lake did some great smaller hikes, had a low key Christmas with ourselves and our livestock Marley and Zoe. It was a very successful month to end a very successful year!

Elevensies during a very LoTR Marathon

Elevensies during a very LoTR Marathon

Beat the Blerch Christmas Lights fun run

Beat the Blerch Christmas Lights fun run

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