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2013 in review:

BOOKS:
Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent, Bob McKenzie
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: the making and breaking of elite gymnasts and figure skaters, Joan Ryan [really interesting; published in 1995, would be VERY interested in the author's opinions on the 1996 debacle]
Merciless, Lori Armstrong [wow, I seriously do not know how Mercy reconciles her actions with her relationship with the sheriff; OTOH, I appreciate that she makes no apologies for her drinking etc.]
Journeyman, Sean Pronger
Red, White & Blood, Christopher Farnsworth
Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents & Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession, Ken Campbell with Jim Parcels
Calculated In Death, J.D. Robb
Blood Gospel, James Rollins
The Good Earth, Pearl S Buck
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Magic Mourns, Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises, Ilona Andrews
Midnight at Marble Arch, Anne Perry
Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch
Thankless In Death, JD Robb
Zealot, Reza Aslan
Dance, Gladys, Dance, Cassie Stocks
Whispers Under Ground, Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovicth
Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
Leonardo & the Last Stuper, Ross King
Dead Flowers, Lori Armstrong


Books started but not yet finished (I plan to!):
Brunelleschi's Dome, Ross King
Blood of Tyrants, Naomi Novik
419, Will Ferguson
The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield, Jeremy Scahill

MOVIES:
Cold War On Ice
Woman In Black
IM3 x2
ST: ID
Now You See Me
Much Ado About Nothing (JWhedon)
Dirty Wars
Pacific Rim
The Way Way Back
Argo
Elysium
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

TV:
Chicago Fire
Sleepy Hollow
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Sons of Anarchy (only S1)
Grimm (S1, S2)

MUSIC:
19Jan2013 Filligar & Taddy Porter @ Stubb's Indoors, ATX
13Feb2013 fun. @ Bayou Music Center
17Feb2013 Dave Hause, Skinny Lister, Flogging Molly @ Houston HOB
8Mar2013 VAL, American Fangs, Recovery Room, Hounds of Jezebel @ Houston HOB
15-16Mar2013, SXSW - Green Day, Frank Turner, Twin Falls, The Hush Sound, etc.
19Mar2013 The Revival Tour w/ Chuck Ragan, Jenny Owen Youngs, Rocky Votolato, Matt Pryor @ Fitz's
20April2013 Buzzfest XXX - Bush, Hollywood Undead, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, POD, Shinedown, Youngblood Hawke, Sick Puppies
24April2013 Matt Mayes and The Gaslight Anthem @ HOB
28April2013 BRMC, Bass Drum of Death, one other opener @ Warehouse Live
24May2013 Soundgarden @ Bayou Music Center
26May2013 The Hush Sound & River City Extension (and others) @ Fitzgerald's
29May2013 Limp Bizkit @ HOB Houston
1-2June2013 FPSF @ Eleanor Tinsley Park (Social D, Grace Potter, Mavis Staples, SOJA, Matt & Kim, The Bronx)
7June2013 FOB @ Bayou Music Center
8June2013 FOB @ Palladium
9June2013 FOB @ Stubb's
13-16June2013 Bonnaroo (Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson, Wilco, Tom Petty, Frank Turner, Two Gallants, Beans on Toast, Macklemore, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Trombone Shorty, etc.)
6July2013 Signal Rising, Westernesse, VAL, Hounds of Jezebel @ Warehouse Live
13-15Sept2013 RiotFest (Fall Out Boy, Bad Religion, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sublime with Rome, Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Blondie, etc.)
22Sept2013 Dar Williams @ City Winery
25Sept2013 FOB, Discos, 21 Pilots @ CWMP
26Sept2013 FOB, Discos, 21 Pilots @ Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
29Oct2013 The Smith Street Band, Ku Ku Kangaroo, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls @ The Vic Theater, Chicago
5Nov2013 Butch Walker @ HOB-Chicago
15Nov2013 Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin, The Riviera, Chicago
10Dec2013 MsMr, Portugal. The Man, Panic! At the Disco @ Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
26Dec2013 Black Bear/Brown Bear, The New Originals, The Hush Sound @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago



PLAYS:

The Mountaintop @ Alley Theatre
Clybourne Park @ Alley Theatre
A Few Good Men @ Alley Theatre
Warrior Class @ Alley Theatre
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club @ Alley Theatre
The Hollow @ Alley Theatre
What The Tour Guide Didn't Tell You: A Chicago Revue @ Second City Theatre


Fewer plays: because we moved from Houston and had to basically use the 2013-14 Alley Theatre subscription as a tax write off.

Fewer books: because I default to re-reading books and comfort-read fics when I am stressed.

No idea why I saw fewer movies this year, but the shows were because a) we skipped Lolla, ACL, AND Voodoo, and my budget is tight while we're a one-income family.

This year, I wrote the fewest words since beginning to participate in fandom. I don't know why: stories exist in my head. Motivation to spew them out: nearly on-existent.

Other things accomplished in 2013:

1. Published four papers, three of them first-author.
2. Ran a personal best for 7 miles.
3. Consistently ran 5 miles in 41:30.
4. Packed and moved >1000 miles.
5. Watched all the hockey. ALL OF IT.

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