This Year’s Best of the Best

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2015- My Year In Review

Best Songs:

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Lost Stars, Adam Levine

When We Were Young, Adele

Everglow, Coldplay

The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson

Diamond Road, Sheryl Crow

 

Best Reads:

Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass

 

Best Movies:

The Red Tent

Begin Again

Bandits

A Little Chaos

Stuck in Love

Love Rosie

The Spectacular Now

 

Best TV Shows:

Californication, Netflix binge watching

Downton Abbey, PBS

The Leftovers, season 2, HBO

Quantico, ABC

 

Best One-Liners:

Mom: You know what I think is amazing?

Me: What?

Mom: I don’t remember, but it will come to me

 

While in the car in South Carolina

Anthony: Tyler, look at the bungi

Tyler: I can’t see shit. I’m in the trunk

 

People- watching in South Carolina

Alexa: Man or woman? Which do you think?

Anthony: Yup

 

About a Bubba Gump souvenir glass

Michelle: Why does he have a top hat on instead of a baseball cap?

Me: You realize it’s a shrimp and not Forrest, right?

 

On the way to a TV taping where the minimum age is 17

Marianne (tour guide): Do you want to tell them how old they are?

Me: Guys, those of you who are still 16 are 17 today, okay?

 

Marianne: There is the Church of Scientology

Jennie (student): Is that where John Travolta lives?

 

Most Profound Quotes:

“I won’t take sides, it’s true, but I am anything but neutral,”

“I wish men worried about our feelings a quarter as much as we worry about theirs,”

“All this thinking is very overrated” Downton Abbey, season 5

 

“Tell me something I can hold onto forever and never let go”

“Let go” The Age of Adaline

 

“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.”

“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

 

“Words have weight, something once said cannot be unsaid. Meaning is like a stone dropped into a pool; the ripples will spread and you cannot know what back they wash against.”

“War does not answer war, war does not finish war. The only ending is peace.”

“Knowing that you do not know is to ask humbly, instead of tell arrogantly. That is the beginning of wisdom.”

“The success of any marriage is mutual ignorance”

Philippa Gregory, The Constant Princess

 

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”

“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”

“And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

“Books could be an incredible adventure. I stayed under my blanket and barely moved, and no one would have guessed how my mind raced and my heart soared with stories.”

“No one you love is ever truly lost.”

“If I can write one sentence, simple and true every day, I’ll be satisfied.”

Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

 

Funniest Moment:

Retirement Speech for Diann (“Roast Light”)

& the reprise

Many funny moments w/ my family @ Myrtle Beach

 

Saddest Moments:

Saying goodbye to Bailey & Easter

The passing of too many students

 

Highlights:

Meeting up w/ CHS alumni in Hollywood & the whole Hollywood trip, really

South/North Carolina trip w/ family

Booking Italy/France/England 2016 & England/Scotland/Ireland 2017

Teaching 2 new courses @ CHS… keeping it fresh

 

Happiest Moments:

Ryan surprising us by coming home unexpectedly

One Tree Hill quest w/ Alexa in Wilmington, North Carolina

Myrtle Beach Spa day w/ my daughter

Finding Maggie Mae

Watching Tyler play ice hockey again & Alexa play college LAX

Reconnecting w/ a cousin whom I haven’t seen in over 25 years & his daughter

Reconnecting w/ one of my oldest (length of time vs. age) friends

 

Proudest Moments:

Alexa’s graduation & college acceptances

Ryan’s part in getting a Michelin Star as a sous chef @ Dusek’s Chicago

Tyler learned that a good work ethic reaps rewards

Finishing NaNoWriMo/ beginning my memoir

Students’ successes w/ NaNoWriMo

Receiving notes from former students

Anthony being appointed assistant coach for the CHS Ice Hockey Team

 

Scariest Moments:

Alexa’s car accident

A 2am phone call from the police department

 

Most Touching Moment:

Giving Alexa her HS diploma

Diann asking Amy & I to speak on her behalf @ her retirement dinner

People’s kind words after I wasn’t selected for the department chair job

 

Most Challenging Moments:

Holidays w/out family (especially w/out Ryan– I feel like part of my heart is somewhere else)

Deciding whether or not to apply for the department chair job, then not being selected & being okay

 

and so 2016 begins

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