Eat All The Things

I reviewed my 2015 Food Wishlist and realized there are favorite foods on it that I still haven't eaten over the past two years! I did consume:
  1. Affogato (Some place in Door County, WI) 
  2. Cronut (Angel Food Bakery) 
  3. Takoyaki (Zen Box) 
  4. Fish & Chips (a few times, still haven't been to Anchor tho) 
  5. Morels (the forest, plus some Chanterelles too!) 
  6. Genever (got a bottle at home) 
  7. Caipirinha (Fogo de Chão) 
They were all delicious but half my list remains untasted. To live my best life I need to find a way to eat/drink crepes, udon, okonomiyaki, korokke, and Absinthe. A good Japanese restaurant could knock out at least three of the five. Itadakimasu!

The Limits of Thrift

After all these years, I still love thrift shopping for clothes. In the past it was a cheap way to experiment with new looks and learn what I liked. These days it's rare that I find something to meet my stringent guidelines but those holy grail moments make the hunt worthwhile.

Sadly, though, some things are nigh impossible to find secondhand. For those basic pieces I've started investing in real actual new clothes, sometimes at full retail prices (quelle horreur!) but usually discounted. One example is my world-beating socks, since almost all clothing is better secondhand but I won't do unpackaged underwear or foot coverings. I even walked into Brooks Brothers and purchased new dress shirts, a move that would have been unthinkable to Past Andy. Then again my whole relationship with clothes has changed immeasurably, and all for the better.

Shoes are another black swan. Although I've been lucky enough to find a few pairs at massive markdowns, a new Allen Edmonds shoe is a long-term investment. And that's the beauty part: with a curated closet half-full of only clothes that I wear frequently, those new pieces eventually acquire the patina that marks them as beloved friends.

Body Movin'

I have been practicing Yoga regularly at home for the past three months, which might be the longest I've stuck with it consistently. The main benefit this time has been overall body awareness. I'm more in tune with my breath and my posture and have learned things about my physical body that somehow I hadn't figured out yet in 36 years.

For example, I know what shape my feet are now. I realized that although my right foot is longer, it's also narrower. It doesn't fit snugly in the heel, which means there's more friction, which means my foot hurts after wearing grown-up shoes for a few hours. I've had this problem for years but never understood the symptoms until recently... and now I have a solution!

Darn Tough socks changed my life. Not only do my feet not hurt at the end of a long day but they don't even stink. I feel like this is another epiphany I'm having later than most professional adults but now that I'm on the wool socks tip I don't want to wear anything else. Plus they're made in the USA and guaranteed for life. What's not to love?

2016 Annual Report

I didn't post much this year so there's more ground to cover here than usual!

Animals
A fish and bird died but we adopted a cat, so overall we came out ahead on pets.

Books
Natalie is a reading machine! Faves this year: Bone, Smile, Calvin & Hobbes, and Garfield.

Crafts
Our shows were bad for sales of Angleworm Embroidery products, but great for everyone else.

Diet
Maybe it's my age but I've started eating slightly better--no more instant ramen for me.

Events
We did our usual craft stuff and added several new events at my day job--busy year for events!

Foraging
I had an okay season for morels, ate my first wild chanterelles and found my first amanita.

Gaming
I dove deep into Stardew Valley and became a Pokémon Go master.

Hand Modeling
My photogenic fingers appeared in a Minnesota Monthly feature. It's becoming a trend!

Interests
I stopped podcasting myself and picked up yoga again. I might be done with embroidery too.

Jenna
The moon of my life.

Kids
My sun and stars.

Lake Home 
No more :(

Mentorship
I officially become a Sunday School teacher for third graders, and a confirmation class mentor.

Natalie
Got a 3DS with Pokemon Sun for Christmas; new favorite daddy-daughter activity.

Opt-Out
In February I took a break from consumerism again and it felt real good.

Paisley
Watched her first movie theater feature: Moana! Soundtrack is on constant rotation.

Quitting
RIP podcasting, 2014-2016

Remodeling
We finally insulated a janky corner of our house and tore out a deck. Jenna painted.

Speaking
I recorded a podcast with Josh and Elly on Professional Humans. We talked about crafts and stuff.

Tidying Up
Keeping only the objects that spark joy has been life-changing magic in our home.

Unmotivated to put up many blog posts

Full disclosure, "U" was the last letter I filled in. Started drafting last year, posted February 21.

Vacation
We took a few trips in the pop-up camper, including a week in Door County, WI.

Wardrobe
I figured out how to buy and wear clothes. Thrift shopping can't be beat.

X, Y, Z done, goodnight everybody!