Year in Review: 2014

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Year in Review: 2014

Blooming basement sunflowerJanuary

New Life Amid the Polar Vortex

I’ve never been a gardener, so it was eye-opening to see how much I loved coaxing sunflowers to bloom in my basement in the dead of winter.

“Last week, while the polar vortex swirled outside my Connecticut window, little triangles pushed forth from the center of the biggest plant. A bud was swelling, and inside that whirl of shapes, a flower was waiting to emerge.” (Continue reading)

Completed 101 things in 1001 daysFebruary

101 Things in 3 Minutes

I made a three-minute video that features every one of my 101 challenges, set to “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead. So much fun!

“I still feel the effects of completing 101 things in 1001 days rippling through my life.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Lost in Cuzco.
Getting lost in Cuzco, Peru: jet lag, altitude sickness, bad Spanish, worse navigation, and a rat. What more could I ask for in a story?

Sleeping in the Sahara Gargleblaster collage 1000March

Sleeping in the Sahara

My first Gargleblaster (a 42-word writing challenge) was one of my favorites.

“In the Sahara, collapsed on a carpet, air so dry my eyeballs ache, colors transform, beige to orange to black.” (Continue reading)

Walk across the Brooklyn BridgeApril

Birthday on the Brooklyn Bridge

For my birthday, my husband took me to New York to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

“We had a gorgeous spring day after a week of cold weather, so it made for a spectacular crossing. We started on the Manhattan side in a crowd of tourists, overhearing snippets of conversation in languages from around the world.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: Three Finales that Worked.
I don’t write about television often, but I enjoyed the finales of Breaking Bad, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, unlike the rest of the world, it seemed.

Pan Galactic Gargle BlasterMay

Ode to the Gargleblaster

This post celebrated both a bizarre cocktail and a 42-word writing challenge: The Gargleblaster.

“I was tapped out, my stories all told, with no new ones up ahead. Then came the Gargleblaster, and I was assured at least one post a week to get excited about. I had loved the inspiration for the challenge, the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,  as a kid, when I used to whisper “42” as a secret code to screen people in the know, so I was instantly drawn to it.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: In Peru, the Inca are Everywhere.
The ancient Inca still have a strong influence in Peru.

Engaged Encounter GargleblasterJune

Gurgles at the Engaged Encounter

My husband (who was my fiance at the time) confused a priest with his intestinal distress.

“When the priest raised sexual relations, my fiance’s intestines gurgled. Other couples turned and stared, so of course we giggled.” (Continue reading)

101 things articleJuly

When the Interviewer Gets Interviewed

Introvert alert! I shared what it felt like to be interviewed by my local paper about my  book: Timid No More.

“He and I laughed over my scary trapeze class, my Dance Central ineptitude, and my suburban confusion about how exactly to milk a cow. He confessed a fear of heights himself, and we commiserated over mind-numbing moments trying to climb a simple ladder. I caught myself enjoying the attention. I then had over a week to stew about the article.” (Continue reading)


The Princess and the Peed Off Copy Machine Woman

A first year teacher’s obstacle: The copy machine woman disliked me from the start and held my copies hostage.

“I looked past her at the bulletin board and focused on a tableau of one cat wearing a feather headdress and another cat wearing a tricorn. Columbus Day? A Thanksgiving preview? Dear God, what were those poor creatures having to endure?” (Continue reading)

Image by Ross Berteig (CC by 2.0)

Runner-up: Fitbit to be Tied, Part 2.
I got active again with the help of an activity tracker.

Driving test Venn diagramSeptember

From the DMV to the DMZ

Oy. Teenage boys. And how to use math to end a fight.

“I resisted the urge to plunge my hand into his chest and pull out his still-beating heart. I said, ‘That’s unacceptable. I’m not talking to you until you apologize.’ I knew this was a stupid thing to say, but there we were, and several days of cold shoulders passed.” (Continue reading)

Garlic and Harvest Festival, Bethlehem, CTOctober

Oh My Garlic: The Garlic and Harvest Festival

I challenged myself to make a video of my visit to a garlic festival. I was pleased with how it came out, but that garlic stayed with me for days!

“Garlic ice cream … garlic pickles … whole roasted garlic cloves …garlic vinegar … garlic pesto … garlic cannoli…. Yes, you heard that right: garlic cannoli.” (Continue reading)

Runner-up: What I Ate in Thailand: The Best Food in the World.
Of all my travels, Thailand had the most amazing food. And squeasel too.

Pork carnitas dinnerNovember

Pork Carnitas: Meatlovers, Prepare to Swoon (MultiMEDIA Splice #1, a new link party)

This incredibly delicious meal was also the launch of my new link party, MultiMEDIA Splice.

“The first bite: tender and crispy, rich and spicy, with a touch of sweetness from the orange and an unexpected hint of Chinese five spice giving it that je ne sais quois…” (Continue reading)

sandals covered in mud in Essaouira MoroccoDecember

Searching for Jimi’s Castles Made of Sand

I searched for fabled ruins in Morocco.

“I needed a little magic to get me over the despair of the last 24 hours. I needed a little Jimi.” (Continue reading)

Runner-Up: I accidentally angered a psychic.
I don’t believe in psychics, but I still worried about hearing my future from an angry one.

What was your favorite post this year? Feel free to link it up below.

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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19 Responses to Year in Review: 2014

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  4. Chelsea says:

    Such a fun way to review the year!
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  5. Mia says:

    I love how you celebrated your birthday!!!

  6. Tina says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful 2014. May 2015 be just as wonderful!

  7. lisa, too! says:

    Great review. You are certainly quite the cultural traveler. I will be coming back to read more. Your adventures alone… AWESOME! Visiting here from MakaKat’s Losin’ It!
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  8. Love your music/sunflower video.
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  9. Natalie says:

    I love this year in review! I’m living vicariously through yours, since I am too lazy to do this. 😉
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks for visiting, Natalie–I like looking through my old posts and choosing. I didn’t write nearly as much this year as I did in previous years, though.

  10. May says:

    The video is amazing! I can’t believe you did all those things. The sorbing has me so curious. Super fun or just plain nauseating?!
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  11. Kat says:

    I still remember that garlic! YUM!
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