Top 9 reasons 2015 was the most recent year ever

As 2015 draws to a close, it is time once again to reflect on the year’s whatnots and what-have-yous, take stock of its lessons, and share it with friends in an easily recognizable format. Here are nine sharable infosnacks that, taken together, testify to 2015 having delivered us, in a timely manner, to the year ahead.

2015 was friendly

Geoff and Julie with Jason and Ben at Porkathon

Whether hosting friends in Pittsburgh or traveling to other cities that are not Pittsburgh, this was a year full of visits with dear friends, many of whom we don’t see nearly often enough. Here’s hoping 2016 brings more such visits. P.S. Our guest room is fabulous.

2015 was slick and slippery

Geoff, Alex, and Conner at Seven Springs

In February, I went skiing with Conner and Alex for our first time together. Jack didn’t want to go that day, which might end up having been for the best, as my own shredding abilities were taxed more than sufficiently by Conner’s and Alex’s nimble and experienced ski bodies. Seriously, whoever taught those two to ski deserves a medal.

2015 was productive

A conspicuous absence on the stocking wall at MAYA

In May, I left my contract position at Google to join MAYA Design, a super cool Human Centered Design consultancy in downtown Pittsburgh. It was the most exciting career move I’d had in as long as I can remember — topped only by my January return to Google, where I will be rejoining as a member of the UX team in the Pittsburgh office.

2015 was itinerant

Italy-bound Conner is Italy-bound

In June, Conner went on a school trip to Italy. All by himself. Except with 10 or so schoolmates. Did I mention it was to Italy? Without parental supervision or accompaniment? Seriously, you should see the pictures. I mean it. They’re from Italy.

2015 relocated

First look at what was to become our new home

In August, we moved from our home of 15 years to a new one a few miles up the road. Our old house was cozy, updated, cute, a little small, and just right. Our new house, by comparison, is slightly bigger, slightly more dilapidated, slightly larger, and just right.

2015 was expectant

You are forgiven for having thought this simply a halloween gag

Beyond all the new jobs, the new house, and similar piddly stuff, Julie and I were excited to share that we are expecting a baby in May 2016. Which is huge news! And yes I know that’s not a sentence. Your welcome.

2015 surprised us

One morning in September, Jack woke up with pain in his stomach and it wasn’t even made-up or anything. He went to the “Convenient Care” clinic, which sent him to the ER, which diagnosed him with acute appendicitis and sent him into surgery. A few hours later and a few million dollars lighter, Jacks’ appendix was in a sanitary garbage bag somewhere, and Jack himself was gazing at us from his post-anesthesiology slumber, claiming to recognize us, and asking where the pizza was. While we had to throw the pizza away because they wouldn’t let him eat it, he’s healed now and is functioning within specified parameters. All’s well that ends well.

2015 went on forever

Starting the marathon just outside my alma mater, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A couple years’ long obsession with running culminated in me running my first marathon — the Chicago Marathon — in October. The training was interminable, the race was difficult, and I would absolutely do it again. In fact, anyone want to meet in Chicago next October?

2015 brought us together

For instance, I went to my 25th high school reunion in Dallas in May, and had a wonderful time catching up with old classmates I hadn’t seen in decades. Another example — not long after we moved into our new house, Julie’s car was stolen from our driveway in the night while we slept. Its theft may or may not have had anything to do with me having left Julie’s car keys in my unlocked-and-parked-on-the-street car, so I leave the assignment of blame to someone smarter than myself. Fortunately for us and whoever that ends up being the historian and chronicler of guilt, the police were able to recover the car from “clowns” who were apparently experts at “hot-boxing” in stolen vehicles just prior to being pulled over by police… but I’m not entirely sure I understand how clowning works. Anyway.

There you have it. 9 reasons 2015 definitely just happened. If you find yourself heading toward Pittsburgh this year, please let us know. We’d love to see you. From our family to yours, we wish you a new year filled with happiness, health, and fewer garbage internet listicles.

Do you have a 10th reason 2015 was an exceptionally recent year? If so, leave it in the comments.