Sure, “things” is a little general, but I like a catch-all for year end lists. There are a few things that made a big impression on me this year, in a quirky kind of way. This list is by no means complete, but it brings together a lot of the things I forgot to mention on the blog this year, things I got a lot of enjoyment out of and want to share with you.
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- The Auctions You Can Win From Project Runway. Like many of you, I miss nary an episode of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars. But it took me how many years to realize that all of these looks are available, to buy, at auction on Project Runway’s website. I was flabbergasted. While I’ve only made one purchase of my own, and many of the looks I love are unlikely to fit very well, I was thrilled with my purchase. Many of these auctions end with no bidders. The ones that do sell almost always go for less than $100. So if you’re hooked on the show, as I am, get ye to the internet and make a bid on something that’ll make you feel extra special. Or just guess about how much they’ll go for! For me, this added a new dimension of enjoyment to one of my all time favorite shows.
- Bill Murray Movies. What’s 2014 about this, you might ask? Grand Budapest Hotel, of course. If you haven’t seen it, you must, just another great collaboration of Wes Anderson, his usual crew, and Marc Shmuger. There is literally nothing not to like. Gorgeous design, romance, colorful…everything, amazing dialogue, and lots of memorable characters, not the least of which is played by Bill Murray. Mr. Murray has grown to occupy a special place in Hollywood, and in my heart. The dry-humored gentleman, with hilarity lurking just behind his scowl. He doesn’t need to do almost anything to have me in stitches, so I recommend this movie to you, and all of the other movies Bill Murray has done with Wes Anderson (several). This one is just the most gorgeous.
- Gluten Free Crust from Dominos. I don’t fly the Gluten-Free flag that much, but I’ve read enough about it and learned enough about my body that I’ve said goodbye to delivery pizza. At least I did until 2014. Now, I’m not certain that 2014 was the year Domino’s introduced Gluten Free crust, but it’s when I found out about it. I’m not saying that I order it every day, but there is something truly magnificent about being able to enjoy a slice of fresh delivery, while the kids chow down on their regular stuff. I missed pizza, and I didn’t even realize how much. If you, like me three months ago, are just hearing about this for the first time, I recommend that you order one for yourself right away. For someone who thought she might never eat it again, it was one of my singular moments of joy in 2014.
A short and scattered list it was, but in getting back to the ol’ blog after the New Year, these are the things that stand out to me from 2014. Let me know what you liked about this year, and we’ll compare notes. May the next year be filled with new simple delights.