2014 was a pretty big year for me. I got back down to my college weight – I’d gained a LOT over the past few years due to various medications and the fact that I live five minutes away from the best Thai restaurant in the history of ever. And cheese fries. A lot of the weight was due to cheese fries. But yeah. Lost it all. It’s changed a lot more than my appearance. I have started being a part of the world again, going out and socializing and enjoying life. This was the most revolutionary year I’ve had since I graduated college *coughcough* years ago.
Shitty things also happened. My grandmother died in November, a few weeks after my birthday. I’ve written about that at length elsewhere and I’m honestly all talked out about it, but the world lost a great woman. Then a few weeks after that I ended up with a stress fracture in my tibia and I couldn’t exercise for a while so I gained back some of the weight I lost, which sent me into a downward spiral of EAT ALL THE COOKIES. So I’m up about five pounds now – but I’ll lose it again.
Game of the year – Dragon Age: Inquisition. Hands down. I’m a huge fan of Bioware games anyway, and I loved Dragon Age: Origins and didn’t think any other entry in the series could come close, but. . .I actually think I might like Inquisition a little better than Origins, even. The open world is so incredibly immersive. It’s better at being Skyrim than Skyrim was. My first playthrough was 170 hours, and I immediately started a new file after I finished because I wasn’t even close to being bored with it yet.
Also after years of waiting I was finally able to romance my handsome blonde knight in shining armor, Cullen:
Bonus picture of my inquisitor, Titania. I wonder if the people in my Thedas ever talk about how weird it is that the Hero of Ferelden, the Champion of Kirkwall, AND the Inquisitor are all dark haired, pale-skinned, green eyed women.
Runner up – Super Smash Brothers Wii U. I don’t have to explain this. It’s Smash Bros. It’s awesome. I think the Wii U gets shit on a lot, and unfairly. If it had better third party support, it would be a fine system. Nintendo makes quality hardware, and quality games. . .but they aim for the family audience rather than the gaming audience. I wish it would work out for them, but I’m not feeling hopeful.
Album of the Year – Rave Tapes by Mogwai. Mogwai creates some of the most atmospheric music ever. It’s great for writing or painting or just flopping on your bed and listening to it.
Comic of the Year – RED SONJA by Gail Simone. Sonja has for a long time been pretty problematic because she’s overly sexualized, running around in a chainmail bikini, but the fabulous Gail Simone took ownership of her and made her into a badass who wears the chainmail bikini just because she is showing off that she’s so badass she doesn’t even need to wear actual armor. There are so many strong female characters in the book.
Also gotta love that Sonja stays drunk and stinky half the time. She’s pretty much my spirit animal.