2015 has come and gone already. My year began with a boringly mild summer. My excitement piqued shortly thereafter as we returned to the Americas to meet our new niece. Winter came, enduring as always, and as spring awoke, new beginnings came to my life, too, as I migrated to a new job after three and a half years. For me, 2015 ended as a rounded whole, full of accomplishments, adventure and hope. In saying that, my successful year contrasted greatly with the ever growing struggles of modern society, however I would like to end the year on a positive note.
Best book read
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Yes, I’m probably the last person in the world to read this book. I finally got around to it this year, and needless to say, I am now on the bandwagon. It is the story of the beautiful friendship between two little boys growing up in Afghanistan in the 70s. The novel intertwines important historical events into its plot and before reading it I knew next to nothing about Afghanistan. I now know next to something and I find the country’s history terribly fascinating. The friendship between those two little boys though makes my heart melt every single time that I remember this novel.
Best movie seen
As you know, I have been absolutely obsessed with this movie since I saw it. I am desperate to watch it again but think I should wait at least a few months before beginning this marvellous adventure once more. Phenomenal!
Best concerts attended
2015 was not too eventful for my musical tastes, however, we did make it to two concerts this year, both of which were performed by our favourites, so I’m cheating and saying they both were my favourite this year.
Daniel Rossen, 15/02/15 @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
Daniel Rossen, aka the guitarist from Grizzly Bear, is an incredibly skilled musician and I daresay the essence of Grizzly Bear. He has several side projects, one being him solo and the other being the Department of Eagles, and so this concert was him performing some of these songs. He is a magician on those strings. His voice is beautiful. This was a very good concert at a venue very near and dear to me.
Mini Mansions, 08/11/15 @ Ding Dong Lounge
When I heard that Mini Mansions were finally returning to Australia to support Tame Impala on their Australian tour, I immediately bought tickets, even though I’m not a huge Tame Impala fan. When I heard they were doing a solo show, new tickets were promptly bought and Tame Impala tickets were immediately sold. Although the band played mostly songs from their new album, we still had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it. The show was at the Ding Dong Lounge, an intimate venue where I have been going for years and where I usually always meet the band after their performance. Mini Mansions was no exception. I excitedly and sheepishly asked Tyler (singer/keyboards) and Mikey Shoes (drummer extraordinaire) for a photo. I was like a little school girl. I want to take up drums now and do so whilst standing. Awesome show.
Best game played
Red Dead Redemption
I used to watch Alex play Red Dead Redemption and think, “Boring, a Western game.” Basically, I had the exact same attitude before watching The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. For some reason, I decided to play it anyway, and I was completely surprised. I now have an unhealthy obsession with the game’s roguish, unconventionally handsome hero, John Marston, or Mr Marston as Bonnie, the almost love interest of the game calls him. You get to ride around all day on a horse, help people, run away from creepy people, lasso wild horses, go to Mexico, run away from bears and cougars, and most importantly, get the bad guys. Best game ever. (So far).