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2015 Favorites

I'd started doing my traditional blog posts on the various pop culture things I loved...but my heart wasn't in it. Still, I want to share what I really enjoyed reading, watching, and listening to this year...so why not just do one big post? I'm not going to comment on anything but would be happy to share why I loved anything on the list with you if you ask. I hope you all found lots to love in 2015 and I'm sure we'll find more to love in 2016.

MUSIC
Courtney Barnett/Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Sleater-Kinney/No Cities To Love
Destroyer/Poison Season
Dawes/All Your Favorite Bands
Alabama Shakes/Sound and Color
Jason Isbell/Something More Than Free
Veruca Salt/Ghost Notes
Telekinesis/Ad Infinitum
Mac McCaughan/Non-Believers
Foals/What Went Down
El Vy/Return To The Moon
Twerps/Range Anxiety
Wilco/Star Wars
Drive-By Truckers/It's Great To Be Alive!

TV
The Flash
iZombie
Adventure Time - I'm through Season 3
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Parks and Recr…

Running 2015

I had my strongest running year in 2015 and that was with a period of about 2 months where running was painful. After a long period of rest and some new shoes, I got back to it almost two weeks ago and have worked myself back up to 3 miles. Granted, my pace has been a work in progress (this morning's run in my cold and wind was particularly challenging), but I'm happy to accept that as part of the process.

My running had one significant change for a large part of the year - I had somebody to run with. Our friend Jimmy decided to get into running and we started running together in March. He definitely helped to push my pace and keep that consistency. Plus, it was nice to have someone else out with me. I got to run with my cousin Heath at the lake over the 4th of July weekend too, which was a lot of fun.

This year did produce my best race times ever, as I set personal bests in both 5K (25:19) and 5 mile (41:44) distances. I am very proud of that.

As far as goals for 2016, I simp…

Sunday Shuffle #393

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas...we certainly did! It's been a great week filled with family, food, and fun. This coming week will be much more low key, which is just fine with me. My plan is to take advantage of the time and get my year-end posts up throughout the week, so look for those. Don't forget to check out this week's songs on my Spotify playlist - direct link coming later this evening. Okay, let's get to today's ten...

1. Walking To Do/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (14) - last played on 5/26/15
2. There's Money In New Wave/A.C. Newman (16) - last played on 4/13/14
3. Fisher of Men/M. Ward (9) - last played on 2/3/13
4. Loretta's Scars/Pavement (7) - last played on 7/14/13
5. Picture, Picture/Harvey Danger (5) - last played on 4/22/12
6. Sensitive Man/Nick Lowe (10) - last played on 1/22/15
7. Obvious Bicycle/Vampire Weekend (18) - last played on 4/24/15
8. 911/Delta Spirit (13) - last played on 10/30/14
9. Ordinary Man/Eels (6) - last p…

Sunday Shuffle #392

Hard to believe we're in the final countdown to Christmas. I'm very happy to be on winter break from both jobs as well as my TTT program. I hope you all are doing well and have a great holiday with your friends and families this week. I'm excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens again this week - this time with my brother and parents and son!

Just a reminder that I put each week's songs on Spotify, if you're inclined to listen along; the link will be posted later today, though I update it in real time. On with today's ten...

1. Flight 180/Bishop Allen (5) - last played on 8/11/14
2. Black/Okkervil River (4) - last played on 5/27/12
3. First Frost/Oakley Hall (4) - last played on 11/2/14
4. Every Breaking Wave/U2 (1) - debut
5. 15 Step/Radiohead (16) - last played on 11/13/15
6. Movin' On/Blur (6) - last played on 10/30/14
7. My Pretend/Apples In Stereo (6) - last played on 5/28/12
8. A World Of Our Own/The Smithereens (11) - last played on 12/14/14
9. Wi…

Sunday Shuffle #391

It's finally here! This is the week that Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out! We go on Thursday night and I can't wait. I know a lot of people have been rewatching the movies in anticipation, but I've decided to just go into in fresh; plus, I've seen the original trilogy so many times and it's not like I've forgotten anything about them. If I love the new movie (and I hope I do), I can see myself doing a rewatch before I see it again on the 23rd.

My whole week can't just be focused on the movie, however. It's also the last week of school before Christmas break and the same for my college class. The good news is I'm finished in the pool, so I can get to my school work when I come home from school.

Just a reminder that I have an ongoing Spotify playlist for the Sunday Shuffle that I change out every Sunday morning - I'll post the link via social media some time this evening.

How about today's ten?

1. Fleeting One/First Aid Kit (5) - last pl…

Sunday Shuffle #390

Hard to believe I'm 10 shuffles away from 400.

As usual, I've been very busy with work and my class. Less than 2 weeks until a nice break, at least. Don't forget to check the Sunday Shuffle Spotify playlist if you want to listen along; I change it out every Sunday and post a link by the evening. I hope you find something to like if you do. Let's see what we get today...

1. With My Eyes Closed/The Raveonettes (4) - last played on 1/18/15
2. Snails/The Format (5) - last played on 3/12/15
3. I Need Better Friends/Cracker (4) - last played on 3/18/12
4. Today Will Be Better, I Swear/Stars (8) - last played on 10/11/15
5. Debris/Reigning Sound (7) - got distracted and missed when it last played
6. Long Hard Book/Stephen Malkmus (13) - last played on 10/23/15
7. Zurich Is Stained/Pavement (8) - last played on 1/4/15
8. Satellite/TV On The Radio (6) - last played on 5/26/13
9. The Lost Brigade//Ted Leo/Pharmacists (8) - last played on 11/22/15
10. The Vampire Lanois/The Afgha…