2014 The Year in Review - Part One

Let's take a look at my 2014.  This isn't a best of list but review of the year.  We moved to a new apartment, I went back to Paris for the summer, and went on an epic road trip with Bob.  A lot of travel still happened after all.
The polar vortex continued into 2014 and it sucked super bad.

Leonardo Dicaprio as the Wolf of Wall Street
Elvis Costello and the Roots
Motown themed birthday party combo with Tae in the williamsburg apartment.

Made a weekend trip to Long Island and Shelter Island to pick up this 1976 Motobecane bike from some guy.
Rode bikes around Shelter Island
became good friends with illustrator Jonathan Bartlett.  We visited Sky High murals in williamsburg.  They painted his artwork onto the side of the Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply store

Marco Pardo my old Spanish pal came to NY and loved it except for the cold polar vortex and the noise pollution everywhere.
Cherry blossom picnic in DC with Yoon and his Mom.
Went to the races in Kentucky during Ellen and Luke's wedding weekend.
We found a new apartment in Carroll Gardens brooklyn, the very first one we looked at after looking at 25+

at my parents house we found a bear that had it's face punched off presumably by a train since it was by the train tracks.

Moving always sucks, this day sucked pretty bad.  I blew my back out in the first 10 minutes carrying a mattress down the street.  Thanks to Bob and Steven for their enormous help
Real Estate section cover for the Washington Post about buying vs. renting
a lot of fights were had about these shelves and a few weeks later they finally made it up.  We decided to match the crookedness of the apartment which was only one debate we had.
went to the Roosevelt Island Jazz Age Lawn Party and it was a blast and everyone was dressed up fantastically and we were even photographed by Bill Cunningham and in the NY Times that sunday.
Another summer in Paris.  Things could be worse.  Late afternoon swing dance parties along the seine in the setting sun on a wednesday?  Things could be worse
THAT corner of Ile de la cite, one of my favs

finally got to explore that street off off Parc Montsouris near our house and it was awesome and filled with famous architects' work.
Jen came for 2 weeks and we spent a week of it driving around Normandy in this Mercedes Benz E class after they messed up our car rental really badly and upgraded us.  Things could be worse.  We saw Monet's gardens on the way.
Then it was on to Etretat

Then Mont St Michel
Then the D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery where we ran into Luke's Dad of all people.  Truly small world.  What a peaceful place this was.  Extremely well kept and sitting atop a bluff overlooking the Atlantic.

Lighthouses, cows, cider, funny and interesting bed and breakfast host experiences.  Normandy was a trip for the books.  Jen got stung by a bee and swelled up like an inflated rubber glove.  Good laughs.

back in Paris we went to St Chapel and what a beaute it is inside.
we went to the Marche aux puces in Clingancourt and got this Jean Gabriel Domergue lithograph

I actually did a lot of work over the summer in Paris too.  This is one for the Wall Street Journal about denim on denim fashion.

and all that work was made more stressful and scary because despite having had the logic board burn out and replaced in my laptop it burned out again and I had to wait til I was back at an apple store in America to get it fixed.  So it would randomly shut down and restart making everything insane.  2 logic boards in a matter of months.
did a few children's market promo pieces

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for Variety

Another summer with Kaz, who had a cancerous tumor they found out.  By the time I saw him again he was fine and maybe even a little more calmed down.  Maybe that tumor was making him crazy.  So we've made it through the summer.  Part two of my 2014 year in review coming up soon.