Saturday, December 14, 2019

2019 Year In Review

I usually do this year-in-review in chronological order. But something too important happened in 2019. And I cannot wait for you to get all the way to November to discover...

Dr. Cale Reeves!








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He successfully defended his dissertation, "Individual decision-making as the root of public policy outcomes: An application in residential solar PV subsidy policy." Check out how professional he is here.

JANUARY

We started out the year right. Santiago and Lucia got married! And we were lucky enough to head to Bogota to celebrate with them.







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It was a beautiful wedding. Then we flew with them and a number of their friends to Santa Marta to continue the celebration. Unfortunately, Sara got food poisoning that first night. I powered through and still got to enjoy a lot of the coast and hillside, but also spent a lot of time laying in bed and eating saltines.*
*As usual for the year in review, please excuse the flipping back and forth between third and first person. That's just how Sara do.

Check out our adventures in Colombia here:

Colombia 2019

FEBRUARY
The weather was all right. Just ask Penny.







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We saw a Clutch show. And couldn't decide if we were old (my legs are tired, can we sit down?) or young (why are all the other people here middle aged and balding...wait, are we middle aged?).


February 2019

MARCH

We celebrated the first creekend of the year!







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Because Rob and April were visiting.







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It was also HONKTX! Our favorite festival.

March 2019

APRIL

Barbecue was eaten. Barbecue was eaten in other months too. I just didn't it to go unsaid.


There was creekend.







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Ilse was back!







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April 2019

MAY

Sara's Ruthless Good scavenger hunt team kicked the ass of Cale's scavenger hunt team.



There was creekend.







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May 2019

JUNE

Sara turned 38.







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Games were played.







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June is when we got a new cat. We just didn't know it yet. A neighborhood cat started coming into our house at night through the back door and eating all of Penny's food. We called her Invader Zim. We taped a message to her collar and had a call with her "owners." According to them, her name was Kitty (so, they didn't name her) and she'd eat anything. They said they were feeding her the baby's puffs, which explains why she was at our house eating all of Penny's food.







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There was creekend.







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The Rodenbergs came to visit!


June 2019

JULY

Pants were turned into shorts on the fly.


There was creekend.







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Sara learned how to undo racism.







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The Delhanksicos came to visit!







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At the end of July, Cale headed out on a European adventure. He started in Barcelona at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference and ended in Mainz at the Social Simulation conference. In between, he had a visiting scholar posting at ETH in Zurich and arranged talks with schools in Norway, Germany, and Austria. He also finished writing his dissertation!







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AUGUST

While she was living the single life, Sara saw movies in the park.


And laid in a creek. It was the end of creekending for the year. When the water temperature is the same as your body temperature, it's no longer a way to cool off on a 100+ degree day.







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Cale's European adventure included adventures in cooking. His flat in Zurich had a fridge, an electric tea kettle, and a microwave.





He also learned some European geography.



Finally at the end of August, Sara joined Cale in Switzerland. It was very Swiss.







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There were friends and fondue!



We climbed all the mountains...via chair lift.







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Cale turned 39.

You can enjoy all the pics from our joint time in Europe in August and September in this slideshow here:

Europe 2019

SEPTEMBER

We went to Germany and drank all the beers.







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We saw old friends there too.



Then it was on to Austria. There were so many train rides during this European adventure.







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We ran into old friends in Vienna.


It was lots of fun, but after two weeks, Sara had to come home and left Cale behind.





During those three weeks, he put the final touches on his dissertation.



And then he finally came home!







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OCTOBER

October was pretty low key. We'd had a busy couple of months before.

The biggest development in October was Zim starting to feel like a member of the family.

Zim

October 2019

NOVEMBER

As previously mentioned, Cale defended his dissertation in November. So November was a big month!

We also took Zim to the vet and officially claimed her as our own.

Zim

A lot of disc golf took place this year. Not just in November.


Annette came to visit!


It was a great Thanksgiving with friends and family!

November 2019

DECEMBER
To come...