2014 Year in Review

For previous reviews: 2011, 2012, 2013.

2014 was once again a year of tremendous transition, maybe the biggest of my entire life. I mean, are there any decisions more life-altering than getting married?  Looking back on 2014 I’ve realized that I have been taking less pictures and shooting/editing less (personal) videos. Part of that is the insane stack of books I’ve read over the past year and the countless hours devoted to class. But that has not stopped me from enjoying friends, celebrating new marriage, and creating memories on a weekly basis. Life is settling (hopefully) into more of a rhythm, less transition, and for the first time in a long time I have a pretty good idea of what the new year will look like before it begins. And that’s actually something I am excited about.  Less change means more opportunity to grow deeper roots and invest on a more consistent basis with the people in Denver. A growing theme in my life and these year-in-review posts is that I always remember the people in my life before anything else. Whether it is the biggest powder day, the time we dressed like idiots and rode in a bike parade, or another perfect 85 degree Wash Park BBQ, I can’t help but think about who was there. The pictures in this blog are not solo shots or the ever-popular “selfie,” it is people who have loved me, I have suffered alongside, I have rejoiced alongside, and they are the most important part of my story. In 2014 I was once again most thankful for friends and family and the stories we wrote together.

The moments from 2014 that I will remember the most are:


ringing in 2014 with the Oh Hellos

Insane powder days (see video below). And yes, I smoked that branch on this tree run. Photo cred: Michael Thortnon
Insane powder days (see video below). And yes, I smoked that branch on this tree run. Photo cred: Michael Thortnon

 

Morning J-term drives with Timmy. The minor prophets never felt so alive as they did at 8am with coffee running through the veins like blood.
Morning J-term drives with Timmy. The minor prophets never felt so alive as they did at 8am with coffee running through the veins like blood.
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Winning the box lax championship with this goon (and became neighbors)
Grad pic
Jill got her masters from TCU and put school behind her for good
spent the night in a Chick-fil-a parking lot to win 52 free meals. It snowed 7 inches that night...
spent the night in a Chick-fil-a parking lot to win 52 free meals. It snowed 7 inches that night…
Bors came out and we drove to Beaver Creek at midnight and trashed a 4-star resort. Thanks Rick!
Bors came out and we drove to Beaver Creek at midnight and trashed a 4-star resort. Thanks Rick! Photo Cred: Thornton 
Ollie's first casino experience while roadtripping to Lando's wedding in Dallas.
Ollie’s first casino experience while roadtripping to Lando’s wedding in Dallas.
And the urshers.
And the urshers.
this.
this.
Surprise Pipes & Poetry  for my birthday
Surprise Pipes & Poetry for my birthday
camping trips post wisdom teeth removal = not smart...but turtely fun.
camping trips post wisdom teeth removal = not smart…but turtely fun.
4th of July firework shows from the Lincoln Villa porch
4th of July firework shows from the Lincoln Villa porch
spike ball park days
spike ball park days
Brew and Views at City Park.
Brew and Views at City Park.
Sibs trip to Portlandia!
Sibs trip to Portlandia!
quite the beautiful place.
quite the beautiful place.
Jillian and my first apartment!
Jillian and my first apartment!
My sister is a more successful (by accident) filmmaker than me...maybe this isn't the best thing to post on my professional website? Whatever, I'm proud! This is from Chicago and the group that went to see "Walking the Camino."
My sister is a more successful (by accident) filmmaker than me…maybe this isn’t the best thing to post on my professional website? Whatever, I’m proud! This is from Chicago and the group that went to see “Walking the Camino.”
This guys first fourteener.
This guys first fourteener.
oh and I got MARRIED (see legit video below)
oh and I got MARRIED (see legit video below)

honeymooning in Moonrise Kingdom (Mexico)
honeymooning in Moonrise Kingdom (Mexico)
speakeasy parties.
speakeasy parties.
the tour de fat.
the tour de fat.
Jillian and I made our first turkey...delicious.
Jillian and I made our first turkey…delicious.
this guys next.
this guys next.
first powder day of the new season
first powder day of the new season

I write this from Heritage coffee/bike shop in Chicago right now. We are just a few hours away from welcoming 2015 in my sister’s apartment transformed into the Grand Budapest Hotel. Look for many Wes Anderson style instagrams coming soon…

Cheers!

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3 Responses to 2014 Year in Review

  1. Aunt Kathy says:

    Awesome, Michael! What a great year you had, with many more to come with your beautiful new wife. Love you!!!

  2. Aunt Deb says:

    Oh Mikey…you have so much behind you at your young age…and SO MUCH ahead of you too!! You surely are one to live life to the fullest and I applaud and love you for that!! How wonderful to have a life partner like your beautiful wife, Jillian to share it ALL with!! Love you, dear Michael!!! P.S. Please be careful….some of these shots scare me….!!!

  3. mickey franson says:

    I always learn a little something more about you and your life when I read your posts! You sure know how to LIVE each day. It’s a sibstein trait I think! GO LIVE 2015 FULLY—but be careful!!! You’re married now! I love you and my beautiful DIL!!!

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