2015 In Review

Gah I am so behind on posting this! Blame my dissertation (which is in full swing, by the way!), grad school, life in general- whatever the reason, I finally found a moment to post this! I think I may re-evaluate if/how I do this in future years, but it has been fascinating looking back on these recaps over the years! Here’s to 2016!

Jan – Got a new car; 25th Birthday celebration at the Board Room in DC + Jackie’s DC Visit!;

Feb – Virginia Opera’s “Salome” at the GMU Center for the Arts; George Takei at GMU Center for the Arts; Robert’s Bachelor Party in Tampa;

Mar – American Ballet Theatre’s “Rodeo & Variations” at the Kennedy Center; Referee at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Orlando Regional; Head Referee at the 2015 FIRST Robotics DC Regional; Mentor and colleague Dr. Raja Parasuraman passed away

Apr – Washington Ballet’s “Swan Lake” at the Kennedy Center (2x) – and got to meet Misty Copeland!!; 2015 Usabil-a-thon DC; Referee at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MI (including on Einstein field!); Medical Human Factors Conference in Baltimore MD; Arturo Sandoval in concert at Blues Alley jazz club;

May – Attended DC101 Kerfuffle Concert (Incubus, The Offspring, The Dirty Heads, Panic at the Disco; Big Data) with Laura;  Successfully passed my comprehensive exam!; Participated in the Advisory Board Company’s Hackathon as a UX Consultant; Robert & Kathy’s Wedding in El Paso, TX; Jess’ Bachelorette Weekend in Charlottesville (King family Vineyards ***; Veritas Vineyard & Winery; Afton Mountain; Pollack Vinyards; Bold Rock Cidery);

June – American Ballet Theatre’s “La Bayadere” at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Performing Arts Center in NYC; Started Google UX internship in Mountain View, CA!; SF Pride Paradeafter the historic Supreme Court ruling!

July – Yosemite trip!; SF Symphony 4th of July concert at Shoreline Ampitheatre; Big Sur; GWE Conference; Presented at the Google PhD Intern Conference; attended a talk and got to meet Dr. Phil Zimbardo, of Stanford Prison Experiment fame; Austin business trip; SF Ballet at Stern Grove Park

August – Biked around SF with Becca & Jackie!; trip to Napa; Visit to Half Moon Bay & Pescadero Beach; Presidio Park’s Off the Grid; Youtube visit!; Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum Theater; visited the gorgeous Montalvo Arts Center

[a compilation of photos from my summer in California]

September – Started PhD year 5;  Burlesque is Coming (GRRM-approved GoT burlesque show) with Simone!; Lauren & Thomas’ Wedding in Orlando, FL;

October – Jess & Kris’ Wedding in NC; International Conference on Social Robotics Conference in Paris (visited The Louvre, The Catacombs, Musee d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Musee national de’l Orangerie, Centre Pompidou, Tour Eiffel, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Sainte Chapelle, Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, a nighttime dinner on a Siene river boat – and so much more!); Nightmare on M Street (DC Halloween Street Party);

November – Head Referee at the Rumble in the Roads FIRST Robotics off-season event AND NekoCon anime convention in the same weekend

December – Successfully proposed my dissertation!; Kristy’s visit & visit to Mount Vernon; Judge at the Haymarket FIRST FTC robotics event;

–Read 52 books
–Visited 6 major cities (St. Louis, Charlottesville, San Francisco, Paris, El Paso, Austin)
–Attended 2 conferences (Medical Human Factors Conference in Baltimore; ICSR in Paris)
–1 con (Nekocon anime convention)
–Saw 5 ballets, 1 musical, 1 opera, 2 concerts