Wow! 2013 was an incredible year! Seriously!
Sara and I celebrated 2 years of marriage in April with a trip to Chicago. We followed that up by attending her cousin Kayla's wedding in Iowa, where I was inducted into a Carlson family wedding tradition. We made the Inn at Evin's Mill our new weekend getaway with a trip in February and in July. We had a fun time with "industry" friends at the ASCAP Christian Music Awards, K-LOVE Fan Awards and two Blake Shelton shows. We even got a chance to meet him at a show in Knoxville. We took trips to Joplin in April, PA in May and back to CMB Momentum at Disney World for a work trip in September. This time my parents joined us for a few days but I still found time to enjoy EPCOT the way I love to...twice.
We went to Maui again, our third year in a row and fourth visit in 5 years. We spent 2 weeks on the island again and this time my brother and sister-in-law joined us for a week. We hit up our spots like Maui Brewing Co, Grandma's Coffee House, Maui's Winery and visited new places like the Ioa Needle and Ocean Vodka. It was great having family there with us as this was the first time my brother and I had been on a vacation together since we were in middle school.
I turned 35, it's sad to be in a new age bracket, but I had this hottie with me on a killer date. I worked the hardest I ever have in 12 years at Gotee but also had some of the best times as well. I took a trip to PA in September to see a Penn State game with my dad and brother. I checked out Dawes at the Ryman, Jimmy Eat World, Thirty Seconds to Mars, but the concert highlight was definitely Nine Inch Nails. I got 2 new tattoos while on Maui in honor of my grandfathers who served our country. I kept up with my running. In all, I ran 126 times for a total of 493 miles. I ran the Titans 5K for the 2nd time and participated in the Wounded Warrior Project 8K for the first time where my friends and family helped raise over $500 for the WWP. December was definitely my best month. I ran on the beach barefoot for the first time while on Maui and hit the 9 mile mark on 1 run for a total of 65 miles in 1 month. I think I smell a half-marathon in 2014.
The Marienthal family grew this year. Sara's sister Beth got engaged to Will Wilkison in February. We had a blast at their engagement party but even more fun at their wedding in October. And yes, Will was inducted into the Carlson family wedding tradition too.
Lastly...in case you didn't know... Sara is pregnant! We made the announcement at the end of August and in October we found out we're having a boy! He's due March 5 so our family will be growing by 1 in 2014. We are excited and can't wait for our little boy to arrive!
See you in 2014!
1. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
2. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
3. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
4. V/A - Sound City: Real to Reel
5. Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull
6. Travis - Where You Stand
8. Paul McCartney - NEW
7. Matt Maher - And All the People Said Amen
9. Thirty Seconds to Mars - Love Lust Faith + Dreams
10. Goo Goo Dolls - Magnetic
And as usual...there is always ONE album I've missed from the year before that should be on this list. This year it was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist". And had it released in 2013 it would have been my #1.
House of Cards: I didn't need another show to watch but now I do. Finished the 1st season in 1 week. Kevin Spacey is at his best. To sum it all up in one word...POWER.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch bourbon: A 100 proof Valentine's Day gift from my love.
Sound City: Reel to Real - It's for f***ing real!!!
History of the Eagles: At 3 hours in length it's an incredible look into the history of one of America's greatest rock bands. Their vocals blow me away. I've already watched it twice.
Sound City - If you don't LOVE it...I feel sorry for you.
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey - Possibly the smoothest 94 proof I have ever had. Unfortunately you can only get it in Colorado.
Justin Timberlake: Suit & Tie - Hate the intro. LOVE the rest of it.
Empire Magazine - Lovin' the iPad app version.
Old Chicago World Beer Tour - On a quest to finish my third beer club...this time it takes 110.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Zero Dark Thirty
5. The Avengers
7. The Amazing Spider-Man
10. People Like Us
The Queen of Versailles
Trouble With The Curve
Still Want to See:
Killing Them Softly
Silver Linings Playbook