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2013: Year In Review

Posted on Wednesday January 01, 2014 at 9:02pm in

2014 is here now so I thought I would reflect a bit on 2013. 2012 and 2013 seem to kind of blend together. It seems weird to think I graduated over a year ago now. I figure I’ll make this yearly review an annual post.


2013 started with a fun New Year’s Eve Party at Bryan’s new house (as did this year). Shortly after I went to Los Angeles for the first time.

2013: Year In ReviewVenice Beach Sunset

Larry had his annual Maximum Ridiculousity Party at Shanghai Bistro and we all dressed up and brought a fancy dish to pass. It went until the morning and was a lot of fun. I received my official college degree in the mail and I started working as a full-time salaried worker at JB Systems! The year had begun.


In February I released my first major Android application, Bookeep!
2013: Year In ReviewBookeep
Spel Mobile Software also put out their second app, Spel Memory.


March was the 3rd Annual International Culture Night, and my first time not participating as a student. Actually, JCS didn’t participate at all that time, so I wouldn’t have had much to do anyway. I was just an event photographer, so I got to enjoy the show and take pictures.

2013: Year In ReviewInternational Culture Night Cast

Hiroko also came to Eau Claire to get the rest of her things. I helped her move and we got to spend some time together. Unfortunately, I got really sick so I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I wanted to!


I can’t remember much of anything big that happened in April 2013. I was still hard at work, and I started trying to bike again now that the snow was clearing away.


Actually, it turns out the snow wasn’t gone. We had a huge snowstorm in the beginning of May and I went back to driving again. I did a graduation photo shoot for a bunch of friends that were graduating. I went to Fort Worth to celebrate my birthday with Hiroko.

2013: Year In ReviewA little Fish at the aquarium

I had a really fun birthday. We went to the aquarium, the casino, the beach, the movies, etc. It rained a lot, but overall the weather was nice. I even extended my stay by 1 day instead of going back for Labor Day.


Anki Aniki is released! I had been working on this app for 3 months and was really excited to finally put it up for sale. Since it’s release in June 2013, it’s been downloaded over 5,000 times! It’s been gaining a lot of popularity. This is the app I am the most proud of so far. I have been busy updating it ever since.

2013: Year In ReviewAnki Aniki

I can’t wait to see what app I’ll come up with next!

This is also the month we had to say goodbye to our dog, Sierra. She has been gone for half a year now, and it still feels strange to come home and not have her come to greet me.


Fort Worth Part III. I went to see Hiroko to spend 4th of July together.

2013: Year In ReviewFort Worth lawn flag

We had another really great time. We went mini-golfing, go-karting, went to the pool, had a cookout, went to see the fireworks (but failed to actually see them), tried to buy fireworks (but failed to buy actual fireworks), went to a nice Japanese restaurant, went to lots of restaurants, went on a bike ride to the beach, went to a Ranger’s game, and more!


I was fully biking to work each day now. I really like being able to bike to work. Mike was in town for the summer and we went to the Pizza Farm together.

2013: Year In ReviewOne of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten

The pizza was really great at the pizza farm. However, the Chicago style pizza I had in December might have topped it. It’s hard to compare tastes months apart.

August is also the month that went live, taking over from the previous domain,


Katie and Tom got married!

2013: Year In ReviewKatie’s bouquet

Breaking Bad, the greatest show on TV ended (actually just ordered my Breaking Bad collection today). I debuted


Bryan and I made the trip down to La Crosse to celebrate OctoberFest.

2013: Year In ReviewThere are three states in this panorama

I also released the responsive version of this website. Oh, and I was Kanye Banana West for Halloween.


The Boston Career Forum!

2013: Year In ReviewMy CFN name badge

I had a successful time in Boston and met lots of cool companies. It was definitely a good learning experience and worth the trip. I didn’t get to explore much of Boston, and Boston was really expensive, but I had a good time and I’m glad I went. This month, my car also broke down and I had to have it fixed for a grand total of over $1,400. Whew!


The last month of the year. I started off by going to Chicago with Michael to take the JLPT N2. That was a really fun trip. We got to eat Chicago style pizza, see the bean, see John Hancock Observatory and sample some great Chicago style hot dogs.

2013: Year In ReviewMillennium Park

I hope the test went well, but I still won’t know the results until February! Towards the end of December I also got to go to Irving Park for the first time. Christmas came and went as usual, with the usual festivities. The year ended with a New Years Eve Party (Funeral For 2013) at Bryan’s house. We watched Looper, counted down to the new year, and then I fell asleep on the couch. Not the most exciting, but I was just getting over a cold.

I created a special album that showcases my 2013. Click the link below to view it.

2013 Gallery

Here’s to a great 2014!

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