Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 our year in review

-We started out the year with a new kitty, Tammy was just a few months old and we were definitely
feeling the cramped-ness of 3 cats in our little apartment.
-Super Meat Boys success was exceeding our  expectations and we decided to contact a realtor.
-After we realized how long it would take to go through everything involved in buying a home we
decided we should move into something a little nicer so we could be comfortable while we looked
and waited. We had been in our old apartment for 5 years, there was mold, air came through the
doors and windows and I'm not exaggerating when I say I would get a sinus infection every month!

-We moved into our temporary house and bought all sorts of magical stuff, a new bed! a dresser
(no,we never had one!) A knife set, knives that don't wiggle when you cut! and new pans that were
flat on the bottom and cooked evenly. People have asked us if it felt strange to have out life
change so drastically. I think Ed was more uncomfortable with having money but I welcomed every
bit of ease it brought, I was always happy before and never considered us to be poor, I always
knew he would do something great so I just went with it.
-We had a lovely valentines day and we replaced my old wedding ring with a very beautiful custom
ring. It was so awesome to be making something at a jewelers that I always loved looking in
the windows of. We had McDonalds for dinner :)
-We thought we'd have a few months to relax and casually house hunt but immediately our dream
house popped back up and we made an offer.
-We bought a washer and dryer, doing laundry without leaving the house is probably one of
the best things ever.
-Oh yeah, we were playing a lot of Call of Duty Black Ops.

-I didn't update my blog at all in March. We went into escrow and were super busy with tax and loan stuff.
-Ed turned 31!

-We closed Escrow on April 8th and started preparing the house to move in. A little new paint
and no more carpet, a teeny bit of landscaping and we were ready to go. 
-We moved in on Saturday April 30th. The cats took to the new house really well and you could tell they loved having so much space to run around, Guppy acted like he had finally arrived.

-We were settling into the house and I started updating my blog more regularly. I hadn't done
much with my studio and was still sewing in the dining room. 
-We bought a treadmill and we walk on it regularly when the garage isn't freezing cold.

-We were adjusting very well in the new house and started getting out a lot. We hit the thrift stores pretty often and started a project we had wanted to do for a while.
-The Kickstarter for Indie Game: The Movie went up and got A LOT of attention, they well surpassed their goal very quickly.
-We got super into board games after reconnecting with our favorite "couple friends" and have a pretty good collection going.

-Tommy came to visit and was here for a few months while he looked for a place in San Francisco and bought his dream car, a bright orange Tesla. It was so weird having so much room for a guest to stay, I couldn't believe he used to stay with us in our old apartment.
-I paid off all of my debt.
-Ed bought a lot of legos.
-I was officially a Blonde, just having a few remaining bits of pink hanging around.
-Ed started working on The Binding of Issac, what he thought would be a small, week long development game. Ha!

 -Jamie visits, we hit all the places to sight see in Santa Cruz and get our long awaited "hobo ghost kitty" tattoos. I also add a little meat boy and bandage girl to my wrist.
-Acacia turned 5 and started kindergarten!
-I made the Isaac and Cain plush prototypes, started sewing in my studio and fixing it up.
-Jamie and Lisanne visit and show us the final cut of Indie Game: The Movie, it's amazing and also made me feel like I had post traumatic stress syndrome D:
-I turned 27!

-We went to the County Fair and got kissed by a seal.
-We got an arcade cabinet
-Eli turned 3!
-3 months later, The Binding of Isaac came out on Steam. It turned into a much bigger project than Ed had imagined.

-We celebrated our 12 year anniversary!
-I got my eyebrows waxed for the first time.
-We decided to get a fourth cat.
-Super Meat Boy had it's 1 year anniversary on Xbox.
-We dressed the cat's up and carved pumpkins for the first time in a long time. We decorated the front of our house but only got 2 trick or treaters :/

-We picked up Cricket from the airport, our 4th cats and 2nd sphynx (also Tammy's sister).
-We finally met both of Tommy's parents even thought it felt like we'd known them forever :)
-Indie Game: the Movie was announced as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

-Meat Boy goes Platinum!
-By the end of the year The Binding of Isaac will have sold over 300,000 copies, again exceeding our expectations for this little game!
-We could only wait till the 6th to open our xmas presents :x
-We had our very first xmas eve at our house with all of our family and it was amazing!

Well, this year was amazing and seemed to go by so fast. I'm really looking forward to 2012, I hope to be super productive and motivated. See you next year with a little news!


Jacqueline said...

It really sounds like you had an amazing year! Your post made me so happy. :) Happy New Year!
Love and Turtledoves,

Origami_potato said...

Such an awesome whirl wind of a year you had! Thanks for sharing and being awesome! Here's to the best in the new year! :)

Anonymous said...

I just had to say I'm in love with your pumpkins and owl Christmas ornaments!