Best Vacation: Kauai was amazing, but Scotland and my favorite city in all the world with my wife…nothing can compete.
My favorite blog I wrote: This one, about Michael Phelps after the London 2012 games.
Best Meal: There were two and they happened at the same restaurant two nights in a row, The Lovat Brasserie in Fort Augustus, Scotland. Seriously, everything we bit into was mouth-rockingly wonderful. This place should not be missed if you’re in the Highlands.
Best Live Sporting Event: Front row at the Broncos vs. Browns game on December 23.
Best Televised Sporting Event: Michael Phelps' last show at this summer's Olympic games in London.
Best Bachelor Party: Sir Travis’ party in Boulder. Whiskey. Bikes. Mountain Sun. Pearl St. 3am bike ride back to north Boulder up some pretty steep hills.
Best Graduate Class: Tie….Great Books of the Middle East and Modern Islamic Political Thought. If it’s any consolation, the same professor taught them.
Best Photograph We Took: Kate probably disagrees, but I really love this one from Kauai. It's imperfect, but that's sort of what I like about it in addition to the stunning beauty of that wave and the memory I have of standing in ankle deep, frothy sea water while watching these waves roll in.
Best Drive: From Ft Augustus, Scotland to Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland. I wanted to pull over every half mile to take more pictures.
Best Picture of Kate and I: This one taken by Jarrod Renaud.
Best Gift: One I gave.
Best Pet: Monte, my parents’ 16-yr-old cat, for being a trooper while she lived with us for 2.5 weeks when my parents were in Italy.
Best Thing To Do When The Wife Is Out Of Town: Invite over all your video-gaming friends for an all-day gaming bonanza with beers and bloody Marys.
Best Beer: Nothing new, but a beer I grew to love throughout this year, a beer that has easily become one of my favorites. Odell’s IPA.
Best Concert: Bon Iver at Red Rocks. This is easily the best concert I’ve seen since I was in high school and saw MxPx for the first time at the Ogden. The free Lumineers concert at DU was a very close second.
Best Laugh: With Guy Ferber in Las Vegas.
Best Sunset from 4550, our home: This October beauty.
Best Musical Discovery: M83 and the Lumineers.
Best Social Platform: Instagram.
Best Timing for a Photograph: This one by Kate. I didn't even say try to get one of me in the air and then she goes and snaps this perfectly framed and timed shot. Okay.
Best Coffee: Boxcar Coffee in Boulder. This place got me to like a cappuccino.