This year has been a bit of a mixed bag, from the highs of exotic holidays to the lows of sports injuries, but you know what, I have a great life and this year proves "I can take a lickin' but keep on tickin'".
Jumping for joy on Oahu's North Shore in HawaiiDaily Billboard and costume and props blog businesses, train for my fifth consecutive L.A. Marathon in a row and enjoy Hollywoodland's glittering awards season.
Surviving another super hot Los Angeles Marathon2014 L.A. Marathon, so you can imagine that I was ready for a well deserved vacation to Hawaii this year at the end of March.
Cocktail fun in Hawaii in March
Enjoying our Chiswick garden in British Springtime
Completing my first London Marathon in Aprilmy first ever London Marathon, something I've always dreamed of doing.
I ran to support another HIV/AIDS charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, but to be honest I found the 26.2 mile race itself to be a frustrating experience. No one seems to practice Jeff Galloway's run/walk marathon technique in the U.K. and very narrow London streets made for a race where spectators thought I was flagging in the early stages (hearing "you're nearly there" and "don't give up" along the entire route on your walk breaks isn't very encouraging) and there was little room to maneuver to get out of the way of thousands of other runners.
Fortunately that's off my bucket list, but I do think I injured myself during the race, a calf sprain I think (but foolishly rather than allowing myself to heal, I continued to run over the summer as I won a lottery place into the New York Marathon at the start of November).
Taking in a show in London's West End
Our groggy pup after his leg surgery in JuneLabrador lump', fatty tissue with nothing to worry about, but when it's the size of a tennis ball you can't help but be concerned.
Fortunately the lump was benign and following a successful surgery in June to remove the mass, Cooper was soon back on his feet and bouncing around like a crazy thing like normal.
We skipped the L.A. Pride Parade to look after our recovering pupWEHO Pride celebrations in the same way this year.
West Hollywood's Marriage Equality celebration rally on June 26, 2015
Attended Marvel's Ant-Man World Premiere on June 29, 2015Marvel's Ant-Man movie which I throughly enjoyed (in fact, it's probably one of my favourite films of the year). Because you also have to check your phone or camera before you go into the theatre (for fear of piracy) I never seem to be able to get any pictures at these events, but that just means I'm able to enjoy the experience and walk the red carpet at the same time as the movie's stars talk to the swarm of press.
A new sectional sofa to help refresh our condo arrived in August
Disney's D23 Expo on August 14, 2015
film costumes from the new Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but they also had cool costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on display (out of their reflective cases as an extra bonus).
Still enjoying all the sights that L.A. has to offerspherical floating art installation at MacArthur Park in September and closer to home all the cool sculptures in West Hollywood Park.
Enjoying the delights of Huntington Dog Beach in Orange County
October in Palm Springs by the pool
Exploring and bar hopping around San Franciscotwo-day trip to San Francisco, a city my friend had never visited before. We had a great time playing tourist, exploring the streets and trying out as many local bars and eateries as we could fit in.
A disappointingly slow 2015 New York Marathonran my second New York Marathon and unsurprisingly I didn't have that great a race. But I accomplished my twelfth marathon and got to add another medal to my collection.
Staying a few extra days in the Big Apple we got to catch up with friends, revisit some of our favourite restaurants and discover new ones, plus even find time to see a musical on Broadway, An American in Paris, which was utterly charming.
Pre-Thanksgiving visit to Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara
Hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner again this year
Around this time it was back to physical therapy to try and find out what was wrong with my leg and back, and hopefully get my body back in shape for another marathon (although sadly I'll be missing the 2016 L.A. Marathon).
Enjoying a very Merry Christmas Day
Seeing out the old year in style in Palm Springs
Let's hope 2016 brings good health, happiness and success for everyone...