Best of 2017

It’s the end of 2017, FINALLY, so that means it’s time for reflections and resolutions.

Last Year’s Resolutions

  • Pay off my car and tackle my student debt – car is done, student debt is happening. Theoretically, 1.5 years from now my first loan will be paid off!
  • Replenish my savings account – I did, but now it’s gone again because we live in the only developed nation without universal healthcare, so another goal for 2018.
  • Find a side hustle to stick with – yes, but not the one I was originally thinking of.
  • Track my migraines – I did, and it turns out they’re connected to sudden drops in barometric pressure, but only if it’s the second day of my period.
  • Be better about taking vitamins and supplements and using mouth wash – yes, mostly. I’ve gone through almost two bottles of multivitamins and two bottles of mouthwash, so…that’s an improvement.
  • Be social – 50/50. I made new friends, I let go of some old ones.
  • Continue weeding out beauty and personal care items that are not cruelty free and finding suitable alternatives – yes.
  • Expand my Spanish for Librarians cheat sheet to include more words and phrases – yes, but now it’s kind of superfluous.
  • Back up my photos and print some for framing and scrap-booking purposes – I did back them up, but I didn’t print anything out.
  • Keep up with my blog/photo blog projects – sort of. I kept up with my Clarissa fan page (so weird), but neglected my kids quote blog.
  • Learn to play the ukulele – nope.
  • Learn to knit – nope.
  • Bike – well, I bought one anyway, and rode it all of one whole time.
  • Get into a few podcasts – right at the very end of the year, yes – Your Fave is Problematic (boo), My Favorite Murder (love/hate), You Must Remember This (amazing), and Chat with Chapman (made by one of the students at Williams!).
  • Gratitude Journal – yes, and I actually think it made a pretty big difference.

Best Shows

  1. Shameless
  2. Glow
  3. Being Mary Jane
  4. The Newsroom
  5. Seinfeld
  6. Drunk History
  7. Community
  8. The Golden Girls
  9. Buffy (rewatch)
  10. Younger
  11. Atlanta
  12. Brooklyn Nine Nine

Best Books

  1. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
  2. You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott
  3. Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu
  4. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
  5. You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson
  6. People Like Us, by Dana Mele

Highlights

  • Found my new passion project – information literacy and combating fake news
  • Melissa Joan Hart followed Every Outfit on Clarissa
  • Started a new side gig at Westerly Life Magazine
  • Got defriended/blocked by two Trump supporters
  • Presented with Catherine at RILA
  • Found my holy grail eyeliner – Physician’s Formula Lash Booster
  • Paid off my car!
  • Snapchat finally recognized Figaro’s face so I can use filters on him
  • New job, shorter commute, more time off!
  • Nimbus arrived and after many, many months, has mostly adjusted
  • 11. 5 year reunion!
  • Joined a gym
  • Found that Vera Wang dress at Jonnycake Center

This Year’s Resolutions

  • Take more photos, and print/frame/scrapbook them
  • Bullet journal
  • Maintain or even improve water consumption
  • Find more cruelty free products to replace what I’m using
  • Use less single-use plastic
  • Continue curating our home decor
  • Listen to more podcasts
  • Read at least one book a month – and keep notes of interesting facts and memorable quotes
  • Keep my car clean and organized
  • Learn more about tarot and fortune telling for fun
  • Keep a plant alive
  • Start using serums in my skincare routine
  • Establish better pet care routines – like brushing weekly
  • Watercolor?
  • No gifts for holidays/birthdays unless they are practical or charity-based
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2016, Rest in Pieces

So it’s pretty safe to say that 2016 was not a great year for most people, at least in terms of celebrity deaths and political/world events. I’m not particularly hopeful about the likelihood of 2017 bringing us anything except more of the same, given that Trump will officially be our president for realsies and celebrities are only getting older and we’re only creating more and more of them as our standards for fame sink lower and social media creates a false sense of closeness and a constant buzz about anyone who’s ever been considered “someone” for more than 15 seconds, let alone 15 minutes, and all of time is a man-made construct, but who knows. I’ve been wrong before. I’d be very happy to be wrong now.

Anyway, I figured rather than continuing to wallow in the muck and mire that this year brought in, I’d review it all through my various social media posts and see what stood out as actually good (or bad, but with silver linings).

Personal Revelations from 2016

  • I think this is the first year that I really, truly saw the ugliness that’s around me and which pervades my life more than I realized. Call it “woke,” call it “aware,” call it whatever you like, but holy shit there’s a lot wrong, from wage discrepancies based on gender and ethnicity (even in my field, which I was somehow blissfully ignorant to prior to a few months ago) to everyday bigotry to woefully inept information literacy rates as the result of abhorrently impractical digital literacy methods, apart from policy brutality and health care issues and student debt and the displacement of senior citizens and the abuse and neglect of animals and the deforestation of basically everywhere. There’s a lot to be done, but there’s also a lot of people interested in doing at least some of it, so that gives me a tiny glimmer of hope.
  • In a related field, I realized that deleting friends off Facebook just creates more of an echo chamber for you and while it’s undoubtedly more pleasant to not have to deal with whatever spiteful insanity someone is spouting off, it’s also potentially hazardous
  • Bernie is still bae, and will be forever
  • I enjoy library policy creation and interior design more than I realized
  • Health wise – I can’t drink alcohol or eat any nuts anymore, and migraines are a thing for me
  • I like my body even when it’s Pie Season and I haven’t exercised in months, but I also feel much better when it’s not Pie Season and I have been exercising somewhat regularly

Personal Highlights of 2016

  • Went to the Newport Folk Festival – St. Paul and the Broken Bones stole the show as far as I’m concerned, but seeing Flight of the Conchords perform live was amazing, too (and bonus points for me because attending this was on my list of Resolutions for 2016!)
  • Finally visited Disney World, thanks to my handsome husband! (This was also on the aforementioned list, as was attending a paint night, which I also did! Huzzah!)

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  • Spent a week in Hawaii with my love
  • Mostly conquered my fear of babies, but they’re still not my favorite
  • Dyed my hair purple and discovering Overtone Conditioner
  • Figured out how to actually wing my eyeliner
  • My previously indefinable “look” is called Toddler Grandma Style
  • I discovered the glory of adult-sized onesies and now own 3 of them
  • Ran my most successful Haunted House at my library
  • Participated in the Handmade Valentine Exchange Project

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  • Was featured in Librarian Wardrobe a few times
  • Saw  Bo Burnham perform Make Happy live
  • I re-read and reviewed my old Livejournal posts and came to somewhat better terms with my teenage self
  • Chelsea and I had a featured article published in PLA Magazine and I moderated an author’s panel for SLJ
  • The revival of Lisa Frank everything, everywhere, even the Dollar Tree!

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Favorite Shows Binged in 2016, in no particular order

  • Better Off Ted
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • The Office (UK)
  • Seinfeld
  • The Bachelor, the Bachelorette, Bachelor In Paradise, and Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?
  • Unreal (but really only the first season and a half – I hope they pull it together for 3)
  • Broad City
  • Nashville
  • Scream Queens
  • Drunk History
  • My So Called Life (if you want to watch or re-watch it, here’s a drinking game to go along with it, similar to the Dawson’s Creek Rewatch Project I’m also currently doing)
  • Stranger Things

Favorite Books Read in 2016, in no particular order but all linked to their Goodreads pages for your convenience

Personal Resolutions for 2017

  • Pay off my car and tackle my student debt
  • Replenish my savings account
  • Find a side hustle to stick with
  • Track my migraines
  • Be better about taking vitamins and supplements and using mouth wash because I guess I’m an adult now
  • Be social…? But probably not. I think Liz Lemon’s “saying yes to staying in more” mantra may have taken hold in me for good.

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  • Continue weeding out beauty and personal care items that are not cruelty free and finding suitable alternatives
  • Expand my Spanish for Librarians cheat sheet to include more words and phrases
  • Back up my photos and print some for framing and scrap-booking purposes
  • Keep up with my blog/photo blog projects
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Learn to knit
  • Bike? The question mark is because this has been one of my resolutions for literal years, so I’ll be surprised if 2017 is the year it finally happens. But it should still be on here.
  • Get into a few Podcasts
  • Try this 52 Week Gratitude Challenge in my private, paper journal because otherwise I think whoever finds it posthumously will think I’m a suicidal piece of human garbage who spends all her time whining and stressing and crying when in reality, that’s only true like half the time.

So that’s it. That was my year. Not as good as Leo’s, what with him finally winning his Oscar and also presumably still being able to consume alcohol, but strictly speaking, it wasn’t a bad year for me. We’ll see what happens next.

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Cheers!