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!)
- 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
- 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!
Favorite Shows Binged in 2016, in no particular order
- Better Off Ted
- America’s Next Top Model
- The Office (UK)
- 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
- 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
- The Female of the Species
- Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
- Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone, by Bo Burnham
- Coming Clean, by Kimberly Rae Miller
- In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
- Scandals of Classic Hollywood, by Anne Helen Petersen
- American Housewife: Stories, by Helen Ellis
- A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
- The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, by Kate Andersen Brower
- A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, by S. Nassir Ghaemi
- Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, by Judd Apatow
- The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
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.
- 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.