I know. I KNOW! I just wrote a year-end review last week. It may seem odd that I’m posting another review, but let me explain…
Initially, I meant to write about how great I feel after not drinking for a month. Yesterday marked a full month since I’ve had a sip of anything stronger than kombucha, and I’m feeling like a MILLION BUCKS.
But I felt conflicted. Maybe I’m a little anal, but isn’t it wrong to have the second-to-last post in my blog be a yearly recap. Shouldn’t it be the final one?
Shouldn’t it be THE END!?
And then, I read an oldsk00l Livejournal-style year-end review by the amazing Gala Darling and felt inspired.
(Who else had a Livejournal? I think my username may have been ithurtstosmile.)
The perks of sobriety shall wait for later months.
And now, as I sip on sparkling water with a splash of pomegranate juice (poured in a wine glass so it looks like rosé), I’d like to share my SECOND review of 2018!!!
What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
I got married! Swam with whale sharks. Climbed an indoor rock wall. Cross-country skied. Visited Mexico. Hmm, there’s probably more I’m forgetting.
OH! J and I went to Costco for the first time as a married couple and bought the two-pack of electric toothbrushes! What an exciting day that was!
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I made any resolutions last year… but today I did do a little New Year’s Eve ritual inspired by Terri Cole. I made a list of crap to leave behind in 2018, then made a list of gems I extracted from the crap. Then, I burned the crap list, flushed it down the toilet where it belongs, and danced around my house singing, “I’M FREE!”
You should do it, too!
Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. BUT my cousin and sis-in-law are both pregnant! I’m gonna be an auntie in 2019!
Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My family lost Grandpa Bill, my last living grandparent. He passed away in August just shy of his 92nd birthday. Rest in Peace, Pa Bill. You are loved and missed.
And a friend/guy I used to date took his life in March. He was almost 34.
What countries did you visit?
Mexico (Baja California) and the Bahamas (Bimini). We also drove across the country, up and down the east coast, and back to Cali via the southern route.
What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
A SUP and hundreds of thousands of dollars. And nice eyebrows.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Gah! I think I have a bunion on my left foot. I can’t believe it happened to me…
What was the best thing you bought?
A standing desk from Uplift Desk. Life-changing.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Ya know, my wedding was pretty damn fun. There were a lot of other things, like landing a couple of great clients, traveling with my husband, and some absolutely epic nachos, but the wedding kind of takes the cake.
FYI- we didn’t have a wedding cake. No one even eats that shit.
What song will always remind you of 2018?
Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder?
Sooooooo much happy <3
ii. Thinner or fatter?
A few pounds less ;)
iii. Richer or poorer?
Waaaaay the fuck richer! This time last year was the poorest I can remember.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending QUALITY time with friends! Like, the sit on your couch (or run through the woods) and talk non-stop for hours kind. I can get way too reclusive in my work-from-home lifestyle.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Complaining. Questioning myself. Negative self-talk. Saying yes to things I didn’t want to do.
I’m done with all that shit! Goodbye!
How will you be spending Christmas?
Jason and I spent Christmas in our little house in Dunsmuir. I missed my family, but didn’t have the energy to travel after the wedding and honeymoon.
What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2018?
My dog barks at old people sometimes. That’s really embarrassing.
Did you fall in love in 2018?
Yes! More and more, every day <3
How many one-night stands?
Just the one that never left and vowed he never would.
What was your favorite TV program?
I started and finished Breaking Bad. It really messed with me at the end. I still talk about it and feel like I need a support group.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No- I don’t hate anyone. I can’t think of a single enemy in my personal life.
What was the best book you read?
I’ve been working my way through the Outlander series.
Only three more to go!
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 in Arcata, California. Jason and I stayed in a creepy old hotel and scouted out our wedding “venue.”
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
One word. Mermaid.
What kept you sane?
I have never been sane.
What political issue stirred you the most?
This question deserves a whole blog post to itself. We’re currently led by a boar with a firecracker up his butt who’s dragging our nation through a field of post-Bonnaroo porta-potties.
Every day I strive to keep the bile down. I will not end this year in anger. NEXT QUESTION!
Who was the best new person you met?
Oooh, that’s a fun one! I’ve met many new badass babes at races, fitnazz class, and social gatherings. I can’t choose just one, but I love and am grateful for you all!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018:
There were many, but I’d say the most important one is this:
Life is always better with a dog.
There you have it! Words to live by.
Well, my friends, it’s midnight somewhere! I raise my glass of fizzy fruit juice to you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you so much for reading and following my adventures this year. You’re awesome! I’d love to read YOUR review, too!
Freelance writer. Trail runner. Relentless savage.